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    What to take?

    I can imagine this has been discussed lots of times. But I have a hunting trip planned in a months time. It is a private block and we will be walking into the block and staying for 3 days. Everything will be packed in. So what do I need to take? Clothes, food etc...I am a novice but am keen and have a very understanding girlfriend who has allowed a nice budget to have a bit of splash out. I have a rifle and some hunting equipment.
    Thanks in advance

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    Welcome to the forum Drewski. There are quite a few threads on here similar to this so have a good look around the forum. I break it down like this: Hunting essentials - rifle, rounds and knife. Navigation essentials - map and compass (GPS if you have one). Emergency essentials - first aid kit and reflective blanket (PLB if you have one). Dwelling essentials - something to sleep under, sleep in an on. Eating / Drinking essentials - food (high energy), water container, knife, fork, spoon, plate, mug. Clothing essentials - at least one change of clothing matched to the weather conditions. Other useful items - string, torch etc

    You should consider weight against distance to be carried and your personal fitness level.
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    Welcome and do check out the threads as rushy says.

    weigh ur pack when loaded. Whatever the number, its too heavy. Rethink. If a party, rember some gear is shared. Avoid double ups. Staying warm n dry with good feet is priority.
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    hard question to answer because of so many variables.

    I try to keep the total weight in my pack, minus rifle and ammo, down to about 6-8kgs for walk in trip, depending on how far you intend to walk and for how long you intend to stay.

    This will depend on variables such as how strong you are, how fit you are ,distance walked, length of stay, area/terrain, time of year, weather, availability of shelter, clean water etc.

    Only you will know what gear you "NEED" as opposed to what gear you may "Want".

    Some Needs are food (including cooking/eating equipment), shelter (maybe), warmth (dry clothes, sleeping bag), navigation equipment, emergency equipment (first aid/epirb), torch & spare batteries, rifle, ammo, knife

    It's very easy to take too much.

    I also have a stock take after I return and tend to leave those items (baring safety equipment) that I didn't use behind for the next trip.

    Hope this helps a little.

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    A rifle and 6 rounds and 3 cans a baked beans water a tarp and a few stick mags of your choice........fattys n oil is a goody!!
    goos luck post up the pics broee!!!

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    As I'm learning now it really does depend on where you're going terrain wise, every time I go out I take less and less gear.
    They to bring dry foods that you can add water to. Nathan F got me on to using milk powder and oats and stuff like that.
    One other thing you might want to think about is sand flies, I get a reaction to them if I'm bitten enough so now I always make sure I have something to keep them off me.
    I agree with what rusty is saying, just take what you need and no more. if you shoot something and you already have a full pack with all you can carry, how will you get the meat out.
    If you have got a month before you go, load up your pack and walk some hills after work. you won't regret it when your in the bush.

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    It sucks to be cold, it sucks to be wet, it sucks to get lost, it sucks to run out of ammo, it sucks to have a plugged barrel and nothing to unblock it with, it sucks to hurt yourself and have no way of calling for help and it sucks to go hungry.

    Find a solution to the above and you'll have a well planned trip.

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    As a nurse I have to state the obvious - safety first!
    Take note of the threads here, and add condensed milk in a toothpast type tube. You'll be amazed the boost this stuff can give when you're wet and hungry.
    Waterproof matches, and if hunting up high, grab some bracken from the lower reaches and stuff that into your shirt as you walk in. You'll be very happy you did when you're the only guy to get a fire going.
    Finally, take a tiny Gideons bible - the pages are made from rice paper, you can read it, eat it, light fires with it, roll a cigarette with it, you can get sand out of your eyes with it, and finally you can wipe your arse with it. Mines 15 years old and still got a few pages left..........
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    Finally, take a tiny Gideons bible - the pages are made from rice paper, you can read it, eat it, light fires with it, roll a cigarette with it, you can get sand out of your eyes with it, and finally you can wipe your arse with it. Mines 15 years old and still got a few pages left..........[/QUOTE]

    That is the reason why hunters of old never had pockets on their shirts....they are always ripped off. Great advice thanks very much

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    Rifle, Ammo, bore cleaner, fly tent (optional/ weather dependent), Billy, knife & fork, water container, lighter, Sleeping bag (optional), first aid, Emergency blanket and food rations.
    This gear i would consider essential, if the bank allows i would look at getting a Epurb and GPS.
    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckshot View Post
    A rifle and 6 rounds and 3 cans a baked beans water a tarp and a few stick mags of your choice........fattys n oil is a goody!!
    goos luck post up the pics broee!!!
    He doesn't need the whole magazine...only going for 3 days...one centre fold should cover that.
    Which is worse, ignorance or apathy...I don't know and don't care.

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    Boys get with the times...Ipad nowa days!

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    The gear you take in for 2 nights is the same as a trip for 1 night or 5 nights. Only variable is the amount of food. Bearing this in mind, if you overload your pack for the walk in with junk, you will find it pretty fuking heavy or no room on the way out for any meat you have shot.

    To minimize the amount of clothing required, by a sleeping bag liner to keep the inside of your bag clean as you will hunt, eat, and sleep in the same clothes.
    Or if you are going to have a camp fire, have a set of camp clothes and a set of hunting clothes
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    A stick mag and lots of bog roll is essential. Also think about a rifle (calibre irrelevant), bolt, 10 rounds of ammo, a good knife, torch, a scratcher, a bit of grub, a drink bottle, binos, a poofter pad, a tent or bivvy bag, something to put your meat in (pillow case) etc.

    And the most essential of all that.....................bog roll! Believe me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1000PA View Post
    As a nurse I have to state the obvious - safety first!
    Take note of the threads here, and add condensed milk in a toothpast type tube. You'll be amazed the boost this stuff can give when you're wet and hungry.
    Waterproof matches, and if hunting up high, grab some bracken from the lower reaches and stuff that into your shirt as you walk in. You'll be very happy you did when you're the only guy to get a fire going.
    Finally, take a tiny Gideons bible - the pages are made from rice paper, you can read it, eat it, light fires with it, roll a cigarette with it, you can get sand out of your eyes with it, and finally you can wipe your arse with it. Mines 15 years old and still got a few pages left..........


    And after your friends have banished you from the hut because you fart and snore, and you feel intimidated by the spooky trees, and you feel all alone....at least you will have your bit of bible and know that God still loves you.

    I will pick one up at the next motel I stay in and post it to you if you want.

 

 

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