I’ve seen it said that the only things you really need to hunt is a weapon and some ammunition and a knife. That’s true, but if you want to have an easier and more productive hunt then there are some things I recommend. I use and talk about these five things in the following video.
This is probably the longest article I’ve written on Business and Bullets, because I have a lot of experience using these things and I believe in all of them 100%. I’ve said before that you shouldn’t waste your money on junk you don’t need to be happy, but I believe you’ll absolutely love this stuff.
I said I’d try to find the links for this stuff, and I have. Full disclosure, these are affiliate links and I may or may not receive a commission if you follow the link and buy the product. This is at no expense to you. Feel free to check, these items are no more expensive than if you looked them up on your own. All you’d be doing is helping Business and Bullets to grow and getting a great item that I know you’ll be happy with.
Every one of these items has been in my hunting gear for several years. I really own and use them.
I wouldn’t recommend anything I couldn’t stand behind 100% because my personal reputation is on the line. I’ve put my face and name on the line with Business and Bullets, so I couldn’t just cut ties from it and try to make a quick buck. My honor is bound to Business and Bullets. Some southerners still care about honor. I’m one of them.
Let’s look at the things in the video a little more closely.
You’re not just going to want a harness. If you plan to climb a tree, you’re going to need one. If you fall out of the tree stand and you’re not wearing a harness, you’re going to plummet to the ground. Chances are good that you’ll die or be crippled. Don’t be a cheapskate. Buy a good, high quality, comfortable harness.
It’s been going strong for half a decade. One of the cool things about Hunter Safety System harnesses is that they upgrade their products regularly from hunter feedback. When enough people request an update to a part of the design, they listen.
Mine has a less modern camo pattern than the one in the link, but they’re the same product. It also looks like they’ve upgraded the leg straps to increase comfort. I’m in love with the one I’ve got, but the updated version does look a lot more comfortable.
Every strap is adjustable. There are buckles on each strap that allow you to tighten or loosen it to fit. You’ll have to play around with it a little to find your fit. Once you’ve gotten it right, I recommend wrapping the adjustment buckle with electrical tape so it can’t slide and become looser.
I’ve worn cheapo harnesses before and trust me, this one is worth it. You might feel like a hundred bucks is a lot of money for something you may never need, but you’re going to be climbing trees a lot more often than you’re going to be shooting deer. You wouldn’t consider your rifle to be a waste of money, would you? Exactly.
Portable Climbing Stand
I’ve hunted on the ground. I’ve stalked, I’ve hunted from a man-made blind, and I’ve hunted from natural cover. It’s very, very hard to outwit an animal on the ground. There are a lot of factors working against you.
You can’t see very far. You can’t move very much at all. The long and the short of it is, you’re going to spook a lot of deer.
I don’t recommend hunting on the ground unless you can’t find someone to teach you IN PERSON how to safely climb a tree with a climbing stand or you don’t have the money or the land to buy a ladder stand.
I’ve seen a LOT of home made deer stands. Don’t trust them. I’ve never hunted out of one because ten times out of ten they look unsafe. Don’t try to scrimp and save on a stand. You want to buy the best stand you can because it’s your ass that’s going to be sitting in it. You want quality, you want comfort, and you want safety.
I don’t recommend ladder stands because even the best of them are uncomfortable. My preferred stands are more comfortable than my furniture at home.
That is a Summit 180. My dad uses that stand, and when he started using it he became a more successful hunter.
It’s called the 180 because the seat is easily reversible. We like to face the tree, but we wouldn’t have found that out if he hadn’t gotten the summit 180. He hunts even more than I do, and he absolutely loves that tree stand. He says it’s the most comfortable stand he’s ever used, and he’s been hunting for around 30 years.
It’s true that I was just able to turn my seat around, but it’s less comfortable because the frame of my stand is made to face outward. I make it work, but as soon as my stand is getting a little worn I’ll be getting myself a summit 180. The only problem with that is that my current stand is so damned tough that it’s going to be a long time before I can justify the expense.
It’s tough as nails and quiet as death. The metal parts have a coating on them that cuts down on noise, which is one of the things I demanded in a stand when I was reconsidering my hunting methods. It’s got an aluminum body so it’s not as heavy to carry in and out of the woods, but it’s a high grade aluminum and it’s stout. I was extremely overweight when I first started hunting, so I needed all the strength I could get in the platform I would be using. The only thing I wanted to change about the stand was to make it face the tree, so I just turned the seat around. Good to go.
You might think that this is a lot of money, but you’re getting more out of it. Hunting on the ground is free, aside from licensing. Hunting from up in a tree is on a whole different level, and if you’re climbing then you want the absolute best you can get.
I’ve got a lesser stand hanging up in my dad’s workshop that I bent while climbing down a tree, and I had to jump clear of it to keep from falling. You don’t want that to be you. Buy a good stand. The two stands in the links above are as good as it gets.
I want you to think for a moment what would happen if you fell out of a tree while hunting. You were using a good stand, but maybe you didn’t have the cable tight enough for the tree you’re climbing or the teeth of the stand slipped and you shifted your weight sideways instead of down.
THIS IS WHY YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TEACH YOU HOW TO CLIMB, THIS IS ALL DONE BY FEEL AND YOU CAN’T READ OR WATCH IT AND LEARN HOW TO DO IT. YOU MUST BE TAUGHT.
You are wearing a harness, though. You should be fine, right? Your harness is attached to a safety strap (mentioned further down this article) and you aren’t falling.
Oh, no, you’re not falling.
You’re hanging from a strap on your back right between the shoulder blades. All your body weight is dangling. Just the shock of being pulled down might cause you to flinch, and that flinch might cause you to hit your head on the tree.
You can’t hug the tree and slide down because you’re attached to it. Even if you’ve been working legs at the gym, you’re not going to be able to loosen the strap and slide down because you don’t have enough hands to hold the tree and loosen the strap simultaneously.
Eventually your harness is going to cut off circulation to your legs, and you’re going to be in a hell of a shape. You’re probably not going to get lucky and be discovered before you’ve died.
This is where the descent system comes in.
The descent system is attached to your harness on one end and your tree strap on the other. It’s really just a tow strap that’s been wound up inside a case. If you fall out of the tree, it will drop you a few feet and stop. Then it’ll drop you another few feet and stop. This is to prevent you from picking up too much momentum as you descend.
This might be the best $60 you’ll spend as a hunter. I didn’t know these things existed when I first started hunting, but I’ve been using the one in the video every time I climb a tree for the past three years.
This one doesn’t need explanation. You wrap the strap around the tree, attach your descent system to the strap, attach your descent system to your harness, and you’re good to go.
They aren’t expensive at all, so if you’ve got several trees you’re going to hunt (as you should) then you could really get a strap for each tree and just leave it there all season. Just make sure to take it with you the last time you hunt that spot before the season is out.
They make other kinds, and some of them are cheaper. This one is quiet and easy to use, so there’s no need to get something more complicated or something more expensive. My dad used to just wrap a rope around himself and the tree and call it good. Hunting’s come a long way since the 1970’s. You don’t have to use a rope anymore.
These things are absolutely magical.
Put one of the little blue squares behind the screen. Screw in a butane canister in the bottom. Turn the dial to “on” and push the button until you see a glowing orange light through the peep hole on top. A few seconds later, a barely visible amount of smoke will emanate from the device and mosquitoes won’t come within fifteen feet of you. Absolutely brilliant.
I said in the video that you can’t smell it, and that’s a lie. You can smell it, but it’s faint. It has an earthy smell that doesn’t alarm wildlife. I love that smell because it means I’m in the wild.
I use mine whether or not there are bugs around, because it gives off a lot of heat in a controlled manner. The heat radiates outward from the screen so I can use the screen as a hand warmer in the winter.
I had to buy my Thermacell, the clip-on case, and the butane and blue squares all separately. I found you a link to get all of it at the same time, and for a lot less than I paid.
Sure, you could spend less money and buy that mosquito spray. I’ve always hated that stuff. My grandmother used to spray me down with it when I was a kid. I’m not a kid anymore and I’m not going to use that crap. You know how the smell is awful? Deer have a stronger sense of smell than humans. Even if you get one of the scented ones, the deer are still going to smell you a mile away.
Deer absolutely do not smell the smoke from the Thermacell. These things are absolutely magical to me, and I’m not going into the woods without mine. I use mine even when not hunting because its just that effective. When I’m going to a barbecue, I’m packing my Thermacell. Its probably my favorite of all the things I’ve listed in this article.
I’m not going to downplay the fact that these are affiliate links and I’m pushing the products I linked to. I do that with an absolutely clean conscious. Here’s why.
I believe in these things 100%. I have used each and every one of them for YEARS. If you are a hunter, you’re going to absolutely love these things. There’s not a doubt in my mind because I’m talking from years of actual experience.
I am a man of honor. What I say and what I do is important to me. Now, it doesn’t matter if what I say and do is “right” to you. All that matters is that what I say and do is honorable TO ME.
I recommend five great things that will enhance and not hinder your hunting experience and I stand by that decision. If I recommended five pieces of junk that you didn’t need or want, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.
If you’re the kind of person that has a problem with that, then I don’t want you here. I’m probably not writing for you anyway.
I’m not writing for the general public because the general public doesn’t really like hunters anyway. They view us as a necessary evil at best and vicious murderers at worst. If you found this article, then you’re one of three people.
1) You’re a hunter who likes reading/watching videos about hunting and gear and you stumbled upon my site. If that’s you, then I welcome you with open arms. Anybody who likes to spend time in nature and connect with their ancestry is all right in my book. Hell, you might already use these things.
2) You’re an anti-hunter who was looking for something or someone to get furious about and stumbled upon my site. If that’s you, then I don’t want you here. I don’t know you personally, but I can just about guarantee that you’re a weak individual who is more preoccupied with hating others than loving life. You’re probably a socialist, probably anti-gun, probably can’t get through ten pushups without quitting, and you’re probably a vegan/vegetarian. Sorry, honey, but we’re just not compatible. Go back to tweeting about meat being murder.
3) You’re a curious individual who saw my Youtube channel or stumbled onto my site. If that’s you, then I welcome you here. Look around, read some articles, watch some videos. If you stay, then you’re my kind of people. If you leave, then I suppose it just wasn’t meant to be.
I know there are people out there who feel the same way as me. I ain’t the only one. Some of the people who feel like I do also like to hunt and kill animals (legally, mind you) and eat them. Some of those people like big guns and fat stacks of cash. Some of those people also like to read books, follow blogs, and watch videos made by cocky, capitalist carnivores like me.
Those are the people I’m writing for.
Y’all have a nice day, now.