Ian Harford Ian Harford

Date: September 30, 2011

Choosing the right gear for an extended hunting trip

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Having just returned home from the Midland Game Fair, I had a little over a day to get all my gear together before leaving for my Newfoundland moose, Woodland Caribou and Black Bear hunt with Ironbound Outfitters. As usual, this wasn’t nearly enough!

I’ve been wrestling for a little while with what gear I need to take with me. The problem stems from the fact that I’m taking in several hunting destinations over the next 8 weeks, each in completely different hunting environments.

During my last hunt in Newfoundland in May it was bitterly cold and windy, but this only really became apparent after spending 3-4 hours in a tree stand. Not moving means there’s little opportunity to generate heat. Add to this a cold North Wind and it gets uncomfortable pretty quickly!

I’m not entirely sure what to expect from my Wyoming hunt with Wolverine Creek, but all of the pictures on their website show wintery scenes with snow covered ground and chilly red faces. I’m not a big fan of being cold, so I need to go well equipped.

Clare’s bringing my gear for the AAFTA US Nationals in Tennessee (it’s going to be hot!) and the only extreme gear I’ll need for my meeting with Realtree in Georgia is a sharp mind and keen wit!

I have a day to re-fit before heading to Seattle for upland bird hunting and my final stop at British Columbia for Moose, Mule Deer, White Tail and Wolf with Total Outdoor Adventures so will make any adjustments then.

Here’s a complete rundown of the gear I’m taking with me on the first leg of my 8-week North American trip:

I’ll let you know how how it’s going after the first leg of my trip in Newfoundland… :-)

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