I recently posted a list of all the things that you need to hunt whitetail deer. Despite my fear that this off season is too equipment heavy for this blog, I plan on going through the list with specific recommendations.
For the purpose of this post, and the following ones, I shall assume that those of you interested have no equipment already and are looking for the least expensive option. This shall not be a list of the cheapest possible options, but instead a list of the cheapest of the acceptable options.
The cheapest acceptable options to fulfill your minimum list of deer hunting needs.
Yes it is necessary. No you cannot hunt from the ground and expect any sort of success.
Since we’re going for cheap we’ll need to make do with one stand only. We’ll still want to hunt several spots so it needs to be a climbing treestand.
As far as I know, there are exactly two acceptable climbing treestands on the market today. They are not cheap, but we only need one. Bigger is better (so long as not too much weight is added) so the Lone Wolf Hand Climber Combo II is the selection. (Is only $10 more than the Lone Wolf Assault Climber.)
I don’t think that I need to say why.
Fixed blades are stronger. And a spare will often be valuable, because you do not want to cut meat that you are going to eat with a knife that you just used to remove the brain from the skull or the anus from the deer.
You’ll need to haul your weapon up the tree after you once you’ve climbed. And there are always other uses.
I’m just going to throw an overestimated price at you because you can, no doubt, go to Wal-Mart and get any ol’ rope. Get a 3/8″ rope at least 20 feet long, longer if you plan on climbing 20 feet up trees. This thicker rope will tangle less than thinner ones. It should be cloth, quiet, and who cares about the color.
Rope – $5
Gutting goes much nicer with the gloves on.
The long orange gloves keep you clean-ish, and the white latex ones keep the orange gloves tight to your hands so you can hold your knife.
Blood trailing a hit deer goes a lot easier with an even white light, so get a LED flashlight. I’m not including batteries in my price.
Brighter lights would be better, but we’re going for cheap. Who cares about the color? It’ll be in your pocket most of the time and when its not you’ll want it easy to find when you drop it.
Go to Wal-Mart and buy a ball of twine for tying your carcass tag to your deer.
Twine – $3
Gun Safe or Gun Rack
You can lean one gun against the corner of your bedroom, but once you get your rifle and a muzzleloader, and another rifle, and another, and so on you’ll need to store them somewhere.
This is the first thing that came up on Amazon, and It will be fine for your first four guns. But better would be better.
Once you have all your stuff you’ll need to know what to do with it. My book will be re-released shortly (hopefully with pictures) stay tuned.
Shoot Deer: A beginner’s guide to hunting whitetails by Tim McMahon – $10
Total cost of Outfitting a Hunter: Accessories (plus tax): $456