Spring backcountry hunting gear guide

Spring Backcountry Hunting Gear Guide

Our favorite gear for Spring 2018 that will get you ready for the year no matter what you have planned. These backcountry hunting essentials are perfect for spring gobblers and bears, or even looking for sheds.

Mystery Ranch Metcalf Subalpine

Mystery Ranch Metcalf Backpack ($525)

The Mystery Ranch Metcalf backpack was designed for the hard-core backcountry hunter that wants one pack for backpacking and for hauling meat. Full-length side zip access, weapon carry options and Mystery Ranch's patented "overload" function make this pack a must have for the backcountry hunter.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp ($39.95)

A great combination of brightness, battery life and features for hunters that spend their mornings and nights getting after it. With red light mode, continuous dimming and lock-off mode so the light never accidentally comes on in your pack, you'll see why this headlamp is one of the best lightweight headlamps for the money out there.

Black Diamond Alpine Light pants

Black Diamond Alpine Light Pants ($99)

The lightest, stretchiest pair of breathable nylon pants we've ever worn hunting with a 4-way stretch nylon, two rear pockets, and a single thigh pocket. The best part: the built-in webbing belt with a ladder lock buckle that fits seamlessly under the hip belt on your backpack keeping your pants tight on your hips, even when you're packing out a heavy load. This belt eliminates the perennial problem for backpack hunters from having to continually pull up your pants.

MSR windburner

MSR Windburner Stove ($139.95)

Hands down the best canister stove we've ever used from spring through winter. Whether you're hunting spring turkeys or bear, scouting in the summer or hunting late season, the Windburner provides fast, consistent boil times whether it's windy or calm.

Platypus 3L bladder

Platypus Big Zip 3L Water Bladder ($36.95)

An ultralight water bladder that has large storage capacity when you need it. The quick connect rotating hose and easy close lid makes this bladder our go-to for any backcountry outing no matter what time of year.

MSR Hubba Hubba

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Tent ($399.95)

One of the lightest and most stable 2 person free standing tents on the market. There's a reason this tent has won so many backpacking awards. Great for all-around backcountry hunting use, and particularly handy in the spring and early summer when rain is a frequent occurrence. It can be used with just the rain fly and tent poles for an ultralight waterproof shelter.

Platypus gravityworks water filter

Platypus Gravity Works Water Filter ($109.95)

A versatile and super light water filter perfect for the front country or the backcountry, with a 3 oz. filter element and all the accessories you'll need to filter into your water bladder or bottle. This filter lasts a long time and let's gravity do all the work to filter your water. No pumping, no squeezing.