During the hunting season, John Annoni and Camp Compass students like a lot of hunters pack up their deer camp gear and head for their hunting camps for a few days to a couple of weeks. Some folks even head out of state to do their hunting and the camps might be deep in the woods where vehicles won’t even go.
No matter where you’re heading to do your hunting, camping gear is essential, and you may need to put more on your list than if this were a family vacation camping trip. Remember, you may be out in the wild, hiking to parts unknown, climbing trees and field dressing deer. So John Annoni, founder of Two Million Bullets suggests make a list and be sure to double check that you’ve included the ‘Camp Compass” essentials.
Some pieces of equipment may include a camping tent, unless you’re planning on sleeping out in the open, matches for starting a camp fire late in the evening or to cook or heat food, a camping stove if you’re not in an area where you can set an open fire, a good hunting knife and some extra hunting clothes.
Camping stoves, like the ones Camp Chef donated to Camp Compass, are a great way to cook all those yummy burgers and eggs for breakfast along with the dishes, spoons, forks, etc. You can even turn an open fire into a stove by fashioning a burner of sorts over the open flame. But if you’re in an area where open fires are restricted, then a nice little gas or charcoal camping stove will do the trick.
And if you are planning on open camp fires, be sure to pack some fire starter logs or bricks and either some extra matches or butane lighters to get that fire started. Sometimes rubbing two sticks together just isn’t going to work, especially if the wood or kindling is wet from a previous rain.
If you need to clear out an area to get to your camp or to your tree stand, you’ll probably want to have a good folding pocket knife or tactical knife. Knives come in handy for all sorts of things when you’re camping, and for hunters, they can even act as a temporary handle carrier for your downed deer.
If you’re headed to parts unknown, even if you’re hunting with a partner, it’s a good idea to have a compass or GPS on hand while you’re trekking through the woods. Depending on the size of the land, you could get lost easily.
As for your Mossy Oak hunting clothes, even if you know what the weather forecast is going to be, the forecast could go all wrong. It could end up being a lot colder than you expected or much warmer. Depending on where you live or where you’re planning your hunting trip, it could rain or snow, so be sure you have the right gear as far as weather protection to keep your feet, hands and head warm, or lighter clothing if it gets warmer.
If you make up a checklist of all the deer camp gear you’ll need and cross the items off as they’re packed (as we do at Camp Compass), then you should be in good shape for your trip and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the sport instead of being concerned that you forgot some essential item that you really end up needing later.
We hope our Two Million Bullet family enjoys their deer camp experience.