Montana Big Game Archery – What to Pack for a Successful Hunt
Well, it is about that time of year again. The anticipation for the opening day of big game archery season in Montana. I just recently dug last year's gear out of the storage unit. And boy was it a mess. A pack filled with garbage and tons of nik naks that had me saying "Oh that's where I put that." One of my preparation goals is to empty my day pack and re-packing it with fresh trail mix and gear.
What is in my pack:
2 knives - because one always ends up getting dull from carving my name in trees and from cutting up lunch.
A lighter - essential to anyone who plans on getting out of the truck
Water - keeping hydrated makes hiking a lot easier
A saw - because trying to split a brisket with a knife isn't always the easiest thing
Trail mix or jerky - fuel the machine carrying you around the mountain
Extra clothing for layer - fall means cold in the morning and warm by lunch. Layer clothing to regulate body heat.
Calls - I carry 3 different cow talks and one bugle (reeds take up less room but require a little skill to use)
Wind direction powder - knowing the wind direction could mean the difference between getting a shot or going home empty-handed.
Binoculars - because knowing is half the battle
AND a bag of TAG SOUP just in case I come up empty-handed and still need to eat.