2020 Second Archery Colorado Drop Camp Hunt - Gear List

Bubdog

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Next year I will be going on a drop camp hunt in Colorado - 2nd archery season. I am nearing completion of acquiring all the gear I believe I need for the hunt. If you could, please evaluate my gear list and let me know of any holes that you see or things that I should change. The camp will have a wrangler to prepare meals for us. If we kill, we must get the meat to an area easily accessible to a horse. I have been working on accumulating gear for the last two years. I have taken my fitness levels to being in the best shape that I have ever been in and have lost 29lbs this year. I have been drawn for a coastal Georgia hog hunt this year and plan to use it as a practice run for my gear. I have spent a lot of time on this website over the last two years and have learned a great deal. After this hunt I plan to start doing camping hunts in North Georgia for bear as well as other species out west and in the midwest. Thanks in advance.

Archery / Optics Gear
Matthews Q2 – 31” draw – 70lb
Slick Trick 100 grain magnums on Gold Tip Hunter 300 spine arrows
Leupold Rangefinder- RX 600i DNA
Leupold Binoculars - BX-2 Cascades 10x42
Alaska Guide Creations Bino Harness with rangefinder and GPS pouch
Need to Buy a new sight
Need to buy a new release and backup release
Should I get a bow sling?


Footwear
Cabelas X-Socks Trekking Merino Wool
Darn tough over the calf
Farm to feet over the calf
Scarpa Kinesis fitted by Lathrop and Sons
Kuiu Yukon Gaiters
Extra Boot Laces

Boxers
Wooly merino boxers
Sitka core silk weight boxer(2 pair)
Duluth Trading CO – Breezeshooter
black Ovis – merino blend

Base - Legs
Kuiu merino145 Zip off
Kuiu Kenai Insulated Zip Off
Kuiu merino210 Zip off

Base - Upper
First Lite Llano 170 (Fusion Camo)
First lite chama hoody (fusion camo)
Sitka lightweight hoody (open country)

Pants
Kuiu Attach in Verde 2.0
First Lite Corrugate Guide Pant (Fusion Camo)
Prana Zion in Brown
First Lite Kanab 2 (Fusion Camo) (Probably leave at home)

Outer/Raingear
First Lite Uncomphagre Puffy (Fusion)
Kuiu Peloton 240 hoody (Verde 2.0)
Kuiu Kenai Vest (Verde 2.0) (Do not have, but want to get)
Sitka Cloudburst jacket and pant raingear

Gloves/Headwear/Belt
First lite Talus merino fingerless gloves
Chilly grip work gloves
Arcteryx Conveyor Belt
First Lite Merino Beanie
Sitka Heavyweight Balaclava
Cabelas Wooltimate Beanie and Neck Gaiter

Kill Kit
Black Ovis XL game bags
Gerber Vital with replacement Blades
Benchmade folding Skinner
Cabelas Caping Knife
Nitrile Gloves/Paracord/ Electrical Tape


Pack System
Mystery Ranch Metcalf
Platypus 2l Hydration Bladder
Leki Voyager aluminum trekking poles
Sleep System
Sierra Designs backcountry bed – Comfort Rating 37deg
Trekology Pillow
Thermarest Pad

Food/Water
Jet Boil
Sawyer Water Filter with easy hookup
Sea to summit spork
Sea to summit x cup
2ea Igloo 100quart coolers to be left at the truck

Electronics/Lights
Garmin In Reach
Primos Top Gun Headlamp – 2 AA batteries
Princeton Tec Sync Headlamp – 3 AAA batteries
Back up battery pack - Solar Charger 24000mAh,

Calling
Rocky Mountain Elk Calls Bugle Tube
Rocky Mountain diaphragm calls

Misc Gear

Tenacious tape
Leukotape
Z seat pad for glassing
First aid kit – Adventure Medical Kits - Bighorn
Sea to summit dry sacks
Need to buy a good multitool
Allen wrenches
Extra broadheads
Extra Batteries

Hygiene
Tootbrush
Tootpaste
HS Deodorant
Grime Boss Wipes
Camp Soap

Vitamins / Medicine – I haven’t bought any of these yet
Aquamira tablets (water purification)
Acetazolamide - altitude sickness
Wilderness athlete- altitude adjustment pills
Tonic mushroom cordyceps
Diamox
 

cnelk

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You doubled up and tripled up on a few things. You can wash socks and underwear
May want to add a phone/camera to the Electronics list


Footwear
Cabelas X-Socks Trekking Merino Wool
Darn tough over the calf
Farm to feet over the calf
Scarpa Kinesis fitted by Lathrop and Sons
Kuiu Yukon Gaiters
Extra Boot Laces

Boxers
Wooly merino boxers
Sitka core silk weight boxer(2 pair)
Duluth Trading CO – Breezeshooter
black Ovis – merino blend


Base - Legs
Kuiu merino145 Zip off
Kuiu Kenai Insulated Zip Off
Kuiu merino210 Zip off


Base - Upper
First Lite Llano 170 (Fusion Camo)
First lite chama hoody (fusion camo)

Sitka lightweight hoody (open country)

Pants
Kuiu Attach in Verde 2.0
Blue jeans for camp
First Lite Corrugate Guide Pant (Fusion Camo)
Prana Zion in Brown
First Lite Kanab 2 (Fusion Camo) (Probably leave at home)



Outer/Raingear
First Lite Uncomphagre Puffy (Fusion)
Kuiu Peloton 240 hoody (Verde 2.0)
Kuiu Kenai Vest (Verde 2.0) (Do not have, but want to get)

Sitka Cloudburst jacket and pant raingear

Gloves/Headwear/Belt
First lite Talus merino fingerless gloves
Chilly grip work gloves
Arcteryx Conveyor Belt
First Lite Merino Beanie
Sitka Heavyweight Balaclava
Cabelas Wooltimate Beanie and Neck Gaiter
 

Anozira

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Everything looks good but I agree with cnelk, you have a lot of doubled clothing. I would have it available at the truck but I wouldn't put it all in my pack unless the weather looked ugly. I also put in another vote for the spot hogg hunter series. I went from a 5 pin to 7 pin hunter but I think it boils down to personal preference. Smart decision on having a spare release. I had an echo release fail a month before archery season this year so I replaced it with a wise guy and brought a spare. You don't want to be dead in the water without a release.
 

Heathashburn

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You doubled up and tripled up on a few things. You can wash socks and underwear
May want to add a phone/camera to the Electronics list


Footwear
Cabelas X-Socks Trekking Merino Wool
Darn tough over the calf
Farm to feet over the calf
Scarpa Kinesis fitted by Lathrop and Sons
Kuiu Yukon Gaiters
Extra Boot Laces

Boxers
Wooly merino boxers
Sitka core silk weight boxer(2 pair)
Duluth Trading CO – Breezeshooter
black Ovis – merino blend


Base - Legs
Kuiu merino145 Zip off
Kuiu Kenai Insulated Zip Off
Kuiu merino210 Zip off


Base - Upper
First Lite Llano 170 (Fusion Camo)
First lite chama hoody (fusion camo)

Sitka lightweight hoody (open country)

Pants
Kuiu Attach in Verde 2.0
Blue jeans for camp
First Lite Corrugate Guide Pant (Fusion Camo)
Prana Zion in Brown
First Lite Kanab 2 (Fusion Camo) (Probably leave at home)



Outer/Raingear
First Lite Uncomphagre Puffy (Fusion)
Kuiu Peloton 240 hoody (Verde 2.0)
Kuiu Kenai Vest (Verde 2.0) (Do not have, but want to get)

Sitka Cloudburst jacket and pant raingear

Gloves/Headwear/Belt
First lite Talus merino fingerless gloves
Chilly grip work gloves
Arcteryx Conveyor Belt
First Lite Merino Beanie
Sitka Heavyweight Balaclava
Cabelas Wooltimate Beanie and Neck Gaiter
👌🏻
 

Wapiti1

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Add a towel to the list.

Congrats on losing the weight. Your best investment is in yourself.

Jeremy
 

TBHasler

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I agree with 2X & 3X gear comments above - but you mentioned drop camp. May be helpful to know what kind of plan you have? Return to base camp nightly or spike out from base?
This answer or style also plays into sleep system listed. If your in a wall tent with stove each night, you'll be fine. If you spike out for night or more (no heat) you may want to consider a warmer option on bag/quilt. You certainly have a solid list that could take many folks a lot longer than 2 years to compile - just want to refine what you want to pack based on the style of hunting you plan on doing. Good luck
 
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Bubdog

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I agree with 2X & 3X gear comments above - but you mentioned drop camp. May be helpful to know what kind of plan you have? Return to base camp nightly or spike out from base?
This answer or style also plays into sleep system listed. If your in a wall tent with stove each night, you'll be fine. If you spike out for night or more (no heat) you may want to consider a warmer option on bag/quilt. You certainly have a solid list that could take many folks a lot longer than 2 years to compile - just want to refine what you want to pack based on the style of hunting you plan on doing. Good luck

We plan to return to camp nightly. We will be in a wall tent with a stove. When we originally planned to go I thought we would do a rifle hunt. I have definitely enjoyed using the gear hunting for whitetail in Georgia, it is much better than the old cotton and heavy fleece stuff I used.

Thanks for all the replies.
 

Mighty Mouse

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Looks like a pretty solid list. More clothing than necessary, but if you have pack animals to carry your gear, there's no need to pare your list down to the bare minimum. You might consider a sleeping bag with a lower temp rating. It's not uncommon for overnight temps to fall below freezing during early archery season depending on elevation.
 

Anozira

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I might also add having a rain fly/ trash bag for your gear available. Its hard to get a good nights rest when your wet and uncomfortable.
 

chasewild

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Since this is a drop camp, some camp shoes would be nice.

Dry bag -- the outdoor research 35 liter is fine.

Real food.
 

bascott1

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id second the camp shoes. Throw a pair of crocs on there and you'll be good.
 

schwaf

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Just like everyone else said, probably more clothing than necessary. Base/mid/outer layer - only one of each is necessary top and bottom. I agree with cnelk, except I would leave the blue jeans and pack in the FL guide pants, bring a neck gaiter, hoody/midlayer, brimmed hat. 1 pair spare socks/underwear wash and rotate. If you have pack animals though, it's not a bad idea to bring a couple extra whatever you want.

Real food and snacks are a real luxury out there. Definitely worth bringing stuff in addition to freeze dried and bars (you'll get sick of those quick). Coffee and non-caffinated tea. Electrolytes. Camp shoes are super nice to have. Thick, clean sleeping socks/beanie. I sometimes pack in an ultralite packable chair, like the REI flexlite. For an extra 1-2 pounds it's real nice to have a seat at camp.

Fire making tools and know how to use them. A small folding saw (I use the curved silky pocketboy130), fixed blade (or axe/hatchet), tinder, lighter (and a back-up ferro rod/striker in case your lighter is wet). A good fixed blade knife should be in every outdoorsmans pack - hunter or not. And seriously study/practice making fires... it amazes me how many people think they can make a fire in the back country, but cannot when pressed to. It's a life saving skill.

For a multitool, pick up a leatherman rebar. It's a shrunken down supertool 300 and has everything you need, nothing you don't. Pack in a couple allen keys and whatever you might need for your bows.

Paracord. (1) 50ft line to cut and use, (1) 25ft to hang food. High visibility.

First aid/trauma kit. Should include band-aids, alcohol pads, anti bac ointment, major blood loss sponges ("overnight" maxipads are good), israeli bandage, tourniquet, gauze wrap, blood clotting powder, super glue, nitrile gloves, pain medicine, anti diarrhea medicine, allergy/antihistamine meds, poison ivy wipes.

Rescue beacon. I use the res-q link. Catastrophic emergency where you cannot hike out and need to be aired out. The res-q link doesn't need a monthly subscription and is reliable.

That's all I can think of! Good luck! Congrats on losing your weight!
 

jdmaxwell

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Cayenne pepper for outside of game bags.
Really helps keep flys off meat bags.
 

prm

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See cnelk’s post. Pretty much mirrored my thoughts.

one extra pair of socks, one extra pair of u-wear, and maybe one extra base layer top.

All I take for tops during first rifle elk or fourth rifle deer:
Base layer: FL aerowool
Peleton 240
Arcteyrx Atom
Kifaru LPP
 
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