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Article: Gear List: Spring Bear Hunting

Gear List: Spring Bear Hunting

Gear List: Spring Bear Hunting

One thing to note is that once the snow melts off and water is plentiful, a stove-less food system would often be utilized which is reflected in this list.


  • Kifaru Bedlam
  • Accessories - Medium Belt pouch, Claymore, Water bottle pocket 


  • Underwear - Saxx Quest Long Boxer 
  • Pants - Born Primitive Frontier Heavyweights 
  • Base layer - Born Primitive Ridgeline  
  • Mid-Layer - Born Primitive Quiver Fleece 
  • Socks - Darn Tough 2012 
  • Belt - Marsupial belt 
  • Watch - Garmin Fenix 6 


  • Crispi Boots - Lapponia ll/ insulated Nevada Legends 
  • Insoles - Sheepfeet 
  • Gaiters - Outdoor Research Crocodiles    


  • Outdoor Research Ferrosi 
  • Kifaru Lost Park Parka Full Zip. 
  • Outdoor Research Coldfront mittens 
  • Outdoor Research Backstop Sensor Gloves 
  • Beanie - Kifaru Minus 33 


  • Binoculers - Ziess Victory SF 10x42 
  • Bino Harness - Kifaru Medium Harness  
  • Rangefinder - Sig Sauer Kilo8K 
  • Spotting Scope - Swarovski 80mm ATS 20x60 
  • Spotting Scope Cover - Marsupial Angled Spotting scope cover 
  • Tripod - Sirui T-024 
  • Pan Head - Sirui VA-5 
  • Bino Adapter - Swarovski Universal Adapter 
  • Digiscope - Ollin Company 


  • Shelter - Hilleberg Akto 1 person tent 
  • Sleeping bag - Kifaru slick 20 Degree 
  • Sleeping Pad - Klymit Insulated Static V  
  • Pillow - Nemo Fillo 


  • Tarp - Kifaru Sheep tarp 
  • Cord - 20 Ft 5/50 Cord 
  • Trekking Pole - MTNGEAR Mtn Stick 
  • Wind Check - Milkweed 
  • Battery Pack - Energy Poseidon 
  • Waders - Wiggys Lightweight hip waders 


  • Game Bags - Kifaru Hybrid kit 
  • Knife - Hammer and Spear Nomad  
  • Knife - Kifaru Tyto 
  • Replaceable Blades - x5 60A Replaceable blades 
  • Hunting License - Kifaru Backcountry Wallet 
  • X1 Contractor Garbage Bag 


  • Headlamp - Husky Rechargeable 650 Lumen 
  • Headlamp (spare) - Black Diamond Astro 300 Lumen 
  • Fire Starter - Vaseline Cotton Balls 
  • Med Kit - Bandages, sew kit, Ibuprofen, etc 
  • Wet Wipes - Dude Wipes 


  • Rifle - Viking Armanent 7 PRC 
  • Rifle Scope - Leupold VX-6HD 3-18x44 
  • Bipod - MTNGEAR Mountain Bipod 
  • Ammo - Hornady Precision Hunter 175 Gr ELDX 
  • Scope Cover - Marsupial Scope Cover 


  • Spoon - MSR Folding Spoon 


  • Bottle - Kifaru 32 oz Nalgene 
  • Water purification - SperiPen Classic 
  • Water Purification (back up) - Aquatabs 
  • Water Storage - MSR 6L Dromlite 


  • Backpack Logistics 
  • Alpine Ranch
  • Condition One Bars 
  • LMNT Hydration 
  • Wilderness Athlete - Hydrate and Recover/Energy and Focus 

If time allows, spring and summer are the best times to test out or change up your gear in preparation for more intensive fall hunts. The last thing you want, both in the physical and financial aspect, is to get into big game season and find out a piece of gear you have is lacking. Having faith in the gear on your back is something not to be overlooked when making gear list decisions. Always remember that gear lists necessary for backpack hunting will fluctuate based on variables like weather, state, and length of stay.

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