A Fanny Pack or Day Pack with:
CLOTHING: Bring as much wool as you can afford.
Wool is warm when wet, durable and quiet. Light and medium weight wool is highly
preferred over a heavy weight wool garment. In this climate and terrain you
need to dress in layers. Archery season can be rather warm and the end of
the rifle elk season very cold. Clothing should be comfortably baggy to allow freedom
of movement and air space for insulation. Be sure to allow sufficient roominess
in order to layer your clothes. Add your raingear on top of everything else
to be sure it's big enough.
Try to bring as little clothing as possible that is made of nylon or other noisy
fabrics. When necessary, substitute cotton, flannel or denim as these are
quiet fabrics. Be conscious of the noise factor, especially in outerwear.
Daypacks need to be checked as well. Test the noise level of the fabric when
it's moved or rubbed. Consider shiny objects that might flash in the sun and
alert wary game. Hunter orange is NOT required in Idaho but may be used in
small amounts if you feel more comfortable.
RAIN GEAR - This is a must! Bring a good quality rain
coat and pants. Cheap plastic will tear easily and leave you miserable. Most
raingear will be a "noisy" fabric, but that is better than being wet.
HANDS - Insulated and water repellent gloves will be useful
while riding or inactive if it turns wet and cold. Gloves should be easy to dry
by a fire.
HEAD & NECK - A hat that sheds water and keeps in body heat
is handy. Try to find one field hat that will offer you the most protection.
A brim or visor to keep sun and/or rain out and maybe flaps for your ears. Something
to tie or wear around your neck will conserve body heat if you're sitting still,
once you start moving again you will probably want to take it off. A stocking cap
will reduce heat loss while sleeping.
FOOTWEAR - Bring well broken-in, sturdy boots. Vibram
soles will give good traction. Non-insulated will dry faster, but be sure
to wear enough socks to stay warm. Wool socks with 100% cotton liners are
great for feet sensitive to blisters or sweating. If you are prone to blisters
stop at the first sign and put "moleskin" on the sensitive area. This will
save you a lot of misery later. Also bring waterproof boots or PacBoots that have
rubber bottoms and leather uppers with felt liners. These aren't great for
walking in but are GOOD to have if the weather is cold.
SLEEPING BAG - Good quality, winter-rated bag with 4-5 pounds
of synthetic insulation. We do not recommend down bags as they will not keep
you warm if they get wet and they are hard to get dry. A mattress pad will be provided
to help insulate your backside when sleeping on your cot.
DUFFLE BAGS - Gear should be packed in sturdy duffle bags so
that can be transported on horseback. Two smaller bags are much better than
one big heavy bag. Your sleeping bag and pad are okay in its stuff sacks.
Have plastic trash bags handy to cover each piece of your gear in case of rain on
pack-in day. All gear is wrapped in canvas mantes for loading.
DAYPACK – A comfortable fitting shoulder or fanny pack
will be used daily while hunting. You will also have a saddle bag to put gear
in but you will not always be with your horse.
PERSONAL NEEDS - Please bring a small amount of your own personal
products you regularly use such as antacids, decongestants, rash or hemorrhoid ointment,
eye drops or pain relievers. We normally have on hand a variety of over-the-counter
remedies, but possibly not your favorite. The staff is trained in first aid
and will have a first aid kit, but it would be wise on your part to carry a small
first aid kit with you in the field so you can treat a minor injury immediately.
MISCELLANEOUS - Large plastic trash bags and an assortment of
"Ziploc" storage bags are so handy that it's well worth it to bring a few long.
CAMERAS - Equipment should be water-resistant and have padded
cases. If you pack cameras (or any other breakables) in your duffle be sure
and let the packers know before they start loading so they can cushion those spots.
FIREARMS - We recommend rifles of 270 caliber or better with
scopes of 4X or variable power. Scopes improve clarity of vision in timbered
areas. A scabbard will protect your rifle while you are on horseback and still
provide easy access. We have scabbards available if you do not have your own.
MEAT BAGS - Are used to cover game quarters or halves to keep
meat clean when transporting. Elk require 4, deer and bear require 2 each.
Most sporting good stores sell these in appropriately sized packages.
BINOCULARS or SPOTTING SCOPE - Optional but highly recommended.
Small lightweight mini-size binoculars are great and easy to carry.
SPACE BLANKET & MATCHES - You should stick these lightweight
emergency items in your day pack and carry them with you. With a space blanket
and a container of waterproof matches and/or a disposable lighter you have the means
for heat and shelter from wind, rain or cold if necessary.
SMALL CANTEEN OR THERMOS - (unbreakable) The cook will fix hot
or cold beverages to go upon request.
PRE-HUNT PHYSICAL CONDITIONING - The country you will be hunting
in is extremely rugged. Hunting in good physical shape pays off. Any
conditioning you choose to do that will strengthen your legs and wind will help
you enjoy your hunt more; especially if you are not very active now. Most
clients come from office jobs, so we expect you to set the pace for the hunt. Our
guides will hunt as hard as you want to hunt. Success can be determined by
your ability to hunt hard each and every day.
What to Bring