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Wouldn't leave camp without it?
List anything that you would not leave camp without, in your pack.
Rangefinder! I suck at judging distance.
I have a compass in my pocket and it's tethered to my belt loop.
I have a bunch but I'll let other chime in. Ed
water, rain gear, knives, game bags, snacks, silnylon tarp, beanie or neck gaiter, gps and compass, phone, cordage, range finder, wet wipes!
GPS/on x Kill kit TP. Camo is to expensive to be cutting sleeves off
After learning lessons the hard way, my puffy jacket and rain gear is ALWAYS in my pack. I can deal with about anything if I'm warm and dry.
Thats besides the obvious bow, arrows, knife, map, etc.
Water (or filter), phone with navigation app, kill kit, headlamp.
Offhand, I’d say there’s probably 20 or so items inside my pack that I wouldn’t be without. No way I could narrow it down to just one “must have” item. Even missing one could make life miserable, especially when I get an elk down.
Several very important items require batteries so I’ll say extra batteries.
My Bugle, it's fastened to outside of my Exo Pack!
Water and puffy and a spare release. All my other essentials reside on my person, like knife, binocs, GPS, light, etc.
Down Vest/Space Rain Jacket
Talk about overstating the obvious.
Hands down a$$ wipes! Nothing will ruin a day faster than not having them, I'd cry if I had to cut off a kuiu or sitka sleeve or a discontinued Core sock! Leuko tape would def be in my top 5 or so.
I carry a baseball for luck, as I love the game. It’s been with me every step of hunting season for many years. Won’t go without it.
Water, bow, and a puffy jacket.
Froze my ass off enough from forgetting a jacket that I hope it's fully beat into my head that it doesn't leave the pack.
Wet Wipes/TP without a doubt!
Forgot....first aid stuff.
Toilet paper !! ... a must have for the must use times !!
I often do a morning or afternoon hunt with my bow and a knife.
Cut the end off a paper towel roll with a fillet knife for toilet paper. Ordinary TP doesn’t cut it when your hands are cold or wet. Not a time for a breakthrough!!
And I always use non scented wipes, so I don’t smell like a baby in Pampers.
So many items I don’t leave camp without, hence a good day pack or back pack. Not talking tree stand hunting, as that’s not “real” hunting :)
Water x6, TP, and pocket survival kit.
In the real world.... I've proven over and over there isn't anything on earth I won't forget.....
GPS and kill kit. For some reason I left my kill kit in the tent once thinking I wouldn't need it? I needed it.
Day 1--Long list Day 3--Slightly shorter list Day 5 and beyond. Absolute bare necessities!
Bugle tube and diaphragm call. I can actually make cow calls quite good with my voice but haven't figured out how to bugle. Yet!
If I wake up and for some reason my day pack full of stuff is locked in a buddy's truck, dragged off by a bear, or otherwise not available. I'm still leaving camp and going hunting.
Are we 18 again too? Playboy centerfold!!
Fail proof Fire starter, water,small first aid kit! Shawn
saying a prayer of thanks for being able to go
Coming from humid southeast to the arid reaches of elkdom, takes a toll.
I was gonna say my bow but Scrappy beat me to it. But since you said don't ask Scrappy, I have to. What gives Scrappy?
Forget your knife...guaranteed way to tag out works every time
My bow. Otherwise it is just a hiking trip.
In my pack, knife. Field dressing with a broadhead sucks. (Don't ask me how I know)
Anything? Pretty much everything. Not trying to be smart but the items in my pack are really relevant to the outing.
Now, let's say a scenario exists that I can't take a pack. I'm stuffing my pockets with a compass, fire makings, water purification tablets, water vessel of some description, emergency blanket, knife, cordage and my french press.
Camp cook........bikinis in the wilderness areas will get you up way before the bugles.
The survival kit my dad bought for my birthday. He woke up on his deathbed just long enough to tell mom he had ordered it off Amazon several weeks prior to him becoming ill. We found it an hour later where he had hid it.
Binoculars, feel naked without them.
Can eliminate bung fodder if you just adapt to a popcorn diet. All you need is a small wisk broom.