Gear You Need To Start Elk Hunting

Many people love to hunting elk and participate in the sport regularly. However, if you want to have a safe, comfortable and enjoyable hunt, you need the right gear. Here is a list for all the essential gear for a day of elk hunting gear.


  • Elk Tag – Make sure you also have a competent means to attach it to your elk.
  • Hunting License – People often forget their hunting license while leaving for their hunt.
  • ID – Most state laws require you to carry your ID along with your hunting license.


  • Backpack – It is always beneficial to choose a large fanny pack or backpack made of quiet, camouflaged material. The backpack must be lightweight but strong enough to hold packed meat. Above all, it needs to be extremely comfortable.


  • Base Layers – A base layer generally consists of moisture-wicking, form-fitting garments made from wool or synthetic blends.
  • Insulation Layers – These mid-layers depend significantly on the temperatures you expect to encounter and where you’re hunting. Make sure the fabric is quiet and comfortable. Wool, down and fleece are just a few examples.
  • Raingear – The trick with raingear is to use a material that is breathable and waterproof, while also being quiet.
  • Hat(s) – Nearly 80% of your body heat is lost through your neck and head, so a balaclava-type face mask and a warm hat will offer you the best value when you need to stay warm.
  • Gloves – Regardless of the thickness of your gloves, make sure to buy a pair that has “grippy” fingers and palms, allowing you to easily shoot and manipulate your weapon.


  • Camo – Any outer layers should be camouflaged to give you a visual edge in the elk country. You must select the camouflage patterns that fit the environment, but most camo patterns today are sufficient, especially an all-purpose type.


  • Compass – It’s worth few extra few bucks to get a compass with a mirror and an adjustable declination.
  • Maps – Aerial maps and/or topographic maps are important for finding your way in and out of the elk country. Laminate your maps to keep them safe from the elements.
  • GPS – Global Positioning System units are considered the best friend of an elk hunter. They are highly beneficial in finding your way to your elk carcass, your camp, or a spotting position — especially in the dark.
  • Navigation Skills – Your compass, maps and GPS are all worthless if you don’t know how to use them. Take some time to learn these skills before going to the backcountry.

Apart from these items, you may also need to have meat care and optics gear like binoculars, a binocular harness, a spotting scope, a tripod and a rangefinder to ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable hunt!


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