Here’s a basic brown bear hunting gear list that will give you a good idea of how to prepare for a standard brown bear hunt. Other than the gear itself, one of the best tips we can give you is this: When packing your gear in your backpack, compartmentalize your gear in dry bags. Keeping your gear dry is extremely important.
*Be sure to check with your outfitter or consultant for any details or equipment that may not be included in this packing list.
Brown Bear Hunting Gear List
Clothing and Apparel
- Stocking hat and gloves
- Top quality rain gear (top and bottom). This is a must!
- 1 pair insulated hunting pants
- 1 pair top and bottom insulated underwear, med-heavy weight (DO NOT BRING COTTON)
- 2-3 hunting shirts
- Heavyweight wool socks (1 pair for each day)
- Heavy coat with Gore-Tex
- Camp shoes
- Insulated leather boots
- Hip boots/Waders (for crossing creeks or dealing with rain) These are a must!
- Personal toiletry items and required personal medications.
- Hunting License and guide/ client contract stored in a waterproof holder.
- Spotting Scope with Tripod
- Framed Backpack
- Flashlight and/or headlamp
- Camera with extra batteries
- Water bottle (with filter)
- Insect repellent (100% Deet)
- Batteries for any electrical device. Keep your batteries in something warm (like a wool sock) while you are in the field. Cold will drain them.
Rifle Hunting Gear
- The best calibers for brown bear hunting are at a minimum 30.06 Springfield. Larger is better.
- Take 20 to 40 rounds of good ammo.
- Make sure if you are hunting bear to utilize rounds like Swift A-Frames, Barnes Triple Shocks, Nosler Partitions, Buffalo Bore or Federal Trophy Bonded Bear claws, softcore bullets like most Berger’s do not do enough damage to the bear for an effective kill.
- NO BALLISTIC TIPS!
Bowhunting Gear for Brown Bear Hunting
- All hunters that wish to hunt with a bow must pass an Archery proficiency test, in either Alaska or another state.
- Alaska requires your bow to be at least 50 pounds peak draw weight. 65 or more pounds is preferred.
- Bring a half dozen arrows at least. In Alaska, your arrows need to be at least 20 inches in overall length, with broadhead, and at least 300 grains in total weight.
- Broadheads need to be heavy duty and the bigger the better.
- Fixed heads seem to work better on bears than mechanicals. A diameter cutting surface on broadheads is important too.
- You can carry both a bow and firearm at the same time in Alaska.
Muzzleloader Hunting Gear
- Muzzleloader Hunters must pass a Muzzleloader proficiency test in either Alaska or another state.
- Bring 10 to 20 rounds (preferably sabots over any type of roundball) 50 caliber or larger.
- Use the heaviest grain loads possible matched with high grade traditional powder or Pyrodex to get the highest weight/velocity ratio your muzzleloader can shoot accurately.
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