Video: Clay Newcomb's Squirrel Hunting Kit

Steve, Janis, and I hit the Arkansas woods to hunt squirrels during Episode 5 of MeatEater Season 10. As you might have seen, it took us a while to find some success. Squirrel hunting is difficult even when you are fully prepared. Don't make it harder on yourself by skipping this essential gear.

My squirrel hunting firearm of choice is a 20 gauge. I've shot the Weatherby Element for the last year and enjoy the light weight and recoil of this gun.

Hunting with dogs demands even more tools. I use the YETI LoadOut GoBox for keeping all my dog tracking equipment and some extra leashes organized and easy to locate in my truck.

The First Lite Sawbuck pant is awesome for walking around in the woods looking for squirrels. The extra panel in the front provides a layer of protection while actively hunting or riding mules through gnarly terrain.

My personalized FHF Gear chest rig holds all of my critical smaller gear and extra ammo that is easily accessed on my chest.

I also like to keep a soft cooler in my truck to stash squirrels throughout the day. This way they stay cold so I can quickly skin them using the "Batesville Method" at the end of the day.

I bring a lot of tools with me on squirrel hunts, and every piece of equipment has an important purpose. You can check them all out in this video. To view the full gear list we used in this episode, click here.

To watch the episode on Netflix, click here.

Sawbuck Brush Pant
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First Lite

These have become one of Steve’s favorite hunting pants. They’re comfortable and tough and stand up to hard backcountry use.

Razor UHD Binos 10X42
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Vortex Optics

The Razor UHD 10x42s are Steve's go-to binoculars. The Ultra High Definition optical design features an improved optical prescription and unparalleled image resolution. Whether you need to pick apart a densely packed hillside or observe the finest details at insanely close distances, the Razor UHD can do it all.

Chest Rig
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FHF Gear

This minimalist style chest rig is compact and designed to be worn high on your chest keeping it easily accessible and extremely versatile.

Benchmade Bugout Knife
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Featuring an engraved MeatEater logo, ranger green handle, and a smoked gray chromium nitride-coated blade, you'll find this in our pocket damn near every day.

Guide Lite Touch Glove
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First Lite

The minimalist design of the Guide Lite Glove offers a precise, no-glove feel for early season, warm weather hunts. The 37.5 stretch nylon back dries quickly and keeps hands cool while the Kevlar stitched Ax Suede palm provides critical protection and maximum concealment. Conductive fingertips also offer touchscreen compatibility with GPS or phone.


Klamath Quarter Zip
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First Lite

An incredibly versatile mid-layer for treestand hunts or backcountry expeditions, the Men's Klamath Quarter Zip grid fleece construction provides an exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio while reducing wind chill. Additionally, the fleece boasts an advanced, HeiQ Pure(tm), anti-bacterial treatment to manage human odor. 

Steep Country Knife
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A versatile fixed-blade capable of performing throughout any season, on any species.

NAV Pouch
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FHF Gear

Designed to keep your phone at the ready for navigation, photos, or communication.

6-Round Shotgun Shell Holder
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FHF Gear

Keep your extra shells secure - and at the ready! Backed with Hook Velcro and equipped with an easy-grip pull tab for quick removal, this is a great addition to any shotgun hunting kit.

Bismuth Shotshells
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Federal Ammunition

Pattern and hit birds like traditional lead, providing more killing power at longer ranges.

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