Wool underwear? That's just begging for a bad case is crotch itch!You really don’t need all that much to hunt, my grandpa hunted his entire life with just his weapon, a knife and a beer in his pocket and has killed more big bucks than anyone I know.
my biggest piece of advice is, get good clothing, doesn’t need to be top of the line camo, just dress appropriately, wool socks, wool underwear, stuff to keep you dry/warm in bad conditions.
that said, I am a complete gear junky and am always on the lookout for new stuff but the top 4 things I use the most are my binos, rangefinder, tripod and my windicator.
that itch is well worth the protection!!!Wool underwear? That's just begging for a bad case is crotch itch!
Did you not get the memo? Road hunting is the way to get it done. It's a much more productive way of seeing big bucks and bulls. Who needs a good pair of boots if you've got a good set of tires. 😉You don’t need nice and expensive chit to kill stuff…. But it sure helps.
buy the best possible glass you can afford. Out west, glass is more important than your weapon 99% of the time. 12s is where I’d start. 10s will always leave you wanting more. Learn how to plant your azz and glass an area. Then when you think you’ve covered it, do it 3 more times.
get the best pack you can afford. Go big enough that you can fit a boned out deer in it, or enough gear To do an over night hunt. Kuiu 3600 is my recommendation. Don’t get badlands. You don’t understand how uncomfortable and miserable those packs are until you put on a next level pack. They make a huge difference.
don’t get skimpy on your weapon either, but more so your familiarity with it. even the most expensive fancy ones out there, are absolutely useless unless you know how to use them and feel comfortable with them. Range time. It’s as important as scouting. A cheap Walmart .30-06 is just as deadly as a fierce rifle .300 RUM at 500 yards. To the guy who practices enough, it doesn’t matter which one Is in his hands. That animal is in trouble. Turn the tables and throw either of those guns in the hands of someone who isn’t practiced up, you’re just making noise at that point.
you’ll want great boots that fit your feet. Solomon gtx are my favorite.
and of course clothing, camping equipment, etc are important as well. But not a “necessity”.
Mountain money, never heard that before but I’m crying I’m laughing so hard. It’s worth more than gold, especially if you realize you forgot it 😆A comfy chair or pillow to sit on . . . get to a good vantage point and watch how the animals leave the area when hunters come into an area (escape routes). Remember those escape routes and you'll have success for years and years to come.
Great optics, great clothes, and great gear can make a hunt MORE enjoyable, but I'd focus more on being where the animals are. Best of luck and welcome to the forum.
P.S. - Remember tp (aka mountain money).
I picked out the 10x42 EL model, it might be my old eyes but I could not tell much difference in the EL and NL and even the 12x42 NL compared to the 10x42 EL, especially I couldn't see a $1000 difference. I will try to get out this weekend and compare them with my 10x50 EurosI'd like to hear your thoughts. The feel of the barrels are probably more pronounced than visual improvements.
ELs were top dog ever since they came out. People talk up the NLs... but really, with as good as glass is getting, just how much better can glass get? We're not talking 10% gains here anymore with each new version ... more like .1% ... or less. Or maybe same clarity but just some field flattening.
At some point its hard to justify the additional 30% price for minor improvements. ELs dropped $900-1000 when the NLs came out. Are NLs worth $1k more than ELs? /shrug ... depends on how deep your pockets are. Lots of people still like and love the SLCs... you can find those for under $1k on KSL.
When I was hunting with my brother in law he preferred my Leopold 10x42 Cascades over his 10x40 Euro's. But what I have seen with the better quality glass is picking out something that is back in the shadows.I picked out the 10x42 EL model, it might be my old eyes but I could not tell much difference in the EL and NL and even the 12x42 NL compared to the 10x42 EL, especially I couldn't see a $1000 difference. I will try to get out this weekend and compare them with my 10x50 Euros
Yeah man - that stuff is worth about $20 a square on the mountain. After having mountain house for a week, the price goes up to $50 a square!! 🤣Mountain money, never heard that before but I’m crying I’m laughing so hard. It’s worth more than gold, especially if you realize you forgot it 😆
I keep a package of baby wipes and emergency TP, not going without it ever again lol luckily I have little kids so baby wipes are easy to come by for us.Yeah man - that stuff is worth about $20 a square on the mountain. After having mountain house for a week, the price goes up to $50 a square!! 🤣
LOL - or one of these:I know johnnycake doesn't use mountain money, he just uses a squirt gun. Mountain bidet