Killer Kill Kits- Make sure you have the tools you need to take care of your harvest
Regarding hunting gear, it’s fun to look over, research, and fret over what new equipment we might need. During that process, though, we can easily overlook one of the most critical aspects of the hunt. I am referring to what you need to properly break down and care for an animal once it’s dead in front of you. There is a wide variety of things that guys carry with them in their kill kits, and then there are a few that I am betting every serious hunter has in their pack, ready to deploy and use when needed.
Some things that I feel are optional and may be personal preference. Things like flagging tape. I always carry a small roll of flagging tape for situations where trailing a buck or a bull might be difficult. It’s nice to be able to flag your last blood or track and then move forward, looking for the next sign. Some guys use toilet paper for this or don’t pack any means to flag a trail. As mentioned, I always do, and it sometimes comes in handy to mark a trail and kill site. Please always make sure you clean up your flagging tape when you leave.
Another optional item is latex gloves. I used to never pack latex gloves in my kill kit; I guess I figured it wasn’t the manly way to do things. I always try to have a couple of pairs in my kit. I don’t always use them, but they are great to have. I especially like having them if I happen to cut myself when butchering an animal or if I have any cuts or abrasions on my hands. I have heard horror stories of blood poisoning and figure as light as latex gloves are; why not have them?