|Updated August 2017. This list is to give you an idea of what gear and equipment I like to pack for a hunting trip in Alaska. This is a fairly complete list where weight and bulk isn’t a factor. I carry less when I fly in than when I’m hunting by boat, and I carry even less when I’m backpacking. (See my sheep hunting list at www.bucktrack.com.) Everyone’s list will vary. The first part of this list will be items I normally carry when out actually hunting, followed by a list of sleeping gear, then a “kitchen” items list, a clothing list, other items, and then a list of gear I would add for a float trip. Please email me with your ideas and suggestions.
|For other huntings lists, including shorter, lighter list, and for a full line of books and videos on Alaska hunting and fishing, please visit www.bucktrack.com,
|Items to Carry in the Field
|Try to carry the same caliber as your hunting partner, if practical.
|Waterproof, quality binos. Vanguard Endeavor binoculars are a great value in quality optics.
|Leukotape is the gold standard. Use it BEFORE you have blisters
|Razor sharp arrows. Use a powerful bow for moose.
|I like the small Repel 1 oz. pump spray bottle, but I rely primarily on keeping as much skin covered as possible when the bugs are bad.
|Waterproof camera and/or in ziplock bag
|For emergency fire starting
|Filled with filtered water unless you have a bottle filter.
|Carry it! Know the direction to camp, river, etc. Signal mirror is a plus.
|To mark your kill, trail, camp, whatever
|High calorie, dry foods. Cheese, peanut butter, crackers, nuts, Snickers etc..
|So you can carry a full load of meat back to camp
|At least one per party. Know how to use it. Enter camps, pickup points, etc. I really like my Garmin eTrex.
|Led headlamps are the only way to go!
|Havlon knives with changeable blades are a favorite.
|In a ziplock in a secured pocket
|One in a ziplock in an inside secured pocket, the other elsewhere.
|with sunscreen. Use it before your lips are chapped.
|In a waterproof container
|Cloth tape to measure antlers/horns
|The ALPS freighter is a great value in a good pack. I usually carry a frame pack, and “carry in field” items with me while hunting.
|About 50 feet
|Quality raingear. Good to shed rain or protect you from a cold wind. Helly Hansen Impertech is often considered the gold standard in Alaska.
|I’ve had to consult the game regs MANY times in the field.
|Sighted-in. .270 or larger. A familiar gun that YOU can shoot ACCURATELY.
|Garmin Inreach Explorer+ I wish this had been available years ago. For me, this is a great compromise for price, performance, safety, communication and subscription plans. There is two-way texting, maps, gps, an SOS button and more. Most of Alaska does not have cell phone coverage. If the expense of buying isn’t justified, check into rentals.
|Reinforced space blanket, NOT the thin ones as big as a cigarette pack.
|At least one per party. I really like my Leupold 12-40 x 60. If you will use a spotting scope very often, it is one item where it pays to spend some money for quality.
|Swiss Army Knife
|A spare, all-around knife with can opener, tweezers and scissors.
|In a ziplock in a secured pocket. Make sure you know how to tag your animal.
|Refer to it each time before heading afield.
|In a ziplock.
|In clear, one gallon “freezer” ziplocks. Fold the map to show your area.
|Carry one that fits your camera and your spotting scope
|Extra warm clothes in a plastic bag. Include a balaclava.
|Rated to about 10 degrees, avoid down unless you’re an expert camper.
|Closed cell foam, air mattress or Therm-a-Rest. Good for insulation & comfort.
|Carry a strong, wind-resistant, name-brand tent that you’ve set up and tested.
|Camp Kitchen Items
|2 lbs of dry food per day. You will need more if food is not dried (canned food, for example.)
|Two nesting pots of about 1-2 quarts (liters)
|One for each member
|Cooking fish or meat
|No fuel on commercial flights. Ask air taxi should be able to fix you up, ask ahead.
|For cooking and calories
|A small one. I like the military P-38 style
|If hunting, carry separate “cape salt.”
|Spoon and fork
|A set for each member
|The Coleman Dual Fuel Sporter II is a nice little workhorse stove that can burn unleaded gas as well as white gas. For backpacking, I use an alcohol stove.
|Repair parts and the like.
|You should boil cooking water and filter or treat drinking water. Aquamira is a favorite of mine and much more effective and better tasting than iodine. You can treat a big jug of water in minutes. Gravity filters are also popular. If you bring just a filter, it’s smart to bring Aqua Mira as a backup.
|Collapsible. For carrying water from source OR storing filtered water.
|Fleece or polypro. They are the warmest item you can carry per pound!
|A cap with a bill to keep the rain off your face, and earflaps, is nice
|Broken in, waterproof hunting boots.
|Fleece, fiber-fill or down.
|Wool or fleece
|Goretex. To wear over gloves or mittens if cold or wet
|2 Cotton. They have lots of uses.
|Not neoprene. Most folks prefer ankle fit for walking. Bring small patch kit.
|SportHill Men’s Expedition Pant are my favorites. Comfortable, stretchy and dry fast.
|Fleece for when it cools off. Fleece dries a lot quicker than wool.
|Helly Hansen Impertech is often considered the Alaska standard.
|I like full side zip, but at least make sure you can pull them over your boots.
|Wool. 3 pair
|Liner. Reduces blisters. Light polypro or similar. 3 pair.
|Running shoes or something else light.
|Check with your Dr. and use correctly
|Archery Repair Kit
|Or some other painkiller. Also carry antacids, etc.
|Bring one. You may have a long wait or two!
|One extra per party
|About 5 per moose hunter
|2-5 pounds depending on animal size
|You’ll be able to use this for most expenses.
|As Red Greene knows, it’s useful for countless purposes
|Extra pair, just in case.
|First Aid Kit
|Bring First Aid instructions also.
|Strong ones. About 3 for a caribou, and 5 for a moose
|Strong ones. For garbage and to keep gear dry.
|Or similar cleanup wipes.
|If you need it, you’ll be glad you have it!
|or other anti-diarrhetic
|If you like fishing at all, you’ll want to have them along.
|Misc. Items Bag
|Mini can-opener, fine wire, fish hooks, lighter, tacks, safety pins, etc.
|I use floss for thread.
|I like the mini Vicegrips. Can be used as a vice, pliers, wrench, clamp, etc.
|aka 550 cord.100’ per person. Used to hang food, gear, guying out tents, etc, etc.
|Make sure you carry them on your flights.
|For cleaning guns
|If you like fishing at all, you’ll want to have them along.
|B&C or P&Y
|Spare glasses or contacts
|Just in case
|Steel or Stone
|Sharpen knives thoroughly at home.
|Use it before you’re burned.
|The blue ones are OK. At least two per party. To cover meat, gear, etc.
|Choose one you can use for cameras and spotting scope
|Bring extra batteries and tape.
|Ziplock Bags M/L
|Always useful for maps, food, carrying water, etc.
|Written agreement with the air taxi, listing pickup place and time and fees. Home folks should have the plan, too.
|With Gamma Seal lids. These make great, light, waterproof containers that double as camp seats.
|Make sure you have all the bolts
|To keep gear off the floor. This helps prevent raft damage and wet gear.
|I am a fan of NRS Bill’s Bag. They are a good bag and a great value. Duffel bags lined with heavy garbage bags will work
|for all your electronics.
|A leaky valve can cause problems
|All parts. Make sure you know how to put it together
|One per member. WEAR THEM!
|For sewing up big tears
|Check glue. Plenty of patch material.
|For a bowline, grab-line, etc.
|An extra is a wise idea.
|Inspect for damage. Carry two for two or more rafts.
|Inflated and inspected before trip.
|From guidebooks, land managers, whatever.
|To cover raft
|To fit raft bolts