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Gear list: Bowhunting in November

Name: Brady Miller 
Species: Mule Deer
Season: Mid November
Year: 2013
Average Temperature: 10-30°
Expected Weather: 5-30° and snow
Weapon: Archery
Location: Montana
Duration: Seven Days

Hunting in November can be brutal. With that being said, I lean towards the side of caution when hunting this time of year. Temperatures were colder than average during 2013, so I had to add a few more layers to stay warm. This is not my ultralight gear list that I would take on a hunt in August.

Category

Item Description

Total Weight (oz)

Packing

   

Backpack

KUIU Icon 7000 w/2013 Frame and Suspension

101

Pack Cover

KUIU Sil-Nylon XL

4.9

Dry Back (clothing)

KUIU Roll Top XL

2.2

Stuff Sack (sleeping bag)

Sea to Summit Compression

2.3

Stuff Sack (Food)

KUIU Roll Top XL

2.2

Stuff Sack (Shelter)

Sea to Summit eVent Compression

2.6

Shelter

   

Tent

MSR Hubba HP 1 Person

30.4

Stakes

Titanium Stakes w/bag (6)

1.5

Tent Poles

MSR Aluminum

12.9

Sleeping

   

Sleeping Bag

Feathered Friends Kestrel 30

29.4

Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-rest NeoAir XLite

13

Clothing Packed

   

Boxers

First Lite merino wool Red Desert

3.8

Base Layer Top

KUIU 185 merino wool Zip-T

9.6

Base Layer Bottom

Icebreaker merino wool leggings

6

Mid Layer Top

KUIU merino wool 230 zip

12.2

Fleece Layer Top

KUIU Polartec Stretch

10.3

Insulation Layer Top

KUIU Superdown Vest

6.4

Insulation Layer Top 2

KUIU Superdown Hooded Jacket

11.6

Insulation Layer Bottom

KUIU Superdown Pant

10

Leg Gaiter

KUIU Yukon Gaiter

12

Rain Jacket

KUIU Chugach Jacket

18.4

Rain Pant

KUIU Chugach Pant

15

Merino Beanie

KUIU Merino wool 185

0.9

Cold Weather Beanie

KUIU Guide Beanie

1.3

Gloves

KUIU Guide Gloves

2.6

Merino Gloves

KUIU Merino wool 185 glove

1.5

Down Mittens

Outdoor Research Alti Mitts

13.5

Neck Gaiter

KUIU merino wool 185 gaiter

1

Liner Socks

Darn Tough ATC Micro Crew Merino Wool Cushion (2)

5.6

Weapon

   

Bow

Bear Motive 7 w/arrows and accessories

144

Gear

   

Spotting Scope

Swarovski w/sleeve and tripod adaptor

51.7

Tripod

Slik Carbon w/Vanguard Head

41.6

Bino Tripod Adapter

Outdoorsmans

2.8

Foam Pad

Z rest cut into small section

3.7

Satellite Messenger

SPOT Messenger

7.1

Camera

Canon 60D w/lens

65

Extra Lens

Sigma Lens

17.8

Cell Phone

iPhone 4s w/Lifeproof case

6.1

Knife

Kestrel Ultralighter w/sheath

1

Multi-tool

Leatherman Wave

8.4

Rope

50' P-cord with beiner

4.5

Notepad

Rite in the rain

2.1

Pen

Bic ballpoint

0.2

Garbage Bag

black trash bag

1.4

Arm Guard (for bow arm)

Underarmour

0.6

Electrical Tape

small roll

0.5

Extra Batteries

4 AA lithium

2

Extra Batteries

3 AAA lithium

0.8

Cooking & Drinking

   

Cook Stove

Snow Peak LiteMax

2.3

Fuel Bottle/Canister

Snow Peak Giga Power

7.4

Cook Pot

MSR Titan Titanium

4.8

Utensils

Sea to Summit Titanium Spork

0.3

Ignition

Small Bic Lighter

0.4

Water Treatment

Aquamira

2.7

Extra Water Treatment

Iodine tablets in bag

0.3

Electrolytes

Hammer Nutrition FIZZ

1.5

Water

Platypus Big Zip 2L w/water

84.5

Food

   

Breakfast

PROBAR Meal Replacement Peanut Butter Flavor (8)

24

Energy Bar

Premier Protein Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter (12)

30.4

Lunch

Flour Tortillas (10)

24.7

Lunch continued

Justin's Classic Peanut butter squeeze (10)

11.5

Energy Gel

Hammer Nutrition Espresso Gel (8)

9.3

Trail Mix

Assorted unsalted nuts

21

Dinner

Mountain House Pro-Paks (6)

24.3

Jerky

Homemade Venison Jerky

32

Coffee

Starbucks VIA

1

Survival

   

Headlamp

Petzl TIkka xp2

3.1

Flashlight

Techlite Lumen Master

4.5

First Aid Kit

Small Adventure Med Kit-custom

1.8

Fire Starter

Waterproof Matches

0.5

Hygiene

   

Toilet Paper

in ziploc bag

0.5

Face wipes

Wet ones unscented

0.5

Toothbrush

Custom cut toothbrush

0.1

Toothpaste

Contact lense case w/toothpaste

0.3

Clothing Worn

   

Underwear

First Lite merino wool Red Desert

3.8

Base Layer

KUIU Merino wool 145 LS Crew

5

Vest

KUIU Guide Vest

11.2

Soft Shell Jacket

KUIU Guide Jacket

28.7

Socks

Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion

3.4

Pant

KUIU Attack Pant

18.5

Ball Cap

KUIU Icon Cap

2

Belt

KUIU Climbing Belt

4.4

Gear Worn or Carried

   

Shoes

Lowa Ticam GTX

64

Sunglasses

XX2i

1

Bow Release

Hot Shot Eclipse 4 Finger

3.4

Binoculars

Cabelas Euro 10x42

31.8

Bino Harness

KUIU Bino System Size L

7

Lens Cloth

Spudz

0.3

Rangefinder

Leupold RX-1000i TBR

7.9

Bow Sleeve

Bad Medicine Archery Bow Sleeve

6

GPS

Garmin 64s

7.2

Watch

Suunto Core

2.2

Wind Check

Smoke in a Bottle

0.7

Other

   

Camo Facepaint

Camo Compac

1.6

Hand Warmers

Grabber Hand Warmers (4)

5.6

Hunting License

License Holder and tape

1.1

Game Bags

Caribou Gear SoloHunter Carnivore II

11.2

Archery backups

D-loop cord, nock, sight tape

0.1

Summary

Total in pounds

Total in ounces

Packing

7.2

115.2

Shelter

2.8

44.8

Sleeping

2.65

42.4

Clothing Packed

8.86

141.7

Weapon

9

144

Gear

13.58

217.3

Cooking & Drinking

6.51

104.2

Food

11.14

178.2

Survival

0.62

9.9

Hygiene

0.09

1.4

Clothing Worn

4.81

77

Gear Worn/Carried

8.22

131.5

Other

1.22

19.6

Total:

76.7

1227.2

Total Packed:

54.66

874.7

 

What I would have done differently: 
My gear performed flawlessly, but I feel like I could have packed a few more handwarmers and a thicker face mask for this hunt. A few mornings the temperatures dropped into the single digits. Hand warmers are a great addition in a sleeping bag when the temperatures drop. You might notice that I was still only using a 30 degree bag, but I sleep in my clothes and use my down layers as added insulation at night. It would be nice to lighten the load for this hunt, but late season survival comes first. My September gear list is a lot lighter and makes for a easier pack weight to manage. 

Three pieces of gear I couldn’t live without:
    1.    Canon DSLR camera. You can’t have lasting memories without a quality camera.
Canon DSLR Camera

    2.    SPOT Satellite Messenger. Safety is a huge importance on any  backcountry hunt.
SPOT Satellite Messenger

    3.    Aquamira purification drops. I’ve had giardia that was caused from a friend clogging my water filter. I always treat and don’t like borrowing my filter anymore.
Aquamira purification

5 Comments

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Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 2 years ago on 10-30-2017 10:20:42 am
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

Haha. Yeah totally needs to be updated :) This one is way old.

A week before I left for my Colorado 2nd season mule deer hunt I recorded a video that explains my entire gear list for this late season hunt. I just got back from the hunt and experiences most likely similar situations to some November Montana stuff. We had temps down in the single digits. So after all that rambling... I'm working on another gear list article right now. Hope to have it up this week if they get the video to me.

I'm already looking forward to my Montana hunt. Headed there in a few weeks!

Erik S. - posted 2 years ago on 10-29-2017 09:31:07 am
goHUNT INSIDER

Need an updated late season gear list for back-country hunts! Like multiple night backpacking November Montana elk/deer hunts : )

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 5 years ago on 07-08-2014 09:02:25 am
Las Vegas, NV
goHUNT Team

Thanks Joe and Mark! Glad you found the gear list helpful. I am currently using the Slik PRO 624CF. By itself weighs in at 28.0 oz. The Vanguard PH 111V that I use weighs 13.6 oz, which makes up the 46 oz. total weight. I also have the Vanguard PH-20 3-way panhead that weighs 11.6 oz, normally this one stays at home. I like the PH-20 since it has a 3-way panhead which makes vertical photos great on a tripod...but I am not sold on that one yet for a big spotting scope with a digiscoping setup. Trying to keep it light and effective is a fine line. What tripod and head are you currently using?

mark r. - posted 5 years ago on 07-08-2014 05:03:07 am

very comprehensive list, excellent work! just wondering what model of Silk tripod you are carrying. I had a quick look on the silk website, but couldn't find a tripod that weighed in at 42 ozs

Joe B. - posted 5 years ago on 06-21-2014 11:14:56 pm

Great list. Headed to Alaska on my first dall sheep hunt this August and my list looks similar. Lots of Kuiu, new web site looks great, keep it up and good huntin