Hunting Gear List
For your Big Game Hunting Trip to the Flying B Ranch

We have compiled this list of hunting gear so that your big game trip will be productive, rewarding, and comfortable. For a more detailed list of our guides' specific gear recommendations, click here...

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  • Heavy Gloves icon
  • Light Gloves icon
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  • Insulated Hunting Boots icon
  • Lightweight Waterproof Boots icon
  • Hat icon
  • Rain Gear
  • Backcountry Campclothes icon
  • Lodge Gaiters
  • Firearm Ammunition
  • .243 Caliber Weapon for Deer
  • .270 Caliber Weapon for Elk
  • Archery
  • Scope
  • Day Pack
  • Camera and Video Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight - if not rechargeable, don't forget extra batteries!
  • Headlamp
  • Water Bottle
  • Parachute Cord
  • Pocket Knife
  • Hunting Size Knife
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Leatherman Tool

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Detailed Hunting Gear List


Clothing that is quiet is a must. Wool and high performance synthetics work the best. Taking care of your feet and wearing clothing that wicks moisture are important for hunting the rugged mountains of Idaho. Feel free to contact us with any hunting gear or clothing questions.

  • Base layers - High performance with wicking capabilities, 2 sets for backcountry, 1 set will do for lodge hunts-No cotton
  • Shirts - Backcountry: Warm weather camos for early season hunts. Lodge: Wool or synthetics-No cotton
  • Pants- Backcountry: Lightweight wool or polyester.  Late season hunts should have heavy wool pants. Lodge: 2 - 3 pairs, lightweight as well as heavy weight wool, quiet material preferably
  • Coat - Wool or fleece coat that has quick drying properties-No cotton
  • Gloves - Backcountry: Lightweight gloves, 2 pair. Lodge: Wool or synthetic, 1 light and 1 heavier pair.
  • Socks - Wool or synthetic blend--Wear 2 pair for best blister prevention.
  • Boots - 2 pair-light or no insulation and insulated. Buy waterproof, aggressive tread.  Get the best boots you can afford.
  • Hat - A brimmed hat is best for poor weather.
  • Rain Gear - Quiet rain gear that is gore-Tex or of similar quality. Plastics and PVC type are also suitable.
  • Backcountry Sleep Wear - Sweat pants and shirt for sleeping
  • Backcountry Camp Clothes - Non-hunting clothes for around camp
  • Lodge Gaiters - Goes over boots and prevents snow from going up pant legs, we carry Kenetrek in our pro shop for late season hunts and winter hunts like mountain lion.
  • Basic Toiletries

After trying almost everything on the market our guides highly recommend wearing wool and high performance synthetics.

Gear Recommendation

"Horses and hunters have a lot in common. The most pertinent is the horse idiom- No feet, no horse-. Hunters are exactly the same. Don't scrimp on your boots. Buy good ones, break them in well and keep your feet tough."
- Joseph Peterson

Please notify us of…

  • Dietary needs
  • Medications
  • Special health conditions
  • Physical limitations

If you have any questions regarding your trip or any of the hunting gear listed above, please contact us.

Rifles, Scopes & Ammunition

Shells and loaner guns are available, but it is best to bring a rifle in which you are both familiar and confident using.

  • Firearm Ammunition (20 rounds for the hunt, bring 3 boxes if you are sighting in your rifle) for large game animals, use 150 grain bullet.  
  • Weapon for deer and other big game from lodge - .243 calibers to light magnums are preferred
  • Weapon for elk - .270 calibers to light magnums are preferred
  • Weapon for mountain lion and bobcats - light magnums are preferred. Bring something with which you are efficient out to 30 yards. Weight can be a factor so consider something that is compact. Archery and handguns are often used by our guests.
  • Archery - Broadheads must be fixed blade, non-expanding.
  • Scope: When going on a backcountry hunt, keep in mind that if your rifle’s scope has a very large objective (50mm+), it will be uncomfortable when you are riding to and from camp.  Fixed powers, 2x7, and 3x9 scopes fit easily into scabbards.

Day Pack Items or Backcountry & Lodge Hunts

  • Day pack made of quiet material.
  • Camera and/or video camera
  • Good quality binoculars
  • 2 Cigarette lighters
  • 2 Flashlights - Preferably a headlamp for hands free operation
  • Spare batteries
  • Water bottle (32 oz minimum)
  • 25’ of parachute cord
  • 2 knives - 1 pocket knife and 1 hunting size knife/knife sharpener
  • Leatherman tool - Optional but recommended

Special Considerations for Backcountry Hunts

Please keep in mind that our backcountry excursions are in remote areas. Everything we take goes via pack string. For your backcountry trip, bring essentials only.

Most of our elk hunts are backcountry hunts. All of your hunting gear should be able to fit in a large duffel bag for packing in on horses. Many prefer dry bags because they are easy to pack and 100% waterproof.

Besides the usual toiletries, you’ll want to bring...

  • Energy bars
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Scent eliminator spray - Optional
  • Gold Bond Medicated Powder - For chafing
  • Sleeping Bag, lightweight and compactable - Our guides recommend a 10-20 degree synthetic or down filled bag.  Layer clothing if it is cold.

We look forward to your visit!

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