With so many different types of knives on the market these days its hard to separate the good from the bad, or the useful from the useless. When it comes to deer hunting you really do need to make sure that you are well prepared, and that can mean everything from what you are wearing to what equipment you have in your backpack.
One piece of equipment you need to get right is your knife as this will be used for a number of different things, from getting you out of tricky situations, to general practicalities that you will come across on the hunting field.
The biggest benefit to spending some money on a knife is that they will usually last for years upon years so don’t always go for the cheapest on the market because in the long-run you might be spending more than your realize. To help you in your knife hunting quest we have listed some of the best deer hunting knives below so you can get a good idea on what you should be looking out for.
KA-BAR Becker BK2 Companion
The first knife in our breakdown of the best deer hunting knives comes in the form of a fixed blade knife, so this simply means that you cannot fold the knife up. The first thing that will strike you about this deer hunting knife is its look, black, sleek and stylish in every way with a long 5.5-inch blade which makes the total length of the knife 10.5-inches.
The drawback is that this stylish looking knife does weigh in on the heavier side of things, being a good 1.5 pounds in weight, but that kind of weight isn’t really going to be 100% noticeable.
At the end of the knife you will also have a handy little lanyard hole so that you can carry the knife around your neck rather than storing it away for quick access.
PUMA Skinner Stag Handle Blade
From the smooth and stylish we now come to a knife that doesn’t look fantastic but is a good performer. The blade length is slightly on the smaller side when compared to the KA-BAR, measuring 4.7-inches in length which brings the total measurement of the knife to 9.4-inches which is just over an inch smaller than the KA-BAR.
Again, this knife is a fixed blade so doesn’t fold up which provides sturdiness and strength when you need it.
The knife does come with a nice leather sheath to keep it and you protected, so if you like an old school looking deer hunting knife that is tough, durable and weighs just half a pound then this is something you will want to consider.
Buck Knives S30V Blade
Now we come to the first in our folding knives, and this versatile and sturdy knife may not be as good as the two above but it is much cheaper and still offers plenty of benefits. The first is that it takes up less room because it folds up to around 5-inches, and when its fully expanded the blade provides a good 3.5-inches in length for you to work with. It’s sharp, rugged and comes in stainless steel so you can use it in all types of weather conditions.
Therefore if a budget is what you are going by, then just take a look at this knife as its incredibly cheap for what you get and works as the ideal introductory knife or alternative to the traditional types we have listed here.
Cold Steel Voyager XL
If its design that you appeals to you the most then this super-cool looking knife is one of the best designed, and actually one of the lightest on the list weighing a mere 6.5 ounces. The blade length matches the same measurements as the KA-BAR, 5.5-inches but the overall measurement including that incredible grip handle comes in at just over 12-inches long.
The knife is robust and comes at a cheap price for what you are getting, and best of all its classed as a low maintenance knife that should last you many years. Despite being a long knife it can be hidden out of sight and tucked away discreetly in a holster or in your backpack.
Don’t expect it to perform like the first two knives on our list as it’s not in the same class, but if you are looking for a decent knife that isn’t amazing but isn’t bad then this mid-range, low-priced bit of equipment will serve you well.
Choosing the right knife really comes down to two main things, what you are going to use it for and how much you are willing to pay. Each hunter operated differently so what works for one hunter may not work for the other, choose wisely and you won’t go wrong.