As northern Utah’s premier private hunting guides, we have perfected the trophy hunt experience for our clients.
One key to an excellent experience – whether we’re moose hunting or chasing trophy mule deer – is careful preparation. Previously, we explored the clothing and footwear that we recommend for our clients.
Now let’s take a look at the types of gear we suggest you bring along for your trophy hunt.
Our Private Hunting Guide Suggestions for Personal Comfort
Sure, you can tough it out at the hunting habitat but, honestly, trophy hunts don’t have to be uncomfortable for you. In our many years serving as private hunting guides for hundreds of clients, we know what you need to ensure your personal comfort.
If nothing else, ensure that you bring along high-quality sunscreen, insect repellent and lip balm.
Sunburn can occur on the coolest, cloudiest days. In fact, you’re liable to burn the worst when it’s cloudy, because you won’t realize what’s happening. And, as bad as a sunburn can be on your skin, it’s even worse on your lips.
On the hunt, you’ll encounter ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers and who knows what else. For the best protection against the myriad of insects that hunt our hunting habitats, we recommend a bug spray with a high concentration of DEET – ideally 40 percent – or Permethrin.
Opt for the Equipment Preferred by Private Hunting Guides
We know from experience that high-quality gear provides a high-quality experience.
Choose a good pair of binoculars that will work well in low light. You’ll need them to be fairly high-powered, at least 10x (if not more). Choose a model with an internal range-finder that is waterproof as well as fogproof.
If yours aren’t fogproof – or even if they are – we recommend that you bring fog spray and optic wipes. You will also need these items for your riflescope.
Speaking of scopes, we recommend a 5 x 20 optic. You’ll also need riflescope covers and lens protection. (No, plastic wrap and rubber bands won’t work!) When selecting your covers, we recommend that you purchase hunter orange, if possible for your model.
Don’t Forget These Last Few Items When Packing for the Hunt
If you take any prescription medications, be sure to bring plenty along with you. You can pack as many as you need (plus a few extras just in case) in small zipper sandwich bags or travel pill cases.
If you wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, bring an extra pair. The last thing you want is to miss your trophy because you lost a contact the day before.
Finally, pick up a small first-aid kit for your pack. Our experiences as private hunting guides have involved every kind of blister, cut, abrasion and boo-boo you can imagine. With a fully stocked first aid kit, you can patch yourself up and keep going with ease.
Of course, you’ll need a backpack to carry all your gear. Choose one that has waterproof compartments large enough to hold your gear. Whether you prefer a smaller, lightweight model or one that allows you to bring along the kitchen sink is up to you. Most private hunting guides recommend something in between, as long as you can cart it around for hours without much effort.
When you’re ready for a once-in-a-lifetime trophy hunt experience in Utah or Wyoming, call on R & K Hunting Company. We are the Intermountain West’s experts, offering customized hunts based on your preferences and goals.
Contact us today to learn more about the difference an experienced private hunting guide can make for you.