- Dec 22, 2020
Hahaha. Classic. I’ve felt like the lion at times on most of my hunts even without trying to drag camp around on my back.@DawnPatrol
My Lord! What perspective. I just bought a Kuiu pro pack system and rain gear on their winter sale and I'm literally blushing with embarrassment. Last week I bought a rangefinder and I think I'm already at your budget.
Yours is a realistic "no-frills" budget though for a resident in elk country who can reliably day hunt from a truck. That could be me with a lot more experience and more local knowledge than I have now. Like you, others have pointed out that much of the gear is related to hunting style and desired comfort level for that hunt.
I can't help but ask though...looking at the purpose-specific gear you've been successful with and the extra that make you happy...where do you tip the scales?
I plan to bowhunt in the backcountry, but that bit of bravado might be short lived. Kinda reminds me of a movie I saw as a kid...
I wouldn’t discourage you from backpack bow hunting—honestly it sounds incredible, and I’m sad that I’ll probably never hunt bugling bulls.
For me, the gear investment that increased my success most was a rangefinder (although boy did I pick the wrong time to buy one; they are so much better now). I’d also say a tripod/bino adapter has really improved my glassing success and enjoyment. The value of those things depends a lot on how you hunt.
In terms of stuff that keeps me hunting longer: Boots that stay waterproof for more than a year. A good sleeping pad (qcore delux). And quality outerwear (Sitka mt pants and Kryptek soft shell). Oh and a cookstove for camp.