For archery elk hunting, I typically prefer carrying a single pair of "do all" binoculars and a small, traditional, hand-held rangefinder. You will likely encounter opportunities to sit on a canyon rim and glass fairly long distances, but also be in tight, timbered bedding areas looking for an ear or antler.
When staying mobile and active, backpack and accessory choices can make or break the experience. I like carrying a comfortable and compact pack with a frame and the capability of packing meat when success is found.
I built my own First Aid kit, but really anything that revolves around stopping blood loss. I carry two tourniquets, bandages, compression bandages, vet wrap, and band-aids to name a few. I also have some very basic, over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, Excedrin, aspirin, and an antihistamine.
I used the Kuiu game bags this past year and will continue to.
The individual products I choose in this section are probably based more on personal preference than some of the others. Still, I am particularly fond of what I have listed, and believe them to be some of the best. The diaphragm call I prefer makes a great range of sounds for me, but you have to practice making the sounds you want to make well before a hunt.
It is my core belief that you have to keep the wind right. You are mobile and sweating on hunts like this and staying scent free is unreasonable.
The camping gear I chose depends on the unit I draw. Even in a relatively similar area, my choice may change depending on what is available to me. Much of the guiding I do revolves around a main camp or lodge we return to each night. I may choose to set up a camp trailer in some units, or a tent in others, depending on how far I'm traveling and how rough the roads are to get there.
My choices of food vary greatly depending on where I'm hunting. Unless monsoonal rains have provided extra surface water, I know my water availability may be low. I typically don't pack dehydrated meals and a stove away from camp for the day. Instead, I'll carry a little extra weight and carry a lunch kit of food for that day.
I am listing the most common of my choices in this section. I like several brands and clothing options including King's camo, Skre, Kuiu, and others. I also pay attention to forecasts and will bring heavier rain gear if likely to face severe rain or thunderstorms.
I have been very happy with my bow choice, but I personally feel like this is one of the less important things to focus on. Several bow companies are making excellent bow options. I have shot bows I'd be happy with from Mathews, Hoyt, PSE, Bear, Elite, Darton, Prime, Bowtech, and Athens. I believe that proven, rugged accessories and fit are more important aspects of a quality setup.