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I have picked up hunting, since I was only recently offered the opportunity to go. So now I'm looking for what the basic hunting gear I would need. I will be shotgun hunting deer and waterfowl (mainly ducks). I have the a shotgun and jacket, but what else should I have. we will hunt out of a boat blind and in ground blind.

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

When you are warm you preform better. The two places you lose heat is your head and feet. Do not skimp on hats and boots. Hands are a third. Since you will behandeling a firearm if there is a police supply store near you. Go in and check out the neoprene gloves. They keep you very warm and you could wright your homework. They are sensitive.

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from BackRoad600 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Like Carl Huber said, keep warm. My rule of thumb is to put on at least one more layer than I think that I need. Get some nice, thick wool socks, because as the above commenter said, your feet are gonna get cold real fast. A close-fitting polyester shirt (under-armor type) is highly recommended by myself. Also, long johns or something are great. Personally, when it's really cold, I like coveralls, but each to his own. If you are a beginner and going with someone else, then you probably don't need to worry about calls and decoys. Make sure to have plenty of steel shot for the ducks...Also don't be afraid to wear plenty of blaze orange when you're deer hunting. To clean your deer it's good, in my opinion, to have a bone saw to split the sternum, as well as a good, SHARP (emphasis on the sharp part,) knife. Rubber gloves are also a good idea as well, because nobody wants a nasty infection. Honestly, if someone who has experience is taking you, they ought to have most everything. Anyway, don't hesitate to ask again here if we can help you at all as you pick up the world's greatest sport.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I have found over the years that the higher the boots, the warmer they keep your feet. It may have something to do with keeping your ankles and lower legs warm.

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I always like to have a good 9" survival knife, but thats just me.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I like the warm clothes answers above. Unless your hunting buddies have them, I would suggest a Butt Out for easy field dressing your deer and a good knife. A relatively inexpensive Buck knife will do.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

sdrisco

Why shotgun for deer? (curious on why)

Remember, there's never a bad day when you have the right gear! - Alaska Residents

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from redfishunter wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

A good pair of long underwear that wicks moisture away from your body.

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from Dbetzner wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Warm cloths warm cloths warm cloths! wooll socks are a must i prefer the meriano (sp?) wool its preformed the best for me over all and they arnt super thick. hand warmers are always nice to you can drop them in your boots as well if you need to on real cold days. as others said a good knife (good not necisarily expensive) and since your shotgunin for deer id recomend buying the seperate rifled barrel for it, depending on what brand shotgun you own they can be as little as 130 bucks but will improve your range and accuracy considerably.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Not assuming you already have one, you need a good scope for the deer hunting portion of your endeavors. You'll want one with a good set of easily removable scope rings if you're using the same gun for birds and bucks. I use a Bushnell Banner Dusk and Dawn 3-9 x 40. Good scope.

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from Dbetzner wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

going off of what jaukulele said if you go with the seperate barrel (rifled) you can purchase a cantalivered scope barrel that way you dont have to resight in your scope between hunts just swap barrels. duck hunting saturday deerhunting sunday without haveing to make sure your still zeroed

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Binoculars for deer. 10x42's are good for scanning in more open country/fields, but 8x42's might be a bit better for deeper woodland situations. Another thing that is an absolute must is just honestly practice. Practice at the range with skeet and trap for birds,-know what your effective range is going to be with your weapon. The question is not what your weapon is capable of, it's what YOU as the operator are capable of at this point. It is also volatile to be able to closely estimate yardages with deer hunting as well. Another point, when you're waterfowl hunting be sure to place all of your electronics in a ziplock bag within a ziplock bag, so if you happen to get in the drink you're alright. Know how to at least do a basic disassembly of your shotgun, so in the event that anything muddy should get in the mix there you can fix it. If you don't have one already, assemble a decent gun cleaning kit with a rod, plenty of rags, gun oil, white lithium grease, and other basic cleaning tools to keep it factory clean. After every hunt clean your gun and rub it down with a LIGHT coat of oil. Good luck and good hunting, I hope this helps.

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from sdrisco wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Great ideas everyone, I plenty of things I wouldnt have thought of, like binoculars and gun oil. I just got a pair of gloves and head/neck cover. Im looking for boots and pants now.
The reason for the shotgun, is because i live in Illinois so no rifle season. I have been hitting the trap range with my buddy, Im decently proficent with my shutgun. I can tear down my gun and reassemble it after cleaning. The shutgon is a remington 12gauge , i thought shutguns just had much smoother barrels then rifles so they can be used in different applications with just the change of the choke.
Thanks again, it truely is great to hear all these ideas.

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from BackRoad600 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Like Carl Huber said, keep warm. My rule of thumb is to put on at least one more layer than I think that I need. Get some nice, thick wool socks, because as the above commenter said, your feet are gonna get cold real fast. A close-fitting polyester shirt (under-armor type) is highly recommended by myself. Also, long johns or something are great. Personally, when it's really cold, I like coveralls, but each to his own. If you are a beginner and going with someone else, then you probably don't need to worry about calls and decoys. Make sure to have plenty of steel shot for the ducks...Also don't be afraid to wear plenty of blaze orange when you're deer hunting. To clean your deer it's good, in my opinion, to have a bone saw to split the sternum, as well as a good, SHARP (emphasis on the sharp part,) knife. Rubber gloves are also a good idea as well, because nobody wants a nasty infection. Honestly, if someone who has experience is taking you, they ought to have most everything. Anyway, don't hesitate to ask again here if we can help you at all as you pick up the world's greatest sport.

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

When you are warm you preform better. The two places you lose heat is your head and feet. Do not skimp on hats and boots. Hands are a third. Since you will behandeling a firearm if there is a police supply store near you. Go in and check out the neoprene gloves. They keep you very warm and you could wright your homework. They are sensitive.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I have found over the years that the higher the boots, the warmer they keep your feet. It may have something to do with keeping your ankles and lower legs warm.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I like the warm clothes answers above. Unless your hunting buddies have them, I would suggest a Butt Out for easy field dressing your deer and a good knife. A relatively inexpensive Buck knife will do.

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from Dbetzner wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

Warm cloths warm cloths warm cloths! wooll socks are a must i prefer the meriano (sp?) wool its preformed the best for me over all and they arnt super thick. hand warmers are always nice to you can drop them in your boots as well if you need to on real cold days. as others said a good knife (good not necisarily expensive) and since your shotgunin for deer id recomend buying the seperate rifled barrel for it, depending on what brand shotgun you own they can be as little as 130 bucks but will improve your range and accuracy considerably.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Not assuming you already have one, you need a good scope for the deer hunting portion of your endeavors. You'll want one with a good set of easily removable scope rings if you're using the same gun for birds and bucks. I use a Bushnell Banner Dusk and Dawn 3-9 x 40. Good scope.

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Binoculars for deer. 10x42's are good for scanning in more open country/fields, but 8x42's might be a bit better for deeper woodland situations. Another thing that is an absolute must is just honestly practice. Practice at the range with skeet and trap for birds,-know what your effective range is going to be with your weapon. The question is not what your weapon is capable of, it's what YOU as the operator are capable of at this point. It is also volatile to be able to closely estimate yardages with deer hunting as well. Another point, when you're waterfowl hunting be sure to place all of your electronics in a ziplock bag within a ziplock bag, so if you happen to get in the drink you're alright. Know how to at least do a basic disassembly of your shotgun, so in the event that anything muddy should get in the mix there you can fix it. If you don't have one already, assemble a decent gun cleaning kit with a rod, plenty of rags, gun oil, white lithium grease, and other basic cleaning tools to keep it factory clean. After every hunt clean your gun and rub it down with a LIGHT coat of oil. Good luck and good hunting, I hope this helps.

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I always like to have a good 9" survival knife, but thats just me.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

sdrisco

Why shotgun for deer? (curious on why)

Remember, there's never a bad day when you have the right gear! - Alaska Residents

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from redfishunter wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

A good pair of long underwear that wicks moisture away from your body.

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from Dbetzner wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

going off of what jaukulele said if you go with the seperate barrel (rifled) you can purchase a cantalivered scope barrel that way you dont have to resight in your scope between hunts just swap barrels. duck hunting saturday deerhunting sunday without haveing to make sure your still zeroed

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from sdrisco wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Great ideas everyone, I plenty of things I wouldnt have thought of, like binoculars and gun oil. I just got a pair of gloves and head/neck cover. Im looking for boots and pants now.
The reason for the shotgun, is because i live in Illinois so no rifle season. I have been hitting the trap range with my buddy, Im decently proficent with my shutgun. I can tear down my gun and reassemble it after cleaning. The shutgon is a remington 12gauge , i thought shutguns just had much smoother barrels then rifles so they can be used in different applications with just the change of the choke.
Thanks again, it truely is great to hear all these ideas.

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