Gear Review

Welcome to the 1st Rut Gear Review Homepage. Here you will find our honest feedback on what gear works and what doesn’t. Checklists for what gear you need and much more. Check back often as we will be adding to this section often.

Backcountry Kill Kit

Backcountry Kill Kit

Everything you need for your backcountry kill kit and nothing more.

Elk Hunting Gear Checklist

Elk Hunting Gear Checklist

Click Here for an easy to use Elk Hunting Gear Checklist from the 1st Rut Family!

Backcountry Mid Layer Reviews, Stone Glacier Helio, Sitka Fanatic, Kuiu Peloton, Under Armour, FIrstlite first lite Halstead first lite champ

Backcountry Mid Layer Review

Reviewing 6 technical backcountry mid-layers, find out how they stack up here.


Bugle, Bark, and Chuckle this to your buddies!



Technical Hunting Pant Review, Stone Glacier, Prana Zion, Kuiu Attack, First Lite, Under Armour Ridge Reaper

Technical Hunting Pant Review

Reviewing 6 technical backcountry hunting pants, find out how they stack up here.

Top 10 Backcountry Comfort Items List, Crocs Coffee and more.

Top 10 Back Country Comfort Items

The 1st Rut Family agree’s, you don’t want to forget these 10 items on a backpack hunt.

Perfect Backcountry Knife Combo, ESEE Izula, Outdoor Edge Razor Blaze

Perfect Backcountry Knife Combo

The Elder of the 1st Rut Family shares his trusted backcountry knife duo.


6.5 Creedmoor for elk

6.5 Creedmoor For Elk

Is the 6.5 Creedmoor a good caliber for elk hunting? Find Out Here.

What is the Hunter’s Most Important Item

What is the Hunter’s Most Important Item

The 1st Rut Family agree’s, you don’t want to forget these 10 items on a backpack hunt.

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 / UL3 Tent

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL Tent Review

See how the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL Tent stacks up to its competition.


Nothing clears a troubled mind like shooting a bow.

Fred Bear

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