This might be a long one. As someone who just started this journey also. Get ready. It's drinking from the fire hose but a ton of fun. Every trip you go out you see or discover something new. Heck 6 months ago I've never seen a deer or it's tracks.
In my opinion (limited as it may)
1# Boots. Get good boots that fit well and don't prevent you from putting on a ton of miles each day. (Lukotape is something I'd recommend getting just in case)
2# good backpack. Like your boots your going to be holding all your gear in here. (A good backpack doesn't have to be a 800$ stone glacier or fancy kifaru bag. Mystery ranch has alot of great reviews and I dig my pop-up 28) check Camofire they have some great sales on MR stuff and just about everything.
3# optics and tripod. These are a combined unit. This is where I goofed up. I didn't think I needed a tripod at first or that a pair of vortex uhd we're that much better then the diamondbacks and man was I wrong. Invest in some good optics they hold their value well and a good tripod will work for not only your binos but spotting scope and your rifle if you go that route later.
Also here are some good links to some great cheaper alternative clothing
Condor Base II Zip Pullover https://a.co/d/idVOc9g
This guy works. I was glassing in the sun but there was snow on the ground. Great layer for a quarter of the price.
TACVASEN Men's Hiking Shirts UPF 50+ UV Training Shirts https://a.co/d/fWcGDe9
Hunting D16 these are great especially if you hate sunscreen.
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