Essential Gear for a Successful Bowhunting Trip: What to Bring

Essential Gear for a Successful Bowhunting Trip: What to Bring

Introduction: Preparing for a bowhunting trip requires careful consideration of the gear and equipment you’ll need during your time in the field. Before embarking on your hunting adventure, it’s essential to pack the right essentials to enhance your experience and increase your chances of success. In this blog, we’ll discuss the must-have items to bring along for a fruitful and enjoyable bowhunting excursion. Before reading further, please understand that each trip is subjective. Are you staying long or short? is it an hour or a 2 day drive etc. This will change what I personally bring, but I would like to leave you with a checklist of some sort! Please don’t forget you @DrawnArchery Gear at

  1. Bow and Arrows: The cornerstone of any bowhunting trip is, of course, your bow and arrows. It’s crucial to ensure your bow is properly tuned, with the required draw weight. I saw draw weight because in some circumstances, you may be a full draw for a LONG time, please be comfortable. You also need 2 releases. I recommend the same release, just 2 of them. Pack enough arrows for your entire trip in case you need spares. Tuning your bow and arrows before your trip can help ensure accuracy and maximize your chances of a successful shot. Also bring a portable target so you can shoot your broadheads in
  2. Hunting Apparel: Proper hunting apparel is vital for comfort, concealment, and protection from the elements. Consider packing lightweight yet durable clothing in appropriate camouflage patterns for your hunting environment. This includes a quality hunting jacket, pants, base layers, socks, and a hat or cap. Don’t forget gloves. Quality gloves. Using apps like is a great choice because you can look at an extended forecast AND historical weather data to help!
  3. Safety Equipment: Safety should be a priority when bowhunting. Include items such as a phone, GPS device or Garmin In-Reach, handgun (check laws), and a suitable first aid kit. Additionally, pack a reliable and sharp hunting knife, rope, and a headlamp or flashlight for low-light situations.
  4. Optics and Accessories: A pair of quality binoculars is a valuable asset for spotting game from a distance. Bring a rangefinder to accurately measure your target’s range for precise shot placement. Consider packing a tripod if you’re glassing from a distance. Don’t forget lens cleaning tools and extra batteries for your optics and accessories.
  5. Field Dressing Supplies: Preparing for a successful harvest also means being prepared to field dress your game. Pack essentials such as latex gloves, a sharp hunting knife, plastic or zip-top bags for organs, field dressing tools, and a bone saw for larger game. Bring game bags or a cooler to transport the meat back from the field.
  6. Food and Water: Staying properly nourished and hydrated is crucial during a bowhunting trip. Pack non-perishable, high-energy snacks like trail mix, protein bars, and jerky. Carry a sufficient amount of water and a water filtration system for replenishing your supply.

Conclusion: A well-prepared bowhunting trip requires thoughtful packing of essential gear. Remember to bring your bow and arrows, suitable hunting apparel, safety equipment, optics, calls, scents, field dressing supplies, and sufficient food and water. Being prepared with the right equipment will enhance your comfort, increase your chance of success, and ensure a safe and enjoyable bowhunting experience. You can go basicas, and you can go overboard with supplies. Just don’t forget to BRING THE FUN!

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