Spring isn’t just for turkey hunting! Big game hunters take advantage of this time of year to hunt bears. The gear you take on these hunts is different than what you’d take on a fall bear hunt. The weather during spring bear season can vary widely, swinging from pleasant and sunny to wind, rain, and even snow….all in one day. You need to bring gear to cover all of those situations, while staying lightweight.
Travel and Camp Gear
- Passport and Airline ticket
- Personal first-aid items (ie. Aspirin, Motrin, Tums, prescriptions, band-aids, lip balm, extra glasses, insect repellent, etc.).
- Toiletries (ie. soap, shampoo, unscented deodorant, etc.).
- Jeans, T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, etc. for lounging around the camp and/or after the hunt.
- Camp Shoes (ie. sneakers, slippers, Crocs)
- Sleeping bag and pad.
Hunting Clothing should be medium to lightweight for the typical hunt.
Temperatures can vary, therefore we suggest taking two sets. One for cool to mild weather, another for warm to hot weather. Any camo pattern is fine (ie. Sitka, Kuiu, Realtree, Mossyoak, etc.).
- Rain gear (head to toe). Camo, quiet type.
- Bug suit and/or mosquito head net.
- Thermal underwear (lightweight).
- Multiple pair of socks.
- Rubber Boots. Leather/Goretex boots are fine, however make sure they are waterproof.
- Camo hat with brim.
- Orange hat with brim and vest (if required).
- Rifle with scope – 270, 30.06, 300, 338, 7mm, etc. & ammo. If flying, do not pack ammo in gun case. Must be packed in your other gear bag on airplane.
- Archery hunters – Bow, arrows, broadheads, hand release, and all other related equipment.
- Treestand or Ground Blind
- Hard gun/bow case with locks (for airplane transport).
- A soft gun/bow case to transport rifle/bow to and from stand.
- Lens pen for cleaning binoculars & scope.
- Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
- Backpack/Fanny Pack with Water Bottle and/or Thermos.
- Camera/Video Camera & Film