Elk Hunting Gear for a 20 Day Hunt — Jake Saenz’s List
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Elk Hunting Gear for a 20 Day Hunt — Jake Saenz’s List

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Jake Saenz of Atomic Athlete shares the gear he packs for a 20-day elk hunting trip in Colorado. Jake’s setup is different than most; he packs-in and establishes a backcountry basecamp for the 20-day trip, then takes shorter day hunts and overnight bivy trips away from basecamp. Jake uses the Exo Mtn Gear 5500 pack, allowing him to seamlessly transition from a large pack for multiple days to a compressed daypack for quick day trips from basecamp.

Day Pack

  • Kill Kit
    • Helle Jager Fixed Blade Knife
    • 2x Latex Gloves
    • 6x zip-ties
    • Flagging Tape
    • 5x Black Ovis Game Bags
    • 1x Extra Game Bag
    • Shop Towel
    • 6×9 Tyvek Ground Sheet
    • Hunting License
    • Paracord
  • Emergency Kit
    • Petzl Bendi
    • 3x AAA battery
    • Spare Rangefinder Battery
    • Safety Whistle
    • Windproof Matches
    • Duct Tape
    • Sleeping Pad Repair Kit
    • Emergency Blanket
  • Water Kit
  • Layering Kit
    • Melanzana Wind Pro Hoodie
    • Kuiu Ultra Merino Neck Gaiter
    • Kuiu Ultra Merino 145 Beanie
    • Smartwool Fingerless Gloves
  • Rain Kit
    • Kuiu Yukon Guide Rain Jacket
    • Osprey Pack Cover
  • Everyday Kit
    • Notebook + Pen
    • Headlamp
    • Map + Compass
    • Shaker Bottle
    • Book — The Two Towers
    • TP
    • Med Kit
    • Food for Day
    • Black Diamond Trekking Pole

4-Day Bivy Kit

  • Exo FTE Dry Bag
  • Kammok Kuhli Rain Fly + Stakes
  • Kammok Mesa Mat
  • Nemo Tensor pad
  • Jetboil Minimo / Fuel / Spoon
  • Nemo Pillow Stuff Sack
  • Spare Socks
  • Toothbrush / Paste
  • 3x Days Food

Base Camp

  • Marmot Limelight 3P
  • Nemo Vector Field Pad
  • Soap, Sponge, Sanitizer
  • Katadyn 10L Base Camp Water Filter + Pre-Filter + 10 liter MSR Dromedary
  • Bow Wax
  • Posiedon Dark Energy Charging Brick with cables for Suunto, Phone, Garmin
  • 5x Sea to Summit Dry bags / 5x Carabiners / 100’ 550 Cord
  • 2x Trash Bags
  • 3x TP + Wet Wipes + Shovel
  • Leatherman Wave
  • Back up Calls, Spoon, Release, Batteries
  • Food for Trip (2 pounds per day)
  • 2x Kuiu Attack Pants
  • 2x Wool Shirts
  • Mountain Hardware Puffy
  • Wool Beanie
  • Crocs
  • 6x Pairs Wool Socks
  • Kryptek Rain pants
  • Long Underwear and Shirt for Sleeping

On Person

Weights

  • Day Pack + Water: 25lbs
  • 4-Day Bivy: 37lbs
  • Base Camp: 32lbs
  • Remaining Food (16 days): 32lbs
  • Total Combined Pack Weight for 20 Day Hunt: 101lbs