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ElkShape Backcountry Gear List | Mobile Elk Hunting

ElkShape Backcountry Gear List | Mobile Elk Hunting

Getting Mobile

Staying mobile while elk hunting is imperative for success on public land.  We are not in control of hunting pressure from easy access or even hard to reach areas.  There are more fit and adventurous elk hunters today then years past coupled with with growing grizzly and wolf populations out West - you have nomadic elk moving real estate locations often... so should you!

I like the idea of spike camping in areas that I can cover multiple drainages and basins from one central location.  I key in on areas where I camp near water and hop on ridges to cover country and find elk.  I want to be far enough from the truck to avoid average hunting efforts but not too deep where I'm stuck in a certain location.  Elk are constantly moving and I need to be able to find them each and everyday to up my chances of punching my tag.

My spike camp is something I can pack up and move when necessary.  Sometimes I'm moving camp every night and other times I can hang in an area for a few days.  The bottom line is that I am not big on 'bivy' or backpack elk hunting.  I think the convenience of camping wherever you end up at the end of the day doesn't outweigh being fast and mobile in the elk woods.  If my day pack is under 30lbs then I am able to make fast decisions and move in on elk.  If I am lugging around a giant 40-60lb pack then I am slower and burning more energy.  Energy and time are the two most precious commodities in the elk woods, so I'd rather have options that don't squander large amounts of energy and time.  I think backpack hunting is great, but doesn't work as good as a mobile spike camp.

Spike Camp Gear List (Condensed)

Sony Alpha A7III

Sony 70-200mm LENS f4 

Morrell Big High Roller XL Target  (Stays in the truck)

Klymit Pillow 

Klymit Pad 

Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag 

Goal Zero Solar Charger 

Jet Boil 

White Gas 

Sawyer Water Filter 

Aqua Water Tabs 

Leki Trekking Poles 



Are there any more spots available in Wisconsin. In feb thank you god bless

Taylor Nerby,

This is an excellent list of what is mostly reasonable gear for any hunter. If some of the brands seem a little out of your price range you’ll find that with some research you can find something of quality at a price you are more comfortable with. Buy the best gear YOU can afford.

Wagon Wheel Outdoors,

I was noticing you like to carry a lot of tape. I carry a lot since I’m a guide here in NM and do a fair amount of backcountry hunting. My tip is or suggestion would be to run tape around your Water bottle to save pack space and also it serves as a added insulator to help keep your water cool. I use duct tape and I carry a little electrical tape as well. I’ve used this method for years since I’m also a wild land firefighter. It’s always at the ready if you need it. Just a little tip from one hunter to another. Good luck on your hunts.

Lou Armijo,

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