[PODCAST] Backcountry Hunting Tips with Steve Speck
This is 99% of my hunting backpacking gear list. I like to stay light, taking nothing extra! The only thing that can vary slightly is maybe an extra base layer / long johns in very cold temps or if elk hunting I’ll have bugle tube, mouths reeds, etc with me.
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Steve Speck is the owner of S and S Archery as well as the inventor of Solid Broadheads and Exo Mountain Gear packs. Steve is a brilliant backcountry hunting guru who’s ideas on weight saving on a backcountry hunt take DIY hunting to the next level. Listen in to hear the important how-to’s of backcountry nutrition, pack designs, weight saving strategies, hunting methodologies, tent designs, sleeping bags and dual purpose gear.
Here’s Steve Speck’s Backpacking Light Gear List:
Main Gear for a Backpack Hunt:
- Pack: Exo Mountain Gear 3500 – 77oz
- Tent: Hilleberg Enan – 35oz
- Sleeping pad: Therma Rest Neo Air – 12oz
- Sleeping Bag: Hammock Gear 30 Degree Quilt – 14oz
- Stove: Jetboil SOL Ti – 9oz
- Fuel Canister – 5oz
- Utensil: Jetboil Fork – .5oz
- Water Filter: Saywer Squeeze and Platypus 2l – 4oz
- Headlamp: Princeton Tec Remix – 2.9oz
- Camera: Sony RX100 III – 8oz
- Extra Sony Batteries: – 1oz
- Extra SD Cards
Total Weight: 168.4oz 10.52lbs
I don’t really use raingear because it seldom rains where I hunt, and when it does I hole up and wait it out. I do have the First Lite Boundary Stormtight jacket that I’ll use once in a blue moon but that’s pretty much it.
First Aid / Personal Gear:
- Baby Wipes
- Spare Iodine tablets
- Waterproof matches
- Fire Tender: Vaseline Cotton balls
- Tylenol PM
- Gorilla Tape
- (4) AAA Spare batteries
Total Weight of Kit: 5.8oz
The only thing that varies my base weight is the amount of food, which is on the high end 1.5lbs per day, and the amount of water.
Consists of: Cliff Builders Bars, Costco Trail Mix, Mountain House meals, Belvita Crackers, Almond butter packets, Misc Granola Bars, GU Energy Chomps and Starbucks VIA packets!
1.5lbs per day on the high end. Roughly 3500 calories per day