My Whitetail Hunting Gear List (2021)

My Whitetail Hunting Gear List (2021)

Gear for me is a sliver in time. A “best guess” plan, if you will. It’s really about answering questions. Where are you going? What are you doing? And what’s a really bad day look like there? It’s also about solving problems, trying to find shortcuts, or your way out of a pickle (which is fine provided you can do it the old-fashioned way when the chips are down). Any way you look at it, above all else, gear is most essential. And truly good gear, without all of the fluff, is hard to find. Here is a sort of video “gear list” detailing what I used throughout the fall while bowhunting for whitetails in Illinois. If you have any questions or suggestions, please fire away, I’m all ears.


  1. Abhishek Kulkarni on August 28, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Please ask your camera crew to film horizontally. Better to view on phones.

  2. Marc Gulko on August 28, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Donnie, you need some “Stealth Strip”. Best stuff ever for quieting gear down.

  3. B V on August 28, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    You’re a legend Donnie. Got your posters on my wall

  4. JermZ260 on August 28, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Great video,I love hearing bout other people’s setup’s.So can we learn from each other and see what works for us.That treestand is butter slick and if comfort ever becomes an issue,know that I use a Summit goliath and its been a game changer for me as in length of time I can sit.I realize a climber is not practical in all regions thou and that’s when I’ll be on the ground bowhunting whitetails to.

  5. Ian Tattam on August 28, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Whats his camera set up? Looks sharp

  6. nick Ronin on August 28, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    that episode on Joe rogan’s podcast was one of my favourites be safe and keep educate the people brother .

  7. Devan Poe on August 28, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Love what you do, keep it up Donnie!

  8. agb232323 on August 28, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Our boy has his elbows cut out for when he has to throw down on a brown bear.

  9. Az4z3llo on August 28, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I love your work and your point of view about hunting / life.
    You are a huge example and inspiration for me and one of the reason I became a hunter in my little country. Thank you.
    Greetings from Hungary!

  10. thomas krawchuk on August 28, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Your my favorite hunter Donnie,
    love your Beard. -FILSON has AMAZING WOOL gear

  11. David Ross on August 28, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    The brand "Ullfrotté" is now called "Woolpower". It’s a family owned company in Sweden. Have been using their stuff since 1995 and still own one of the first pieces i bought back then. It’s perfect for "stop and go" activities during cold seasons (like in the military or hunting).

  12. Pidge on August 28, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Awesome! Good to see and hear from ya in a form other than a podcast (which are always great also)! Keep up the good works

  13. Freeman on August 28, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    This got me itching for Spring Turkey season here in a few weeks!!

  14. Lazib008 El on August 28, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    The Woolly Mammoth.

  15. Landon Faulkner on August 28, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    I’ll admit, I love gear videos. Just wish it was in full wide-screen. But I get it. Social media and all

  16. Jerry Joseph on August 28, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Why the vertical video?

  17. Terry Styf on August 28, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    We Spent my son’s Youth Deer season in the ND Badlands with Schafer, 10 years later my son still tells Schafer stories.
    Best hunting advocate ever !

  18. Edward Sabo on August 28, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Next time you’re back in Wisco beers are on me brother.

  19. Matt Swisher on August 28, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Those Ugg boots though