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What do you wear / take outdoors?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by buffalo soldier, Oct 4, 2003.

  1. buffalo soldier

    buffalo soldier

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    Came across an interesting column recently (Field & Stream?) that listed the gear an Alaskan guide uses while in the field. It'll be interesting to compare what GT "really" use by region: Alaska, lower 48, Europe, Africa, etc. or hiking versus hunting?

    Can't list everything, so focus on boots, optics, cutting tools, handgun & carry style, long gun, light source...

    Let's try to keep this based in reality, not our "wish lists" or Apocalyptic tool bag.

    What do you ladies & gents use when in the field?
     
  2. buffalo soldier

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    Primary region: Californian desert & mountains

    Boots: midweight, waterproof leather hiking boots

    Optics: Nikon travellite IV 9x25 / Sporter 8x36

    Cutting tool: Swiss Army Climber(pocket), Buck 110(belt), Marttini Explorer(hunting pack), Glock field knife(camp/truck)

    Handgun: G20 (hunting/camping), G26 or BHP (hiking/camping)

    Longgun: no need out here

    Lights: Princton Tec Aurora(headlight), Maglight(camp), mini mag, Pulsar (attached to pocketknife)

    I feel adequately prepared venturing outdoors with the above gear; at least for southern/central California.

    Buffalo
     

  3. coboconk

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    I hunt in Canada about 2 hours north of Toronto for whitetail. Our season starts the first monday of November. There is usually rain durning the season and can get cold.
    gun: Browning a-bolt 30-06
    coat: Woolrich wool hunting coat (keeps you warm even when wet)
    pants: Johnson wool pants
    boots: leather uppers, rubber bottoms (lots of swamp areas)
    orange vest & hat required by law in Ontario, Canada
    belt: with mini mag lite, ammo loop(12rounds),25foot rope,Schrader little finger, Buck folding knife, 1 liter of water
    fanny pack: compass,map (if in new area),matches,flint&steel,Gerber multi tool,folding saw, grunt call, cheap drugstore reading glasses 3.0(keeps hands free for small close work, splinters, gun work etc.) getting old and eyes don't like close work anymore.
    plus other small objects depending on were and when i hunt(I also hunt in upstate N.Y. season starts third monday of Nov.)

    I hope this helps with your research. Good luck
     
  4. vart

    vart

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    I hunt in Northern Idaho, where it starts out around freezing before dark, and then warms up to the 70's by midday, in October.
    I wear lighter gore-tex hunting boots, cheap Wal-Mart realtree BDUs, a realtree T-shirt, and a realtree heavy hunting jacket with removeable lining.
    I carry an old army surplus oil-soaked canvas pack with rope, duct tape, flashlight, lighter, firestarter, lightsticks, an MRE, canteen, sharpening stone, two skinning knives, Gerber multi-tool, extra cartridges, candy bars, deer and/or elk scents, map, compass, camera, cell phone, extra gloves, stocking cap, and my jacket liner.
    If I'm going after elk, I also pack a small saw.
    It's a lot of weight, but it is all essential gear when hunting in the wilderness and mountains.
     
  5. Short Cut

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    Boots - Irish Setter Elk Stalkers with Gore Tex and 1000 gram Thinsulate Ultra for colder weather.

    Optics - Leupold rifle scope, Pentax 10x43 DCF SP Binoculars, Leica LRF 1200 range finder

    Handgun - Glock 20 for back up or Ruger Super Red Hawk .454 for primary hunting gun. The G20 in a Sidearmor modular holster or the Ruger in an Alessi Fieldmaster shoulder rig.

    Long gun - What are we hunting? Last week it was my Browning Stainless Stalker A-Bolt in .300 Win. Mag for elk.

    Light Source - Surefire E2 or Z2 for bright light, Inova X5 white LED light for general hiking in the dark and an Inova red LED keychain light for reading maps or other up close work the red is better for retaining night vision.
     
  6. noway

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    Will it don't get too cold here so what I carry on an general outting;

    Snake Proof boots
    1 or 2 16oz water bottle
    Light pants
    Mosquito proof top
    Hat with netting
    and most importantly (off mosquito spray )

    Weapon would depend on game hunted.
     
  7. oneinthepipe

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    i lve in upstate ny and durring the fall deer season(firearm) i pack the following:
    boots:lacrosse burly ats(mild to moderate)/lacrosse pack boots(cold,snow,ice)
    cutting tools: buck-lite(field dressing)gerber multitool(everything else)
    clothing:GORETEX! HEAD TO TOE!
    guns: winchester mod70 classic stainless .300 wsm topped w/3.5-10x50 scope OR s&w 657 classic hunter in .41 mag topped w/leupold 2x. sig p229 .40 s&w as back up.(soon to be g20 10mm)
    optics: baush&lomb 8x42 binocs
    flashlight: 2 d cell maglite or surefire c2 centurion tactical light
     
  8. blackopsglock

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    when it comes to clothes I go no where without my Wiggy's fishnet long johns.

    They keep me from getting cold in the coldest of temps and when it warms up at mid day they dont have that feeling of "I got to get these off now."

    When I stand hunt and it gets really cold I just add a set of wool long johns on top of them and then layer the rest of me with wool and other coats and sweaters.

    I love pac boots.They are my favorite of all boots to wear in the field.

    For out west I generally wear some sort of field boot.I have tried many I like over the years but the most comfortable ones are the Timberland.
     
  9. jthuang

    jthuang On The Jazz

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    I don't hunt but I go hiking/camping. Most of the time I hike/camp in the summer but in areas where snow, rain or cold weather is likely (northern US, northern UK).

    Boots: Danner Explorer

    Optics: none

    Cutting tool: Spyderco Delica (UK -- but that was before the knife laws were updated, no idea what is legal there now); Cold Steel SRK (US). I may also take a Gerber multi-tool if I feel tent repairs, etc. are likely.

    Handgun: None (not by choice, it's that I go into NPs all the time, grr). When in PA or VT, I use a S&W M342 AirLite in a Kramer pocket holster.

    Longgun: None (see above)

    Lights: Black Diamond LED headlamp. I may take a Surefire E2e if I feel expansive.

    Jacket: The North Face Mountain Guide jacket

    Shirt: Duofold Hydroduct mock turtleneck or t-shirt. In warmer weather I will use Nike Dri-Fit or Under Armour Loose Gear shooter shirts, but those do not go well with DEET bug repellent.

    Pants: Propper BDU pants or shorts. Undershorts are Duofold Hydroduct boxer briefs or Under Armour Heat Gear compression shorts. In extreme conditions I will pack a set of TNF Mountain Light pants.

    Hat: Columbia boonie (waterproof and breathable)

    Gloves: Cabela's stretch waterproof/breathable gloves. They are not insulated so if I'm going into colder places I'll get insulated gloves.

    Daypack: Kelty Velocity w/ hydration system or HydraStorm Cyclone
     
  10. Mud

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    umm lets see
    Long gun- marlin guide gun 45-70 williams peep sights
    Handgun- glock 23 or smith 629 4" in 44 mag
    clothes- Dufold thermies (cold) jeans , or Rocky insulated pants and jacket or sent lock or Carhart
    cutlery- spyderco delica/ Benchmade afck, buck 120 3" blade, and a white tail skinner by Outdoor edge also carry a gerber back pack axe

    fanny pack- Dry socks, matches, lighter, candles (all for fire starting), sharpening stone, grunt tube, food/candy, water, batteries, ammo,

    Light- mini mag, streamlight scorpion now replaced by surefire e2e

    this is my set up for november hunting White tailed deer in Michigan
     
  11. Guest

    Let's see. Please keep in mind that this is what I carry out with me during deer season in the Maine woods. Casual summer hiking is a bit different.

    Boots: Wolverine Gore-tex boots

    Optics: Bushnell compact 8-15 power binos.

    Cutting tool: Buck "Special" model hunting knife, Leatherman Super Tool, Gerber Gator folding knife with gut hook. Oh, and I always carry a Buck pen knife in my pocket, so I'd guess I should include it too.

    Handgun: .357 Magnum revolver in nylon holster on right hip.

    Longgun: Marlin Guide Gun in .45-70

    Lights: I carry a mini-Maglight, but I'm generally out of the woods by dark anyway.
     
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    Nice choice in long gun marien tech
     
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    I like it. Very good for hunting the wood lots of Northern Maine. I don't think I've ever SEEN a deer over 100 yards in this terrain, so 45-70 is an excellent deer smacker for these conditions.
     
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    im not sure what is better the look from guys when they see a round or bore diameter

    or when you hit a Deer and it goes FLOP haha
     
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    I just take my socks and shoes :)
     
  16. Craigster

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    Washington St. November Elk.

    Danner boots
    Wool Filson Mac with layers pending weather
    Lite wool pants over sweats
    Glock 22
    SM 629 8 3/8 44 mag w/1X4 scope for thickets
    Pre 64 Winchester mdl 70 300 HH mag w/3.5 X 10 for everything else

    I would like to go high tech clothes but the old stuff still works and I cant bring myself to spend the $$$$$$.

    A good friend uses a Gov 45/70 with iron sights. Seams to me to be the perfect gun for our hunting area and style.
     
  17. trapfan

    trapfan Got Glock?

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    Long Gun- Tikka T3 Lite in .243Win with 3X9 Zeiss or Weatherby Alaskan in .270Win with Leupold VX-III 3.5X10 for Whitetail and Sako TRGS in .300Win mag with Leupold VX-III 3.5X10 or Remington Sendero S/F in .300Win mag with Burris Black Diamond 3X12 for Elk or Muleys
    Sidearm- G29 10MM or Colt Python in .357 mag
    Boots- Danner Predator or Lacrosse Iceman plus
    Optics-Steiner Predator 8X30
    Knifes-Gerber multi-tool and Mike Leach custom fixed blade
    Outer wear-Cabalas Super Slam Mossy Oak Gore-Tex parka and bibs
    Lights-Pelican M-9 and Stinger re-chargeable
    Back pack-Crooked Horn outfitter Mossy Oak pack
    Hat- Cabalas Gore-Tex wide brim blaze outfitter hat
    Vest-Cammi blaze Cabalas fleece.
     
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    trapfan Got Glock?

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    Long Gun- Tikka T3 Lite in .243Win with 3X9 Zeiss or Weatherby Alaskan in .270Win with Leupold VX-III 3.5X10 for Whitetail and Sako TRGS in .300Win mag with Leupold VX-III 3.5X10 or Remington Sendero S/F in .300Win mag with Burris Black Diamond 3X12 for Elk or Muleys
    Sidearm- G29 10MM or Colt Python in .357 mag
    Boots- Danner Predator or Lacrosse Iceman plus
    Optics-Steiner Predator 8X30
    Knifes-Gerber multi-tool and Mike Leach custom fixed blade
    Outer wear-Cabalas Super Slam Mossy Oak Gore-Tex parka and bibs
    Lights-Pelican M-9 and Stinger re-chargeable
    Back pack-Crooked Horn outfitter Mossy Oak pack
    Hat- Cabalas Gore-Tex wide brim blaze outfitter hat
    Vest-Cammi blaze Cabalas fleece;h