5 Little Known Hunting Tools Every Hunter Should Carry

There are certain hunting tools that just about every hunter carries in their pack. Things like a knife, game bags, some sort of direction device whether it be a GPS or a compass, and so forth.  But, over the years, I’ve noticed that I carry a few hunting tools in my pack that I don’t find in many other hunter’s packs – perhaps for good reason.  Yet, I find these items invaluable and wouldn’t go on the mountain without them.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Perhaps my favorite of all hunting tools to use, hydrogen peroxide makes blood bubble and therefore it is an incredibly useful tool when following a blood trail through fall foliage   Perhaps being somewhat color blind makes following a blood trail harder for me than most, but I can’t count how many times this little bottle has saved me.  Sometimes leaves have spots on them that I swear could be blood, but one squirt with the hydrogen peroxide removes all doubt.

Unscented Flushable Baby Wipes

Baby wipes serve many purposes.  They are a great stain remover if you are worried about that spot of blood on your hunting shirt.  But, if you’re worried about that spot, hunting is probably the wrong activity for you.  However, for those times when you have just cleaned a deer and then you want to stop at a restaurant on the way home – baby wipes will take care of the bloodiest hands and leave you nearly presentable.  They will take face paint right off as well when nothing else seems to work and if allowed to dry, they also double as soft and compact toilet paper.  Sometimes even hunting tools have to serve more practical purposes.

Duct Tape

I love tools that have multiple uses. Duct tape might be the Swiss army knife of hunting tools.

It’s been said that anything can be fixed with duct tape and WD40.  If it moves and it isn’t supposed to, use duct tape.  If it doesn’t move and is supposed to, use WD40.  Duct tape is one of the best emergency kit tools on the planet.  Use it as a band-aide if you slice yourself, patch up clothes, fix a pack, or keep a hunting partner from blabbing about your honey-hole*.

*That’s a joke. Please don’t say I advocate this behavior.

Hunting Tools can be found even at REI.

A newly discovered hunting tool for me. I love my JetBoil for quick, warm meals.


JetBoils are not unknown.  At least among hikers their usefulness is well revered.  And even among backcountry hunters, JetBoils have become a popular item.  But, what I discovered while planning a backcountry hunt that turned into day hunting from a base camp is that JetBoils are just plain handy.  No more peanut butter and honey sandwiches for lunch or nasty protein bars for breakfast.  Now, I eat real food** whether I’m on a three day pack-in hunt or I’m doing day hunts from camp.



I forgot one of my hunting tools - a tripod

I forgot a tripod on this hunt – and my pack made an appearance in every photo I snapped because of it.

Many hunters of western states carry a tripod for their spotting scope.  But some of us have never been able to afford a spotting scope – but I try and make sure to have a tripod.  When an animal hits the ground, we want to make sure our pictures are as nice as they can possibly be.   Tripods can come in pretty small packages, and they make the photo ops so much easier – and the end result looks much nicer.

So, what did I miss?  Do you have a favorite item you take with you that you don’t think many other hunters pack?  Let’s hear ‘em…


8 Responses to “5 Little Known Hunting Tools Every Hunter Should Carry”

  1. SoleAdventure on October 17th, 2012 8:07 pm

    Great post, Tom.  Thank you for sharing.
    I actually use all of these items frequently, with the exception of the Hydrogen Peroxide; I’m definitely going to add a small vial of that my hunting kit.

  2. tsorenson on October 17th, 2012 9:28 pm

    @SoleAdventure Thanks, Mark.  Hydrogen Peroxide really is the greatest.  Can be used to clean cuts too, I suppose.

  3. CoryGlauner on October 17th, 2012 11:16 pm

    Awesome post! Hydrogen Peroxide. Great idea!

  4. BlueNOrangBlood on October 18th, 2012 2:36 am

    Good stuff, thanks for the info on the peroxide. One thing a buddy showed me a few years ago to help keep you track.  We take a film canister and stuff it full of surveyors tape with a few slits in the lid to help mark our trail while tracking.  Works great and very light weight.  I also started packing a water filtration system as I tend to drink allot of water while hunting and have run out before, never again.

  5. tsorenson on October 18th, 2012 5:47 am

    @BlueNOrangBlood Awesome idea with the film canister full of surveyors tape.  I always end up having to use my baby wipes because I always forget some kind of flagging!  I also keep a water filter – for the same reason.  Ran out of water in the (near) bottom of Hell’s Canyon on the Oregon side.  I drank from the creek all the way out – I was lucky I didn’t get Giardia, because I’ve known a few people to get it from that area.

  6. SoCalBowhunter on October 18th, 2012 9:12 pm

    Excellent post, Tom. The one thing I don’t carry on my hunts out here is the JetBoil. While I love mine, there is far to great a chance of starting a forest fire with one right now. I have heard of the Peroxide idea before and have never done it, but it sounds like a great tool!

  7. tsorenson on October 19th, 2012 4:06 pm

    @SoCalBowhunter I guess I never even considered the possibility of the JetBoil starting a fire.  Hmmm….
    Peroxide is a must have in my opinion, but again, being color blind it might be more useful to me than others.

  8. Dirk on January 21st, 2015 9:26 am

    Great tips. This will push me to get the jet boil. Good idea for the duct tape also, plenty of uses there. I have a weather app on my phone that helps me plan for the hunt and other outdoor activities. Pretty handy tool. Check it out at http://www.islikely.com

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