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First Hunt must haves

Hi, im new to this forum, I live in staten island,NY. I own a house in lanesville,NY in greene county in the catskills and i recently took the hunter safety course. What are some must have items for deer/bear hunting.   I am purchasing a savage .308 next weekend from a friend. 

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Some obvious must haves to

Some obvious must haves to hunt, A gun or bow, ammo for such weapon. A map and compass and/or gps. Good set of boots, maybe some camo. Blaze orange if your rifle hunting. And a good set of binos. those are really the must haves. everything else is just luxary items that could make your hunt more comfortable, but not must haves. The other and most important item would be a licence and tag for what ever animal your hunting.

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Must Haves!

I would add: good rain gear!  Getting soaked during hunting season is never fun. Also, get cleaning gear for your gun. Take care of your gear/guns anf they can last for years and retain their value.

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Better have a good knife with

Better have a good knife with you. I prefer a fixed blade but there a lot of good folders out there also. A knife has many uses but you'll need one for sure when you're successful.

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Iv always been big in the

Iv always been big in the outdoors, I have my grand fathers hunting knife I'm going to use, it's a PAL knife from ww2. As for the other stuff I have a good idea of what to get, iv been researching, I just don't wanna buy a bunch of stuff I don't need. So this is my basic list so far:

Camo clothing
Under armor long johns and shirt
Boots ( have)
Eberlastock X2 pack
Head lamp
Rifle
Knife ( have)
Range finder ( have)
The uv killer and scent killer wash and spray
Rain gear.
GPS ( can wait)
That's my list so far.

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As far as gear goes there is

As far as gear goes there is alot of things you must have but the one thing I can tell you have on your first hunt is.......HAVE A GOOD TIME.  Without a good time hunting is just not the same ....the kill is always a bonus for me and the the time in the woods is the best.

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Your list looks good but I'll

Your list looks good but I'll second the the vote for a good pair of binoculars. I can't even imagine going out without mine anymore. It may be more open here in Colorado but even in the thick stuff they will help you pick things apart.

I don't worry much about the scent killers myself just prefering to watch the wind. If I can get the stuff on clearance I'll buy it but don't consider it a must have item.

Eberlestock packs are some of the best but if your on a budget you could find cheaper that would work well.

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I forgot the to ad those I

I forgot the to ad those I was looking at the nikon trail blazers.
As far as the budget situation, I'd tater spend the money once. I'm sure there are some great options for on a budget, I'm just a gear head lol.

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As far as the list that you

As far as the list that you have so far I wouldn't worry about the under armor long johns and shirt.  There are other long johns out there that will keep you just as warm for about half the cost.  The cammo clothing would be a personal preference.  The first thing is it legal to wear cammo while rifle hunting where you are going to be hunting?  Some will even wear it along with the blaze orange that is required in a lot of states so that is a toss up.  With the knife I would also suggest a second one or even three, perhaps a Leatherman multi tool type of knife/tools assortment, a regular lock back pocket knife along with your planned hunting knife along with a way to sharpen it in the field.  I also would not worry too much about the UV killer and scent killer wash and spray unless you are bow hunting and even then I am still a little bit leery of them. 

As far as binoculars you will get a lot of different responses on them.  The best suggestion is to buy as good of ones that you can afford.  My preference are ones with 10x42 power but if you are planning on hunting in thick woods then a good pair of 7x35 or even going up to a 7x50 wood work fine.  You will find that if you spend a lot of time behind the glasses that the more expensive ones will lead to less fatigued of your eyes.   

 

 

 

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Yes you can wear cam here, it

Yes you can wear cam here, it is not a law to wear blaze orange but everyone dose. Its thick woods here so i will look into those bins. Yeah i wasn't sure about the uv stuff but a friend of mine said not to was cam in regular detergent because of the smell and it has brighteners. I have a buck knife folder ill use and i was looking at one of the game kits, with the gloves and stuff. Here everyone uses the scent block spray because you never really know which direction the deer are  going to be, i think most people post up in one spot when they hunt. I will be hunting with one of my dads friends and he's been hunting his whole life so at least I wont be trying to figure everything out on my own.

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One other thing that you

One other thing that you might want to consider is a good pack saw such as what Gerber makes.  The Wyoming saw is nice and compact but of their two models I prefer the larger one but it needs to be strapped onto your hips since it is a little too large for a pack. 

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