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#7066824 - 02/05/18 12:20 PM Early season Elk Gear
tShawnB Offline
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Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 1112
Loc: Forney
Doing an early season archery in SW WY. This will be my first early season archery elk hunt. We'll be spot and stalk and on horse back. Any suggestions on clothes, boots, etc...
How come everybody I meet is a deer hunting expert?

#7066830 - 02/05/18 12:24 PM Re: Early season Elk Gear [Re: tShawnB]
Texasteach Offline
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Registered: 01/05/16
Posts: 326
Loc: Ector County
Be prepared for anything from 90 degrees to snow. Dress in layers and make sure you have some waterproof gear. Also, make sure that your outfitter is using stirrups that work with your hunting boots. If not, you might want to invest in a set of stirrups to take with you.
You did what?

#7066903 - 02/05/18 01:20 PM Re: Early season Elk Gear [Re: tShawnB]
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Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 18421
Loc: Winters
Layers and rain gear.

#7066965 - 02/05/18 02:10 PM Re: Early season Elk Gear [Re: tShawnB]
Wytex Offline
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Registered: 12/07/16
Posts: 351
Loc: Wyoming
A nice day pack to haul your emergency gear and extra clothes. Keep it small and quiet for a spot and stalk.
Also make sure your clothes are quiet too, elk hear that scratchy noise clothes can make when they rub on brush and sticks.
Break those boots in early.
Yes you can expect anything from 90's to snow in Sept.
Extra boots and wool socks for your wet feet.
Merino base layers are life savers.

#7067965 - 02/06/18 09:52 AM Re: Early season Elk Gear [Re: tShawnB]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 43129
Loc: Metroplex
First lite has a sale on thier base and mid layers you can get a 170g shirt and 260 weight chama hoody for $120. You can pick up the Prana Zion pants for $65. Add a puffy jacket and a rain jacket and your golden.

Only peice of clothing that I splurge on is kuiu zip off base layer bottems.

Boot wise itís subjective but easy break-in, not breaking the bank type boots : Salomon 4D 3 GTX, crispi valdres gtx, lowa Camino and Danner Gila.

On a stiffer more bomb proof long term life type boot-Hanwag Alaskan/Yukon, Crispi Nevada, kennetek hardscrabble, lowa tircam/cevedeale/Tibet, schnees beartooths etc.

Socks -kuiu, firstlite, smart wool, darntough, farm to feet... list is long. Kuiu is my favorite but farm to feet is my most splurge comfortable, and my everyday is smartwool phd

#7074349 - 02/11/18 10:09 AM Re: Early season Elk Gear [Re: tShawnB]
duckhunter175 Offline

Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 237
Loc: DFW
Id would figure out what your budget is going to be and then start prioritizing gear. Elk hunting, heck, western hunting in general is a slippery slope and the gear list and expenses can pile up incredibly quick. Keep your eyes peeled on and There tend to be good deals to grab.

1. I'll second the recommendation for merino base layers. I like Kuiu 145 and I just got a 210 hooded this year that might be my fav piece yet. The alternate would be the camofire merino when they post it up (you have to check every day).

2. Boots-- again I'll second the Salomon 4D GTX-- nothing breaks in quicker. If you want a taller stiffer boot I found the Meindls made for Cabelas worked really well for me AND again they are on sale or extra points often.

3. Puffy- this depends on how hot or cold blooded you are. If cold isn't a big issue I would grab the North Face Thermoball jacket. Packs down tight, and provides adequate insulation for price. I wear a Kuiu Superdown because, well if it is cold enough for a puffy I want to be warm all day.

4. Outerwear- lots of guys love the Cabelas microtex. Prana zion is popular but they don't fit me all that great. Take a look at the firehose pants by Duluth trading company, they are pretty bombproof. Whatever you do for pants make sure you can get your baselayer under them and that you aren't pinching/binding/rubbing.

5. JETBOIL- This is a must on pretty much every hunt I do. Nothing better when you are sitting around glassing-- or dealing with a lull in the action than to fire up a hot cup of coffee or soup. Starbucks VIA packets or some ramen and I'm a happy guy again.

#7075845 - 02/12/18 02:51 PM Re: Early season Elk Gear [Re: tShawnB]
tShawnB Offline
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Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 1112
Loc: Forney
Thanks for the input guys. Some good info here. We can actually drive right to camp and then we pack out daily from there so I'll take plenty of stuff just in case.
How come everybody I meet is a deer hunting expert?


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