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I've been chomping at the bit to get home and finally arrange my gear for next weekend's elk hunt. I've been working on the road and haven't looked at half of my gear since last winter, can't remember where some of it is and am certain I have to buy something new(oh darn! Evil! ).

Does anybody already have all their gear arranged?

Let's also hear from the go in light, come out heavy crowd. What don't you carry that drags the rest of us down? What's your bare minimum gear list?

Does anybody carry any odd gear that most of us wouldn't think to carry?

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I've taken the GPS out of my pack this year. I know the area I hunt well enough there is no need to pack the extra weight. I used to always carry a second knife. but find a small stone is lighter and have left the second knife in camp.

I have found the LED head lights work very well and are lighter than the old fashion flash lights. The leds provide enoungh light for me to find my way back down the trail after dark or to finish up gutting an animal shot at dusk. A set of AAA batteries will usually last several weekends of hunting.

I carry fewer bullets with me nowdays. I found I rarely used more than 1 or 2, so why carry a full box. Load the gun magazine and a couple extra in the pocket. Leave the rest in the truck. Worst case I can get back to the truck in 1-2 hours and get more if needed.

I do carry more water with me than I used to, and I've added a Lieca CRF rangefinder to my pack.

This weekend, we headed out Thursday and it was so nice, I left my bad weather clothing in the truck. Saturday the storm rolled in and it rained all day. I had brought a light goretex jacket with me and it worked fine, but my scent blocker pants got very soaked, and it was 7 miles back from my wall tent to the truck. Made for a very cold aftenoon. Also I need to coat my boots with another good coating of water proofing.

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Gun and a bullet.

Kidding....

I am usually out most of the day so I pack my pack accordingly

GPS
Rangefinder
Game bags
2 knifes
rib spreader
bone saw
gut knife
Food and snacks
water
headlamp
radio
rope
binocs - on me though
extra batteries

Pretty much it.

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In an outfitter frame pack:

Water
Game bags
2 knifes
stone
bone saw
meat hook
snacks
water
headlamp
parachute cord
gatorade
binos
tarp
compass
water

.. and most important of all... some squeezably soft Charmin! Oops!

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Arranged Gear

Ok, I missed this question and I do have answer:

YES, I am one anal guy about my hunting & fishing gear and my tools! Funny though how that does not happen with everything else in my life!!! Think All this gear is always packed, in the same place & ready to go at a momments notice!

I know the gear and tools thing started in The Infantry, and has continued into real life for those items listed above! That is why I am still pissed about forgetting my 4th & 5th pair of boots last year! I sure did not need them, but that was not the point! Oops! Left them right by the front door,a dn still checked them off my list!!! NOT GOOD! Angry

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I can't help for elk hunting since I don't do that - yet

I can't help for elk hunting since I don't do that - yet, but I am a list maker.  I make lists as I plan for a trip including hunting trips and double check everything as I pack and repack. I have a seperate list for each type of hunt.  What I do is store all my gear for that type of uting together so that when I go to get one thing - everything that goes with it is right beside it.  Thus all my turkey calls and decoys and blinds are together.  All my goose hunting decoys, and life jackets, and calls are together, all my deer lure scents, and grunts, and etc. are together so depending on which hunting season it is, I have a bunch of stuff presorted and ready to go when ever that time of year comes around again

For mule deer hunting:

I’ll wear good boots and start with a coat and gloves in the morning with a couple layers underneath. A hat. I with a light built in. 

Spare ammunition cartridges in my jacket pockets.

My license and tag in my wallet, along with a book of matches

a small folding knife in my hip pocket. 

-binoculars and harness for them

-Rifle 

In my day pack –

Spare ammunition;

Spare glasses

a compass,

cell phone,

fixed blade knife

more matches;

snacks

drinks with caffeine

a very small compact basic survival/first aide kit

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Elk equipment list

Tag/s

zip-ties (for securing carcass tag)

printout of any special rules or regulations that apply to my area.

Rifle

5 extra rounds

Binos

knife

multi-tool

game bags

water (two 1 liter nalgene bottles)

lunch

spare emergency food (MRE & heater)

compact backpacker aluminum pot/lid or GI canteen cup

heavy duty aluminum foil 12"x20" sheet folded up

Esbit stove (folding pot stand)

Esbit fuel tabs

Small Survival kit (assembly of the essential in a Condor EMT pouch)

mini maglite and Princeton Tec Fuel LED headlamp

GPS

Maps/compass

small waterproof notebook/pen

extra pair wool socks (in ziploc bag)

midweight camo acrylic knit gloves

extra pair winter glove/mitts

fielddressing latex gloves

military polypropelene balaclava

extra batteries

snow goggles incase of storm (more like tinted skydiver type goggles)

functional wrist watch (Casio G-Shock or Timex Ironman)

the clothing on my back which I'm usually shedding as the day goes on because I'm up and about in the field by 5am or 6am, coldest part of the day.

May seem like a lot, but it all fits in my daypack just fine without much bulk.  The heaviest items are my water and my rifle.

 

 

 

 

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I travel light. ammo peanut

I travel light.

ammo

peanut butter sammich 

 

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light

Still Hunter wrote:

I travel light.

ammo

peanut butter sammich 

 

No rifle to go with that ammo?  Big smile

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Funny, but I almost did that

Funny, but I almost did that once. I do so much scouting i'm used to walking away from the Jeep with no gun.   Confused

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Me too

Still Hunter wrote:

Funny, but I almost did that once. I do so much scouting i'm used to walking away from the Jeep with no gun.   Confused

I can relate to that, almost done that a couple times myself  lol .  Generally in one relatively flatter areas of sage brush that I know very well I go pretty light too.  It's an area I hunt mule deer and it has a very prominent land feature in the not-so-far diatance so it's hard to get turned around in there.  There I just have the clothes on my back and rifle/ammo/binos and a small pin-on compass, and of course always have a folding knife and mini maglite on my belt anytime I go outside of the city. I can make the moderate trek back to the truck for the pack frame, gamebags, and latex gloves or anything else I need.  A couple other areas I hunt are pretty rugged and require a bit of time to hike into, so I carry extra essential gear I might need.

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