Brown Bear Hunting Gear List

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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

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  • 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 Gear

  • Hunting License and guide/ client contract stored in a waterproof holder.
  • Binoculars
  • Spotting Scope with Tripod
  • Framed Backpack
  • Knives/sharpener
  • 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

Shot placement is vital on bears no matter if you are shooting it with a firearm or archery tackle.
Shot placement is vital on bears no matter if you are shooting it with a firearm or archery tackle.
  • 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.

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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