Items to BRING ARCHERY & Spring Bear Hunt

ARCHERY SEASON  (September through mid-October)

& SPRING BEAR  (April 15th through June 15th)

  • Hunting license
  • Airline tickets
  • Rifle or bow and carry case for shipping
    (we recommend a large caliber rifle, such as a 300 win mag, 300 ultra mag)
  • Rifle scope lens covers
    (we recommend Butler Creek lens covers or neoprene scope covers)
  • Shells – arrows (at least 2 boxes of shells)
  • 10×42 binoculars
  • rangefinder
  • Medicine – your guide and outfitter should be informed of any special medical needs
    (Diabetes, heart conditions, etc.)

We highly recommend sending your rifle out to Tom Butcher (406) 546-8485. 

He can customize your own rifle or build you one that is turreted for the longer-range shots. The more comfortable you are shooting at longer ranges will increase accuracy and success rate on your hunt.

  • Socks and underwear for each day (we recommend form fitting, moisture wicking, wool/synthetic blend hiking socks)
  • 2 to 4 lightweight merino wool or under armor bottoms (long john’s)
  • 4 to 7 lightweight merino wool or under armor (camouflage heat gear) long sleeves tops
  • 3 six-pocket army style pants
  • 1 fleece vest
  • game bags (Alaskan brand)
  • 1 or 2 fleece zip-up jacket, with zipper pockets for hat and gloves
  • 1 fleece stocking cap (the 3 in 1 with ear covers and face mask works well)
  • 1 camouflage baseball style cap
  • 1 pair of fleece or wool gloves
  • 1 pair of waterproof gloves
  • 1-two piece rain gear (quiet cloth type)
  • 2 pair of well broke-in, waterproof, non-insulated, hiking boots (such as Danner TFX,
  • 6 inch, Hunter series)
  • 1 pair of comfortable house shoes (for the lodge)
  • 1 hunter orange vest with at least 400 sq. inches, camouflage break-up type (needed only If you have purchased a bear tag)

  • All outer clothing should be camouflage (kuiu clothing preferred).
  • All clothing should be made of material that is quiet when hiking in brushy areas.

  • 1 backpack – quiet cloth, camouflage, internal frame, 2,500 to 3,500 sq. inch storage capacity
  • 1 Shooting sticks (primos trigger stick tri-pod or bog-pod tripod version)
  • 1 emergency fire starter kit in a zip-lock bag
  • 1 small first-aid kit
  • 2 flashlights – small headlamp and small hand held with extra batteries
  • 1 knife – sharp 3 in. to 5 in. blade
  • 1 – 50 ft. small nylon cord/rope
  • 1 compass
  • 3 black garbage bags stuffed in the bottom of the backpack
  • Toilet paper in a zip-lock bag
  • 1 shell pouch
  • Bow hunters should have a bow sling or a belt-carrying strap
  • 1 camera in a zip-lock bag (batteries, film, memory card etc.)
  • 2-way radios (optional)
  • 1 pair of binoculars with bino-shoulder harness
  • Pre-moistened lens clothes (we recommend Bausch & Lomb Sight Savers)
  • 1 sleeping bag – 0 degree, light weight, synthetic, 3 to 5 pound type (if plans have been made to camp during your hunt)
  • 1 sleeping pad – thermarest, self-inflate, 2 or 3 pound type (if plans have been made to camp during your hunt)
  • Boot dryer (optional)
  • Boot treatment
  • Large cooler for shipping meat home (optional)
  • Late season bring boot gaitors


Flight schedule or driving plans should be sent to the outfitter one month prior to your hunt or as soon as possible

Balance due for hunt – must be paid in full March 1st before your arrival (check or credit card)

Bear hunters, practice long range shooting at 200, 300, 400 & 500 yards

The standard tip for a guide is 10% to 20% of the cost of your hunt.  Remember to bring tip for the cooks and packers in the camp as well.  The amount you give reflects your appreciation for your guide’s hard work and effort.

DOWNLOAD & PRINT this “Items to Bring” List for your REFERENCE