Continuing on spilling all my gear and equipment list for my upcoming Sitka black-tailed deer hunt on Kodiak Island…
You already saw the highly-rated yet affordable Onite charger I picked up on Amazon. I made my second book selection to supplement “Monarch of Deadman Bay: The Life and Death of a Kodiak Bear”, and that is the sequel to “The Old Man and the Boy” by Ruark — “The Old Man’s Boy Grows Older.” I’ll be curious to see what dad’s book choices are and those pages combined with a deck of cards and a cribbage board will be the mainstay for passing sour weather tent-bound time. 4 pounds of entertainment could go a long ways if the weather socks us in bad, but hopefully goes largely neglected because we’ve got great hunting weather day-in and day-out. One can dream!!
I’m leaning towards taking my DSLR Canon camera with lens all the way to Kodiak’s interior. I bought a heavy-duty dry sack that I trust with the camera inside, but the overall moisture and humidity of the environment does have me wavering a little still on that decision. I know I will hate myself though if I don’t have it with me. Other than the potential conditions, Kodiak Island is a photographer’s heaven. I already mentioned the 2 pound bucket of plaster of paris to cast a brown bear track in a prior post, and 40-bulb lightweight LED floodlight rounds out our list of convenience items. I’m thinking the LED light will come in handy at camp for nighttime caping, meat care duty, and such.
My list of toiletries is short – I will brush my teeth and “wash” my hands daily but that’s about it. The first aid kit has a couple more items inside that can double as cleanliness options, but being grimy in the backcountry is something I accepted a long time ago. Which does remind me of one more convenience item…a whole package of moist wet baby wipes. Yes indeed, that will be a luxury item! I have never brought myself to packing them on backpacking hunting trips, but with the benefit of a fly-in on Kodiak Island, it was an item I was excited to add to the gear list.
Rounding out this portion of the list is my spare equipment — 2 extra headlamps and an extra Sawyer mini water filter. I also purchased some Lacrosse original Burly Air Grip un-insulated rubber boots. Those should be nice to wading the short distance from the float plane’s pontoons to shore and any creek crossings or days when we stay low due to fog or because we want to go fishing. I am still planning on wearing my Salomon 4D GTX boots that I’ve had for 6 years now. My 4Ds are completely shot and I can see my big toes through the fabric at this point, but the tread is still in great shape and I trust my ankles to those boots. I am figuring that anything short of a rubber boot is going to result in soaked feet on most days anyways, so I’m not worried about the aesthetically destroyed nature of my Salomons. This will probably be the last trip I ask of them before a replacement, but they have served my needs wonderfully for over 60 days of brutal backcountry punishment over those years. About $3/day insurance policy to protect your most crucial investment, can’t beat that.
One more thing about the Lacrosse boots. The tread is what I was shopping for in the Burly Air Grips. The above picture resolution is poor but you get the point. The pegged molded rubber supposedly provides superior traction on steep slopes covered in wet vegetation. We shall see. Some extra socks, boxers, short sleeve T, long sleeve T, pair of pants, and my Sitka 90 jacket in case of unseasonably cool temps and that rounds out this post. Numbers posted are my item weights in ounces according to my kitchen scale at home.