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  • I have been interested in taking a camping trip down a local river for fishing and/or hunting. I could use any help anyone is wi

    I have been interested in taking a camping trip down a local river for fishing and/or hunting. I could use any help anyone is willing to give to me on safety, gear...etc.

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    Along with the normal camping gear, ie. tent, sleeping bag, something to cook in/on, your going to want to make sure you have an axe for chopping fire wood, two or three different ways to start a fire, and a good first aid kit. Depending on if you have to hike in or if you can just drive to your camping spot, you should make sure you have extra fishing/hunting gear, it's never fun to run out of a bait or lure when you are catching fish. If you are hiking in, try to pack as light as you can while still keeping all of your essential gear. If you can drive in, load up the bed of the truck with anything and everything you may need, you can never over prepare. Also what helps me is during the camping trip, I write down things that I wish I would of brought, or that would have made camping easier. This way next time you go will no what worked for you and what didn't. Hope this helps sorry it was so long.

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    • #3
      I almost forgot,if you take an axe make sure you take a file to sharpen it after you use it. Believe me it will make life a lot easier while chopping or cutting wood for the fire.

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      • #4
        I like to travel light when Im floating a river for the simple fact that a heavy boat is a sluggish boat...Another advantage of floating a lightly loaded boat is that you'll have less gear to carry in case you have to portage...I dont know about your area's water quality but to save weight and space bring along a backpacker's water purification filter and a couple of empty collapsible jugs...

        Safety wise, make a float plan and give it to someone responsible...Stick to the plan as much as possible...
        Carry a sharp knife attached to your flotation vest in case you need to cut yourself free from entanglements should you capsize...Keep a reliable, waterproof fire-starting kit on your person at all times...If you capsize or go overboard, it will save your life...Carry a charged cell phone or other emergency locator in case you become stranded...Be safe and have fun!

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        • #5
          i dont know what the water condition is like where youre at but a small camelback comes in alot of use you can buy purification pellets to throw in the back and if your fishing a fly fishing vest comes pretty convient in case you see something you have it right there

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          • #6
            A couple of things I always carry that have not been mentioned are a headlamp, keeps your hands free, and a Leatherman Wave because you can do so much with it. I am not sure if you want to go alone but bring a buddy also, two are definitely stronger than one in case anything should happen. And don't forget a camera, you have to take a pic of that big trophy fish .

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            • #7
              This is more of another "question" added to the comment posted by sere9501....
              What is a "Leatherman Wave"?
              Im confused on that.

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              • #8
                a small 2oz bottle of paint thinner will start a fire in no time, even with wet wood.

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                • #9
                  even if you dont end up hunting....bring a gun just in case to scare of animals or kill an animal if necessary

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                  • #10
                    ben,
                    the leatherman wave is like a multitool thing. their like 60 bucks so id but a cheaper version first to see if you like it

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                    • #11
                      Take all that stuff bring an extra change of clothes a phone charger or keep a cell phone handy. get a dry bag to put your stuff in. A good life vest and a camp stool or folding chair will be great. If your sleeping in a tent a mat of some kind will save your back. Do the float plan or at a minimum tell someone where your going and when you'll be back. Don't forget the camera and more than anything HAVE FUN!!!

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                      • #12
                        Keep a cell phone handy!

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                        • #13
                          Keep a cell phone handy!

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