When it comes to calls (pertaining to elk) I like to have a variety. I use them all in no particular order. The Phelps mouth reeds seemed to fit my mouth the best and are comfortable to me and my calling. The different calls are just because you never know what the elk are going to react to.
When it comes to sleeping, I have to get a good nights sleep in order to be prepared for the following day. I don't take this lightly and therefore have a few options. You should know what you're getting into. Packing in, sleeping in a camper/truck, on foot, on horseback. Typical weather for the area your hunting in. I have and use each one of these bags, pads, etc depending on the hunt style I'm going into. In the past say 4-5 years (upgrades happen) each one of these items has accompanied me on a hunt.
Feels like yearly there is new things to try when it comes to food. A couple things I've found are regulars now are the KUJU coffee pour overs and MTN OPS ignite packets. They are a goto on any hunt. The Peak Refuel meals are the best I've ever had. Packed with protein and actually really good. Sometimes better than my everyday dinner (sad to say)
If you've ever tried a Kuiu Product you know why so many professionals use it and continue to get the latest and greatest every year. I can explain in 3 simple words- comfortable, durability, and reliability. I stand by every product I've ever got and recommend it to anyone looking to get solid gear.
The same goes for any Crispi boot I've ever worn. They are solid and if they say waterproof best believe they are going to hold out the water. Now wear and tear is going to come as with anything. I'm not positive, but I bet you could make it to the moon before you were ready for a new pair. ok joking aside I mostly loved the break-in period. It's minimal and comfortable from the get-go.
I'm one that learns how to do it and does it myself. I've been building my own arrows and rebuilding my bow for several years and I personally enjoy it. I'm not very artistic or crafty, but this helps fill that void. I even still do my brothers and dads arrows/ archery set ups so I know what I do works along with the equipment used. In the last 4 years my dads been lucky enough to connect on 2 over 395".
When it comes to rifles practice makes perfect. I've killed Deer and Elk with this set up. I have other set up's that I use as well that work just as well, this is just one of my go to's.