The day before my first duck hunt, I went into a sporting goods store with my father-in-law to get all the clothing and gear I was going to need. I was brand new to the sport, so I had no gear at all. Not even a camo hat to hide my pale face. I’m a tall guy, so borrowing gear was pretty much out of the question. So I had to buy everything brand new.
As we walked through the store, I saw how quickly duck hunting can break the bank. And this was just the clothing to sit comfortably in the blind, not including anything to actually hunt.
Poor Man’s Guide for the First Duck Hunt
Are you planning on going on your first duck hunt this year? Are you looking to buy the gear you will need without going broke? Here are some ideas on how to cheaply gear up for your first duck hunt. Now is the time to start getting gear so you don’t have to get it all at once like I did.
Camo Hat-The first time you see duck swinging by, your are going to be so excited that you will want to stick your head out to get a good look at them. It’s hard to stay hidden and still, even for experienced hunters. So you want to do your best to keep your head and face hidden so the ducks don’t see you and fly away. This adjustable cap by Realtree will work and it sells for less than 10 bucks.
Jacket-Depending on where you hunt, you will probably need a jacket that will keep you warm and dry. The easiest thing to do is layer up with clothing you already have and then buy a top layer jacket that will keep you concealed and dry. A jacket like this will work for only $50. There are plenty of other jackets out there that would more versatile to keep you warm and dry, but they will cost you $150 or more. A jacket like this is a cheap way to get you started. You can upgrade later.
Allen Cattail Bootfoot Neoprene Chest Waders, Mossy Oak Blades Camo Starting at $68 depending on size
Waders-Check with who you are hunting with to see if you need waders. If you are hunting in a field, you may not need them. If you do, you may decide that it is worth spending the extra money to get a good pair. It is important to get waders that will keep you dry so you stay warm. If you buy a good pair, they will likely last you several years.
But staying with the theme of spending the least amount of money to get you hunting, these waders by Allen Cattail will only cost you between $70 and $130 depending on your size. They are insulated to help keep you warm and the Mossy Oak Blades pattern will keep you hidden from ducks.
Gloves– You might be ok without gloves if it’s not too cold where you hunt. But if you do, you’ll want some that are warm and can handle getting wet. These gloves do just that for less than $30. Plus the Realtree Max-5 pattern will keep ducks from picking out your bare hands when you reach for your shotgun.
Time to Hunt with Money Still in the Pocket
These are some of the less expensive suggestions on the gear you will need to go on your first duck hunt. Staying warm and dry will go a long way to making your hunt a good one. You could easily spend a few hundred dollars buying gear just to get in the blind. But starting with these suggestions can get you out there for less than $200.
We’ll talk later on what else you need to actual hunt (shotguns, calls, decoys, etc). Hopefully a buddy of yours can let you borrow some of these to get you started on your first hunt.
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