Now in the 21st century, hunters are mimicking people like Davy Crockett, Jim Bridger, Joseph Walker, and Kit Carson. Today’s kill kits are the modern analog of a possibles bag. In this kill kit, you have everything you could possibly need for the challenging task of breaking down an animal you harvested. As the cliche goes, once you have a buck or bull on the ground, is when the real work begins.
Having all your tools in one spot is one way to ensure you have what you need to get it done.
No fumbling through your pack hoping you have everything, your kill kit has everything ready, in one place.
It all starts with storage, the bag you’re going to keep everything in. We like super light and super tough options to hold your kill-kit necessities. The options are many but one of the options we like is the Initial Ascent Pack Sack. They come in a variety of sizes, we prefer the Medium and Large for our kill kits.
A fairly new contender in the knife market who is making quite a splash is GOAT Knives Co out of Idaho. They pride themselves on being the most innovative ultralight knives manufacturer. Their Ibex Mini weighs just 18 grams and is a replaceable blade system. If you are a fixed blade kind of person they have some ultralight fixed blade options. It’s hard to beat Made in the USA.
A knife is useless when it goes dull, and rest assured, it will dull while breaking your animal down. Have a solid packable sharpener or if using a replaceable blade knife, have plenty of extra blades. The Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener is lightweight, compact, and has everything to put a real edge back on your blade.
Paracord is short for parachute cord and is the undisputed leader in survival cordage. Do NOT skip this, it is absolutely essential to your kill kit. Common uses are to hang quarters and gamebags. If you’re alone you can use it to tie the animal off in various ways making it easier to break your harvest down. Besides being a kill kit essential, it comes in handy in a million other ways including tying off tents, replacing broken boot laces, and tightening loads down on your pack. We suggest using the real deal guaranteed safe for parachute ultra-tough paracord rather than going with cheaper knock-offs.
We’ve probably all seen those cheap cheesecloth-type gamebags for sale and maybe even used them. Don’t get those. Game bags are to keep flies, bugs, dirt, and debris off your meat all while allowing your meat to breathe. The cheesecloth ones are very poor at everything but being breathable. Invest in some quality lightweight, breathable, and reusable meat bags. A bunch of companies make quality meat bags, Black Ovis are some of the best.
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Being clean feels good. Once you’ve completed the arduous task of breaking down your harvest, it feels nice to clean up a little. We like Klean Freak wipes. They come in small lightweight single-use packages. Each wipe is enhanced with Aloe and Witch Hazel and will get the blood and grime cleaned off.