This gear list should help prepare you in advance.
- License & Tag: Please coincide with us; we can simplify the purchase process.
- Good Boots: I recommend Lowa sheep hunter, Scarpa Liskammi GTX or LaSportiva Glacier
- Hip Boots: Lacrosse Big Chief (Insulated)
- Socks: 3 pairs wool socks, I prefer Darn Tough®™ hiking
- Sock Liners: 3 pair Wigwam Gobis®™
- Long Underwear: 1 pair top, bottom; wool or synthetic
- Pants: 1 pair durable synthetic or Schoeller fabric equivalent
- Shirt: 2 Long sleeve, wool or synthetic (midweight)
- Jacket: Fleece
- Raingear: Lightweight jacket and pants or bibs
- Overcoat: Synthetic parka with hood
- Gloves: 1 pair wool or fleece
- Hat: wool or fleece
- Headlamp: Tikka XP2 or Black Diamond Spot, NO FLASHLIGHTS
- Gaitors: 1 pair of Outdoor Research gaiters or equivalent
- Water Bottles: 2 32 oz. H2O Bottles -or- 32oz. Gatorade jugs, BLADDERS LEAK!
- Sleeping pad: 1 Thermarest Ridgerest. AIR MATTRESSES LEAK
- Sleeping Bag: 15°ƒ Synthetic filled mummy bag.
- Binoculars: 10×40
- Eye Protection: UV Sunglasses
- Rifle: 300 win mag or 300 Ultra mag. 2 boxes of ammunition
- Backpack: frame or internal frame pack 5,000 cubic inches
- Toiletries: medication, toothbrush, small toothpaste, etc
If you stick to this gear list you will have everything you need. It is in excess of what I carry, because I am always carrying meat.
Be advised I will not allow any cotton clothing worn in the field. Cotton does not wick rain and sweat away from the skin, it requires too much energy for you to get dry. Synthetic or wool fibers ONLY.
Barney’s Sports Chalet is a good outlet for hunting gear. They are located in mid-town Anchorage, Alaska. They are avid Alaskan hunters and suppliers since 1963. If you need help with anything they are well versed and will give you advice or direction.
REI is another source for much of the equipment. Shopping is available online or they are conveniently located down the street from Barney´s.