Choose a camo pattern that matches the terrain and vegetation. Choose waterproof and breathable clothing layers to keep windy weather from affecting your hunt. Make sure to bring extra clothes in case your current ones become wet or cold.
Choose a firearm that is compatible with the type of elk hunting you plan to do, such as rifle or bow. Make sure your firearm is properly cleaned and lubricated before leaving for the hunt.
Bring plenty of ammunition that is appropriate for the type of firearm you are bringing. It’s also good to bring extra ammunition in case you need to make long-distance shots or need more than what you had initially planned.
4. Optics and scopes
Choose a quality optic that has the right magnification for your hunts, such as binoculars or a spotting scope. Make sure to have it sighted in before leaving on the hunt and bring extra batteries to keep your optics working when you need them.
5. Game calls and attractants
Choose a game call that will best simulate the sound of elk in the area you are hunting. Consider having multiple calls in your arsenal to increase your chances of being successful. Attractants like scents and decoys can also be used to lure elk into shooting range.
Choose a decoy that is appropriate for the area and season you are hunting. Make sure to practice with your decoy before leaving on the hunt, so you can make sure it will work when it needs to.
7. Trail cameras
Bring a good quality camera to set up on game trails, so you can scout out movement patterns. Make sure the camera is properly placed and monitored regularly.
8. Other gear
Other essential items to bring include a headlamp, map, first aid kit, radio, binoculars, camping equipment and navigation tools. Make sure to pack all of the necessary items before leaving on your hunt.