Hunting Gear & Reviews

We ship hunting gear directly from Elk Tips Outdoor Gear in Deer Lodge, Montana. Feel free to call with questions: 406-431-0876.

We will put some featured and sale priced hunting gear below. Be sure to read our reviews of our favorite items listed on the right hand column. Those items are available, as well. 

We also have a virtual warehouse of guns, ammo and accessories that you can order from Elk Tips Outdoor Gear. Over 70,000 items available at competitive pricing.  

We will be adding and changing inventory regularly. Feel free to call 406-431-0876, if you don't find what you are looking for. Or, you can contact us here

Here are some quick links to some of the hunting gear we really like:

Bow Sights
Bow Sling:
String Sling Ready-Carry Bow Sling
Camouflage:
ASAT Camo
Decoys:
Montana Decoy
Elk Communication Resources:
ElkNut's Outdoor Productions
Game Calls:
Bugling Bull Game Calls
Optics:
Binoculars, Scopes, Range Finders
Rifle Sling:
Safari Sling: Ready Carry Rifle Sling
Inexpensive Water Filters

Featured Products
Free Shipping:

ElkNut's
Elk Communication Products

“Elk Nut”, Paul Medel, is THE elk communication expert. Paul has spent over 30 years doing in-the-field research about what elk are saying when they communicate. He has put together some very effective and easy-to-use learning tools (CDs, PlayBook, DVDs, etc.) in order to share with other hunters his wealth of knowledge about elk talk and how to call elk.

These Elk Nut products and Bugling Bull Game Calls are vital elk hunting gear for any elk hunter. I usually carry the Play Book in the cargo pocket of my hunting pants. Read more and purchase ElkNut products here. Free shipping.


Ready-Carry Rifle Sling

There is only one rifle sling that we use and highly recommend. It is the Safari Sling! I don't know why most people still sling their rifle over their shoulders where it takes so much movement to bring it up for a shot.

These Safari Slings allow a hunter to carry a rifle at-the-ready very comfortably. They make great additions to your elk hunting gear list. You may not appreciate these until you use them for the first time. They are an integral part of our elk hunting gear! I also use it to carry my rifle on my back while riding a mountain bike.

Here's a true story from a hunter that decided to make a Safari Sling part of his hunting gear: "We were hiking back to his truck for lunch... We saw a big bull with a huge rack coming out of the woods. Guess where our rifles were? On our shoulders. By the time we got our rifles off our shoulders that bull was back in the woods, lickety split. What a missed opportunity, just because we didn't have our rifles in a ready position. Another hunter we talked to that morning had a big bull come by near him. But guess what? He had put his rifle down on the ground so he could take a p---!"

We carry these in RealTree camo only (no black):

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Manufacturer's Description:

Safari Sling keeps your rifle secure on your shoulder. But, it automatically drops away as you raise to shoot...without unslinging....making you faster.

Equally important, this patented design lets you carry your rifle hand-free in three different positions:

• Out in front of your body, in the right-side-up position.
• Over your shoulder, in the traditional hiking position.
• Across your back, and out of your way.

The 2" wide webbing is soft and comfortable, yet remarkably rugged. And, it does a superior job of spreading weight evenly which lessens strain and fatigue. (The sling itself only weighs four ounces.) 

Safari Sling installs easily on most rifles and shotguns. And, the patented heavy nylon loops fit 1" and 1-1/4" standard swivels.

If you're inclined to cover a lot of ground while hunting, remember that the Safari Sling works great with backpacks.

UPC: 053624020404


Ready-To-Shoot Bow Sling

I use a StringSling® for my bow to allow for instant shooting position with minimal movement and no arm fatigue. Most bow slings require too much movement that can spook game.

The over-the-shoulder StringSling® hangs your bow at your side, with the grip near your bow hand. With a slight wrist movement the bow is ready for action. No need to make all the problematic movements at each end of the bow to remove other bow slings. 

The StringSling® also quickly transforms from holding your bow at arm's length, to a very secure back sling that will keep your bow out of the way when you're not hunting. I ride a mountain bike in and out and use a StringSling® in the secured function while I'm peddling.

The bow balances over my backpack secured by the StringSling®. When I reach my hunting area it just takes a few seconds to reconnect the sling ends to the string hook for ready-position carry. I consider it an absolutely essential part of my bow hunting gear.

Watch the video to see how the StringSling® works.

You can add a StringSling® to your hunting gear at a reduced price here, with free shipping. Lifetime Guarantee! Made in USA. ($4 extra to Canada, $9 extra to Australia. Contact Us below for prices to other areas.) Select the discount buttons for more than one StringSling®.

UPC: 702552100138

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Slick Tricks Broadheads

All Slick Tricks Broadheads are available with free shipping on this page.


Bow Sights

Black Gold Bow Sights

Black Gold Ascent Verdict RH 5pin .019 Right Hand

THE MOVEABLE BLACK GOLD® BOWSIGHT!

The VERDICT is in! You’ll get Black Gold’s legendary durability and super-smooth adjustability with a turn of the Dial-of-Death knob.

NEW All Verdict models now feature 3rd axis adjustability

NEW X-Frame base is stronger, lighter

Level Head sight ring is far easier to adjust, far more secure; can be customized to fit into top of sight ring

Indicator needle is indexable for easy re-sighting should your set up change

Splined vertical drive gear increases durability by 80% and provides a quieter, more solid feel!

High performance PhotoChromatic shell - 80% tougher, changes color faster

More range and adjustability than traditional hunting movable sights

Angled (45°) sight tape can be seen from side or back

54 sight tapes included – choose the one that’s right for you!

Precision 1st, 2nd and 3rd axis adjustability

Works great with one-piece quivers (unlike most movable sights)

Quick, smooth and quiet adjustment

2X or 4X lens adaptable (optional) – makes target easier to see

Zero-out feature lets you instantly dial to a pre-determined yardage without looking

The ASCENT multi pin head is on a vertical dovetail so you can zero it out at the top range of the "Dial-of-Death" This way you'll be able to instantly put your sight to a pre-set distance of choice without looking or when in the dark.

Choose the right sight tape for you from 54 tapes (included)

Includes 54 different sight tapes customized for bows of almost all speeds. You pick the tape that works for you. This way you don’t have to make your own!

Lens Kit adaptable

Ascent Verdict is available with a 2x or 4x lens (accessory) that makes it easier to see your target for enhanced accuracy – for 1-3/4" standard guard and New 2" for Big Dog guard (Single Pin Scope only)

UPC: 760823007289 (RH)

Left hand available for fast special order. Black Gold Sights are made right here in Montana!

Black Gold Ascent Verdict RH 5pin .019 Right Hand

Spot Hogg Bow Sights and Sight Light

Tommy Hogg Wrapped .019 3 Pin Large Guard  RH

The Tommy Hogg’s front control yardage adjustment gives great quiver clearance without sacrificing sight adjustability. Each is compatible in single pin, 3 or 5 pins in a small or large guard or a 7 pin available only in the large guard.

FEATURES:

• Rugged Hard Mount

• Micro Adjustable 2nd & 3rd Axis

• Coarse Horizontal & Vertical Adjustments

• No Tool Micro Adjust Windage & Elevation

• HRD Technology, No Bushings, No Slop, No Buzz

• Spreads Out Sight Marks

• Large Easy To Use Yardage Knob

• Precision Laser Engraved Sight Scale & Knobs

• Solid 6061 Aluminum Construction

• Sight Scale Compatible With Archery Programs

UPC 879655004554

Tommy Hogg Wrapped .019 3 Pin Large Guard RH

Spot Hogg Real Deal Wrapped 5 pin .019 RH

The Real Deal is a ruggedly built sight that has the strongest dovetail available on the market. Machined entirely out of 6061 air-craft aluminum. Easy to use knobs for micro-adjustable windage and elevation. Super heavy duty clamping screws ensure this sight will not come loose. None of that finger-tight stuff. This sight is for serious shooters who want it all. 

Features:

Large sight housing

Heavy Duty Clamping Screws

Micro-Adjust Knobs 

Precision Installed Bubble

Individually Micro-Adjustable Pins

Round Pin Guard With Alignment Ring

Vertical Aiming Wire For Faster Alignment

Solid 6061 Aluminum Construction  

Wrapped Weight 7.3 oz.

UPC 879655001096

Spot Hogg Real Deal Wrapped 5 pin .019

Spot Hogg Right On Wrapped 5 pin .019 RH

The Spot-Hogg Right On has an industrial strength dovetail system that easily slides, and clamps down with heavy duty screws. None of that finger tight stuff, just tighten it up and enjoy the security that it will be there when you need it.

Specifications and Features:

Heavy duty clamping screws

Vertical aiming wire for fast alignment

Precision installed bubble

Solid 6061 aluminum construction

Individually micro adjustable pins

Round pin guard with alignment ring

7.3 oz.

Size: Lg Guard

Spot Hogg Right On Wrapped 5 pin .019 RH

Spot Hogg Sight Light

The Spot Hogg Sight Light has three brightness settings provide optimum brightness in any situation. For use with the Spot Hogg wrap kit, screws directly into it on the side. The Spot Hogg Sight light uses 3 - 392 size batteries which are included. 

Spot Hogg Sight Light

Spot Hogg Right On Wrapped 5 pin .019 RH

IQ Bow Sights

New IQ Ultra Lite 5 Pin Bow Sight 

The NEW IQ Ultra Lite BOWSIGHT is the most affordable IQ Bowsight and was engineered with lightweight fiber polymer construction and is the lightest of the IQ Bowsights. Its high impact resistant construction, paired with its silent coat finish, make it a great addition to the IQ line of bowsights. As with all IQ Bowsights, the Ultra Lite features Retina Lock™ instant feedback Technology which controls muscle memory, form and consistency, allowing you to shoot longer distances with tighter groups. If shooters torque their bows, or their anchor point is off, even a ¼”, the shot can be off more than 10” at 40 yards.  The IQ® Ultra Lite Bowsight will increase your effective shooting range by 20 yards or more and IQ® stands behind this statement with a bold, money-back guarantee!

Features: 

Retina Lock Technology

Silent Coat Finish

Stack tight pins 

Built-in sight level 

.019 fiber optic pins 

Lightweight fiber polymer construction 

Weighs 5.6 oz.

UPC: 702649003441 (RH)

UPC: 702649003458 (LH)

IQ Ultra Lite 5 Pin Free Shipping

Spot Hogg Sights


IQ Micro 5 Pin Sight w/Retina Lock .019 Black

The NEW IQ MICRO BOWSIGHT offers RETINA LOCK TECHNOLOGY which provides instant feedback that will identify even the slightest torque or anchor point change.  Micro adjustment knobs that allow quick and simple  adjustment of the elevation and windage to precise positions. Dual position mounting gives you the ability to mount your sight to your particular shooting style. Tool-free locking knobs allow you to lock your windage and elevation positions in place without the use of any tools.

Features: 

Retina Lock Technology

Micro adjust knobs for windage and elevation

Stack tight pins

Built-in sight level

Tool-free locking knobs

Adjustable 2nd axis

Rheostat sight light (sold separately)

.019 fiber optic pins

Weighs 7.4 oz.

UPC: 702649003229 (RH)

UPC: 702649003250 (LH)

Shoot longer distances and tighter groups or your MONEY BACK GUARANTEED!


IQ Micro 5 Pin Sight w/Retina Lock .019 Black

ASAT Camouflage

ASAT (All Season All Terrain) is one of our favorite camo patterns. The designs are made more to fool animals than to impress the human eye. The light background of the ASAT pattern causes the animal to look past the hunter, rather than to think he is part of a tree or bush. With that said, I have killed many elk and deer while wearing cotton big box store camo clothing.

Most ASAT camo products can be purchased for 15% off, plus free shipping here.

Read our thorough review of camouflage patterns. 


Featured Optics

Here are some in-stock optics with free shipping: 


Leupold BX-1 McKenzie 10x42mm Shadow Grey Binocular

For those who want the high performance and streamlined, compact feel of a roof prism binocular -without the high cost- we proudly suggest our new BX-1 McKenzie. You get all the rugged durability you expect, waterproof, BAK4 prisms, and fully multi-coated lenses for bright, vivid, and razor sharp viewing in the field or in the stands.

Twist Up Eyecups

100% Waterproof and Fog Proof

Armor coated, rugged

Ergonomic Design

Phase Coated

Diopter Focus

Fully Multi coated Lens System

Tripod Ready

BAK 4 Prisms

Central Focus Dial

Large, tactile focus dial is easy to find and use (even with gloved hands), giving you the precision focus you need to pick antlers out of the trees or hide out of the brush.

Twist-up Eyecups and Long Eye Relief

Generous eye relief and twist-up eyecups making them easy to use with or without eyeglasses. Eliminates glare and problems with the sun on bright, cloudless days.

Length 5.80in

Weight 22oz

UPC 030317015459

Leupold BX-1 McKenzie 10x42 Grey Binocular

BX-2 Acadia 10X42 Binocular

Finding a roof prism binocular that offered the Leupold-quality optical performance you demand, and the affordability you want has been a challenge… until Leupold® introduced the BX-2 Acadia™ Series. The BX-2 Acadia has a slim, in-line roof prism design with contemporary styling that makes them compact, lightweight, and ergonomic. The optics feature phase coated prisms and a multi-coat lens system for exceptional brightness, contrast, and clarity.

Waterproof/Fogproof

Proprietary Nitrogen Fill Process

Synergy Built:

Synergy Built binoculars and spotting scopes bring together every aspect of design, sourcing, engineering, production, and quality control into a cohesive unit. By definition, Synergy Built optics are greater than their individual parts, and suffice it to say the sportsmen and women who put a set of Synergy Built optics to their eyes are the utimate winners once again.

Smooth Focusing

Twist Up Eyecups

Armor coated, rugged, and waterproof.

Slim, In-Line Design

Close focus distance of 10 feet.

Ergonomic Design

Phase Coated

Diopter Focus

BAK 4 Prisms

Objective Size 42.00mm

Length 6.20in

Weight 28.00oz

UPC 030317005061

Leupold Acadia 10x42 Binocular

Leupold BX-2 Tioga HD 10x42 Binoculars

Good binoculars are no luxury, they’re a necessity. The new BX-2 Tioga™ HD binoculars have the versatility you need in an affordable package, with an added edge. Leupold’s Twilight Max Light Management System gives you the power to see into the shadows at dawn and dusk — and find the game hiding there — like never before. COMES WITH PRO GEAR ACCESSORIES — GO AFIELD SHOULDER STRAP, GO AFIELD BINOCULAR CASE, LENS COVERS, AND A LENS CLOTH. Leupold Limited Lifetime Warranty.

High Definition:

Look for extremely vivid color, life-like clarity, and higher overall performance thanks to the calcium-fluoride lenses. Another added advantage of these non-lead based lenses is that they’re lighter in weight.

Lead Free:

Leupold optics offer better optical clarity as a result of lead-free glass lenses. In addition to its superior optics, the lenses are produced with none of the environmentally damaging by-products common to standard glass production. A small step, but one in the right direction.

Phase Coated

Proprietary Nitrogen Fill Process

Slim, In-Line Design

Twist Up Eyecups

Xtended Twilight Lens System:

Now your hunt can reach further into the twilight than ever before possible, with our exclusive new Xtended Twilight Lens System™. It goes a step further than even the Index Matched Lens System®, using Leupold’s® index matched glass with wavelength specific lens coatings designed to optimize the transmission of low-light wavelengths.

When most scope manufacturers quote percentage of light transmission, they usually mean at 550 nm, the green wavelength where the human eye is most sensitive. The challenge is that in twilight conditions, green light disappears and blue/violet light takes over. Your eye is already handicapped when it comes to seeing the blue/violet spectrum, and if your scope is cutting too much of it out, soon you won’t be seeing anything.

The Xtended Twilight Lens System places extra emphasis on matching coatings to glass indices to achieve the best possible transmission of the blue/violet spectrum, without sacrificing the color balanced light transmission across the visual spectrum of the Index Matched Lens System.

When we combine that with superior computer-generated optical design, lead-free lenses of unsurpassed clarity and quality, and 100 years of manufacturing excellence, you have a scope that gives you the details of low-light scenes in greater definition and luminance than any other scope in the world.

Leupold Limited Lifetime Warranty

Linear Field of View (ft/1000 yd) 368.0 ft

Weight (oz) 23.5 oz

Length (in) 6.2 in

Exit Pupil (mm) 4.2 mm

Close Focus Distance 9.0 ft

UPC 030317015589

Leupold BX-2 Tioga HD 10x42 Binoculars

Leupold BX-3 Mojave Binoculars Black 10x42:

The BX-3 Mojave™ Series’ open bridge design is touted as being lightweight, ergonomic, and easy to use. We combined the open bridge and modern styling with an optical system that will impress even the most serious binocular users. Cold mirror coated prisms combined with a fully multi-coated lens system give you peak brightness and resolution, true to life color fidelity, and exceptional contrast--in all lighting conditions. Rugged, waterproof, and dependable, BX-3 Mojave binoculars are covered by the Leupold Limited Lifetime Warranty. A high quality piece of hunting gear!

Linear Field of View (ft/1000 yd) 326.00 ft

Angular Field of View (degrees) 6.20 degrees

Twilight Factor 20.50

Weight (oz) 24.00 oz

Length (in) 5.60 in

Eye Relief (mm) 16.00 mm

Close Focus Distance 7.50 ft

Open Bridge Roof Prism Design

Smooth Focusing

Cold Mirror Coated Prisms

Twist Up Eyecups

Armor coated, rugged, and waterproof.

Slim, In-Line Design

Close focus distance of 10 feet.

Ergonomic Design

Phase Coated

Diopter Focus

Fully Multi coated Lens System

BAK 4 Prisms

UPC 030317117689

Synergy Built:

Synergy Built binoculars and spotting scopes bring together every aspect of design, sourcing, engineering, production, and quality control into a cohesive unit. By definition, Synergy Built optics are greater than their individual parts, and suffice it to say the sportsmen and women who put a set of Synergy Built optics to their eyes are the utimate winners once again.

Leupold BX-3 Mojave Binoculars 10x42

Leupold BX3 Mojave Pro HD Binocular 10x42:

Designed with professional guides in mind, the BX-3 Mojave Pro Guide™ HD adds high-definition performance to everything people love about the BX-3 Mojave. High-definition lenses provide an amazingly clear image. Specially coated extra-low dispersion lenses offer razor-sharp resolution and color to easily pick out game in heavy brush.

The open bridge design makes the BX-3 Mojave Pro Guide HD lightweight, ergonomic and easy to use while delivering the performance and durability professional guides demand. 100% waterproof and fog proof and backed by the Leupold Gold Ring Full Lifetime Guarantee, the BX-3 Mojave Pro Guide HD is a must-have addition to any hunting gear pack. Large, tactile focus dial is easy to find and use (even with gloved hands), giving you the precision focus you need to pick antlers out of the trees or hide out of the brush. 100% waterproof and fog proof and backed by the Leupold Gold Ring Full Lifetime Guarantee, the BX-3 Mojave Pro Guide HD is a must-have addition to any hunting gear pack.

 

HD: Look for extremely vivid color, life-like clarity, and higher overall performance thanks to the calcium-fluoride lenses. Another added advantage of these non-lead based lenses is that they’re lighter in weight.

Generous eye relief and twist-up eyecups making them easy to use with or without eyeglasses. Eliminates glare and problems with the sun on bright, cloudless days.

Xtended Twilight Lense System: Now your hunt can reach further into the twilight than ever before possible, with our exclusive new Xtended Twilight Lens System™. It goes a step further than even the Index Matched Lens System®, using Leupold’s® index matched glass with wavelength specific lens coatings designed to optimize the transmission of low-light wavelengths.

When most scope manufacturers quote percentage of light transmission, they usually mean at 550 nm, the green wavelength where the human eye is most sensitive. The challenge is that in twilight conditions, green light disappears and blue/violet light takes over. Your eye is already handicapped when it comes to seeing the blue/violet spectrum, and if your scope is cutting too much of it out, soon you won’t be seeing anything.

The Xtended Twilight Lens System places extra emphasis on matching coatings to glass indices to achieve the best possible transmission of the blue/violet spectrum, without sacrificing the color balanced light transmission across the visual spectrum of the Index Matched Lens System.

When Leupold combined that with superior computer-generated optical design, lead-free lenses of unsurpassed clarity and quality, and 100 years of manufacturing excellence, you have a scope that gives you the details of low-light scenes in greater definition and luminance than any other scope in the world.

100% Waterproof and Fog Proof

Armor coated, rugged, and waterproof.

BAK 4 Prisms

Central Focus Dial

Diopter Focus

Linear Field of View (ft/1000 yd) 326.00 ft

Angular Field of View (degrees) 6.20 degrees

Twilight Factor 20.50

Weight (oz) 24.00 oz

Length (in) 5.60 in

Eye Relief (mm) 16.00 mm

Close Focus Distance 7.50 ft

UPC 030317117689

Leupold BX3 Mojave Pro HD Binocular 10x42

Nikon 10X42 Aculon Binoculars:

The combination of image quality and user-friendly design make the 10x42 Aculon A211 a cost-effective hunting gear option for intermediate to long-range glassing.

New sleek design. Aspherical eyepiece lens eliminates image distortion even at the lens periphery. Multilayer-coated lenses for brighter images. Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups facilitate easy positioning of eyes at the correct eyepoint. Rubber armour for shock-resistance and a firm, comfortable grip.

Aspheric Eco-Glass Elements

BAK4 Porro Prisms

Multicoated Optics

Center Focus Wheel

Twist-Up Rubber Eyecups

Rubber Armored Housing

UPC: 018208082469

Nikon 10X42 Aculon Binoculars

Bushnell Trophy Binoculars Green 8x32:

TROPHY 8 x 32mm, Rugged, long-range roof prism is good hunting gear.

Features:

BaK-4 porro prisms

Fully multi-coated lenses for maximum light transmission and optimum brightness

Heavy-duty, 100% waterproof/fogproof construction

2 step twist-up eyecups allow quick adjustment for optimum eye relief

Large center-focus knob for precise focusing, even when wearing gloves

Trim, ergonomic shape for easy, all-day use

Textured, non-glare, non-slip rubber armor absorbs shock

Diopter adjustment for precise and reliable adjustments

Specifications:

Lens Coating: Fully Multi-Coated

Field of View: ft@1000yds/m@1000m393/131

Adapt to Tripod: Yes

Eyecups: Twist-Up

Eye Relief: mm16.5

Focus System: Center

Exit Pupil: m.223, 5.56

Prism Glass: BaK-4

Water/Fog Proof: Yes

Prism System: Roof

Weight: 15.5 oz.

Size Class: Standard

UPC: 029757032089

Bushnell Trophy Binoculars Green 8x32

Nikon AL11 Aculon Laser Rangefinder 6X20 Black:

Displays in 1-yard Increments. True 550-yard Ranging Capability. Easy-to-View Uncluttered LCD Display. Single Button Operation. Ultra-Compact Size. Water Resistant. 

Portability and Performance: If smaller means better, then Nikon’s all-new ACULON Rangefinder is at the top of its class. With its ultra-compact size (3.6”x2.9”x1.5), this new rangefinder redefines “portability” and is small enough to rival most smartphones. Weighing just 4.4 ounces (without batteries), the ACULON Rangefinder is built to be taken everywhere. It takes less space in your hunting gear than most range finders.

Multilayer coatings provide an even higher light transmittance across the entire visible light spectrum. This minimizes the loss of light due to reflection, thereby ensuring a more natural, clearer view.

Nikon has manufactured the ACULON rangefinder, as well as many other of their optics, with a high-eyepoint design.  This provides a clear field of view for everyone even with sufficient space between the user's brow and the rangefinder.  This provides a full field of view when ranging targets even when the user is wearing eyeglasses.

UPC: 018208083978

Nikon Aculon Rangefinder 6X20 Black

Bushnell Bone Collector Laser Rangefinder 4x21mm 600yds:

Range your shot quickly and simply. Lightweight and a small part of your hunting gear. Very accurate and easy to use, one button operation.

Rain proof

Size: inches 1.4 x 3.8 x 2.9

10-600 yard range (reflective)

400 yards tree ranging performance

200 yards deer ranging performance  

4x magnification

Rangefinder Accuracy:+/- 1 Yard

9 volt battery, not included

Case included

Bushnell's Bullet Proof 100% Guarantee.

Excellent bow hunting gear product!

UPC: 029757022080

Bushnell Bone Collector Laser Rangefinder

Leupold RX 1200i DNA Laser Rangefinder Black:

With Leupold’s high performance DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) engine, the RX-1200i provides accuracy never offered at this price. With readings displayed to the nearest 1/10th yard, DNA’s third generation signal processing significantly increases dependability on soft, non-reflective targets and provides superior ranging consistency regardless of target color. Smaller, and markedly brighter than previous rangefinders, the RX-1200i is less than 4 inches long and features multiple display-intensity settings. A newly redesigned Quick Set Menu uses on-screen prompts for exceptionally intuitive and easy use in the field. All RX-1200i Compact rangefinders are completely weatherproof and feature multicoated optics, selectable reticles, measurements in yards or meters, and fold-down rubber eyecups to accommodate users with or without eyeglasses. Pocket-sized and packed with features, Leupold’s new RX-1200i with DNA makes all other rangefinders dim in comparison.

DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy): Leupold has achieved a remarkable advancement in digital laser rangefinding. Our next generation rangefinder engine pushes the envelope forward to reach greater precision at larger distances and with increased speed. Leupold rangefinders with DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) are able to deliver faster and more precise results, accurate to within 1/10 of a yard – against all background colors and textures.

Quick Set Menu: Get the settings you want fast with the Quick Set Menu®. The one-handed controls make RX® rangefinders easy to use in the field, even when your hands are sweaty or the weather is at its worst.

Advanced OLED Technology (RX 1000 / RX 1200)

The OLED advantage: A major advancement for the RX platform is the significant improvement in light transmission and resolution. Leupold developed a platform to support an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display. Instead of looking through a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) as with traditional rangefinders, where the LCD film reduces image quality by stripping out light and reducing the resolution, the OLED display is reflected into the light path of the RX optical system leaving a crystal clear image. When in early morning or late evening low-light conditions, the 3x greater light transmission over competitive LCD rangefinders will give you that extra advantage.

Fully Multicoated (RX): Fully multicoated lens system for a bright, pristine image.

Clicking Fast-Focus (RX): Fast-focus eyepiece with precision clicks for quick adjustments in the field.

Scan Mode (RX): Continuous range updates in Scan Mode keep you on target as you track movement or scan an area.

Trig (RX 1000 / RX 1200): Select models of Leupold’s legendary RX rangefinders now feature TRIG, a unique function that is included to support engineers and professionals. TRIG displays the true horizontal range (cosine) and true vertical range (sine), which is based upon trigonometry and the Line Of Sight distance.

Scan Mode: When you want multiple readings in one quick sweep, just hold down the Power button and the display will continuously update with accurate line-of-site measurments. As an extra benefit, on courses utilizing prism technology, your GX will beep and the display will freeze the moment you scan past a prism-topped flag stick, assuring you of an accurate reading.

Fold Down Rubber Eyecups

Line Of Sight Distance (LOS) gives you the straight line distance to the target.

Max Range (Reflective) 1215 yd

Max Range (Trees) 900.00 yd

Max Range (Deer) 800.00 yd

Min Range 6.00 yd

Linear Field of View (ft/1000 yd) 320.00 ft

Twilight Factor 11.50

Weight (oz) 7.80 oz

Length (in) 3.80 in

Width (in) 1.40 in

Height (in) 3.00 in

Exit Pupil (mm) 3.60 mm

Eye Relief (mm) 17.00 mm

Made in U.S.A.

UPC: 030317005184

Leupold RX 1200i DNA Rangefinder Black

Leupold 6x20 RX-650 Laser Rangefinder:

The Leupold® RX®-650 digital laser rangefinder is simple and affordable, delivering incredibly accurate line of sight measurements in yards or meters out to 650 yards. The RX-650 features anti-reflective, fully multicoated optics, 6x magnification, high contrast LCD display and rubber armor for a positive grip in all weather conditions. Lightweight, compact and weatherproof, the Leupold RX-650 is there when you need to go the distance. Includes CR2 lithium battery, lanyard and cordura case.

DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy):

Leupold has achieved a remarkable advancement in digital laser rangefinding. Our next generation rangefinder engine pushes the envelope forward to reach greater precision at larger distances and with increased speed. Leupold rangefinders with DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) are able to deliver faster and more precise results, accurate to within 1/10 of a yard – against all background colors and textures.

Quick Set Menu:

Get the settings you want fast with the Quick Set Menu®. The one-handed controls make RX® rangefinders easy to use in the field, even when your hands are sweaty or the weather is at its worst.

Fully Multicoated (RX):

Fully multicoated lens system for a bright, pristine image.

Clicking Fast-Focus (RX):

Fast-focus eyepiece with precision clicks for quick adjustments in the field.

Scan Mode (RX)

Continuous range updates in Scan Mode keep you on target as you track movement or scan an area.

Fold Down Rubber Eyecups

Line Of Sight Distance (LOS) gives you the straight line distance to the target.

Maximum range: 650 yd to reflective target; 600 yd to tree; 575 yd to a deer. 

Minimum Range: 6yds

366' field of view at 1000 yards. 

Spot and continuous-scan modes. Runs on one included CR2 battery.

Length: 3.6"

Weight: 6.3oz

Made in U.S.A.

UPC: 030317006891

Leupold 6x20 RX-650 Laser Rangefinder

Leupold VX-1 3-9x40mm Rifle Scope AO Matte Duplex 

There's much to tell about the new VX®-1, but here's how the story ends: No other scope in its class comes even close the the quality, performance, and value of VX-1. With the revolutionary Quantum Optical System, with lead-free glass and Multicoat 4 lens coatings, the result is up to 92% total light transmission, and a sight picture that is incredibly bright, clear and razor sharp. Better have one in your hunting gear.

Linear Field of View (ft/100 yd) 34.60 ft to 14.60 ft

Eye Relief 4.20 in to 3.70 in

Objective Clear Aperture 1.60 in

Elevation Adjustment Range 52.00 moa

Windage Adjustment Range 52.00 moa

Leupold invented the Duplex Reticle in 1962. Defined by it's heavy posts, which stand out against cover and in twilight conditions, pointing boldly to the intersection. Centering is a snap. The thin crosshairs obscure little. 

Generous Eyebox:

The generous eyebox makes it faster and easier to get your eye behind the riflescope and achieve a full, clear sight picture. Setting up for longer shots you'll appreciate the flexibility it affords, and in close up big game or dangerous game situations the quick target acquisition will be the difference maker. At high power, the longer eye relief and more generous eyebox gives you incredible head position latitude and an improved sight pictue that fills the eyepiece completely - putting you in better position to make the shot of a lifetime.

Classic/Standard Lockable Eyepiece:

Leupold's classic/standard fast focus eyepiece with a low profile lock ring makes reticle focus easy to achieve and maintain.

3:1 Zoom Ratio

1/4 MOA Finger Click

Finger click adjustments for windage and elevation (¼-MOA) offer absolute repeatability and dependability over a lifetime of extreme use (metric adjustments – 1 cm per click).

Custom Shop serviceable

Tactile Power Selector

Waterproof/Fogproof

Proprietary Nitrogen Fill Process

One inch Maintube

6061-T6 Aircraft Quality Aluminum

Durable Lens Cover:

Keep the lenses of your Leupold® riflescope looking like new. Protect it from dirt and damage with the durable bikini style lens cover included with your riflescope. Protects your scope while in storage or in the field.

Multicoat 4:

Light reflecting off lens surfaces diminishes image quality. So Leupold® engineers developed Multicoat 4®, our own proprietary lens coating system to keep image quality pristine. Multicoat 4 greatly increases the amount of all available light that reaches your eye, while at the same time, it minimizes the reflections of the sky on the outer eyepiece. You’ll never be able to control the light, but with Leupold’s Multicoat 4, you can always make the most of it.

Made in the U.S.A.

UPC: 030317138745

Leupold VX-1 3-9x40mm AO Matte Duplex

Leupold VX-2 3-9X40mm Rifle Scope Matte Duplex 110797

Trusted by hunters and shooters worldwide. The VX-2 delivers the performance and features that serious hunters demand. They thought of everything…tactile power indicators; finger-adjustable click windage and elevation dials; the brightness, clarity, and contrast needed to hunt even in low-light conditions. 

Of course, the ruggedness, absolute waterproof integrity, and famous Leupold® Full Lifetime Guarantee only add to the VX-2’s popularity.

Linear Field of View (ft/100 yd) 34.60 ft to 14.60 ft

Eye Relief 4.20 inches to 3.70 inches

Objective Clear Aperture 1.60 inches

Elevation Adjustment Range 52.00 moa

Windage Adjustment Range 52.00 moa

Leupold invented the Duplex Reticle in 1962. Defined by it's heavy posts, which stand out against cover and in twilight conditions, pointing boldly to the intersection. Centering is a snap. The thin crosshairs obscure little. VX-3 models use the Duplex reticle for range estimating as well. If you bracket a deer, you can read the range on the power selector ring.

Index Matched Lens System:

A Leupold® exclusive, this system has nearly perfected Leupold’s already impeccable light management. Leupold engineers specify different coating materials for each lens surface in the riflescope, based on the lens’ index of refraction, placement and function, layering each coating to eliminate reflections and maximize light transmission. The result is unparalleled brightness and extremely sharp resolution across the entire visual field.

2nd Generation Argon/Krypton Waterproofing:

While we still waterproof other optics with bone-dry nitrogen – technology pioneered by Leupold® – Select models feature our exclusive, proprietary Argon/Krypton gas blend. Its advantages are two fold: it nearly eliminates the effects of thermal shock, and the Argon/Krypton molecules are significantly larger than nitrogen molecules, reducing the diffusion of gases sealed inside your scope even more than our proven nitrogen technology already does. We pioneered riflescope waterproofing, and now with Argon/Krypton we’re exceeding the standards we set ourselves.

Generous Eyebox:

The generous eyebox makes it faster and easier to get your eye behind the riflescope and achieve a full, clear sight picture. Setting up for longer shots you'll appreciate the flexibility it affords, and in close up big game or dangerous game situations the quick target acquisition will be the difference maker. At high power, the longer eye relief and more generous eyebox gives you incredible head position latitude and an improved sight picture that fills the eyepiece completely - putting you in better position to make the shot of a lifetime.

Blackened Lens Edges:

Blackened lens edges reduce unwanted glare and diffusion through the lens edges to provide better resolution, improved contrast and superior optical perrformance.

Externally Threaded Fast-Focus Eyepiece:

The sleek design of the externally threaded fast-focus eyepiece provides for faster focusing of the reticle under any conditions.

3:1 Zoom Ratio

Custom Shop serviceable

Tactile Power Selector

One inch Maintube

6061-T6 Aircraft Quality Aluminum

Durable Lens Cover

Keep the lenses of your Leupold® riflescope looking like new. Protect it from dirt and damage with the durable bikini style lens cover included with your riflescope. Protects your scope while in storage or in the field.

Waterproof/Fogproof. If you want to add it to your hunting gear:

Made in the U.S.A.

UPC: 030317107970

Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm Matte Duplex

Leupold VX-2 4-12x40mm Rifle Scope AO Matte LR Duplex 110809

Trusted by hunters and shooters worldwide. The VX-2 delivers the performance and features that serious hunters demand. They thought of everything…tactile power indicators; finger-adjustable click windage and elevation dials; the brightness, clarity, and contrast needed to hunt even in low-light conditions. 

Of course, the ruggedness, absolute waterproof integrity, and famous Leupold® Full Lifetime Guarantee only add to the VX-2’s popularity.

Linear Field of View (ft/100 yd) 20.40 ft to 9.70 ft

Eye Relief 4.90 inches to 3.70 inches

Objective Clear Aperture 1.50 inches

Elevation Adjustment Range 67.00 moa

Windage Adjustment Range 67.00 moa

The LR Duplex will assist you with accurate, repeatable, and ethical long-range shooting. It features a Duplex central aiming point for rifles zeroed at 200 yards, and calibrated hold points for 300, 400 and 500 yards.

Index Matched Lens System:

A Leupold® exclusive, this system has nearly perfected Leupold’s already impeccable light management. Leupold engineers specify different coating materials for each lens surface in the riflescope, based on the lens’ index of refraction, placement and function, layering each coating to eliminate reflections and maximize light transmission. The result is unparalleled brightness and extremely sharp resolution across the entire visual field.

2nd Generation Argon/Krypton Waterproofing:

While we still waterproof other optics with bone-dry nitrogen – technology pioneered by Leupold® – Select models feature our exclusive, proprietary Argon/Krypton gas blend. Its advantages are two fold: it nearly eliminates the effects of thermal shock, and the Argon/Krypton molecules are significantly larger than nitrogen molecules, reducing the diffusion of gases sealed inside your scope even more than our proven nitrogen technology already does. We pioneered riflescope waterproofing, and now with Argon/Krypton we’re exceeding the standards we set ourselves.

Generous Eyebox:

The generous eyebox makes it faster and easier to get your eye behind the riflescope and achieve a full, clear sight picture. Setting up for longer shots you'll appreciate the flexibility it affords, and in close up big game or dangerous game situations the quick target acquisition will be the difference maker. At high power, the longer eye relief and more generous eyebox gives you incredible head position latitude and an improved sight picture that fills the eyepiece completely - putting you in better position to make the shot of a lifetime.

Blackened Lens Edges:

Blackened lens edges reduce unwanted glare and diffusion through the lens edges to provide better resolution, improved contrast and superior optical perrformance.

Externally Threaded Fast-Focus Eyepiece:

The sleek design of the externally threaded fast-focus eyepiece provides for faster focusing of the reticle under any conditions.

3:1 Zoom Ratio

Custom Shop serviceable

Tactile Power Selector

One inch Maintube

6061-T6 Aircraft Quality Aluminum

Durable Lens Cover

Keep the lenses of your Leupold® riflescope looking like new. Protect it from dirt and damage with the durable bikini style lens cover included with your riflescope. Protects your scope while in storage or in the field.

Waterproof/Fogproof

Made in the U.S.A.

UPC: 030317108090

If you want to add it to your hunting gear:

Leupold VX-2 4-12x40mm A.O. Matte LR Duplex

Bushnell Trophy Rifle Scope 3-9X40 Multi-X Matte:

Trophy Riflescopes deliver an unbeatable combination of edge-to-edge clarity, best-in-class light transmission and affordability. The most versatile, all-around big game hunting scope. 3-9x40mm riflescope for most hunting situations.

Fully multi-coated optics 91% light transmission:

All air-to-glass surfaces feature multiple layers of anti-reflective coating. Fully multi-coated optical systems deliver the brightest, highest-contrast images with the least amount of eye strain because only a very small percentage of light is lost before it reaches the viewer's eye.

Reticle:  Multi-X

100% WATERPROOF/FOGPROOF/SHOCKPROOF:

Products are O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for total waterproof and fogproof protection. These models can withstand complete immersion in water and stay dry inside. The interior optical surfaces won’t fog due to rapid temperature change or humidity. 100% waterproof, fogproof and shockproof.

Dry nitrogen filled.

Fast-focus eyepiece.

One-piece tube with integrated saddle.

¼ MOA fingertip windage and elevation adjustments.

Tube Diameter: 1"

Field of View: ft@100yds:  38@3x, 13@9x

Weight:   14.3oz.

Eye Relief:  4"

Exit Pupil mm: 13.3/4.4

Click Value: 0.25in. @100yds 

Adj Range: 60in. @100yds 

Mounting Length:5.5in

Focal Plane: Second

UPC: 029757539601

Bushnell Trophy Riflescope 3-9x 40mm; Matte; Multi-X; 753960

Bushnell Banner Rifle Scope 3-9X40 Multi-X Matte:

Great for rifles, shot guns or muzzle loaders. All around big-game scope.

Banner riflescope family featuring Dusk & Dawn Optics is designed to give you the advantage on those early morning and late evening hunts when available light is low but game activity is at its highest. Banner optics are coated with Bushnell’s proprietary Dusk & Dawn Brightness (DDB) multi-coating process giving you the brightness and clarity you need to fill your tag in those critical first and last minutes of daylight.

One-piece tube. 100% waterproof, fogproof and shockproof. Dry-nitrogen filled. 1/4 M.O.A. fingertip windage and elevation adjustment. Fast-focus eyepiece.

Reticle:  Multi-X

Lens Coating:  DDB Multi-Coated

Tube Diameter:  1"

Field of View (ft@100yds): 40@3x, 14@9x

Weight (oz/gr): 13/369

Length (in/mm): 12/305

Eye Relief (in/mm): 3.3/83.8

Exit Pupil (mm): 13@3x / 4.4@9x

Click Value (in.@100yds/mm@100m): .25/7

Adj Range (in.@100yds/mm@100m): 60/1.7

Mounting Length (in/mm): 5.8/147

Focal Plane: Second

UPC: 029757139481

Bushnell Banner 3-9x40 Riflescope, Matte , Multi-X

Weaver Kaspa 3-9x40 Rifle Scope:

Ballistic X Reticle

From up-close to long range, hunting to competition shooting, these quality hunting and tactical scopes provide ballistic precision at bargain prices, plus they come complete with Weaver's Limited Lifetime Guarantee. All KASPA scopes feature one-piece tube construction; fully multi-coated lenses; nitrogen-purged, fog-free viewing; and crisp ¼-inch MOA adjustments for dependable accuracy. KASPA binoculars are ergonomically designed for easy handling and extended comfort–all with a small price to become a part your hunting gear.

Dual X Reticle

Exit Pupil (mm) 13-4.4

Field of View ft@100 yds 32.6-9.9/

Eye Relief 4.37"-3.81"

Length 12.4"

MOA 1/4"

Adjustment Range @100 yds 50"

Weight 326g

UPC: 076683898067 (DualX) 076683898074 (BalX)

Weaver Kaspa 3-9x40 Riflescope

Tasco World Class® Spotting Scope Kit 20–60x 60mm:

Tasco 20-60x60mm World Class Series Spotting Scope with 45 Angled Viewfinder, Car Window Mount, Tabletop Tripod & Hard Case. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight (oz./g): 29/822

Length (in./mm): 13/330

Field of View ft @ 1000 yds / m @ 1000 m: 87/41 @20x 41/14 @60x

Water/Fog Proof: Yes

Magnification: 20–60x 60mm

Objective: 60mm

Prism Glass: BK7

Lens Coating: Fully

Eye Relief (mm): 16

Close Focus (ft): 11

Tripod: Yes

Model: WC20606045

UPC: 046162092811

World Class Spotting Scope 20–60x 60mm

Elk and Other Big Game Decoys

Big game decoys do work. During the rut, elk and deer will be attracted to HD photo based life size decoys. The clear leader in the field of decoys is Montana Decoy, Inc. They are lightweight, but well-constructed and look very realistic. The original HD photography used to make them is of actual animals. I often have a Montana Decoy on the back of my backpack with the rest of my hunting gear. Read about how to use elk decoys here.


Inexpensive Water Bottle Filters

Here are a couple of inexpensive, lightweight water bottle filters that I use to drink directly out of any lake, pond, stream or cattle trough. These inexpensive water bottle filters are not designed to refill other containers. Buy an expensive pump filter for that. But, if you want a way to take a quick drink from contaminated ground water, this works great as a lightweight part of your hunting gear pack! 

Now I can carry a minimal amount of fluid in my hydration reservoir to make it as long as I need to. I got tired of carrying the weight of extra water. If I need more, I take one of these filters out and fill it from creeks, streams, etc.

They safely reduce more than 99.99% of bacteria and contaminants such as Giardia, E-Coli, Cryptosporidium, lead, heavy metals, chlorine, VOCs, bad taste and odors. 

I carry the Sawyer Mini Filter, if I am short on space in my hunting gear pack. 

The innovative Sawyer Mini Water Filter is rated to 0.1 micron absolute, weighs only 2 ounces, and filters up to 100,000 gallons. The MINI can be attached to the included collapsible drinking pouch, inline on a hydration pack, on a standard soda bottle, or you can simply use the included drinking straw to drink directly from the water source.

UPC: 050716001037

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I carry the Clearbrook Water Filter empty in my backpack as a regular part of my hunting gear, if I have room. The easily replaceable filter does up to 160 refills per filter. It is a rugged, 24 ounce bottle with an impact resistant cover. All you have to do is remove the cap and fill the bottle. Replace the cap and drink.

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Clip-Shot Camera and
Smart Phone Mount

I can't tell you how many times I have stacked rocks, or pieces of wood and balanced my camera on them with little shims to level it, only to have it fall over! It's even harder with a smart phone. I have tied my camera to trees and branches with flagging tape. It's very difficult to get it level and pointed in the right direction. This little camera mount solves that problem. It's now a regular part of my hunting gear. With the included Smart Shot, you can mount your smart phone or camera in minutes to a tree, stick, arrow, or whatever and get in the picture using your camera timer!

Smart Shot Adapter for smart phones
Price including Smart Shot

Video Camera in Your Hunting Gear?

GoPro video camera  records such high quality and is so easy to use, it now makes it possible to easily record HD videos of our own hunts, even solo. I recorded my five yard elk kill in 2013 with the small camera on my GoPro head strap. You can see the video on this page. I had it set on a lower quality, so it is grainy in the early morning light. Set it to "30fps and 1080" for better results.

Be aware that a GoPro makes anything past 20 yards look way out there, due to the wide angle lense. It's not very useful for distance video.

It also takes some thought to get the camera turned on at the right time, so as not to miss an unexpected scenario. I turn all my beeps and blinking indicators off on my GoPro while hunting. I turned on the "One Button" (on/off) option. 

I use a small mirror to make sure it is actually on or off when I expect it to be, since the beeps are off. It also pays to have two or three extra charged batteries in your pocket and a very high capacity SD card in the camera. I use a 32gb card.

The built in mic is pretty sensitive. In the video above you can hear the foot steps of the incoming bull, and my excited heavy breathing after the shot. It does pick up bugling, if the bull is close enough and conditions are right.

I consider the GoPro an integral part of my hunting gear. I now put it exclusively on my shoulder with a Backpack Strap Mount Quick Clip. Just be aware that GoPro doesn't do well at long distances. Close up videos are fine. The other caveat is that , in the heat of the moment, it is easy to screw things up when filiming your own hunts! I usually do. When a bull is presenting himself for a kill shot, my priority suddenly is not my video shot. So, I forget things, like pointing the camera in the right direction!


Hunting Knives

There are many quality knives on the market. Again, don’t buy cheap knives. Quality names include BokerGerberKershawKA-BAR Hunter KnivesBuckAl MarSpydercoBenchmadeCold Steel, Entrek, Lone Wolf and many others.

There are too many styles and brands to make specific recommendations. Unless you know you want a skinning/gutting knife, a drop point or a clip point. A four inch long blade is a good length for most uses. Gut hooks are not absolutely necessary, but they do make gutting easier (see the gutting page here). They are often added to the opposite side of the knife blade, or as an extra blade. Here's one that I would like to add to my selection (I need another knife like I need a hole in the head):

Outdoor Edge Flip N'Zip Double Blade Folding Knife - Black

You can't have too many knives, in my opinion. Serrated edges need to be sent in for sharpening, but these edges work great on partially frozen meat and we like to grind meat in a near frozen state.

Anyone will like a folding type blade. Some people will tolerate the overall length of a non-folding blade and may even prefer it. Not I, however.

Flashlights

SureFire makes a great headlamp. This is most often an early morning or camp tool, but can become a survival instrument. Quality can become vital. You can’t go wrong with a Sure-Fire flashlight for general purposes.

For tracking a wounded animal after dark the Primos Bloodhunter Blood Trailing Flashlight serves a completely different need and might be very useful some night after a late afternoon kill.

Hunting Backpacks

At least a day pack is a vital piece of survival and functional hunting gear. The Badlands Superday Pack is a very popular pack among hunters. We’ve bought a few cheap packs. They sit in the basement. An $80-100 price tag is the low end of something of quality for backpacks that make good additions to the elk hunting gear list. Badlands packs are more expensive, but worth it.

Update: If you have a small waist like me (30"), Badlands has redesigned them to fit smaller waists, even our favorite Badlands Superday Pack.

A fanny pack will lower the price, but being able to carry survival gear and all the gear needed to field dress an elk or deer, without going back to the truck, requires a back pack. Most good backpacks have hydration systems built in. If a fanny pack is used, a separate hydration pack would be a good addition.

Camping Hammocks

If you will be backpack hunting, consider switching to a camping hammock with an under quilt. They are lightweight and verycomfortable. (You can read about hammock and backpack camping here.)

Hydration Systems

CamelBak is the most popular brand. Most hunters do not fully appreciate how much better they would feel if they stayed hydrated. 

To see some CamelBack hydration hunting packs at Cabelas, click here.

GPS Unit

Garmin handheld GPS units are the best choice in many people's opinions, including ours. You don’t have to have the expensive versions. I use an older, lower priced GPS and I'm very well served by it. A Garmin and decent topographical maps make two great complementary pieces of hunting gear.



(Print free hunting maps here.)

Binocular Harness

A binocular harness keeps the binoculars from swinging around. That’s very bothersome! These are inexpensive, but a very useful piece of hunting gear.

Game Cart

Click here to see our complete review.

Bone Saw or Folding Saw

One folding saw for the field dressing job in your pack and a full size bone saw for more convenient quartering make practical additions to your hunting gear when you are successful.

Gloves, Mittens and Glove liners

I don’t care how much Thinsulate is in the expensive gloves. I always need hand warmers inside the gloves. I like cheap rag wool gloves and mittens (green, not white or a light color). Add a lightweight liner for more warmth. I have worn all three many times when it was really cold. If a mitten is used, make sure it has a trigger finger built in.

Scent Control Clothing

See complete discussion of scent control clothing here.

Leg Gaiters

Gaiters keep the lower part of your pant legs from getting wet when walking in snow or soaked grass. Once you get your pants wet below the knees, the moisture sneaks into your waterproof boots by wicking right down into your socks. You can buy Gore Tex gaiters, but even the less expensive, water-resistant brands do a pretty good job of repelling moisture, even with a soft quiet texture that slips through brush quietly.

Hunting Boots

Consider the temperature boots will be worn in. We prefer from 800 to 1200 grams of Thinsulate for cold weather hunting, along with Gore-Tex, or other similar waterproof technology.

Snow "packs" can certainly be warmer and dryer, but not as supportive. A good leather boot provides more support, but lower quality leather boots will sacrifice a warmth and comfort.

A high quality leather boot is an important piece of hunting gear. The best boots for mountain hiking and hunting are made in Bozeman, Montana at either Kenetrek Boots, or Schnee's. Their quality hunting boots will cost you $200 to $400, but they are the best. Then again, they will last and keep your feet safe and comfortable. Good boots will be your best friend in elk country.

Game Ear Type Hearing Devices

Walker's Game Ear

Unless there is a hearing loss, we haven’t found these useful. They mainly amplify close up sounds. The hunter can hear his own clothing swish and his breathing sounds louder. That’s not helpful. A distant elk bugle or turkey gobble is not amplified appreciably. These might be useful hunting gear for tree stand hunters, as they might amplify a deer approaching the deer stand.

Compass

This tool should be part of any hunting gear in the hunters pack or pocket, even if someone carries a GPS device. If a GPS battery dies, a compass and topo map(print free maps here) might become a lifesaving piece of hunting gear.

Mapping/Topographical Software

There are many good brands. Lowrance is popular. However, you can print free maps at MyTopo.com.

Rifles

Obviously, a vital part of your hunting gear is a rifle. 30.06 is the most versatile of calibers and plenty powerful enough for elk. 300Win-Mag, 338 and 308 are also often mentioned for elk hunting. Regardless, your gun will perform most effectively against elk if you buy premium, and the more expensive, ammo. Don’t cut costs on ammo.

If you know what type of gun you want, go to ElkTipsOutdoorGear.com and find it. Call us, if you need help finding something: 406-431-0876. We can also help you find an FFL to ship to.

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338 Marlin Express, "Light, fast shooting, hard hitting, manageable recoil, and for a lever gun - very accurate."


Guns I like for Elk, by Mountain Walker (Kootenays east B.C. Canada),"I think the gun you shoot Elk with should be one you shoot a lot with... "


.35 Remington, by Bill Smith "...my .35 Rem appears to have dropped a medium deer flawlessly, but I now have serious doubts as to its capability to take an elk."


Arizona Elk Hunting

Where to hunt in Az unit 3B?, by Cliffjumper (Tucson, Az) ~ I got a late bull muzzle loader hunt in Arizona unit 3b. Does anyone know how to hunt bulls in the late season?...

First time elk hunter hunting Arizona unit 6A , by Rob Marchio (Omaha, Ne)~ I'm a first time elk hunter hunting Arizona's unit 6A. I'm planning on staying in the Pine Grove campground...


Elk Hunting Colorado

Help needed for 1st DIY Hunt w/Son, by Patrick (Parker, CO), "I was looking for some advice on my 1st DIY hunt for 2014 in CO with my 13 yr old son. I have countless hrs going over stats, topo maps & Google Earth"

Elk Hunting Colorado in 2013, By William (Midland, TX) "I am planning an elk hunt next year in Colorado and I wanted to know if hunting Gunnison National Forest..."

Unit 60 Elk 4th Rifle Season Nov 13-17 Either Sex 2013, By Chester "...Any general advice about the unit would be appreciated!"


Idaho Elk Hunting


Elk Hunting Idaho Unit 8 8A 11, This is my first year seriously trying to track down some elk. Is there anyone that has hunted in any of these units and can give me some friendly advice? Mitchell, Moscow Idaho

Elk Hunting Pocatello by Cameron (Pocatello) Where is the best place to elk hunt around Pocatello, Idaho? I'm a student at ISU and I'm looking for somewhere around here to hunt next season.

How is the elk hunting in unit 30A in Idaho?, by Terry (Richland Center, WI) Has anyone archery elk hunted in unit 30A in Idaho? What can you tell me about the area?


Elk Hunting In Montana

Hunting in Western Montana, by Mike A. (Alabama)

I did not draw a tag for Missouri breaks where I have hunted in the past. Having to start over and try western Montana.


New Mexico Elk Hunting

New Mexico Unit 49, by Silas (Los Alamos, NM)

If anyone has tips on areas to start scouting, I'd really appreciate it.

First Elk Hunt First Elk Hunt, by Big "R" (NM)

I finally got drawn for a late elk hunt in Unit 28, north of Road 506 and south of the boundary line of the Lincoln National Forest...


Elk Hunting Nevada

Cow elk in Nevada's unit 222:

"Any good places known in unit 222?"

Northeast Nevada Early Elk hunt, by John (Carson City,NV)

"Any suggestions on what areas I may see some signs of elk?"


Questions from Novice Hunters

Retired USMC MSgt Needs Advice, by Ken Wing USMCRET (Bealeton, Va)


Big Game Recipes

Popcorn VenisonPopcorn Venison with Maple Syrup?

Elk or Venison Steaks Grilled to Perfection Here's how to turn them into steakhouse steaks!

Spice-Crusted Grilled Venison Roast Recipe This Spice-Crusted, Grilled Venison Roast recipe works great for any red meat roasts, including elk, deer or beef roast...

Corned Elk Recipe You can easily make corned venison and elk, moose or corned beef from these instructions...


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