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Dress Me for Kodiak in November
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
midwest 31-Dec-19
Brotsky 31-Dec-19
TrapperKayak 31-Dec-19
JL 31-Dec-19
JTreeman 31-Dec-19
JTreeman 31-Dec-19
Brotsky 31-Dec-19
JTreeman 31-Dec-19
t-roy 31-Dec-19
Zackman 31-Dec-19
JTreeman 31-Dec-19
midwest 31-Dec-19
Zackman 31-Dec-19
Brotsky 31-Dec-19
JTreeman 31-Dec-19
JTreeman 31-Dec-19
Matt 31-Dec-19
t-roy 31-Dec-19
Zackman 31-Dec-19
INDBowhunter2 31-Dec-19
Brotsky 31-Dec-19
JTreeman 31-Dec-19
midwest 31-Dec-19
Nick Muche 31-Dec-19
Zackman 31-Dec-19
Fuzzy 31-Dec-19
Owl 31-Dec-19
Brotsky 31-Dec-19
LKH 31-Dec-19
nmwapiti 31-Dec-19
g5smoke21 31-Dec-19
Matt 31-Dec-19
Owl 31-Dec-19
cnelk 31-Dec-19
midwest 31-Dec-19
JTreeman 31-Dec-19
midwest 31-Dec-19
Owl 31-Dec-19
t-roy 31-Dec-19
bigeasygator 01-Jan-20
Nick Muche 01-Jan-20
Fuzzy 07-Jan-20
Fuzzy 08-Jan-20
badlander 08-Jan-20
TEmbry 09-Jan-20
otcWill 09-Jan-20
Zackman 10-Jan-20
Nick Muche 10-Jan-20
Brotsky 10-Jan-20
JTreeman 10-Jan-20
t-roy 10-Jan-20
Rut Nut 10-Jan-20
bigeasygator 10-Jan-20
Hoot 14-Jan-20
From: midwest
31-Dec-19
I'm a couple years out but I want to keep my eyes open for some deals on stuff I may not have.

I would like suggestions on what to take from boots to rain gear and all the layers in between. This will be a boat based hunt. TIA!

From: Brotsky
31-Dec-19
I'd borrow you some stuff but you'll need to gain 30-40 pounds. :-) I think I'm really good on the gear, only addition for me will be a set of Kuiu Yukon rain gear.

From: TrapperKayak
31-Dec-19
Misty and cloudy most of the time, temps between 30 - 50 most of the time. Dress accordingly. The wind blows...

From: JL
31-Dec-19
Will you be carrying sidearms?

From: JTreeman
31-Dec-19
Nick, Here is what I wore pretty much everyday on the same hunt same time frame this year.

Bottom: lightest kuiu wool under layer (didn’t even wear that everyday), attack pants, chugach pants.

Top:lightest kuiu wool t-shirt (145?), mid weight wool long sleeve 1/4 zip, then either a kuiu fleece hoodie or the katana sweater thingie. Then in my pack i had the kuiu Axis jacket, a puffy (in ziplock bag, that I don’t think I ever wore but maybe once), and chugach top.

Feet: darn tough hikers or kuiu socks, Lowa Tibet’s or crispi something, also used Yukon gaiters.

Ball cap, stocking cap, light kuiu wool gator. Not sure I ever wore them, but had some of the lightest weight kuiu gloves, but my hands don’t get too cold generally.

For pack I used MR Sawtooth 45, Kuiu pack cover, and couple dry bags, also kuiu.

Justin, I don’t feel that you would generally need the Yukon on that hunt, I took mine and never wore it.

—Jim

From: JTreeman
31-Dec-19
I did not carry any side arm, and never felt the need (in 2 trips). And don’t plan to on future trips. But my partner was and if it makes you feel better then by all means do.

For optics, I used Swaro EL 10x42 and a Leica range finder in Kuiu chest rig.

Honestly, for that hunt you don’t need a ton of gear. Just the basics and good rain gear. Able to dry everything pretty much every night. And limited weight coming in on float plane too.

—Jim

From: Brotsky
31-Dec-19
Jim, was thinking I would just wear Yukon pants with a base as opposed to attacks/chugach combo. Then again I may want more breathability. Decisions...I pretty much have everything you listed except the Yukon set. I want to get the Yukon and was using this as an excuse, don't talk me out of it! :-)

From: JTreeman
31-Dec-19
Whoa, I wasn’t trying to talk you out of buying anything! If you are gonna have that attitude I can give you a list for me too! ;)

I have the Yukon and have used it that way as well. Honestly if the weather is decent there will probably be days you don’t want/need rain pants. That’s why I would suggest attack under rainwear.

—Jim

From: t-roy
31-Dec-19
I’d definitely recommend the Yukons. (Now you can tell Nicole they come highly recommended for this hunt). There were days that I didn’t wear rain gear at all. Unless you need it, I’d recommend against wearing it. You will get pretty warm with it on.

Jim pretty much covered it. One thing I’d recommend bringing that’s not clothing related, is a lightweight butt pad for glassing. You WILL have a wet rear end otherwise. One of the best things about the boat hunt is, that you can dry dry your gear out in the engine room each night. (IF you got there before Zack! He hogged all premo drying spots, otherwise)

From: Zackman
31-Dec-19
I would probably follow the list I send everyone. It works pretty well for our specific hunt. I’ll email it to you

From: JTreeman
31-Dec-19
Don’t listen to Zack. He knows not what he speaks of! ;) he’s only been there 98 times...

And I meant to add, don’t forget some comfortable “camp clothes” sweatpants, crocs, etc. Lots of down time on the boat too. I’m pretty sure that’s on Zacks list too...

—Jim

From: midwest
31-Dec-19
Crocs and sweatpants? Didn't realize there was a Walmart on Kodiak. :-)

Sounds like I have everything I need but I will need to upgrade my rain gear.

No sidearm or spray then, Jim? You're a badass.

From: Zackman
31-Dec-19
Those are the most important items for the trip Jim. That and a nice bottle...

From: Brotsky
31-Dec-19

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I have a nice bottle all picked out for Nick.

From: JTreeman
31-Dec-19
Nick, there IS a Walmart in Kodiak City. But the boat is kinda like a little floating Walmart! And crocks are one of the most important pieces of gear I take on most trips. And for the the record I didn’t take sweat pants, I took the more high class version “warm-up wind pants” i just felt like I needed to dumb it down for you Walmart types ;)

—Jim

From: JTreeman
31-Dec-19
Brotsky, that is basically useless, can’t make a “flaming donkey” with that!

—Jim

From: Matt
31-Dec-19
Does Zack's revised gear list include eye protection?

Personally, I wouldn't wear rain gear on Kodiak unless it was wet or raining, too warm and generally noisy.

From: t-roy
31-Dec-19
Brotsky....I don’t think you’re allowed to fly that stuff in without a Hazmat permit.

From: Zackman
31-Dec-19
Again Matt, what happens on the boat, stays amongst members of the Kodiak Yacht Club

31-Dec-19
Zack's list is good. Can't remember if it includes leather gloves or not but I would definitely have a pair of those. Those salmonberry? thorns can get you, especially when you have to grab them to climb up some of the steep stuff.

I wish I would have had a small tarp this year, mainly to wait out the torrential rains. Hunting in the rain isn't bad, but when you can't see 50 yards cause it's raining so hard it'd be nice to climb under for a bit.

From: Brotsky
31-Dec-19
Kodiak seems more like Busch Latte country to me anyway t-roy. I save the good stuff for special occasions, like Rocky Mountain Oyster fries, chislic festivals, and such.

From: JTreeman
31-Dec-19

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Damn, I almost forgot the most import part, especially if you are going to try to educate the famed “Treeman Hop”!

—Jim

From: midwest
31-Dec-19

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Mmmmmmmm.....Grain Belt

From: Nick Muche
31-Dec-19

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Merino top and bottom. Wool flannel shirt. First lite SEAK rain pants. Puffy in the pack. Usually muck boots but hikers will work too.

From: Zackman
31-Dec-19
And several hydrate and recover packets

From: Fuzzy
31-Dec-19
wool. layers.

From: Owl
31-Dec-19
Wool? You're such a snob.

Down puffies and heavy insulation for the head and neck are a must, imo. You'll be hiking steep hills and stopping to glass. Any 4 way stretch medium technical clothing (Kuiu, Sitka Gear) will be excellent for the former. You have that already, likely. Glassing requires sleeping bag quality warmth,imo. Heavy watch cap is a must. A scarf as well. Down outters are easy to pack and shed when the time comes to stalk so don't skimp.

A stiff 6" hiking boot will suit the miles. I both loved and loathed my gaiters. Great 90% of the time but there were times I wanted to drop them to stalk and couldn't for the velcro closures.

I wore a medium merino base top to bottom the whole time and will the next time I go. First Lite and Minus 33. A bandana for brow sweat was non-negotiable.

The one thing I was severely lacking was decoy clothing. I suspect it would have been a game changer.

I took both medium gloves and heavy gloves. PITB. The best option would be to bring muffs for inactivity. Take the heaviest (waterproof) glove you will confidently wear and shoot with your release. Consider muffs for glassing and remaining stationary.

From: Brotsky
31-Dec-19
Should I bring my mule deer hat or is this just another chance for Nichole to make fun of me for looking like a jackass wearing a deer on my head (not that I need a hat for that)?

From: LKH
31-Dec-19
Over the years I did 5 Kodiak November hunts. One on a boat. On one we hunted in 2 feet of snow, another about a foot of snow but all the others had only modest snow and that was only up high.

We did have some rain, but all 3 of the southern Kodiak hunts had at least a few days of 30 ++++++ winds. Temps never got much below 20.

From: nmwapiti
31-Dec-19
I wore my Kuiu Yukon most days even in August. We only had a few days when it wasn't either raining or very wet. We were camping in a tent so drying things out was tough. We carried spray and had a shotgun at camp. The bears all seemed to be down fishing that time of year though so didn't have any issues.

From: g5smoke21
31-Dec-19
Good rain gear. Puffy jacket. Either muck Boots or kenetreks (or whatever mtn boot you like) and gaiters. Good Merino layers. Good waterproof gloves.

From: Matt
31-Dec-19
Oh, and while not clothing related, bring more than 5 arrows.

From: Owl
31-Dec-19
"Oh, and while not clothing related, bring more than 5 arrows."

-That's ridiculous. With just 3 tags, who could POSSIBLY need more than 5 arrows? The 4th and 5th are almost an embarrassment of inclusion.

From: cnelk
31-Dec-19
Don’t forget the Nose Jammer Nick. Just a touch behind each ear should do the trick

From: midwest
31-Dec-19
That's next level, Brad. Good tip!

From: JTreeman
31-Dec-19
Best part about nose jammer is it attracts Brown Bears from miles away. Just a dab will do!

—Jim

From: midwest
31-Dec-19
Are you ever miles away from a brown bear on Kodiak?

From: Owl
31-Dec-19
I don't think you're more than 1 drainage away from Brown Bear on Kodiak. It ain't a big deal, though.

From: t-roy
31-Dec-19
The key to the Nosejammer behind each ear trick, is to put it behind your hunting buddy’s ears. Applying it can be the ticklish part. Usually about 3-4 flaming donkeys does the trick.

From: bigeasygator
01-Jan-20
Everyone pretty much has it covered...but I’ll throw in my two cents anyways!!

Personally, I lived in my rain gear all week. For my tops, I typically wore a light merino top, some sort of light mid-layer (like a traverse top from Sitka), had a puffy for when it was cold, and my rain gear (Kuiu Chugach). For pants it was a light to medium weight pant (like a Kuiu Ascent) with the Chugach pants (never wore any long underwear).

I quickly got in the habit of layering in a way that had me wearing rain gear all the time. Even when it wasn’t raining, EVERYTHING was still wet. Having the rain gear on kept me dry when lying in the grass or fighting the alders and salmon berry. I had a similar thought that next time I might go with something like a light top and bottom baselayer and hunt in something like the Yukon’s. Figured I could lose the pants and midlayer that way.

From: Nick Muche
01-Jan-20

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Flannel. All you need is good wool flannel and muck boots.

From: Fuzzy
07-Jan-20
lol..Randy...you know a big part of my preference for wool has to do with its ready availability at very low cost....I buy my foul weather hunting gear at Goodwill

From: Fuzzy
08-Jan-20
I'm not even gonna comment on the arrows thing. No sane person would travel 4,000 miles to bowhunt and only take 5 arrows.

From: badlander
08-Jan-20
I wore my Kuiu rain gear every day in late October. Not always all day, but I put it on at some point every day. It was expensive, but when I go back I wont go back without it.

From: TEmbry
09-Jan-20

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I’m more familiar with dressing for Halloween on my hunts sorry.

From: otcWill
09-Jan-20
T with the mic dropper. Love it!

From: Zackman
10-Jan-20
You obviously wake up every Halloween morning and piss excellence

From: Nick Muche
10-Jan-20
It’s amazing he even wakes up hahaha! But yes, love the photos!

From: Brotsky
10-Jan-20
There you go, just like Colonel Sanders says, “I’m too drunk to taste this chicken”.

From: JTreeman
10-Jan-20
Well, I guess that “what happens on kodiak stays on kodiak” thing just went out the window...

—Jim

From: t-roy
10-Jan-20
Trevor looks like he’s all jacked up on Mountain Dew in that last pic.

From: Rut Nut
10-Jan-20
SOME things should STAY on Kodiak! ;-)

From: bigeasygator
10-Jan-20
Trevor for the win haha

From: Hoot
14-Jan-20
That guy’s got two first names!

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