What To Bring On An Elk Hunting Trip
Suggested Gear List for Backcountry Mule Deer or Elk Hunt
When you go hunting for elk or mule deer in the autumn and early winter months, the gear you bring can make all the difference between a successful outing and a few days of cold, soggy misery. With the proper planning, you can stay warm and dry and make your hunting trip an adventure to remember.
The following list of gear is a suggested place to start to make sure you remember the essentials. If you lack any of these items, be sure to contact me because I may be able to get you a discount on some of the gear listed below:
- Light Rain Gear – You will absolutely need a lightweight and breathable rain coat, and pants are recommended too.
- Base layers – 5 to 7 days worth, so at least three shirts and two pants… these will get dirty and stinky.
- Mid Layer – at least two pants, one coat, and a vest.
- “Puffy Coat” – a lightweight down coat is absolutely necessary for storing core warmth.
- Boots – Please be sure to have a good, sturdy, well-built, and quality boot. Make sure the boots have undergone a period of “breaking in”. Your feet are going to carry you and your gear for multiple days in the backcountry. Enough said.
- 3 to 5 pairs of NON-COTTON socks – poly will stink but will wick moisture, wool will provide warmth with less odor. Consider at least using a poly liner sock in the colder temps, they’ll wick sweat and provide cushion and warmth too.
- Light Gloves – also consider a lightweight glove liner.
- Hat – something with a brim for shading your eyes, like a ball cap.
- Camp Shoes – Crocs or similar, maybe a down booty with a burly sole, anything light and comfortable to give your feet a break at camp.
- Gun – 270 cal or better and extra bullets
- Great Binos 10 x 42 min
- Ultra light tripod to glass from
- Lip Balm
- Blister kit (mole skin)
- Packet of non-scented wet wipes
- 2 headlamps and extra batteries
- Range finder
- Hunting license and tag
- Extra casual clothing for traveling
- Batteries for gadgets (headlamp)
- Wind checker
- DOWN sleeping bag, 15 degree to 0 degree (if you get cold, get the zero, if you sleep warm a 15 will be great but it MUST BE DOWN for warmth and quality)
- Sleeping pad – pads are rated like sleeping bags for thickness and warmth – do not skimp here, your sleep is important!
- If you ever struggle to sleep, it will be even harder at elevation. Bring 5mg melatonin to take to help you to sleep.
- Bring synthetic game bags big enough for your critter. Caribou Bags, Tag Bags are the best two. These are required!