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Small game hunting checklist
Add or remove insulation layers in different weather/hunting conditions to stay comfortable.
- Base layer – tops and bottoms
- These will help on cold mornings, but also help you wick sweat as the day heats up.
- Mid-layer – tops and pants
- Long-sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts (multiple, thinner layers); jeans or nylon/wool pants; a fleece jacket or vest if weather necessitates more layers.
- Outer layer – jacket/coat
- Wool is a common choice.
- Waterproof boots
- Make sure to break them in before the season begins.
- Hunter orange (firearm season only) if you don’t have a hunter orange vest or jacket.
- Hunter orange vest
- Required by Michigan regulations. See the Michigan Hunting Digest for more details. You may also wear a cap, hat, jacket or rain gear of hunter orange.
- Make sure you can pull the trigger while wearing them.
- Shotgun or rimfire rifle. Check Michigan hunting regulations to make sure your firearm complies.
- Ammunition for firearm
- #6 shotgun shells or caliber-specific rimfire loads
- Firearm case
- Soft-sided or hard-sided.
- Gun-cleaning kit
- Get a kit specific to your firearm.
Other hunting gear and items
- Hunting license
- Available online at E-License or at any license agent. Apprentice licenses are available for those who don’t yet have a hunter safety certificate. See the Michigan Hunting Digest for more information about license types and buying a license.
- A sturdy fixed or folding blade of 3 inches is sufficient.
- Flashlight, map, compass and smartphone (fully charged)
- Along with carrying these items, for safety’s sake, always make sure someone knows about your hunting plans – where you’ll be hunting
- Game bag
- For carrying your harvested game.