GEAR LIST FOR ALASKA HUNT WITH LITZEN GUIDE SERVICE
The following is a
brief description of the gear you will need to be equipped with.
Bring the best quality gear you can afford. Alaska can be a very wet,
cold, and outright dangerous experience without the proper gear. We
have included examples of gear brands that have successfully performed
well for us in the past. These are definitely not the only options,
but some of the more popular and proven. Quality gear could be the
difference between a successful hunt and failure. The key is to dress
in layers so that you can adjust to temperature to manage body heat
and moisture. Being wet equates to being cold. To research the
philosophy behind layering, visit the Arcteryx, Kuiu, or Sitka Gear
websites. Research your gear and test it before the hunt.
1 pair lightweight
long underwear, synthetic or merino wool
1 to 2 pair of
midweight synthetic layers
Merino Wool are preferred for the long underwear insulating layer.
You will need one long sleeve top and one set of bottoms. Then you
will need one to two warmer synthetic or merino wool Mid layers for
cooler temps to be worn under your jacket and pants. Bring no cotton
layers into the field. Everyone has different temperature tolerances,
if you get cold easily, bring extra or thicker layers to compensate.
Packable, high loft layers such as MontBell Thermawrap, Rab Generator,
and Patagonia MicroPuff are great options for Mid layers for all
hunts, especially for cooler temps. Remember, temps could be below
freezing, plan accordingly.
underwear:, Firstlite Wool, Cabela’s, Kuiu, , UnderArmour, Sitka,
Examples Mid Layer: Montbell, Rab, Kuiu, Sitka, Mountain Hardwear,
This should be a
medium weight, synthetic, jacket and pants. This will be used as your
outer layer during most of the hunt. In windy or wet conditions your
raingear will be worn over the top.
Mountain Hardwear, NorthFace, Sitka, Kuiu, Cabela’s, Mammut and many
other outdoor companies using fabrics such as Gore Windstopper.
Remember, the temps could be below freezing, plan accordingly.
Rain gear, hard
1 Jacket, hooded
This is going to be
your best defense against weather, purchase the best quality you can
afford. This layer needs to be a packable and 100% waterproof. We
prefer un-insulated rain gear, just a shell. Pants should have side
zips if possible so you can put them on without taking your boots
off. Size the rain gear to fit over all of your layers.
Arcteryx using Gore-tex 3 layer fabric
Designs using Event Fabric
materials capable of keeping your hands warm to below freezing. A
waterproof, windproof shell is preferable.
Outdoor Research, REI, The NorthFace, and many more. Research what
works for you
beanie or stocking hat, wool or Synthetic
Sheep Hunters -
15 degree synthetic
Sleeping bag (mummy, backpack style). Again, know your temperature
tolerances. If you are a cold sleeper, purchase a warmer bag or wear
your insulating layers while sleeping. Using a compression style
stuff sack will also save you room in your pack. Use a garbage bag
inside the stuff sack when you stuff and compress the bag to protect
it from getting wet.
Northface, Montbell, REI, Marmot, etc.
Moose and Bear Hunters -
0 degree synthetic
Sleeping bag (mummy, backpack style.) Again, know your temperature
tolerances. If you are a cold sleeper, purchase a warmer bag or plan
on wearing insulating layers while sleeping. Use a garbage bag inside
the stuff sack when you stuff and compress the bag to protect it from
backpacking style Sleeping pad
Sleeping pads are
rated in R value. An R-value of 2.2 – 3.5 would be considered a 3
season pad, generally good down to around freezing, early season sheep
pad. An R-value of 3.5 and above generally better for colder temps,
late season sheep and moose. This should be a backpacking pad
shouldn’t weigh more than 3 pounds.
Thermarest, Big Agnes
waterproof, mountaineering style boot is required for the rugged
terrain you will be hunting. Make sure your boots are properly broke
in. Inadequate boots or showing up with new boots not broke-in have
cost hunters their trips in the past, be prepared. Make sure you have
many miles and days in the boots to ensure proper break-in and limited
chance for blisters. Make sure to size the boots to wear at least two
pairs of socks to reduce blisters, one pair of athletic and one or two
pair of wool over.
Lowa Sheephunter, Kenetrek, Scarpa, LaSportiva,
Multiple pairs of
socks should be worn, usually one pair of athletic style sock with one
or two pairs of wool over. This layering system will reduce the
chances of blisters. Quality socks are suggested such as those made
by Smartwool, Thorlo, WriteSox, and many other companies.
Size should be a
minimum of 4500 cubic inches, and all of your gear and spare clothes
should fit easily inside with some spare room for food and/or meat.
Two different styles of packs are listed, those made by hunting
companies and those made by backpacking companies. A lightweight, sil-nylon
rain cover for your pack is also suggested (Outdoor Research, Granite
Gear, and many others.)
Ranch, Kuiu, Barney’s, Eberlystock, Kifaru
Backpacking Packs (internal frame)
Arcteryx, The Northface, REI, Osprey, etc.
- You will
need lightweight waders for crossing streams. There are several
lightweight hip waders that are packable and can be worn over your
boots, these are preferable. Barney’s Sports Chalet and Wiggy’s in
Anchorage are the main suppliers of these waders.
Glacier Socks, Wiggys Light Weight Waders
Moose and Bear Hunters
-Insulated, contour, ankle fit hip waders or lace up hip boots will be
Lacrosse, “Instinct Accelerator Hip Boot” by
Packing Gear in
When packing gear
in your backpack, use syl-nylon, and/or small garbage bags, and
zip-lock bags to compartmentalize your gear. Use a garbage bag inside
your sleeping bag stuff sack to keep your bag dry. Pack your extra
clothes in a garbage bag or syl-nylon stuff sack before loading them
in your pack. Before arriving at camp, load your pack with your gear
several times to find the most efficient place for each piece of
gear. Maximize your pack space, you should have spare room for food
and/or meat with all of your gear packed (approximately 20% of your
Gear Check List
Hunting licenses, metal tags, harvest tickets
Hardshell Rain Jacket
Hardshell Rain Pants
Softshell Outer layer jacket
Softshell Outer layer pants
Synthetic Mid layers, top and bottom (1 or 2 layers)
Synthetic or Merino wool Long underwear
Athletic socks ( as many pair as you need for 10 day hunt)
socks (3-6 pair)
Comfortable shoes for around camp
Small LED Headlamp and extra batteries
Small first aid kit, knife, lighter, duct tape, etc.
Platypus or Water bottle
Rifle and ammo, 40 rounds talk to Michael for recommended caliber
Compact rifle cleaning kit
Personal Hygiene items
Keep your gear to
under 50 lbs. All airlines have a two bag, 50 pound weight limit and
one of your bags will be your gun case. You may also have one
carry-on, use it to your advantage. It may be necessary to pack a few
things in your gun case to bring it up to 50 lbs. Another option is
to use a large duffel that your gun case will fit in, then you can
pack lighter gear such as clothes around it to stay under the 2 bag,
50 pound each limit.
Please pack your
gear in medium and small stuff sacks inside a larger duffel bag. You
must be able to separate the bags to put your gear into the bush
plane. (Try to fit 2-3 sleeping bag size bags into one larger bag.
is an approximate gear list for you to follow. Please contact your
outfitter, Mike Litzen at 907-776-5868 to get an exact list for the
time of year you are hunting and the species.
50715 Maranatha Lane
Kenai, AK 99611
Phone: (907) 776-5868
Fax: (907) 776-8707
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