There’s sitting-in-a-blind-all-day hunting and then there’s trekking-your-way-through-fields-forests-and mountains-in-pursuit-of-game hunting.

If you’re a get-off-your-butt type of hunter, we salute you. And we also know that you work up a powerful hunger out there. Why is refueling so important – and what are the best hunting snacks? 

Be Choosy About What Snacks You Pack

Forget CrossFit, spinning, or HIIT. If you want to burn serious calories, go hunting. A deer or elk hunter carrying a pack over moderate to hilly terrain, for example, will burn between 6,000 to 11,000 calories over the course of a day.

If you don’t replace those calories, you risk fatigue, headache, and loss of concentration. And a rumbling stomach may take away your element of surprise! Further, lack of calories can be a serious problem when temperatures plummet. You need energy reserves, especially if you’re still out whitetail deer hunting in January.

The best foods for hunters are those that are high in nutrients and high in calories. You also need to be strategic: weight and size matters.

For example, an apple has nutrients, but it’s relatively heavy and low in calories. It’ll take up precious room in your pack and won’t help you replace calories as efficiently as other choices. Select foods that are easy to carry and easy to open and eat.

What Kinds of Hunting Snacks and Food Should You Pack?

When you're out there chasing game, you need a balanced mix of fuel to keep you going. Here's what you should aim to pack:


Jerky and meat snacks are the real MVPs here. They're lightweight, easy to carry, and packed with protein. Whether it's our tender Beef Jerky or the bold flavor of our Jalapeno FATTY smoked meat sticks, these snacks will keep you energized when the midday doldrums kick in.

Protein bars are always an easy snack to grab if you're looking to supplement your protein intake while you hunt. Jerky and meat sticks are also a great hunting snack.


When it comes to carbohydrates on a hunting trip, nuts and granola bars are absolute game-changers. Not only are they calorie-dense and packed with energy, but they're also incredibly convenient for munching on the go.

And let's not forget about trail mix—it's like nature's own power snack, offering a perfect blend of nuts, dried fruits, and sometimes even a hint of chocolate. With its mix of carbs, protein, and fats, trail mix covers all the macro bases, ensuring you stay fueled and focused throughout your expedition.


Peanut butter reigns supreme in the realm of fats when it comes to hunting snacks. It's not just delicious; it's a powerhouse of calories, protein, and healthy fats, delivering a much-needed energy boost when you're out in the field.

Plus, fat-forward snacks like peanut butter are a savvy choice for staying fuller for longer, keeping those hunger pangs at bay while you're on the hunt. So, whether you're spreading it on crackers or devouring it straight from the jar (no judgment here), peanut butter is a must-have companion for any hunter looking to stay satisfied and fueled for the long haul.

10 Best Hunting Snacks

1. Meat Sticks: Sweetwood's FATTY Meat Stick Collection

2. Nuts: Peanuts, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, sunflower seeds

3. Peanut Butter: Individual packs for easy carrying

4. Granola Bars: Lightweight and packed with carbs

5. Snickers: Indulgent but effective for quick energy boosts

6. Water: Stay hydrated, it's crucial!

Stock up before your next hunting trip, and you’ll have all the calories and nutrients you need to keep up with the game!

Fueling Your Adventure: Additional Headings

1. Hydration Station: The Importance of Water

While we're often focused on the snacks and meals we pack for hunting trips, hydration is equally—if not more—important. Dehydration can sneak up on you, especially when you're exerting yourself out in the wilderness. Make sure to pack plenty of water or invest in a hydration bladder system for your pack. Staying hydrated not only keeps your energy levels up but also helps regulate your body temperature and prevent cramping and fatigue.

2. Tactical Tips for Packing Food

Packing food for a hunting trip isn't just about choosing the right snacks—it's also about how you pack them. Consider the layout of your pack and accessibility when selecting your snacks. Opt for individually wrapped items or portioned servings to make grabbing a quick bite easier.

Organize your snacks in a way that keeps heavier items closer to your back to distribute weight evenly. And don't forget to pack out your trash—leave no trace behind in the wilderness.

By paying attention to these additional aspects of food preparation and packing, you can ensure that you stay fueled and focused throughout your hunting adventures. So, grab your gear, pack your snacks, and get ready for an unforgettable trip into the great outdoors!

Final Thoughts

Before you set off on your hunting escapade, take a minute to think about the unsung heroes of your journey: the snacks. Yeah, sure, bagging that big game is the ultimate goal, but trust me, it's the granola bars and jerky that'll keep you going when the going gets tough out there. So, when you're packing up your gear, toss in some snacks that'll make your taste buds sing and your energy levels soar.

Remember, hunting isn't just about the trophies—it's about the whole experience. It's about savoring every moment, from the crackle of branches under your boots to the satisfying crunch of that first bite of trail mix. So, here's to embracing the adventure, one snack at a time. Happy hunting, folks, and may your snacks be as reliable as your trusty old hunting rifle!