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What did you forget on this Hunting Trip?

We’ve all been there.  Tooling down the highway with visions of flushing roosters in our minds when the realization hits . . . there are no socks packed in your duffle bag.  Or maybe you’ve forgotten the dog’s eCollar.  Believe it or not, I know a guy that actually forgot to pack his shotgun for a traveling bird hunt.  He got to South Dakota and had to rent a shotgun from a lodge for the week.  Spent the entire week shooting a gun he wasn’t comfortable shouldering.  He felt “off” the entire time.  What a bummer!

Everything but the kitchen sink for this Rooster Road Trip. Photo by Anthony Hauck / Pheasants Forever

When it comes to the Rooster Road Trip, it literally takes me two nights of packing and I’m still wondering what I’ve left behind.  Hunting five states covers a lot of miles with a wide range of weather conditions.  Monday could bring temps touching the 70s in Nebraska, while snow and sub-freezing conditions may welcome us home to Minnesota by Friday.  As a result, I’ve got a variety of thin heat gear as well as thick wool packed to combat the variety of elements we may encounter.  As you can imagine, we don’t travel light.

We’re also planning to do some cooking videos on this year’s Road Trip, so I’ve also got groceries, pots, pans, and other cooking essentials packed for that purpose.  Speaking of video, we’ve got all kinds of communications gear too.  Video cameras, still cameras, tripods, computers, and disc readers.  Add it all up and it’s a lot to remember.

So far, it appears our packing skills have been up to the task.  We almost forgot the video camera’s microphones, but we were only a few miles away from the Pheasants Forever offices when we realized that mistake.  We did forget to put PF stickers on the rental trucks this year, but other than that, we seem to have all the essentials.

So what’s was the most painful item you forgot to pack on your own Rooster Road Trip?

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

4 Responses to “What did you forget on this Hunting Trip?”

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  1. Dave says:

    Forgot my spare key for the car. Good thing my buddy is a wanna be car thief. He had it open in 5 minutes after sitting and waiting for him for an hour.

  2. Sam says:

    They let u put stickers on rental cars?

  3. Dan says:

    Remembered the guns—forgot the keys to the trigger locks.

  4. Joe Lesmeister says:

    Went on a 2 day ruffed grouse hutning trip and forgot my dog food! Had to borrow some from another guy!

    The funniest thing ever was when we were sitting by a field waiting for legal shooting time to come in ND and we hear the guys in the other truck, Hey Dave did you grab my shotgun? Why would I grab your shotgun, Dave replied and back to town they went, and they missed out on a great first walk!!

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