Winter/Spring Equipment List

February to May and October to November

All clothing and gear should be packed in sturdy canvas or nylon duffel bags.

Outer Wear

  • Trans Alaska Suit from Cabella’s (Boyd’s recommendation) or
  • Down parka and down wind pants
  • Windproof shell and pants
  • Pair of warm mittens
  • Pair of warm woollen gloves with which you can shoot
  • Warm hat with ear flaps
  • Balaclava or ski mask for the face
  • Ski goggles for eye protection on snowmobile
  • Sorrel-type boots with rubber bottoms & insulated double felt or wool pile liners

Inner Wear

  • Suit of down underwear to sleep in
  • Wool “watch cap” or toque for sleeping
  • One set of long, two-piece woollen or polypropylene underwear
  • Two pairs of warm woollen socks
  • Two pairs of silk (or other lining material) inner socks
  • One pair of woollen pants
  • Two heavy woollen shirts
  • Heavy sweater or light down jacket


  • Down sleeping bag (to save weight) and calibrated to -30 degrees Fahrenheit
  • One pair of binoculars
  • One sharp knife
  • One soft-padded gun case for carrying rifle on sled during hunt
  • Personal Items
  • Canadian cash or travellers cheques
  • Airline tickets
  • Supply of aspirin, throat lozenges, lip protection, prescription medicine etc.
  • Sun glasses, prescription glasses if required.
  • Sunscreen, for late April & May Hunts

Fall Clothing and Equipment List

Autumn temperatures range from 28-60 degrees Fahrenheit, or –2 to 15 degrees Celsius.

Please note that we limit hunters to 70lb of gear on the floatplane so pack as light as possible. All clothing and gear should be packed in sturdy canvas or nylon duffel bags.


  • Sleeping bag – summer/fall weight
  • One scoped rifle with sling
  • Ammunition
  • Hard gun case for jet flights
  • Soft padded gun case – for float plane
  • Knife
  • Binoculars
  • Small flashlight with extra batteries
  • Camera plenty of film and fresh batteries
  • Waterproof bags and or cooler for carrying meat & cape

Personal Items

  • Extra prescription glasses or contact lenses if you wear them
  • Bath Towel and toiletries
  • Sunglasses
  • Chapstick, hand cream, insect repellent
  • Throat lozenges, aspirin, vitamins, prescription medicines as needed


  • 2 light shirts, wool preferred
  • 1 heavy wool shirt
  • Heavy weight wool pants
  • Soft denim pants
  • Hunting jacket, wool preferred
  • Light nylon windbreaker with hood
  • Sturdy rain suit – good quality
  • Waterproof hat
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Turtleneck t-shirt or light turtleneck sweater
  • Sturdy waterproof hiking boots
  • Light camp shoes or moccasins
  • Extra laces
  • Moleskin adhesive foot pads
  • Identification, credit cards, travelers cheques and cash – Canadian & US
  • Address of your taxidermist(if trophies are being shipped)
  • Airline ticket!

Outer Wear for Fall Combo Hunts

  • Full body “floater suit” for boat travel
  • We have a limited amount on hand, call with sizes and to check availability.
  • Parka and wind pants
  • Gloves and mitts
  • Warm waterproof hat

Your Meat

If you are planning to take home any meat (Muskox hunters), we have found that a sturdy nylon or canvas duffel bag, lined with heavy plastic garbage bags works well. You will also be required to securely wrap your trophy (horns/antlers/cape) for transportation. We recommend doing this using a 10×10 foot tarp, securely tying the package with ¼” nylon rope. You may also want to consider putting the wrapped trophy inside a larger waterproof container or bag.

Commercial Airlines will not accept any baggage leaking blood. Please note and come prepared.

Winter Hunts

Your firearm

On winter hunts, all oil must be removed from your firearm’s action and bore with particular care given to the firing pin. Winterizing a bolt action rifle is easily done using white gas i.e. camp stove or naptha gas. Hunters with other types of firearms should consult with a gunsmith on how to prepare them for winter use. WD-40 works very well to maintain your rifle while hunting.

Your camera

Single lens reflex and video cameras should also be winterized. Check with your local camera repair shop. Extra batteries are a must. Cameras, batteries etc. need to be kept warm at all times and should be carried in an inside pocket next to the body.

All Hunts

Sunglasses are a necessity in both winter and summer. If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, we recommend that you bring a spare pair as well.

Regardless of the time of year you are hunting, be prepared for any and all weather conditions.

Canadian Funds

Please remember to bring Canadian Funds with you. Licenses and trophy fees are only payable in Canadian dollars and most small communities are not able to exchange foreign currency.

  • Based on past experience we strongly urge Adventure Northwest clients to consider Cancellation Insurance when booking their hunt(s).