Dall Sheep and Grizzly Bear Hunt
Gear and Equipment

Boots are your single most important piece of gear. Without your feet in good condition, you can not effectively hunt. Wear your boots, hike in them, and use them prior to your hunt (this does not mean walking around the yard). Poorly fitting boots will at best make you miserable and at worst completely ruin your hunt. There is no “best boot” – everyone’s foot is different. The below boots have always given me consistently good results. Try them and wear them!

Foot Wear

(only the best boots)

  • Quality mountaineering boots: I recommend Kenetrek Mountain Extreme non insulated, Lowa Tibet Hi GTX, Kuiu Scarpa Rebel K insulated 10 HD
  • Insoles: Superfeet
  • Wool Socks: I recommend at least 8 pairs of the highest quality sock such as Darn Tough or Smart Wool
  • Gaiters: Outdoor Research Crocodiles
  • Crocks or other camp shoes

Base Layer

Absolutely NO COTTON!

  • Light weight Short Sleeve T-Shirts (2 pair): Kuiu Ultra Merino 125 SS Crew T, Exofficio Give-N-Go Short Sleeve
  • Underwear bottoms (4 pair): Exofficio Give-N-Go Boxer Brief, Kuiu Peloton 118 Boxer Brief
  • Light weight Merino Wool Top (2 pair): Kuiu Ultra Merino 145 Weight Zip-T
  • Light weight Merino Wool Bottoms (2 pair): Kuiu Ultra Merino 145 zip off bottom or Ibex Woolies 1 Bottom

Mid Layer

  • Mid Weight Merino Wool or fleece Shirt (1): Kuiu Ultra Merino 210 hoodie or Kuiu Peloton 200 Zip T Hoodie, Sitka Traverse Zip Tee or Kryptec Sherpa Zip Hoodie
  • Soft Shell Pants (2 pair): Outdoor Research Cirque Pant, Sitka Timberline Pant, Kuiu Alpine Pant, Stone Glacier De Havilland Pant

Insulation Layer

Jacket, Parka, Pant

  • Light weight puffy jacket (1): This should weigh about a pound and be highly compressible. This is your most used layer: Sitka Kelvin Lite Hoody or Kuiu Super Down Ultra Hooded Jacket
  • Super warm puffy parka (1): should weigh no more than 2 pounds & be highly compressible: Barney’s Brooks Range Jacket Best), Kifaru Lost Parka, Sitka Kelvin Down WS Hoody, Kuiu Super Down Pro Hoody, Stone Glacier Grumman Jacket
  • Light Weight Puffy Pant (1 Pair): Kuiu Super Down Pant, Sitka Kelvin Lite Pant, Stone Glacier Grumman Pant, Kifaru Lost Pant, Barneys Brooks Range Pant

Rain Gear

Buy Only the best 3 Layer Gore-Tex Type Rain Gear!

  • Gore-tex Rain Jacket (1): Sitka Storm Front Jacket, Kuiu Chugach NX Jacket, Kryptek Altitude Takur Jacket, Arcteryx Alpha SV Jacket
  • Gore-tex Rain Pant (1): Sitka Storm Front Pant, Kuiu Chugach NX Rain Pant, Kryptek Altitude Takur Pant, Arcteryx Beta AR pant

Other Gear

  • Warm hat and ball cap
  • Fleece Gloves (2 Pair): Sitka Jetstream Glove, Outdoor Research Mens
  • Gripper Glove
  • Head net, bug dope, sunscreen, camera/phone
  • Head lamp (2): Fenix HP25R with extra battery
  • Camp soap
  • Blister patches such as Glacier Gel, Rock Tape, Moleskin
  • Small roll of duct tape
  • Recharging battery bank for recharging phone/etc
  • Garmin Inreach or Irridium Sat Phone – Optional
  • A couple of good books
  • Trekking pole(s)

Pack

Only High-Quality Packs!

  • Barney’s Pinnacle Pack is the only pack that I would ever use. Another great option is the Stone Glacier Sky Talus 6900 or Sky Guide 7900.

*NO SMALL PACKS. Any pack should be big enough to carry all of your hunting gear needed for 10 days of backpacking, sleeping bag and food. Any pack you bring MUST BE at least 3300 cubic inches.

Sleeping

  • Light weight down sleeping bag rated between 10 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Should weigh between 2 and 3.5 pounds and be backpack style: Kuiu Super Down Sleeping Bag 0 or 15 Degree, Western Mountaineering Versalite, Stone Glacier Chilkoot 0 or 15 degrees
  • Light weight sleeping pad: Thermarest NeoAir A XLite is the only way to go
  • Minimum of 3 good lightweight compression stuff sacks: Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Compression Dry sack

Rifle, Ammunition & Optics

  • Caliber: 6.5 Creedmore or PRC, 270 WSM, 7mm Rem, 300 WSM, 300 Win Mag.
  • Rifle: I recommend lightweight rifles quality such as Kimber Montana or Sako Finlight.
  • Rifle Scope: I recommend high quality optics such as Leupold VX3 2.5-8.5 x 33mm or VX6 2-12×42. I suggest getting a Ballistically matched turret for your scope. Scopes capable of low zoom power are critical. No high zoom scopes!
  • Binoculars: Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss – 10×42 are best. Use the best quality optics
  • Bullet type: NO TARGET BULLETS!! Use only high-quality hunting bullets! I prefer Barnes TSX or TTSX by far. Swift A-Frame, Nosler Accubond is also good.

Practice with your rifle from field positions, not just the bench! Practice, practice, practice.