Utility Belt for fast-response Hunting
I strive to be ready to hunt within a few minutes notice. I live in a rural area and frequently get calls from nearby farmers suffering from wild dog attacks on their calves and cattle. Occasionally, it is wild boar harassing either the livestock or the farmers themselves. A fast response and a short drive can pay dividends by catching these predators in the act.
The kit I carry on these hunts has been evolving over the last few years. More recently, I have been experimenting with the utility belt approach. Previously, I had been using a small daypack with my essential gear in it. I feel the utility belt offers the fastest and most effective solution to a quick response with my essential carry items ready to go.
My current utility belt is a make-shift affair as I test the concept and narrow down my essential carry items. My ex-army hunting buddy provided his old military utility belt to which I have added various pouches and items. Utility belts are readily available from Amazon and I recommend the following items.
Amazon Australia – Utility belt and pouch for hunting
What to Carry on a Hunting Utility Belt
My hunting utility belt holds the following items.
- An extremely sharp bowie knife. WHY – It is for defence against unexpected encounters with wild boar. I do not expect to be harvesting any meat. The handle is hollow and I keep some pain-relieving tablets in there for emergencies.
- My Leupold Range-finder. WHY – Some shots can be out past 400 metres and such ranges are hard to estimate accurately.
- Ammo pouch to hold 3 spare rounds. WHY – I rarely use more than the three rounds in my Vanguard 257 Weatherby Magnum magazine, but when that does happen, those extra 3 rounds are invaluable.
- Pouch to hold camera. My ever-ready, shockproof, waterproof Olympus TG-5
- Surgical Gloves and Hand-cleanser. WHY – For handling possibly contagious feral animals.
- Emergency Survival Pouch. WHY – The country I hunt is one of sharp ridges and deep valleys where there is no phone signal. There are several prime risks of injury to consider, such as slipping, being bitten by highly venomous snakes or being attacked by wild boar or protective cattle.
Contents of Emergency Survival Pouch
- Pressure Bandage. WHY – First aid for snakebite or other wounds.
- Cord. WHY – Useful in any number of ways in an emergency or just for general hunting applications.
- PLB Emergency Locator Beacon. WHY – A lone hunter, injured or otherwise incapacitated, can summon help to the precise location.
- Survival Kit. WHY – Basic comfort and protection and attract attention to a disabled hunter in the wilderness. I carry the following in my compact survival kit.
* Signalling mirror
* Alfoil “space-blanket”
* Waterproof matches
* Zip-lock bag of Firestarter (lint from clothes drier)
* Small Swiss pocket knife
There is no right or wrong to the contents of a survival kit – they are very individual items. I have discussed survival kits in-depth previously, as in The Bare Minimum. Here are a couple of particularly useful basic survival kits available from Amazon.
Amazon USA – Emergency Survival Kit
Amazon Australia – Emergency Survival Kit
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