Checklist for Your First Elk Bowhunting Trip

Planning for your first elk bowhunting trip is an exciting and exhilarating time. It’s essential to make sure you are completely prepared with the use of your bow and are in proper shape, but it is equally important that you have all necessary hunting gear, clothing and any other items that will make your first trip one to remember.

Should you be getting ready for your upcoming elk bowhunting trip this September, planning down to the smallest detail will have you feeling more relaxed and ready for the adventure that awaits.

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Take along all necessary hunting gear

This may be the most obvious part of planning your trip, but there is much more that goes into the term hunting gear than your bow, arrows and camo garb.

In addition to those hunting essentials, you’ll want to bring along any binoculars, sunglasses, calls, bow slings, broadheads, armguards, rangefinders, or string wax you have, as well as extra bowstrings, bow repair gear and other extras you can think of.  

Dress for success

No matter what weather and terrain you will be encountering, you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable and safe throughout the entire hunt.

This includes having warm enough clothing, extra shirts, proper socks and boots, raingear and more.

It is suggested to speak with your guide about the conditions you will likely be facing when you get out for your hunt, so you can be prepared for any situation.

Make sure you’re hydrated, energized

No matter if you’re hunting on your own or are on a guided elk hunt, it’s essential to pack enough water and food to stay hydrated and energized throughout the day.  

If you know you’ll be out in the wilderness for a long period of time, you may want to bring an extra water bottle or two and pack a sandwich, granola, jerky or other snack to give you enough fuel until you get back to camp.

Plan for an emergency

Often overlooked, especially if you are on a guided hunt, an emergency first aid kit can come in handy and ensure you have the medical supplies you require.

Things you can bring along include gauze, band aids, pain relievers and more. If you have any type of medical issues, make sure to notify your party and bring along any necessary medications.

If you are in the beginning stages of planning an elk bowhunting trip in New Mexico and are looking for an experienced elk hunting guide, we ask that you think of us at JACO Outfitters LLC.

We have been providing guided hunting experiences in Holman, NM and surrounding areas including Santa Fe National Forest, Carson National Forest, Gila National Forest, Apache National Forest and the Cibola National Forest for years and will be honored to have you for the upcoming elk bowhunting season.

For more information on how to book your trip with us, call our friendly team today.