The choices you make with your personal gear are extremely important. In Alaska when things don’t go well, you don’t just walk back to the truck and go home. You have to make it work. Here are some ideas to get you pointed in the right direction. Where we recommend specific brand names, there is usually a good reason for it. If you have any questions about the equipment please call and we’ll go over it with you in more detail.
- Bandanas- 2
- Baseball-style cap, camo-1
- Camp shoes- 1 pr.
- Cap, stocking- 1
- Coat (Gortex or waterproof fleece)- 1
- Glove liners (synthetic)- 1 pr.
- Gloves (Waterproof or neoprene)- 1pr.
- Gloves (leather work gloves)- 1pr.
- Head net (bug/mosquito)- 1: and insect repellent
- Hunting Pants- 1
- Hunting Shirts- 2 (one lighter weight, one warmer—merino wool blend or synthetic)
- Rain Gear- Helly Hansen Impertech jacket and pants (for moose hunts and fall brown bear hunts where chest waders will be worn, rain pants are not required)
- Socks, Darn Tough Hiker “full cushion” (“cushion” for early season, warmer hunts) 2-3 pr.
- Sun Glasses
- Tee Shirts-(synthetic or merino wool blend) 2
- Thermal Bottoms, light wt. (synthetic)- 1
- Thermal Bottoms, med. wt. (synthetic)- 1
- Thermal Top, light wt., zippered “T”-Neck style (synthetic)- 1
- Thermal Top, med. wt. (synthetic)- 1
- Underwear, synthetic 2-3 pr.
- Note: both Kuiu and Sitka now make complete clothing systems for various seasons—you can substitute items from the above list from these clothing lines, but we still recommend you bring a Helly Hansen Impertech rain jacket
- Deodorant (small)
- Pocket Mirror
- Small hand soap
- Toilet Paper in large ziplock
- Tooth Brush, Toothpaste
- Wash Cloth, Hand Towel
- Medicines, prescriptions
- Mole Skin, Mole Foam
- Super Glue
- Anti-inflammatory medications
Note: Your guide will have a more extensive first aid kit, but bring the above items for everyday use
- Leatherman Tool (or equivalent)
- Electric tape for rifle muzzle
- Matches/ & Lighter
- Small amount of duct tape or patches for wader/therma rest repair
SLEEP / SHELTER
- Parachute Cord, 50’ length
- Sleeping Bag (synthetic fill –20º F rated)
- Sleeping Pad (Thermarest “camp rest”)
- Stuff sack for sleeping pad
- Compression bag for sleeping bag
- Gortex bevy sack (optional)
- Ammunition (2 boxes- same lot number) or correct arrows for game.
- Backpack w/freighter (external) frame, 5,500 cubic inches minimum
- Weapon with soft case (hard case for transport between Anchorage International and home only—you will leave hard case either at your hotel, or air charter service).
- Binoculars 10×42 recommended—no mini-binoculars, please
- Cleaning kit for weapon
- Trekking Pole/walking stick-1
- Card Deck/book
- Diary, Pens
- Kitchen height garbage bags to keep your clothing dry- 2
A NOTE ON CAMOUFLAGE
Alaska has no “hunter orange” requirement, so you are welcome to bring your camouflage attire if you wish. Stick to patterns on the brown / gray end of the scale, rather than green, and you’ll match the conditions usually found here in the fall months.
SPECIAL ITEMS NEEDED FOR SOME HUNTS
In addition to the items above, some of our hunts require special items. Here’s what you need:
Footwear is a special concern because of the steep terrain. Due to the many creek crossings we do each day on our sheep hunts, we recommend plastic boots w/liners. Both Koflach and Lowa currently make quality plastic mountaineering boots. Regardless of the brand, Glacier socks (hip boot height, waterproof shells) need to be added to complete the system for stream crossing.
- Koflach “Alaska Hunter” plastic climbing boot with liner; or similar (Lowa).
- Glacier Socks.
- Patching materials for Glacier Socks
Glacier socks are available through Barney’s Sport Chalet in Anchorage.
We advise all our sheep hunters to take some practice hikes in their plastic boots, as getting used to them takes some time.
Note: If plastic boots do not work for you, you can purchase over shoes for your leather boots from Neo. See below link.
Neo’s are more time consuming (as you have to put them on and off for each stream crossing) and they are heavier, but they will work and get you into sheep country.
The above clip shows why plastic boots work so well in our country.
ALL MOOSE HUNTS
Moose inhabit swampy, marshy areas, so you’ll need footwear that keeps your feet dry. Chest waders are by far the best way to go. Chest wader are also the safest on float hunts as they create additional floatation at the legs when combined with wearing your life vest (hip boots are a serious safety hazard—do not bring them on a float hunt). Here’s what we use:
- Cabelas Instinct Accelerator Chest Waders (this is a one-piece, boot and uppers combination)
- Simms also makes quality waders fit for Alaska (these are two-piece items—wading boots and uppers sold separately)
Along with your chest waders and Helly Hansen rain jacket required to keep you dry, waterproof bags are needed to keep your gear dry. Put all your personal gear in a rafting bag (otherwise known as a “dry bag”). Do not check your gear in at the airlines in the dry bag, or the bag may become torn in transit. Instead, bring a dry bag with you and transfer your stuff into it when you arrive. You will need two dry bags for your float hunt:
- NRS Bill’s bag 3.8
- NRS Bill’s bag 2.2
Both of these items are available through Northwest River Supplies.