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Six Accessories To Pack For Your Hunting Trip

A vacation at an all-inclusive blackbuck antelope hunting ranch can be a lot of fun, whether you're an experienced hunter or a novice. These trips can also be a great opportunity to try hunting a new kind of game. For instance, perhaps you have been hunting deer your whole life, but you want to venture into hunting antelope. The ranch should tell you the main items you need to bring along, which may or may not include your weapon and ammunition (some ranches provide this for you). Beyond the basic packing list, however, there are some essentials you will want to bring.

1. Wool Socks

If your feet are wet, cold, or sore, your entire hike will be less enjoyable. So, regardless of the other clothing you bring, you need to bring wool socks. Thinner wool socks are perfect for the summer because they breathe and wick moisture away from your feet, preventing blisters. Thicker wool socks are good for winter as they provide a good level of insulation without getting your skin too wet if you step in some snow or water.

2. Wet Wipes

Pack a little container of wet wipes in your gear, and plan to bring them with you on your hunting adventures. You can use them for everything from wiping off your hands to cleaning off your knife.

3. A Knife

If you have a hunting knife that you really like, make sure you bring it along. The ranch may provide knives, but you're always better off using a knife you feel comfortable with. You're less likely to cut yourself, and you will probably do a better job cleaning the meat you do shoot since you know how your particular knife feels in your hand.

4. A Compass

You may rely on your smartphone for directions, and that will work well -- until the battery dies or you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with no reception. Just in case you get separated from the group, make sure you bring a compass that you can use to navigate.

5. A Poncho

Pick up one of those $5 plastic ponchos at your local discount store, and bring it with you in your hunting pack. If it starts raining, you'll appreciate having a fast way to keep dry.

6. A Flashlight

Again, you may rely on your smartphone for a light, but if it fails, you will enjoy having a flashlight on hand, too.

With the items above in your pack, you will be better prepared for whatever your hunting venture ends up entailing.