Antelope Hunting Gear List and Preparation Tips
Preparation and our suggestions for a pronghorn antelope hunting gear list
Your typical archery antelope hunt is in late August through September from a blind on a waterhole. The hotter and drier the weather, the better. If you are doing a spot-and-stalk antelope hunt, the gear would basically be the same, but DEFINITELY add knee pads!
Also, just like any hunt, you can’t predict the weather and it is best to be prepared. Even though most antelope hunting is during the early season, we threw in the gloves, beanie, and lightweight jackets. However, if you are going on a late season antelope hunt, go check out the rest of our hunting clothing and add some cold weather gear. The clothes you take on your hunt can make or break it. Gone are the days of hunting in a flannel shirt and jeans. Modern hunting clothes are so much more effective, are more comfortable, more durable, and most of all, they’ll keep you safer. Be prepared.
It’s pretty nice to have a spotting scope on an antelope hunt even if you’re in a blind, so you can size up that buck while he’s coming into the waterhole. Makes it easy to film your hunt with your phone as well if you mount a phone skope on it.
We strongly recommend you consider purchasing a trip insurance policy, as most outfitters do not offer refunds for any reason. If some unforeseen problem pops up and you are unable to make your trip, you won’t lose all of your hard earned money. Trip insurance also protects you from damage or loss to your equipment and provides medical benefits and emergency evacuation coverage during your trip.
Antelope Hunting Gear List:
❏ Underwear (1 pair per day)
❏ Base Layer Top and Bottom (2 – 3 pairs per week) *we suggest merino wool
❏ Lightweight Camo Jacket
❏ Windstopper Camo Jacket
❏ Midweight Camo Jacket
❏ Lightweight Camo Vest
❏ Lightweight Camo Shirt (3 – 5 per week)
❏ Lightweight Camo Pants (1-2 pair per week)
❏ Midweight Camo Pants (1 pair per week)
❏ Rain Gear
❏ Blaze Orange (rifle hunts) *check Regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Lightweight Gloves
❏ Midweight Gloves
❏ Camo Cap
❏ Camo Stocking Cap or Camo Beanie
❏ Camo Headnet
❏ Lightweight Black Shirts (if you are in a blind)
❏ Lightweight Black Jacket (if you are in a blind)
We think that no matter the type of hunt you are on, the optics choices pretty much stay the same. Just remember, you get what you pay for with optics. If you don’t agree, give us your thoughts in the comments below.
Be sure that you choose the right boots and socks for the type of hunt you are going on, and that they are well broken in and greased.
❏ Hunting Boots
❏ Socks (1 pair per day)
❏ Liner Socks (1 pair per day)
❏ Boot Grease
❏ Extra Laces
❏ Camp Shoes
❏ Stalking Shoes
❏ Knee Pads
❏ Antelope Decoy
❏ Ground Blind
❏ Folding Chair
❏ Bow Holder
❏ Day Pack
❏ Water Bottle
❏ Large Backpack
❏ Wind Direction Indicator
❏ Hunting Knife
❏ Topo Maps or Mobile Mapping Software
❏ inReach GPS
❏ Scent Elimination Spray
❏ Water Bladder (2L)
❏ Fire Starter Kit
❏ Game Bags
❏ Caping Salt
❏ Dry Bag
❏ Game Cart
❏ Rifle (appropriate size for the game you are hunting)
❏ Shells (at least one box)
❏ Scope (with rain cover)
❏ Shooting Sticks
❏ Soft Rifle Case
❏ Hard Rifle Case
❏ Gun Cleaning Kit
❏ Bow *check Regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Arrows (at least one doz.)
❏ Broadheads *check Regulations in the state you are hunting
❏ Release *an extra release is recommended
❏ Soft Bow Case
❏ Hard Bow Case
❏ coming soon…
❏ Tent/Bivy (appropriate for the trip)
❏ Large Duffel Bag
❏ Sleeping Bag (appropriate for the season/region)
❏ Sleeping Pad
❏ Camp Pillow
❏ Compression Bag
❏ 5 gal. Collapsible Water Container
❏ Water Filtration
❏ Eating Utensils
❏ Large Fuel Container(s)
❏ Camp Stove
❏ Folding Table
❏ Paper Towels
❏ TP/Wet Wipes
❏ Ziploc Bags
❏ Heavy Garbage Bags
❏ Dry Bag
❏ First Aid Kit
PERSONAL AND MISC. ITEMS
❏ Lip Balm
❏ Insect Repellant
❏ Moleskin for blisters
❏ Super Glue
❏ Prescription Medication
❏ Duct Tape
❏ Pain Reliever
❏ Extra Glasses and/or Contacts
❏ Quality Polarized Sunglasses
❏ Personal Toiletries
❏ Video Camera and/or GoPro
❏ Extra Batteries for all Electronics
*This is a sample/generic gear list. For more specific details for the time of year you are traveling to, we recommend checking with your outfitter, consultant or your destination’s local Wildlife Management Agency.
Be Sure to Remember These Items:
Some Tips for Your Antelope Hunt:
- Most people pack WAY too much. For most guided trips, all of your gear should be able to fit in one duffel bag weighing less than 80 lbs. *Not including your sleeping bag.
- Use your day pack for all of your carry-on items if you are flying.
- Pack an extra set of casual clothing with you in your hard case under the foam lining.
- Pack your sleeping bag in a compression sack to conserve space.
- Practice Your Shooting: One of the most important factors to a successful hunt is your ability to shoot well. Start preparing for your hunt well in advance by sighting in your rifle or bow carefully. Make sure you practice from all possible shooting positions, and shoot A LOT out to distances that stretch your abilities. That will make those close shots easy.
- For most rifle hunts you will need a flat shooting, bolt action .243 or larger rifle with a quality scope. Sight in so that you are dead on at 200 yards. Don’t be afraid to use shooting sticks.
- For bowhunts, we prefer modern compound bows that are 60 lbs or more. Be sighted in at 20, 30 and 40 yards at a bare minimum. For Western hunts you may need to stretch that distance out to 50 yards or more. Your maximum range is the range at which you can keep EVERY arrow in a pie plate sized group.
- The standard tip for a guide is 10% to 20% of the cost of your trip. Remember to tip the cooks and other help in the camp as well. The amount you give reflects your appreciation for your guide’s hard work and effort.
- Taxidermy: If you are looking for a good taxidermist, we use and recommend The Wildlife Gallery. They do amazing work, will treat you right and most importantly, they will bring your trophy “back to life”. Be sure to tell them Outdoors International sent you.