Upland Hunting Checklist – Local

As many of you have personally experienced; when you first started hunting you packed pretty light.  Gun?  Check.   Shells?  Check.  Blaze orange!?  Check!  Let’s go hunting!

I don’t know about you, but many of my earlier hunting adventures were mostly practices in suffering due to unpreparedness and trying not to lose a limb to the cold or dealing with a briar induced cut.  Over the years I’ve admittedly grown older and have acquired an appreciation for the elements and punishment that mother nature can dish out.  This ultimately lead me to expand my list of “required” gear.  If this weren’t enough, I have also acquired two hunting dogs during this time.  What started out as a leash and some water has now grown into an almost unwieldy amount of gear to support man and beast in our pursuits of feathered and winged targets.  Take a look after the jump if for an itemized list of all the gear I (intend) to pack and take each trip afield with the dogs.

This list is customized for trips where we are within emergency distance of the vet and only a short distance (under 30 miles) from home.

As you can see, this pile of stuff gets pretty big.  As I get some time during my preparations for my next trip I ‘ll try to get a photo of the mountain-o-gear to share.

Dog Gear

  • Water bowl
  • Water bottle
  • Revive supplement water
  • Water
  • Whistle and lanyard
  • Leash
  • Brush
  • Furminator
  • First-aid kit
  • Tweezers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Tuff foot
  • Musher’s Secret
  • Tie-out ropes
  • Blanket
  • Field collar with name plate
  • E-collar and transmitter
  • Chest protector
  • Dog identification information
  • Vet information sheet
  • Crate

Guns and Ammunition

  • Primary shotgun
  • Secondary/backup gun
  • Shotgun chokes
  • Repair kit
  • Shotgun shells


  • Pocket video camera
  • Hat for hatcam
  • Pocket still camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Car chargers
  • Cell phone

License and Regulatory Information

  • Wallet
  • Hunting license
  • Necessary permit information
  • Hunting  regulations
  • Photo IDs
  • Cash
  • Credit cards
  • Check
  • Notify family of planned location and transportation plans

Clothing and Outerwear

  • Underwear
  • Long underwear based on temps
  • Mid-layer – short or long sleeve
  • Outer-layer – sweathshirt or short sleeve
  • Vest and/or jacket
  • Field pants
  • Gloves – liner and heavy outer gloves
  • Orange baseball cap
  • Orange stocking cap
  • Fleece ear band
  • Fleece neck/face protector
  • Scarf
  • Boots – cold/wet or warm/dry
  • Sneakers
  • Belt

Miscellaneous Gear

  • Plastic bags (gallon zipper and grocery style)
  • Surgical gloves
  • Game dressing kit
  • Flash light
  • Notebook
  • Gear bag


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