5 Rifle Hunting Accessories You Can’t Leave Home Without

Posted by Team Springfield

Nov 26, 2014 9:00:00 AM

When you head to work in the morning, there are certain things you don’t leave without. The same goes for a hunting expedition. Bringing the right equipment and accessories on your hunting trip is essential to success. Depending on the nature of your hunt, some accessories may be more important than others. Some, however, are essential to every hunt. Let’s take a look at some of the important tools every rifle hunter needs.


  1. The right rifle

    Depending on where you live, there are different regulations about hunting rifles. Not all sizes are legal, and many states don't allow high-powered rifles. And, depending on the animal you're hunting, there may be a weight regulation on which ones you can take down. This affects the kind of rifle best for your trip. Check your local laws regarding rifle specifications and hunting to make sure you bring only a legal rifle.
  2. Your license

    Hunting without a license is illegal in every state. Even if you do not tag any animals, you need a license to be in a hunting area with a hunting rifle. Many states also have mandatory safety programs for hunters. Make sure all of your legal documentation is in order before you go hunting.
  3. Gear

    The right gear is essential to have a safe and enjoyable hunt. Dressing improperly for the weather can be dangerous, and even fatal in some cases. Check the weather forecast to determine local conditions during your hunt. If temperatures are going to drop, layering up is the best way to stay warm. Unneeded layers can also be easily removed. Wash your gear with a scent-free detergent before leaving. This takes away foreign smells that might scare away your prey. Consider the terrain you'll be hunting in to determine the kind of camouflage you should wear.
  4. Rangefinder

    Judging distance in unfamiliar terrain can be difficult. Especially if you bring more than one firearm, a rangefinder can help you decide which one would work best. A rangefinder allows you to take safe, accurate shots. 
  5. Hat light

    Many hunters begin their hunts very early in the morning, before the sun is up. Not returning home until after dark or spending the night in the woods means a light is necessary. Getting stuck in the dark woods is dangerous, even for an experienced hunter. A hat light is a great accessory to keep you safe at night.

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Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.