Download Your Own Whitetail Hunting Checklist

Check all the boxes—and fill in your own—to ensure nothing gets left behind this season.

When draw near to the whitetail opener, it’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of the season. Days are getting shorter, nights are growing colder and—if you’re like us—you’ve spent recent weekends sorting gear, sighting in rifles and digging your favorite cold-weather layers out of storage. You’ve spent the past few months e-scouting, setting up deer cams and planning just the right spot for your tree stand. And now your favorite time of year is nearly here; the work is about to pay off.

Make Sure You’re Opener Ready. Try the Hunt App for Free.

We’ve compiled a quick, customizable list of the basics you’ll need in the field. (You know, that mental checklist you run through as things are loaded into the truck.) Download it, make your own notes for your favorite gear and print it out so you can enjoy the satisfaction of crossing off each item as it’s loaded up. Then, the morning of the opener, enjoy a cup of hot coffee on the drive to your favorite spot knowing that you’ve packed along everything you’ll need for the day.

Now get out there and get it done. We can’t wait to hear your stories.


Man preparing and loading gear before heading outside to hunt.

header image: Sam Soholt


Jess McGlothlin

Before taking the role of onX Communications Writer, Jess McGlothlin worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the outdoor and fly-fishing industries. While on assignment in the past few years she’s learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, stand-up paddleboard down Peruvian Amazon tributaries and eat all manner of unidentifiable food.