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Sept WY Elk Gear? #7444935
02/26/19 08:29 PM
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So I drew for archery elk in WY. We'll be hunting about an hour or so north of Jackson Hole 9/7-9-11. I need recommendations for gear, mainly clothing, boots, etc...


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Re: Sept WY Elk Gear? [Re: tShawnB] #7445041
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Clothing is easy base layer, mid lay and outer layer. Boots thatís the tough one. Itís very subjective.

I like up top I like a light weight merino base layer shirt, grid fleece hoody, and puffy. Plus rain jacket.
Down low. Kuiu zip off merino base layer, prana Zion pants and Gaiters. Merino socks
Solid colors work great too, now is best time to buy, winter close outs


Boots break down to two mind sets,

light and minimal break in with decent support but limit life span- saloman 4d quest,
Heavier, re-soleable, stiffer lots of support-Hanwag, lowa, kennetrek, Schnees crispi, zamberlan etc.

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Good advice right there. You could get a cold front that brings cold and deep snow so be prepared for that. That early weather should be good but you never know.
Put some bear spray on that list too.

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Foot wear is very important.

When I was in Alaska hunting mountain goats, there was a lot of climbing with rocks every where. I wore boots with lug bottoms and good ankle support and did fine. Cohort with me wore Maine guideboots with soft rubber bottoms and he really suffered.

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Agree on the Maine Guide Boots. I bought a pair as work boots for my place. Every time I stepped on a rock I knew it. I put a negative recommendation on their site. It was gone in 2 days.


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Boots really comes down to what kind of country you will be in. There is no one size fits all there but if one would it would be the Saloman quest 4d mentioned above.

Clothes is simple for that time of year. Light base layers, outer layer, and down in case a front comes through. Rain gear just in case. Here is what I would have packed based on what I own but all the companies have something comparable.

Base Layer - Kuiu merino long sleeve top and zip off bottoms
Outer - Sitka heavyweight core pullover and ascent pants, Marmot Scree pants if temps will max out in the 50s
Rain Gear - Sitka Stormfront (you can get by with lesser its just what I have from hunting Alaska)
Down jacket- Sitka Kelvin
Socks - Darn Tough full cushion
Gaiters - RAB e-vent
Boots - La Sportiva
Pack- Stone Glacier in the size needed for the hunt

Just those layers while moving will keep me good down at least into the 30s without the down jacket on.

Last edited by bphillips; 03/08/19 11:25 PM.

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I like the Lowa Renegade boots. A HECS suit would be great, whether you use it for a base layer or outer layer. Either way you need something warmer with it.

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Originally Posted by bphillips
Boots really comes down to what kind of country you will be in. There is no one size fits all there but if one would it would be the Saloman quest 4d mentioned above.

Clothes is simple for that time of year. Light base layers, outer layer, and down in case a front comes through. Rain gear just in case. Here is what I would have packed based on what I own but all the companies have something comparable.

Base Layer - Kuiu merino long sleeve top and zip off bottoms
Outer - Sitka heavyweight core pullover and ascent pants, Marmot Scree pants if temps will max out in the 50s
Rain Gear - Sitka Stormfront (you can get by with lesser its just what I have from hunting Alaska)
Down jacket- Sitka Kelvin
Socks - Darn Tough full cushion
Gaiters - RAB e-vent
Boots - La Sportiva
Pack- Stone Glacier in the size needed for the hunt

Just those layers while moving will keep me good down at least into the 30s without the down jacket on.

Thanks for the list. Lot's to choose from out there. I've looked at Kuiu, Sitka and First Lite. All seem to be top notch gear.

Last edited by tShawnB; 03/11/19 01:36 PM.

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Originally Posted by tShawnB
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Boots really comes down to what kind of country you will be in. There is no one size fits all there but if one would it would be the Saloman quest 4d mentioned above.

Clothes is simple for that time of year. Light base layers, outer layer, and down in case a front comes through. Rain gear just in case. Here is what I would have packed based on what I own but all the companies have something comparable.

Base Layer - Kuiu merino long sleeve top and zip off bottoms
Outer - Sitka heavyweight core pullover and ascent pants, Marmot Scree pants if temps will max out in the 50s
Rain Gear - Sitka Stormfront (you can get by with lesser its just what I have from hunting Alaska)
Down jacket- Sitka Kelvin
Socks - Darn Tough full cushion
Gaiters - RAB e-vent
Boots - La Sportiva
Pack- Stone Glacier in the size needed for the hunt

Just those layers while moving will keep me good down at least into the 30s without the down jacket on.

Thanks for the list. Lot's to choose from out there. I've looked at Kuiu, Sitka and First Lite. All seem to be top notch gear.


Yes they are all top of the line. Right now great closeout deals can be found on Sitka from 30-60% off. I prefer Sitka most of the time simply because there is no guessing if the clothes will fit. If the size guide matches you it will be true but the same cannot be said for Kuiu. The zip off bottoms only Kuiu makes though and those things are great. If you're good with solids lots of companies that make hiking gear and clothing will get you the same type of clothing for even less in most cases also. My Marmot Scree pants ran me around $80 and the comparable Sitka or Kuiu would be around $200

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Mountain hardware is running 50% off including sleeping bags and tents. Ghost whisper puffy is my favorite 7.5 oz, if you prefer synthetic the kora is great also. Sleeping bag itís hard to beat the hyperlamine in synthetic or ratio in down

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Don't overlook the snow gaiters listed. You don't want to be caught in the snow without them, or life gets miserable in a hurry.


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I hunted outside Casper the first week of this past October. We went from bright, sunny, and relatively warm the first few days to a front coming in and dropping the temperature 30 degrees in an hour or so to a continuous drizzle the next day to a snow storm the following. I took all the cold weather gear, but didn't need much of it while hunting. I stuck with my usual Asolo hiking boots and never had cold feet. In the mornings I wore a beanie, but swapped to a cowboy hat later in the morning. I almost always had a button down long sleeve shirt on over a t-shirt or thermal shirt, and started the day with a Carhartt jacket.

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What unit? What style hunt? Take some bear spray!

I drew for Area 60 (Thorofare) and going Oct 9.

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Originally Posted by RedSnake
What unit? What style hunt? Take some bear spray!

I drew for Area 60 (Thorofare) and going Oct 9.


Not sure of the unit but we'll be about an hour north of Jackson Hole, 2nd week of September for archery elk.


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