Jason's 2014 Gear List for DIY Backcountry Hunting
April 29, 20142 min read
Like Steve, I'm always getting phone calls and messages asking for opinions on backpacking and hunting gear. Most of the time my recommendations for people lean towards what I use personally; which is constantly evolving. The following is my current gear list and what I'll be heading into the hills with for spring bear hunts this year. This list changes slightly as the seasons change from spring bear to summer scouting and fall hunts, but the base pack stays the same. You'll find a lot of similar items between my gear list and Steve's list. That is partially because great minds think alike but also because they are likely the best of the best when it comes to quality light weight gear. The items we differ on, are usually because of sizing differences, personal preference, or cost to upgrade. For example; my tent, the BA SL1 was the best option years ago when I started backpacking. I've considered upgrading to the Big Anges UL1 for the weight savings, but tent is only 10oz heavier and is a little longer than the UL1. So until I need to replace it I'll probably stick with the tried and true SL1.
For an average 3 day hunt with mild weather (no long johns or extra layers) my base pack without water is 28lbs. This includes optics and camera gear and 3.75-4lbs of food.
Here is a list of everything I have in my pack or on me personally: