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Melissa Bachman: The Gear I Could Never Live Without

by Melissa Bachman   |  March 12th, 2012 7

I like to have a lot of gear with me in the field but there are a few items that I just couldn’t live without. These items may not be things you would normally think of but here’s my list of my all time favorites.

Of course, any hunter can go without if need be, but if I had my choice, these are the basic necessities I would want on any given hunt.  We all have our favorites, so post some of yours below!

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Bow Release

We all like to get new gear and try out new things, but there are certain items as a hunter you just can’t get rid of. My release is one of those items. I’ve been shooting the same TruBall Short and Sweet release for the last five years or more, and I absolutely love it. It’s the one item I wouldn’t be comfortable stepping into the field without it. It’s extremely short, so it allows you to have the maximum draw possible, and fits perfectly in your hand. It also has a buckle, which I prefer over Velcro. This is not only for the noise, but also so it straps into the exact same place each time. The funny thing is, I actually wake up at night in the fall feeling on my hand for my release! When you get used to having something on at all times, it actually feels weird not to be wearing it at all times.

  • Roger Holman

    The number one thing I use is my hunting buddy ,W.H. we went on 70 deer hunts last season. we hunt from tower and platform stands.We carry cell phones and backpacks.We always wear Binos on our chest. Warm clothes .Our club killed 84 deer and 107 hogs,I am 71 and W.H. is 74.

  • Pete

    JC! If your going to go handgun hunting, then use your hands! That rest and that hand cannon with a monster scope……………..COME ON MAN or WOMEN! That is to handgun hunting what an automatically drawn, held and relaesed mechanical bow with no human input, would be to bow hunting.

    Try hunting with a 4 inch, iron sighted, DAO revolver. That's handgun hunting!

  • Michael Ring

    Hi Melissa,

    Which of the Garmin GPS units do you use?


  • Melissa Bachman

    I have a Garmin Oregon 450

  • Todd

    I use the Trufire Extreme F.B. Like how i can fold it out of the way while getting set up.

    Now Melissa….I need to know…how can you wear the rings? That is something i've wondered about for awhile now.

  • Melissa Bachman

    I'm not a big fan of gloves and usually have jewelry on so I don't even notice. I have yet to spook anything from jewelry and usually have my bow blinged out as well!

  • brian s.

    What rifle caliber do you shoot? I am looking for a "kicker" and was wondering if 300 wsm is an all around good caliber?


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