Planning a remote hunt in northern BC requires detailed packing. You are limited by weight and space but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice on the essentials. Some gear is simply too important to leave behind on a remote hunt. The following four items are simple and easy to overlook but you’ll be thankful for stuffing them in your pack.
Rain Gear + Pack Cover
Northern BC is a wet environment and rain is sometimes more of the rule than the exception. The foliage is also often wet and quality rain gear is an absolute necessity for bushwhacking through the willows and spruce thickets. Buy the best rain jacket and pants that you can afford. A lightweight, easily packable rain system is the best bet as it will work into your existing layering system without eating up too much pack space.
Modern raingear is impressive with designs that pack down to a fist size ball that weighs mere ounces. Covering your pack is also important to keep your gear dry. Some packs come with built-in covers or you can purchase one separately. A heavy duty trash bag works in a pinch but the elastic on pack covers keeps everything tight.
First Aid and Repair Kit
Remote hunting calls for a quality first aid kit and a repair kit for equipment. The two have some overlap and can be creatively purposed to treat injuries and make field repairs to gear. Pack along some antiseptic, gauze, tape, thread, super glue, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, Benadryl and a few safety pins. The tape, thread and super glue can work for temporary repairs on bows, packs and clothes. They can also treat wounds and close cuts. Safety pins repair fabric and can turn a shirt into a sling. Also throw in some fabric patches for tears in tents, rain gear and clothing – look for Tenacious Tape made by GearAid. It can repair nearly any clothing or tent material.
A quality light source is critical when hunting in the backcountry. I carry an extra headlamp and spare batteries as well. Check your batteries and bulb before heading out on a hunt. You’ll need it for camp setup, navigating around camp in the dark and for field dressing and packing out a kill.
Hot showers are not available on a wilderness hunt but keeping clean makes hunting much more enjoyable. Going days without a shower often leads to uncomfortable rashes and skin irritation. This will slow hiking efforts and discourage you from pushing over that next ridge. Carry a few packs of baby wipes and some Gold Bond powder. A full body wipe down is not necessary. Focus on the hot spots to keep yourself clean and comfortable.
Written by Zach Lazzari
Zach Lazzari is a fly fishing guide and freelance writer. When he’s not fishing, Zach is chasing big game, upland birds and waterfowl in the Rocky Mountains and Northwest.