WHAT’S IN ARON SNYDER’S PACK?

WHAT’S IN ARON SNYDER’S PACK?

CHECK OUT HIS ESSENTIAL GEAR LIST

“This gear list will cover someone hunting or scouting in the Western United States, between June and October. This is a bit of a blanket list and some things could and should change depending on where exactly you’ll be hunting or scouting.” – Aron Snyder

When reading a gear list, it’s important to keep in mind what part of the world the person typing the list is hunting, as well as the time of year he will be hunting. To keep this simple, this gear list will cover someone hunting or scouting in the Western united states, between June and October. This is a bit of a blanket list and some things could and should change depending on where exactly you’ll be hunting or scouting.

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Bow/Arrow System

  • Bow — Prime Centergy Hybrid 29/80
  • Arrow — Black Eagle Carnivore 250 with 42 grain brass insert, 125 grain head and 4 fletch AAE Max Stealth
  • Broadhead — NAP Killzome, Ironwill Outfitters, Grave Digger
  • Stabilizer — AAE Western Hunter
  • Arrow Rest — AAE DOA
  • Release — Truball 3 finger HT/Truball Execute
  • Sight — Axcel Armortech Pro 7 pin
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Optics

  • Swarovski 95mm ATX
  • Swarovski 15×56 SLC
  • Swarovski 10×42 SLC
  • Binocular Harness — Alaskan Guide Creations, Sitka or Marsupial Gear
  • Tripod — Outdoorsman Medium tripod with Outdoorsman Pan Head, Gitzo Traveler 0545 tripod with Outdoorsman Micro Pan Head
  • Rangefinder — Sig or Leupold
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Clothing/layering system

  • Pants — Prana Zion, Kuhl Renegade, Sitka Ascent, Sitka Mountain
  • Rain Gear — Sitka Storm Front or OTTE Patrol Parka and pants
  • Insulated Jacket — Sitka Kelvin Active or Kifaru Lost Park Parka
  • Fleece mid layer — Swazi “The Hood” or Sitka heavyweight Core Hoody
  • Overshirt — Sitka lightweight Core Hoody or Core Crew
  • Base Layer — Icebreaker 140 tech T-shirt
  • Underwear — 1@ExOfficio “Give and Go” boxer briefs
  • Boots — Scarpa Charmoz, Zodiac or Crispi Briksdal
  • Socks — 1 extra set of Fits medium cushion hiker or Farm to Feet Damascus (medium and lightweight)

Sleep System

  • Solo shelter — Hilleberg Niak, Soulo or Anjan. Kifaru Supertarp or Paratarp
  • Sleeping pad — Thermarest Xlite or Exped SynMat UL MW
  • Sleeping bag — Kifaru Slick or Kifaru Backcountry Body Bag
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Food/Supplements each day (roughly)

  • 3 MTN OPS Enduro packs
  • 2 Ignite packs
  • 3 Biotics pills
  • 3 Defuse pills (more on longer/tougher trips)
  • 1@Butthole Sandwich (Bagel with peanut butter, bacon and honey)
  • 3-5 @ Peanut butter protein balls (Peanut butter, Magnum Protein powder and brown rice, rice crisps)
  • 1 @ Quest bar
  • 4-6 oz of homemade jerky
  • Kale Chips
  • Brown Rice Ramen and Tuna
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Possibles Pouch

  • Knife — Esse Izula and Tyto
  • GPS — Garmin 401 (suunto M9 compass on band) or Oregon 650T
  • Headlamp — Black Diamond Spot or Petzl Myo RXP
  • Backup Headlamp — Petzl E-lite
  • Water filtration/purification — Steripen Classic and Aqua Mira
  • Fire Starter — Trioxane tablets, Long Burn Matches, Bic lighter
  • Repair Kit — Zip Ties, Tenacious Tape, Super Glue, Patch Kit
  • Medical Kit — Ibuprofen, Leuko tape, Duct tape, Migraine pills, Sutures, Benadryl, extra contacts, and hope.
  • Archery Kit — D-loop, serving, extra nock and field point, Allen wrenches (sometimes)
  • Miscellaneous — Seasoning salt, olive oil, emergency fishing tackle, extra lithium batteries
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Kill Kit

  • T.A.G BOMB bags (total bags will depend on potential body count)
  • Tyto knife
  • 1.8mm cord (25’)
  • 3mm cord (25,)
  • Marking Ribbon
  • Outdoor Research 55liter dry sack

Stove

  • MSR Reactor or Soto Windmaster with Evernew cook set and whatever spoon I can find at the time.

Other

  • Communication/Battery pack — Delorme Inreach or Iridium Go. Dark Energy charger
  • Camera Gear — Sony A7RII, Zeiss 18mm 2.8, Zeiss 55mm 1.8
  • Walking Stick/Ice Axe — Stubai

As I mentioned above, this gear list will blanket most hunts, but there’s a few things that could definitely be swapped out in some situations. Just make sure that you’ve tested all your gear (including things that I’ve listed) to make sure they not only work correctly, but also to familiarize yourself with them before heading into the field.