Each year about this time we pack our gear and head off to kill some poor dopey animal, and I get to remind you to check your gear before you throw it in your duffle bag. Failure to do so can result in anything from minor inconvenience to something really bad happening to your sorry ass. On my pre-check for the first hunt of the year I discovered that the batteries in my car flashlight were near death, and that one of the high-priced butane “survival” lighters on which I had spent something like $50 would not stay lit and would not fill. That’s what I’ve found so far.
Ted Trueblood’s guide to packing: It will be too hot. It will be too cold. It will rain/snow.
The SEAL guide to essential gear: One is nothing. Two is one.