By: Robert Janis
You Might Forget
Don't Forget ......
Readers of ATVSource.com who go out hunting no
doubt remember the traditional things you need
to take along on the hunt. Of course, there is
the firearm and ammunition or the bow and
arrows, the proper clothing, the tree stand, the
binoculars, the proper boots, etc. However, what
about the gear that you may tend to forget. Say,
the anti-scent formula so that the animals you
are stalking can't smell you or the rifle sling,
so it is easier to keep the rifle steady as you
This article is meant to remind you of these
types of things so that your day hunting is more
enjoyable and more fruitful.
Caldwell Lead Sled Shooting Rest
For The Rifle
Let's consider the rifle first. As previously
mentioned, many sports stores and hunting sites
on the Internet are offering such things as a
gun cradle/rest for zeroing in your firearm. One
example of such a product is the Caldwell Lead
Sled. Hunters say that it helps in keeping the
shoulder in good shape after a day of shooting
at the range. Remember, there can be great
recoil when you shoot that rifle and the butt
slams up against the shoulder. The Lead Sled
minimizes felt-recoil tremendously. Without this
device you could have one sore shoulder at the
end of the day. A sore shoulder can provide
somewhat of a negative experience to your hunt,
especially if you are a first timer.
Your shooting can be improved if you use a good
rifle scope. An example is the Burris Fullfield
II Rifle Scope. The scope can provide the
advantage of a good pair of binoculars when you
are actually in the process of shooting.
Electronics--Communications and Location
Waterproof FRS/GMRS radio plus GPS
navigator packs a powerful 5 watts of
transmit power along with a brilliant
color display, rechargeable lithium-ion
battery, barometric altimeter,
electronic compass and built-in NOAA
There are a number of electronics products you
may want to consider bringing along to permit
better communications with friends who may be
with you on the hunt and give you the capability
of knowing exactly where you are to avoid
A two-way radio is great to stay in touch with
friends on the hunt who may be set up in another
location in the woods. It also gives you an
opportunity to coordinate your movements with
your buddies and provide a whole lot of
information as to the location of the game you
Portable GPS devices are also essential. If you
have a reliable device, you know exactly where
you are so chances of getting lost are limited.
Moreover, it may help you in tracking the game
No doubt when you go out on a hunt you have an
awful lot of things you need to carry. Some are
small and somewhat cumbersome unless you have
something in which you can put them. Don't
forget, for example, that you probably will have
a few sandwiches and other stuff to eat, and you
will have to figure out a way to carry the
cartridges for your rifle in a place where you
can get to them quickly and easily.
Maybe a shooting vest is something you will want
to consider. It keeps you protected from the
climate, and it provides pockets where you can
store your cartridges.
There are also gear bags [Cocoon
Solutions ATV Bags]. Many of these bags are
offered in a variety of sizes so that you can
get the proper one for the amount of gear you
happen to take with you on a hunt.
Also, since you are using an ATV or UTV to get
around, you can also take advantage of storage
products that are designed to be used on these
machines. For example, there are cargo boxes,
hood racks, gun holders and racks, bow grips,
and drop baskets designed to be mounted on the
rear of an ATV.
ATV Protective Cover
Other ATV Accessories
You will want to be certain that when you leave,
your ATV it is well protected from the elements.
Many sports stores, ATV dealers, and Internet
sites offer all sorts of accessories that assure
this. Park your ATV in the woods and then cover
it with an outdoor cover. Many of these covers
are made of heavy duty coated nylon material
with maximum water resistance, and they also
have the ability to repel water and protect
against ultraviolet sunlight. Some of these
covers also have a storage bag included so that
you can stow away whatever.
The ride in those woods can be bumpy so you may
want to equip your ATV with a frame and top.
Many of the frame and tops are made of all
aircraft aluminum and include a shatterproof
folding windshield for protection from rain,
wind and cold. They also have some form of
ventilation so you keep somewhat cool in the ATV
during the summer hunts. There are also side
enclosures. Many are made of 400-denier,
waterproof nylon, and these side enclosures can
roll up or can be removed altogether for easy
storage when you find that you don't need them.
These enclosures also include shooting windows,
shooting rests and storage compartments. So, in
effect, your ATV can serve as a hunting blind.
How about some kind of anti-scent formula or
clothing? Believe it or not, there is clothing
that features activated charcoal that adsorbs
your scent. Two very popular brands of
scent-blocking clothing are Scent-Lok and Scent
Blocker. There are also scads of anti-scent
Do you want the game you seek to come to you?
How about using decoys and calls to entice the
game? There are calls for turkeys, ducks, deer,
elk, and predators. Also, there are decoys for
ducks, geese, turkey and deer.
So, aforementioned are a few ideas that might
keep you in the hunting store or on line with a
particular hunting site for a little longer than
you may have anticipated. In the long run,
however, being fully stocked with what you need
will make the hunt that much more fun.