The Waggoner-Sauder family has been ranching in Texas for over 100 years. In that time, we’ve learned a thing or two about hunting. Here are our top five hunting must-haves for any hunter heading into the upcoming season.

  1. A good pair of binoculars

You need to be able to see your prey from a distance, and a good pair of binoculars will help you do just that. Look for a pair that is comfortable to wear and easy to use. Be sure to test them out in different light conditions to make sure they will work well for you. For example, if you plan on hunting in the early morning hours, you’ll need a pair of binoculars that perform well in low light conditions. Also consider how far you plan on being from your prey when you take the shot. If you’re shooting at long range, you’ll need a pair of binoculars that have good zoom power. We recommend a scope of at least 10x for long range hunting.

  1. A quality rifle

Your rifle is obviously a very important part of your hunting equipment. You want to make sure you have a rifle that is accurate and reliable. If you’re new to hunting, or if you’re not familiar with firearms, we recommend working with a professional to find the right rifle for you. It’s also important to practice with your rifle so that you are comfortable and confident using it. Taking a shooting class is a great way to learn how to properly use your firearm and hone your shooting skills.

  1. The right clothing

You need to be able to blend in with your surroundings so that you don’t scare away your prey. If you’re hunting in the woods, wear camouflage or dark-colored clothing. You want to avoid anything that is brightly colored or makes noise. We also recommend layering your clothing so that you can easily adjust to changes in the temperature. It’s better to be too warm than too cold when you’re out in the elements.

  1. A comfortable pair of boots

You’re going to be doing a lot of walking, so you need a comfortable pair of boots that provide good support. Look for a pair of boots that are waterproof and have good tread. You don’t want to be slipping and sliding all over the place when you’re trying to stalk your prey.

  1. A pocket knife

A pocket knife is a handy tool to have when you’re out in the wilderness. It can be used for everything from skinning your prey to cutting rope or opening cans. Choose a knife that is durable and easy to use. We recommend a folding knife so that you can easily carry it in your pocket.

Bring these five essential items if you’re heading out for a hunt this season. With these must-haves, you’ll be well prepared for anything the outdoors throws your way. We look forward to seeing you out on the Nine Bar Ranch!