Gear can make or break a hunt. In the backcountry, there are some essential items every mountain traveler should carry whether on a simple day hike or a multi-day adventure. September is the best month of the year in Montana with the color change of leaves and cool, crisp mornings. It’s what make elk go crazy during the rut.
Average high temp 70 deg
Average low temp 29 deg
Average total precipitation 1 inch
Average snow fall .5 inch
In our hunting area, cell service does not exist. Weather changes can be great and powerful. Below is a good gear list for your Montana wilderness elk hunt that llamas will pack into elk camp. Each hunter is limited to 20lbs of gear llamas will carry to camp. Each hunter will always carry their own “day hunting essential gear” in a day pack. Our pack llamas will transport all other gear to camp.
Toiletries and other personal equipment
Even though we have the trusty strong llamas to carry our gear, food and beverage into the mountains, it still is important for us to be as efficient as possible. This means keeping toiletries and other personal equipment to a minimum. Please use travel size toiletries.
Day Hunting Essentials
Mother Earth can unleash her fury with inches of snow and a temperature swing of more than 40 degrees! Or it can be warm and sunny. Either way, we must all be prepared with food, water, and weather protection. Plus have all our necessities and miscellaneous gear for a day of hunting.
- Day Pack approximately 2500 cu in/40 liters.
A backpack that can pack meat preferred. Your day pack will carry your “day hunting essential gear”. Please note: when you have an elk down, our pack llamas may not be able to get right to kill spot. Therefore, as a team, we’ll have to pack your elk meat in our packs to a rendezvous spot accessible to the llamas. Checkout the Mystery Ranch Hunting Packs or similar
- Backpack Rain Cover.
Fourth rule of our operation: protect the gear.
A must! Get one that’s waterproof, has RED led, strobe, and lock mode. Bring extra batteries. Checkout Black Diamond headlamps or similar.
- 2-3 L water bladder with drinking hose or 2 – 1 liter water bottles.
Its very important to stay hydrated. If you bring a bladder, bring a water bottle. Makes it easy around camp to drink.
- Bow and quiver.
- Arrows with broad heads.
- Archery release
- Spare part box
Broad heads, allen wrench, etc…
Checkout Vortex Optics Rangefinders
Recommend 10 x 42. Checkout Vortex Optics Binoculars or similar.
- Spotting Scope/Tripod, iPhone adaptor (optional)
- Elk Calls
Mouth reeds, Hoochie mama, bugle
- 4 Game bags
We’ll bone out your elk meat and only need lightweight bags. Checkout
- Gutting/Caping knife with extra blades or sharpener
Daily Clothing and misc
- Hiking boots. We prefer 9 inch tall boots. They are better on the ankles in down debris and rocky terrain. Plus they help with shallow creek crossings. Checkout Schness Boots
- Waterproof rain jacket. Checkout Sitka Gear, Kuiu, First Lite or similar.
- Waterproof pants. Great to have. May not carry everyday. This item can go in camp clothing stuff sack.
- Camo jacket with hood. Checkout Sitka Gear, Kuiu, First Lite or similar.
- Durable camo hiking pants with pockets. Reinforced knees and seat a bonus. We like knee pads too. Checkout Sitka Gear, Kuiu, First Lite or similar.
- Fleece or light weight vest. Checkout Sitka Gear, Kuiu, First Lite or similar.
- Wool base layer shirt long and short sleeve. No cotton. You’ll wear this daily. One extra in camp gear.
- Quick drying socks. No cotton. We prefer Montana alpaca hiking socks or merino wool. Make sure they are the correct thickness to match your boots. Thicker socks for colder weather can cause circulation problems if there isn’t enough room in boots.
- Light weight pair gloves
- Billed or brimmed hat
- Bandanna. They have many uses.
- Insect repellent
- Camera or smart phone
Gear to pack on llamas for elk camp
You’ll be given a 35 liter stuff sack for all your extra clothing and miscellaneous gear with a limit of 20 lbs per person. The 20 lb limit does not include your sleeping kit. Only extra clothing and personal items.
- 0 Deg sleeping bag. Down or synthetic. Backpack style. Checkout Western Mountaineering, Big Agnes or similar.
- Camp Pillow. A stuff sack with your clothing in it works great.
- Sleeping Pad – We all have different degrees of comfort. We’ll leave this up to you. Bring something packable like Big Agnes sleeping pads or similar.
- Wool/fleece/synthetic jacket. No cotton. This should fit under an outer shell.
- Wool base layer shirt long and short sleeve. No cotton. This will be an extra.
- 3 pairs of quick drying socks. No cotton. Don’t forget a thick comfy sock for camp. We prefer Montana alpaca hiking socks or merino wool. Make sure they are the correct thickness to match your boots. Thicker socks for colder weather can cause circulation problems if there isn’t enough room in boots.
- Medium weight pair of gloves.
- Ski hat, balaclava or similar
- Light weight camp shoes. Something light weight that is good for wet muddy conditions around camp. Checkout Crocs
Meds and Hygiene
- Sunglasses/prescription glasses
- Deodorant – unscented
- Ointments – unscented
- Chapstick – its dry out west.
- Sunscreen – unscented
- Bug Spray
- Camp Towel and Cloth