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
Montana Decoy
Elk Communication Resources:
ElkNut's Outdoor Productions
Game Calls:
Bugling Bull Game Calls
Binoculars, Scopes, Range Finders
Rifle Sling:
Safari Sling: Ready Carry Rifle Sling
Inexpensive Water Filters

Featured Hunting Gear Products
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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 Safari 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---!"

These Safari Slings are 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

Archery Hunting Gear:

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 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.


• 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. 


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 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

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. 

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

Read our thorough review of camouflage patterns. 

Optics for Hunting Gear 

Here are some in-stock optics with free shipping: 

Bushnell Trophy Bone Collector Binoculars 10x42:

Industry leading clarity, priced to leave competitors eating dust on a shelf. They’re armor-plated, waterproof, fogproof and built to take nature’s worst while delivering best-in-class durability and clarity. This aggressive, ergonomic performer houses fully multi-coated lenses with new objective lens covers that stay in place. And all four models feature 2-step eye cups for improved fit and comfort. For serious hunters who won’t settle for anything less than the brightest images, at a price that’s more than affordable.

Ideal magnification for hunting at long ranges and wide field of view.

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

UPC: 029757342096

Bushnell Trophy Bone Collector 10x42 Binoculars

Bushnell Trophy Binoculars Green 8x32: 

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


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


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

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 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.


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


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

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

Price with Free Shipping:

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

Hunting Gear 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. 

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.


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


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 and find it. Call us, if you need help finding a gun or any hunting gear: 406-431-0876. We can also help you find an FFL to ship to.

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How often should I use my cow call?, I am new to the sport of bow hunting elk and my question is how often should I use my cow calls?

295 yard kill with a Kimber Montana 325 WSM, by Don from Dallas: My ELk did not even twitch once. He was dead when he hit the ground.

325 WSM is worth considering, Palmer Lake,CO: I believe that the .325 WSM is the ultimate elk caliber...

30-30 for Elk? : I have a 30 30 with 170 grain round nose bullet. Will this work to shoot an elk ?

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Unique Elk Talk by Idaho Steve (Hailey, Id ), In the middle of the night, a herd of elk came traveling through the drainage and right past my tent...

Smelly Elk Areas? by Jimmy (New Mexico), I've come across many areas that just stink of elk, literally. I have heard two somewhat contradictory stories...

DIY Gear List Must Have's! by Craig (Florida) "Here are some of the items I use on my DIY hunts in the CO backcountry..."

Elk and Deer Hunting and Mountain Bikes, by Skip Shepherd (Tucson, AZ)~ At 67 I am thinking a lot about investing in a mountain bike to get back into remote areas...

Solo archery hunting -- tips for calling/set up?, by Idaho Steve (Hailey, ID )~ I hunt by myself a lot...I'd love to hear your thoughts on strategic set-ups when solo hunting and calling.

Non- Lead Bullets for Elk?, by Dave, Elk Hunting Tips.Net (Garrison, MT)~ What do you ballistics guys think about the use of non-lead bullets for elk? According to this story...

Rage Broadheads by Chris, buddy gave me a rage practice tip and when I shot it you could not pick out the broadhead from the field points. I was sold...

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Finally filled the freezer..., Colorado Rockies~ "I was bummed when I got to the property and no elk, nor any hoof prints in the snow. ...I pulled each of the elk into shade then started gutting..."

Wounded Veteran Elk hunts, by Joshua FL), I am a disabled veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and have always dreamed of hunting elk. I am posting this to see if anyone would know of any elk hunts free to disabled vets....

First Elk with a Bow, by Ryan H. (Colorado), ...Finally after many years of hunting with a bow "I got er did"!

First Elk!, by Tater (Sheridan, Arkansas) I took the advice I received from this website and was successful…I wanted to Thank You and Your Forum and the folks that share on here for the knowledge and information that helped me find an elk I was quite happy with.


Any success in Unit 14?, by: Dave (MI), "I'm planning on doing a DIY in Unit 14 for 2012..."

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Bugle in Herd bulls, by Swiltbank (Az) The key to calling in a herd bull is to get into his bedding grounds and threaten his herd. Start off sounding like…

Best Big Game Rifle?

Best Rifle Caliber?, by Buglemup (Superior, MT), "I've been reading what people have been writing about rifle calibers and here is what 16 years of guiding elk has taught me."

7mm Remington Magnum, by Dean (Helena, MT. USA) I use my Liberty Ruger M77, 7mm Rem. Mag. for antelope, deer, elk... Comment: "What do you guys think about the idea of hunting elk with a 270? I also know a guy who kills elk with a 243."

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 " .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

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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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