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Brady Miller's 2019 Montana spring bear hunt gear list

Check out the video above for a complete overview of the gear for this hunt.

By the time this article goes live, Neville and I will be driving up to Montana for a Montana spring bear hunt. We did this same hunt last year, but this time we are leaving the mountain bikes at home... more on that subject on our Tour De Bruin film...

Gear list breakdown

What follows is the exact gear list I will be running during my 2019 Montana spring bear hunt. Some of the gear items below will be split up between myself and Neville. That is a huge advantage of hunting with someone!

This gear list isn't my typical "lightweight" hunting gear. A bear hunt is pretty fun an relaxing, so most of the gear follows suit. And when it comes to food, I kind of just tossed a bunch of food that was leftover from the 2018 season. I'll admit, in the excitement of getting ready for this hunt, I totally forgot to weigh my rifle setup. I will do that when I return from the hunt and update the gear list sheet below. Also, the weather outlook has drastically changed for the better, so before we head out, I'll probably remove some layers from this list.

Neville's gear list video

If you want to see how my list compares to Neville's... check out the video below.

In conclusion

As always, let me know if you have any questions on the gear I used and how it worked out. Best of luck this season!

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Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 8 months ago on 06-10-2019 02:53:18 pm
Las Vegas, NV
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Hey Dennis. Glad you enjoyed the article. I will admit...the weather changed drastically for the worse. What was going to be colder temperatures and lots of rain... turned into blazing hot sunshine. So much so, that finding bears got tough and my hopes of backpack hunting for bears, was switched to day hunts from a basecamp so we could be mobile and move around to different areas easier. Love your suggestion about salt, and have done this method while hunting for 14 days in BC after moose and mountain goats. We elected to not pack the salt and just figured since we had plans of only going 4-7 miles deep, that we could easily just hike out and then head to a town and meet some friends to utilize their freezer. But like I said, things changed and it was easier to head out and get the bear meat and hide in a freezer. I will say... the hunt was very successful and we walked away with tons of bear meat!! Hope all is well.

Dennis B. - posted 9 months ago on 05-30-2019 09:05:14 pm
Alaska, a very comprehensive list!

My only suggestion would be five or six pounds of salt so that the first black bear shot can be "field processed" while your hunting buddy(s) hunt for additional bears. If this is a backpack hunt, and considering the amount of gear you listed, not many hunters will be able to allocate any additional pounds in their pack for salt. However, if one hikes/backpacks many miles from a vehicle for many days, especially if the spring weather is warm, salt for the pelt should be a consideration. This suggestion based on the 54 brown/grizzly bears and 8 black bears pelts I have field processed in remote areas of Alaska. And again, if one hunts close to their vehicle or if the weather is cold, or at least cool, then salt might not be necessary. Also, I guess salt isn't necessary if a hunter does not care about the pelt.

And oh yeah......while sheep meat cooks just fine on an alder stick over an open fire, I like to know that my bear meat is absolutely completely cooked well done. Therefore, for backstrap bear meat I prefer a tiny backpack frying pan.