What You Will Need to Bring
clothes for at least 1 week
(include jeans and long sleeve shirts)
long underwear, sweatshirt, and warm jacket
1 set of camouflaged clothing
(shirt & pants)
-- cowboy boots for riding, hiking boots and camp shoes
leather belt belt knife
-- Stetson or Resistol. It is important that you look like a western guide.
sleeping bag (rated to at least 0 degrees)
with stuff sack and pillow
(I recommend a light weight duster type rain jacket)**
(tooth brush, comb and biodegradable shampoo/soap such as CampSuds™)
towel and face cloth
insulated travel mug or "to go cup"
(available at any gas station)
(with extra batteries)
(such as a Leatherman)
8' X 10' foot lightweight poly tarp
(available at Walmart)**
50 feet of light nylon cord**
4 lightweight tent stakes**
(make sure it has a base plate so it can be used with maps)
elk bugle with grunt tube and a cow call
--BUY THE ELK BUGLE AND COW CALLS PRIOR TO SCHOOL AND START USING THEM.
(I recommend a pair that is waterproof, fogproof, 8-10 power x 35-50mm obj.)
GPS - we suggest the Garmin eTrex 20
notebook and pen
extra pair of glasses, if you wear them
pocket money for laundry and shopping
(small, camo & quiet) and should include the following items:
___water bottles or hydration bladder for backpack
___flashlight(small) or head lamp
(with extra bulb and batteries)
___small saw or hatchet
___small first aid kit
(include: bandaids, gauze & tape, asprin, moleskin, etc.)
** I have these items available for sale at the school, if you can't find them.
Please let me know if you need them.
Also, to fish on days off, a fishing license is needed. Licenses may be purchased in Butte or Missoula.
A note on elk bugles-- I personally prefer a mouth diaphragm such as the Lohman
#21 with a good grunt tube. However, any double reed mouth diaphragm will do.
There are a number of good external diaphragm calls as well. These are generally
easier to learn to use. I feel E.L.K. 's Power Bugle is the best of the externals.
I also highly recommend a good cow call. I feel the E. J. Sceery Ace-1 is a
good one. Cabelas (1-800-237-4444) sells both E.L.K. and Sceery calls and many
of the other items on the list.
Guns may be brought but not used during school hours or on school property for insurance reasons.
You are welcome to go elsewhere and shoot on your days off.
As a minimum, you should have all the items on the first list when you come.
As you go through the school and on to a job, you will have a much better idea
of what you will need and want for further gear. If you do plan on purchasing
items and have questions or want recommendations, feel free to email or call.