? Boots:? 2 pair of boots, must be Gore Tex.? One pair 1000-1200 gram tinsulate.? One pair hiking 400-600 gram thins late.? Be sure your boots are well broke in wearing the same socks you will use in camp.? Treat your boots with ?Nikwax? before coming.
? Day pack:? Bring along a good daypack that can carry a small load of food, clothes, water, etc. for hikes that may take a few hours.
? Socks:? A pair for each day in camp, synthetics are best, no cotton.? Our favorite is ?Ingenious? socks.? Cabela’s boot socks also work well.
? Underwear:? Don?t take this lightly.? Be sure to bring underwear you are used to wearing, – not new ones!? We have had clients who made this mistake and after a few hours of 4 wheeling or hiking were chaffed to where they had to stop hunting.
? Clothes:? (Bring clothes designed for layering.)
? 3-4 pair of Long John’s.
? Bring two pants that are Gore Tex.? We prefer Bib pants in camo or Real Tree patterns.? One pair should be light insulated; one pair should be heavy insulated.? You will walk a lot at times and tight pants are uncomfortable.
? Bring several shirts.? Two heavy insulated shirts, two wind-proof shirts, two wool shirts, and one two pull over shirts.? The weather this time of year can swing from 15 deg at night to 70 deg in the day.
? Bring two jackets.? One light, one heavy insulated.? Both must be waterproof Gore Tex or equal.? Please no Carhart bibs or jackets, -You will end up wet and cold. The best clothes are wind sheer rated. We are hunting in the Alaska Range and the wind does blow hard at times.
? Bring two hats:? The hat needs to be the baseball type with a bill, but insulated, Gore Tex, with flaps that cover the ears for cold mornings, but straps to lift the ears flaps up during warmer weather.? Bring a regular ski type cap as well.
? Gloves:? One pair of mechanics style or ATV riding gloves.? One pair of light insulated winter gloves, and one pair of heavy insulated winter gloves with a cuff to go over jacket. Make sure these are waterproof.
? Glasses:? Bring glasses for sunny days shaded and yellow tint for hazy days.
? Leisure clothes.? After a great day of hunting, and field dressing a moose there is nothing like coming back to camp and getting out of your wet clothes and boots, standing by the warm woodstove and putting on a set of clean clothes and shoes to relax in.? So bring a couple pair of jeans, and warm insulated shirts as well as some warm boots like Uggs.? Bring enough underclothes to last for the 10 day hunt.? Please ask if not sure.
? Rifle:? Your choice 30 cal or better 180 grains and up with a good scope and the best watertight scope covers.? Butler Creek are a good choice. Two boxes of bullets.? Sling a must for hiking, – The Butler Creek padded is the best.
? Handgun:? We encourage you to bring a .22 pistol with good sights.? We often run across Ptarmigan and they are fun to hunt and make a great dinner.
? Binoculars:? If there is one thing above another we urge you to do right it is your optics.? We cannot stress enough that you need the best binoculars that you can afford.? Your happiness and enjoyment of the trip will be dependant on this.? We urge you to buy no less brands than Leica, Swarovski?s, or other European models.? 10×42 or 10×50 is best.? You will spend days glassing and poor glasses will leave you cross eyed with a headache.? Do not bring anything less than the best in this area.? Trust us; we know what we are talking about.? You can bring a spotting scope with tripod if you wish but we have top notch spotting scopes.? Also, – we urge you to get a binocular harness.? Cabela?s makes several models.? Get the kind that strap on to your back and chest so they ride on your chest but you can lift them up in an instant and look.
? Knives:? You may bring your knives or other personnel favorite equipment but do not have to.? If you do be sure it is good steel such as a solingen blade.? Bring a sharpener as well.
? Bags:? You need to bring at least one waterproof float bag.? We prefer the roll top better than the duffel style. This is the bag you will carry spare clothes in for the day and to store the outer layer when it warms up during the day.? The rest of your bags are your choice but waterproof is best in Alaska.
? Personal toiletries:? Tooth brush and paste, two towels, washcloth, comb, soap, razor, cream, etc.
? Bug spray.? Most of the times when we hunt the first frost has come so the mosquitoes and black flies are gone.? However we have had several years when it stays warm and the bugs can make you insane if you are not protected.? Bring a good can of bug spray with high DEET.
? Survival kit:? Bring a small kit with the following.? Aspirin or other pain reliever, three Bic lighters, a candle, small pocket knife, two rolls of surveyor tape, band aids, a Leatherman, other medications you might need such as pepto bismol.? A small first aid kit and a small roll of duct tape.
? Flashlight:? Bring one regular one, and one headlamp with LED?s.? Bring extra Duracell batteries.
? Camera:? We always have cameras with us, but encourage you to bring your own.? Use a digital camera.? You are also free to bring along your video camera.
? Books, cards, or games can be fun on days the weather may have us socked in.? Bring a few things to entertain yourself.
? Sleeping bag:? We provide cots and pillows, but you bring your own bag.? We recommend rated at least -20.? In the tent it is warm, but you may sleep in a spike camp for a night and want to be warm.
? Kolpin gun boots fit our 4 wheeler racks.? If you have one, bring it.?? If not, we have plenty.? Just let us know ahead of time please.