Spring Bear Gear List

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Heather's Choice Ambassador Jeff Lusk gives us the details of his minimalist gear list for a spring bear hunt. This lightweight pack list comes in at 34.5 lbs (without water) for a four-day backcountry hunt.


Lightweight Food Gear List

Breakfast: Heather's Choice Apple Pie Spiced Breakfast, Strawberry Vanilla Breakfast, Blueberry Cinnamon Breakfast, and Cherry Cocoa Nib Breakfast.

Midday Snacks: Heather's Choice Packaroons (8), dried apples, almonds, PROBAR Frosted Peanut ButterBlack Forest Organic gummy bears, Performance Nut Butter, Honey Stinger Waffles, homemade jerky, ramen (for hot lunch), GU energy gel.

Dinner: Heather's Choice Dark Chocolate Chili Dinner, Smoked Sockeye Salmon Chowder, CopraCafe Coconut Oil packs, Johnny's Seasoning (for fresh meat over the fire).

Cook and Water Systems

Backcountry Gear List

Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System, and Vargo Titanium Spoon.

Platypus 3L32 oz Nalgene bottle, SteriPEN, and if water is sparse, extra dirty bag


Backcountry Hunting Gear List

Sony A7rIII, Inreach Mini, Dark Energy Battery Charger, GoalZero mini lantern light, Zebra Headlamp, Cables to charge phone and Inreach.
Vortex Viper HD binos, Leupold RX-1000/TBR, Vortex 11-33x50 Spotter if needed, and spare AAs.

First Aid and Misc.

Bow Hunting Lightweight Gear List

Bandaids, Moleskin, Gauze, Tylenol, Tenacious tape, Paracord, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Bic Lighter, Waterproof matches, Firestarters, Chapstick, Toothbrush/Toothpaste, Baby wipes(if extended days and no shower), and Thermarest Glassing Pad.

Sleep System

Backcountry Gear List

Seek Outside LBO, Enlightened Equipment 10 degree quilt, Big Agnes Q Core SLX, and 2 contractor trash bags (ground cloth, rain gear, and meat carrier)


Backcountry Clothing List

First Lite Wick Hoody, First Lite Fuse Crew, First Lite Chamberlin Puffy Jacket,  prAna Zion pants, First Lite Merino Boxers, First Lite Shooter Gloves, First Lite Merino Beanie, First Lite Rain Gear, Favorite ball cap, Darn Tough wool socks, Injini 5 toe socks liner, Crispi Summit GTX boots

Kill Kit

Hunting Kill Kit

VIAM Outdoors Game bags, 2 sets black latex gloves, Benchmade Altitude Knife, and Benchmade knife sharpener 


Bow Hunting Gear List

Black Diamond Trekking Poles, Xpedition Denali Bow, Black Eagle Spartan arrows, Kudupoint broadheads, and Exo Mountain Gear 3500


Lightweight Hunting Gear List

Looking for more details? Check out Jeff's Instagram Story in the highlights on the Heather's Choice account!

What does your lightweight pack set up contain for your upcoming spring adventures?

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