There’s nothing like getting hungry when you’re out in the middle of nowhere. In addition to packing all the gear you need for your hunting trip, it’s also important to pack sustenance for your mission. That’s why we’re putting together a list of the best snacks.
While you’re filling up your vehicle’s fuel tank, don’t forget to pop into the convenience store and grab something for your tank. Gas stations often offer up some of the best finds, whether you’re stopping at a big chain or a hole-in-the-wall on the side of the road.
Some of these snacks might be more traditional. However, some snacks might have you saying, “wow, I never thought of that before” and “I’ll have to try that next time.”
Whether you’re hunting the aisles of convenience stores or your pantry, check out some of these recommendations below. Some suggestions even come from our Outsider Staff!
Best Protein Snacks
Of course, protein is key when it comes to maintaining energy. Good thing gas stations typically have a wide variety of protein snacks.
Outsider Staff Writer Halle Ames recommends a good bag of beef jerky. There are so many types and brands to choose from, so maybe grab a couple while you’re there. These snacks won’t go to waste and also come in handy in many different situations.
Next time you’re at the convince store, look for The New Primal Beef Sticks. Field & Stream says “these aren’t your average meat stick.”
Clayton Edwards, Outsider Staff Writer says, “We always took Vienna sausages.” He’s proving once again that protein is important when heading out on your hunt.
“Several protein bars and lots of water,” says Outsider Senior Staff Writer Thad Mitchell. “Meal replacement shakes are very convenient as well.” Make sure you stop by the refrigerated section of the store to also stock up on refreshments.
Trying to choose a protein bar at a gas station might be like finding a needle in a haystack. However, we recommend these RX Bar’s. The ingredients are listed right on the front and they’re pretty filling.
Go-To Snacks for Munching Throughout the Day
Whether you need an afternoon pick-me-up or something to help pass the time, these snacks are perfect for every and any occasion.
Outsider Managing Editor Max Long says “boiled peanuts” are his go-to gas station snack for those long hunting days. He also recommends trying the Cajun flavored nuts.
If you’re looking to stick to the healthier side of things, granola, fresh fruit, and other types of mixed nuts is the route to go.
Maybe combing your two favorite snacks, like nuts and pickles, is more up your alley. Check out these dill pickle-flavored cashews.
However, if you’re not worried about what’s in your snack, then we recommend pork rinds, pickles in a bag, chips, and maybe even a candy bar. Those gummy candies are really good too!
Outsider Brandon Chesbro says his favorites are “sunflower seeds! Also those little chocolate donuts yummmmm.”
Sometimes the hunting mission requires a little indulgence.
Pre-Made Lunch and Dinner Snacks
Lunch or dinner time rolls around and you’re still glassing up that perfect buck, but that’s not the only thing you’ve got your sights on. You’re checking your watch because your stomach is starting to growl.
When you need something more than just nuts or jerky, gas stations often have pre-made sandwiches that are easy to grab-and-go. Furthermore, there’s always the hot bar that offers up different varieties of pizza, rolled meats, and even taquitos. Eaten hot or cold, these morsels might just be what you need to get you through the rest of the hunt.
There’s always a plethora of options to choose from at a gas station, and you can’t go wrong when grabbing something for the road. However, Edwards also warns you “gotta have something that you can open and eat quietly. The crunch isn’t so much an issue as the wrapper.”
Homemade Hunting Snacks
If you’re the type of person that likes to pack food before you head out for your hunt, then Outsider Director/General Manager Greg Gough has the perfect recommendation for that.
“When hunting deer, I like to eat deer. Saran-wrap around a nice grilled tenderloin is quiet and awesome,” Gough shares. “Deer steak in the deer stand.”
Instead of “you are what you eat,” how about “you hunt what you eat.”
Homemade trail mix is always a hit. Plus tortilla wraps or bagel sandwiches are always easy to pack and unwrap to eat. Throw a couples pieces of meat and cheese between the layers and you’re good to go.
Lastly, an Outsider insider tip from Abigail Casey, “Keeping your snacks warm with hot handwarmers wrapped around, like a biscuit is a tip as well.”