Jason asked me to put together a quick list of what I took my Chugach Goat hunt this past August. We were limited to about 50 pounds of personal gear including our bow and optics. Transportation into the hunt was by super cub. Obviously, some of the gear listed below I wore (boots, bino’s, pants, etc.) and was not in my pack. Other items on my list (sat phone, video camera, spotting scope, tent, stove) were split between the three of us. I generally add 24 ounces of food per day for myself, and depending on water availability (not a concern on this hunt) 60 ounces of water.
This hunt was what I consider a modified backpack trip, where we had a main base camp, and had the option to spike camp out on our backs depending on where we found goats.
Some of my kit I chose for the weight, and other things are specific to the needs on this hunt. All of these items have been verified on my scale and are accurate to my size. It is a constant battle deciding what is worth the weight and what is not. As you can see on this trip my bow, optics, and specialty gear needed for this hunt were the real curve killers.
Not included on the list are a few things I bring for travel that will not be going on the hunt with me. I generally pack my optics and bow and most of my clothes into a hard sided locking bow case. The rest of my gear is either in my pack as a carry on or in a large checked duffel that has enough room to get my frozen cape, meat, and head back with me on the return trip. I always have my jacket, hunting pants, and boots on or in my carry on in case my luggage gets lost. I could get by for a couple of days with shared gear if it came down to it, but good fitting boots are not something I can live without for any period of time.
If this had been a solo hunt I would have brought a backup bow and left it at the main air strip, but because we both had a bow I did not bring a spare. If something were to happen to my bow, I have extra cams that would allow me to shoot Matt’s bow and vice versa (we shoot the same bow with different draw lengths). Although not ideal, in an emergency we could make it work. This is definitely something to consider on a hunt like this. It would be pretty easy to damage your bow in a fall or busting brush.
No gear list is end all, including mine. Personal preference plays a huge role in deciding what you need and what you can live without. Trying out new products is half the fun of getting ready for a hunt. On this hunt there was nothing I did not use and nothing I would have left at home.
Below are five products that were essential on this trip:
Petzl Snowscopic Ice Axe/Trekking pole- In steep country having an ice axe to catch you if you slip could save your life.
Spindrift Jacket- When you have to sleep out unplanned you need this jacket. Weighs nothing and makes a normally miserable night out bearable.
Chugach Rain gear- Being completely dry all the time in ALASKA is awesome.
Schnees Granite Boot-Breathes better than any boot I have ever worn.
Zeiss Diascope 85 spotting scope- 75 power saved us alot of walking. I was able to identify Billies from Nannies at great distances. Great piece of glass.
|Function||Spec||Weight in oz.|
|Pack, shelter and sleep system|
|Backpack||KUIU ICON 6000||91|
|Pack cover||Sea to Summit (large gray)||4|
|Sleeping bag/ w waterproof stuff sack||Mountain Hardware Ultra lamina 15 (synthetic)||53|
|Sleeping pad||Exped Synmat UL 7||16|
|Stuff sack/ pillow||Thermarest||2|
|Clothing- Skin to Shell|
|Underwear||2 pair Smartwool merino||4|
|Base layer top||KUIU 185 zip||9.6|
|Base layer bottom||KUIU 185||9|
|Mid layer top||KUIU 250 zip||12.5|
|Vest||KUIU Guide vest||11.2|
|Micro insulation||KUIU Spindrift||13.5|
|Soft Shell Jacket||KUIU Guide Jacket||18.5|
|Rain Shell top||KUIU Chugach Jacket||17.3|
|Rain Shell bottom||KUIU Chugach Pant||13.3|
|Lighweight beanie||KUIU merino 185||1|
|Heavy beanie||KUIU Guide beanie||1.3|
|Gloves||KUIU Guide glove||7|
|Gloves 2||Rubber Crabbing gloves||5|
|Lightweight socks||4 pair -Smartwool fine merino||2|
|Mid weight socks||2 pair -mid weight Smartwool||2|
|Camp shoes||Nike Free 2||12.2|
|Bow||Hoyt Carbon Matrix w/ release and 4 hunting arrows||99|
|Arrows||12 extra w/ 4 practice heads and arrow tube||33|
|Binoculars||Zeiss Vicory 10-45 rf||37|
|Rangefinder||Nikon riflehunter 550( angle compensated)||6|
|Spotting scope||Zeiss Diascope 85mm 20-75 power||69|
|Tripod||Outdoorsmans medium with rc 700 head||55|
|Satellite phone||Motorolla 9555 (Iridium)||10|
|Camera||Sony Nex 5||12|
|Video Camera||JVC Everio HD 40 optical zoom||6.2|
|Headlamp||Petzl Tikkina 2||3|
|Knife||Havelon Piranta w/ 12 blades||3|
|Ice Axe/ trekking pole||Petlz Snowscopic||16|
|Water container||Nalgene 1 liter||3|
|Eating utensil||Titanium spork||1|
|Small item storage||2-Sea to Summit 4 liter bags||1|
|Hygiene||1 pack wet wipes||2|
|Fire starter||1 storm proof lighter||1|
|First Aid Kit||Tape/blister kit/||2|
|Medication/ prevention||Advil/immoduim/ emergency pain/ ect||2|
|Extra batteries||For camera/headlamp/ video/sat phone||4|
Let me know if you have any specific questions or if I can help you put together a gear list for a specific hunt you have coming up.
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