Muzzleloader Checklist

  • .50 cal. or larger Muzzleloader
  • Inline muzzleloaders are legal
  • Open sights only
    No scopes or other sighting devices
  • Bullets 170 + grains for .50 cal 210+ grains for .50+cal
  • Sabots are prohibited
  • Black Powder or black powder substitutes (no smokeless powder)
  • 500 square inches of blaze orange
    (solid orange hat and vest no camo orange)
  • Gloves
  • Rain Gear
  • Thermal underwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Several pairs of socks
  • Camp Shoes
  • Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees
  • Sleeping pad
  • Towel, wash cloth, no scent soap
  • Water bottle
  • Day pack
    Recommended items to be carried in pack
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Waterproof matches and fire starters
  • Headlamp with red or green filter
  • Snacks
  • Knife
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, moleskin
  • Cow calls
  • Scents and Cover ups
  • Game Bags
  • Binoculars (10x42)(10x50)(8x36)
  • Camera

Packing Recommendations

Pack in hunters only will be limited to 1 sleeping bag and pad, 1 muzzleloader, 1 day pack and/or fanny pack, 1 army style duffel bag weighing not more than 50 lbs. Sleeping bag and pad is not included in this restriction. NO OVER SIZE BAGS WILL BE PACKED IN (Duffel bags cannot exceed 15”x 36”). All rifles will be carried in scabbards on your horse. These limitations must be followed. You will find that through careful packing you can bring everything you need and then some. If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to call. I would much rather discuss this with you prior to your hunt, than have you show up with gear that can't be packed in.

If you drive, save room to bring your meat and trophies home, because shipping costs can run as much as $2 a pound, Keep in mind, having your game processed will cost you about $200 –$250. We also work with an excellent taxidermist to whom your trophy can be delivered.

Get in Shape! If you aren't now, try to get in good physical condition. The altitude and the demanding country will run you down fast. Nothing ruins a hunt faster than being out of shape. Walk up and down the stairs, take long walks with your day pack and hunting boots on. This will prepare your feet, back, and shoulders for exertions that you don't experience on a day to day basis.

Weather: You should plan for all kinds of weather. It can be 70° one hour and snowing the next. Mornings and evenings are generally cold, so dressing in layers is important. October weather in the high country is very unsettled with rain and snow showers being common. If you would like recommendations on clothing feel free to call. Your day pack should include at least the items mentioned above in case you are forced to spend the night away from camp.

Packing restrictions are for wilderness pack-in hunters only. Private land hunters do not have weight and size limitations.