Friday, August 2, 2013

Reviewing the Equipment List from my 2012 Colorado Elk Hunt

Last year at this time, I was sharing what I was taking into the backcountry to hunt for the Wapiti. This year I am not hunting for them, but as others are I figured I would share what I would change about my set up. Thanks to B. Cramer for the great question and I hope this post helps you when packing. If you see it in black, I will still be bringing it. If it has a strike-through, it'll be removed.

I will recommend that you test out and know each article of gear you bring with you. You may need more than what I am bringing, like a tent. I didn't need a tent because Eddy already had one set up for us. If you plan on staying deep in the forest and waking up with the elk you will need one. Think about the area, terrain, weather, and read up on what others have done and recommend, too.

My list from last year had a lot on it. Here is my 2012 list and what I will be changing for my 2014 hunt.


  • Hunter Education Card (Must have in order to hunt non-resident in Colorado)
  • Hunting License (Will purchase OTC when I arrive)
  • Hunting Regulation Book - Just bring the pages you need for elk hunting


  • PSE DNA 65# - I used my PSE Bow Madness on my 2012 hunt.
  • Easton 340 Full Metal Jacket Arrows (dozen)
  • G5 T3 Striker Magnum Broadheads
  • Scott Archery Little Bitty Goose Release - Also pack a spare
  • Judo Points
  • TightSpot Quiver
  • Nikon Archer's Choice Rangefinder


  • KOWA 10x50 Binos
  • KOWA 10x42 Binos - MINOX 10x43 Binoculars
  • Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ball Head - For camp only
  • Small tripod for hunting
  • Badlands Bino Pack


  • Mountain House Meals
  • House of Jerky Black Pepper Jerky
  • Jetboil
  • Jetboil Fuel
  • Coffee Packets
  • Wilderness Athlete Gel Packs
  • Energy Bars
  • Cookie Boy Cookies - PROBAR Meal Bar Supplements


  • Trekking Poles
  • Badlands 2200 Backpack w/96 oz. bladder
  • Hybrid Daypack - If using my frame pack (below) I would utilize a smaller pack.
  • Pure Hydration Water Bladder And Filter - As a spare
  • Commander Freighter Frame Pack - Bring it on every hunt in case you get one and are miles deep!
  • Knives (Buck Special, SOG Woodline Fixed, Havalon Piranta)
  • Knife Sharpener


  • SPOT Locator
  • Garmin Etrex Venture GPS w/HuntingGPS Maps
  • Smith&Wesson Flashlight
  • LENSER L7 Headlamp
  • Nikon DSLR Camera - Always bring it with you if you want good photos!
  • Brunton ReSync Charger
  • Digital Cards with extras
  • Extra Batteries


  • Schnee's Wilderness Hunting Boots - Best piece of gear on my body! Add inserts for support.
  • 6 Pair Of Wool Socks
  • Camouflage Pants (Insulated and Non-Insulated)
  • Camouflage Jacket (Insulated and Non-Insulated)
  • 2 Pair of RedRam Merino Wool Base Layers
  • Camouflage Gloves (Insulated and Non-Insulated)
  • Camouflage Cold Weather Hat
  • Brimmed Hats
  • Rain Gear
  • Alaska Game Bags (2 Packs) - I might switch up to a more rugged bag, or a pillow case.

  • Multi-Tool
  • Allen Wrenches 
  • Carbomask Facepaint
  • Fresh Step Cover Spray
  • Pure Aqua Tablets
  • Paracord Bracelets
  • Yellowstone 20 Degree Sleeping Bag
  • Klymit Sleeping Bag Pad - A must for the hard ground.
  • Marking Tape
  • Cow Call - Practice, practice, practice before hand!
  • Bugle Call - Leave it home unless you practice consistently.
  • Field Dressing Gloves
  • Compass
  • Lens Cleaner/Cloth
  • Mole Skin
  • Tape Measure
  • Topographic Maps
  • Whistle
  • Wind Direction Checker
  • Bath Towel/Wash Cloth
  • Butane Lighter
  • First Aid Kit - KNOW WHAT IS IN IT! This was needed on my trip. Fortunately, I knew what I had in it.
  • Handkerchief/Kleenex - My sleeve worked just fine.
  • Ice Chest/Cooler - ORCA 75 Quart cooler and a spare
  • Magnesium Fire Starter
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Plastic Trash Bags
  • Shovel
  • Forks, Knives, Spoons - Bring a metal spork.
  • Emergency Space Blanket
  • Extra Shoe Laces (Paracord)
  • Toiletries And Personal Items
  • Aspirin/Pain Reliever
  • Cell Phone
  • Chap Stick
  • Dental Floss
  • Contacts
  • Eye Drops
  • Extra Truck Keys
  • Nail Clippers
  • Scent Free Deodorant
  • Scent Free Wipes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Pillow - Don't forget a pillow!
  • Waterproof Camera Case/Bag
  • Zip Ties
  • Nylon Rope - Leave it home and just utilize paracord. Nylon sucked for this trip.
  • Cash 

What will you be bringing and what modifications might you make? 


  1. Replies
    1. Have to be for a trip like this, Daniel. I used just about everything on this list and one point or another. It's a list I have compiled over the past couple years and modify it each year based on what I am hunting. Works well!