Expert Kit: Randy Newberg’s Hunting Gear List

Randy Newberg is known far and wide as an expert in the realm of public land hunting.

If you ask any hunter to name another well-known hunter they respect, you’ll likely hear the name Randy Newberg. And he’s not just an incredibly skilled hunter who finds success every season hunter, but also a dedicated conservationist and steward for wild game and wild places.

Whether you follow his adventures on Fresh Tracks, Instagram, or YouTube, there’s no denying that Randy knows what he’s doing when it comes to chasing elk.

When Randy was asked if there was anything in particular that people should know about what he does or how he hunts, he answered in the typical “Uncle Randy” fashion. “If an aging CPA can kill an elk on public land, anyone can,” he said with a bit of self-deprecating humor. “Elk hunting is a mental game more than anything.”

Randy Newberg

But what gear does Randy (or his llamas) carry into the field to find that success? Well, that’s what we’re here to tackle.

Editor’s note: As with most professionals and experts in their field, many of the products on this list are likely connected via endorsement, sponsorship, or ambassadorship. Though it does not negate the value of the product, it is absolutely worth noting.

OK, no more talk, no more fluff. Here is Randy Newberg’s hunting kit.

Randy Newberg’s 2022 Hunting Gear List

Hunting Pack

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Randy carries either the Mystery Ranch Metcalf (above left) or the Mystery Ranch Beartooth 80 (above right). The Metcalf is capable of most hunting scenarios, but if you’re looking to go out longer and pack out heavier, moving up to the Beartooth 80 is a solid choice.

Mystery Ranch Metcalf, Beartooth 80 Specs

Metcalf ($525)

  • Weight: 5.7 lbs.
  • Volume: 4,335 cu. in.
  • Dimensions: 30.8″ x 14″ x 12.3″
  • Frame System: Guide Light MT Frame
  • Harnessing Style: Framed

Beartooth 80 ($575)

  • Weight: 6.7 lbs.
  • Volume: 5,185 cu. in.
  • Dimensions: 30.25″ x 15″ x 16.5″
  • Frame System: Guide Light MT Frame
  • Harnessing Style: Framed

For more hunting pack options, check out our list of Best Hunting Packs.

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Hunting Rifle

Howa Randy Newberg Model 1500

It shouldn’t surprise you that Randy carries a rifle that bears his name. The Howa “Randy Newberg” Series Model 1500 ($1,510) isn’t just cool because of its namesake. The Model 1500 is available in just about every caliber you could possibly need to get the job done.

Howa Randy Newberg Series Model 1500 Specs

  • Capacity: 4+1
  • Barrel Length: 22 in.
  • LOP: 13.25 in.
  • Weight: 7.4 lbs.
  • Action: Bolt action
  • Stock Material: Fiberglass
  • Twist: 1:10 in.
  • Type: Centerfire

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Ammunition

Nosler .308 Win 165 grain Partition

When it comes to deer hunting, it doesn’t get much better than the Nosler .308 Win 165 grain Partition ($79), which is a big reason it’s one of Randy’s go-to rounds.

Nosler .308 Win 165gr. Partition Specs

  • Cartridge: 308 Winchester
  • Use: Deer-sized game
  • Profile: Spitzer
  • Type: Partition
  • Weight: 165 gr.
  • Lead-Free: No
  • Test Barrel Length: 24 in.
  • Test Barrel Twist: 1:10 in.

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Nosler .300 Win mag 180 grain E-tip-1_1

For a bit bigger bang, Mr. Newberg moves on up to the Nosler .300 Win mag 180-grain E-tip ($79), capable of taking down some seriously hefty critters.

Nosler .300 Win Mag 180gr. Expansion Tip Specs

  • Cartridge: 300 Winchester Magnum
  • Use: Elk/Moose-sized game
  • Profile: Spitzer
  • Type: Expansion tip
  • Weight: 180gr
  • Lead-Free: Yes
  • Test Barrel Length: 24 in.
  • Test Barrel Twist: 1:10 in.

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Rifle Scope

Leupold VX5-HD 3-15x 44mm rifle scope

Leupold is an industry leader when it comes to optics. The VX5-HD 3-15x44mm Rifle Scope($1,010) is what Randy trusts to ensure his target is dialed.

Leupold VX5-HD Rifle Scope Specs

  • Adjustable Parallax: Side focus
  • Elevation Adjustment Type: CDS-ZL2
  • Locking Dial: Yes
  • Custom Dial Compatible: Yes
  • Reticle Type: Second focal plane
  • Reticle HTMR Magnification Type: Variable
  • Weight: 19.7 oz.
  • Elevation Adjustment Value per Click: 0.1Mil
  • Windage Adjustment Value per Click 0.1Mil
  • Magnification Max: 15
  • Magnification Min: 3
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 44 mm

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Hunting Knife

 

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The Gerber Exchange Blade System ($68) is a one-stop shop for every blade you could possibly need, all in one knife.

It’s no surprise that it’s what you find in Randy’s hunting gear pile. It’s a sweet setup with easily changeable blades in a variety of shapes and purposes. It also doesn’t hurt that it has his name emblazoned on the opposite side.

Gerber Exchange Blade Knife Specs

  • 440C exchangeable blade shapes for backstrap, caping/breakdown, and multipurpose
  • Handle nests to box for minimal footprint
  • Improved Split Sec Tech
  • Retroflective material for night locating
  • Lightweight skeletonized construction
  • Hand-hugging ergonomics
  • Quiet carry box
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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Game Bags

Hunting Game Bags

Game bags are a modern necessity when big game hunting, and Caribou Game Bags ($79) are Randy’s sack-o-preference for 2022. Things have come a long way since the pillowcases of my youth.

Caribou Game Bags - The Wapiti Game Bags Specs

  • 4 – 23″ Wide x 40″ Tall Quarter Game Bags
  • 1 – 16″ Wide x 30″ Tall Meat Parts Bag
  • 1 – Vented storage bag with rubber coated mesh lower and logoed Nylon Upper
  • Package Size: 6.75 x 5.5 in.
  • Total Weight: 21 oz.

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Binoculars

Leupold BX-5 Binoculars

The Leupold BX-5 Binos ($580-1,400) would have been a dream for me growing up, and they’re what Randy carries in his harness on hunts.

Leupold BX-5 Binocular Specs

  • Length: 5.9 in.
  • Weight: 24.3 oz.
  • Magnification: 8-15
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 32-56 mm
  • Linear FOV: 341 ft. @ 1,000 yds.
  • Angular FOV: 6.5 degrees
  • Eye Relief: 16.6 mm
  • Exit Pupil: 4.2 mm
  • Close Focus Distance: 5 ft.
  • Interpupillary Distance Max: 74 mm
  • Interpupillary Distance Min: 58 mm

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Bino Harness

Sitka Bino Harness

Bino harnesses have become all the rage. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t wear one now. The Sitka Mountain Optics Harness ($159) is a popular choice. It’s one of the larger binocular harnesses and has ample storage room for anything you need to have easily accessible. It makes sense that Randy recently made the change to the Sitka option.

Sitka Mountain Optics Bino Harness Specs

  • Magnetic front binocular flap opening
  • Quiet brushed polyester face textile
  • Modular side pockets along with zippered and stash pockets on the back
  • Molle compatible chassis
  • Internal lens cloth
  • Quick-detach binocular attachment

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Spotting Scope

SX-5 Spotting Scope

Eye strain when glassing for long periods of time is brutal. If you’re going to spend hours staring through a spotter, it’s worth going with quality. The Leupold SX-5 Spotting Scope ($1,500) isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it. If you’re sitting on a hillside, public land hunting, as much as Randy does, it makes sense to invest in quality glass.

Leupold SX-5 Spotting Scope Specs

  • Eyepiece Style: Angled
  • Length: 15 in.
  • Weight: 68.7 oz.
  • Magnification Max: 55
  • Magnification Min: 27
  • Objective Diameter: 80 mm
  • Close Focus Distance: 11 ft.

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Hunting Boots

Kenetrek Mountain Guide Boot

With Kenetrek being right in Randy’s backyard, it makes sense that he’d choose the Mountain Guide Boot ($535). These boots are one of the best rated in the game, and they’ve got the oomph to get you pretty much anywhere you need to be.

Kenetrek Mountain Guide Boots Specs

  • 10-in. tall, 2.8mm thick premium full grain leather uppers with one piece vamp construction with no seams down the tongue for abrasion resistance and waterproofness
  • Reinforced double and triple stitching in high wear areas
  • 7mm nylon midsoles for extra support with pack loads
  • Boot hardware that swivels instead of breaking
  • Reinforced rubber toe cap for extra abrasion resistance
  • 400 g Thinsulate for comfort in cold weather
  • Windtex waterproof breathable flexible membrane
  • Custom K-73 outsoles provide excellent traction and durability

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Hunting Pants

Sitka Timberline Pant

The Sitka Timberline Pant ($259) is the hunting pant these days, so it makes sense that they’d be Randy’s go-to pant in his hunting gear pile. These pants are also available in women’s versions, and my pair have been nearly worn to death. They really are the hardiest hunting pants out there.

Sitka Timberline Pant Specs

  • Weight: 29.6 oz. / Size L
  • Fabric: 4-Way Stretch Woven Polyester Shell, Nylon Ripstop Seat & Knees
  • Durable Water Repellent finish resists light precipitation and prevents the face fabric from wetting out
  • Reinforced Seat and Knees: The seat and knees are reinforced with a waterproof nylon ripstop fabric, so a long slog on a wet saddle or a quick seat in the snow won’t leave you cold and wet
  • Removable Knee Pads: Removable knee pads offer additional protection whether you’re scrambling through talus in the Northern Rockies, picking your way through cactus in the Sonoran Desert, or field dressing an animal
  • Articulated Patterning: The fit is athletic with tapered legs and a low-profile waist that won’t bunch or chafe under a pack

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Hunting Jacket

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The Sitka Jetstream Jacket ($379) got an upgrade this year, though it was a stellar choice before the improvements. Also available in women’s (camo patterns and solid colors!), it’s an excellent outer layer for both cutting early-season evening chill and layering for the later parts of the year.

Sitka Jetstream Jacket Specs

  • Recycled polyester fabric with polyester micro-grid fleece interior
  • GORE WINDSTOPPER product technology makes the jacket 100% windproof
  • Durable water-repellent finish sheds light precipitation and keeps fabric from wetting out
  • Taped and skived seams for added weather protection without added bulk
  • Zippered hand and chest pockets provide secure storage
  • Pit zips allow you to dump heat when you’re on the move
  • Updated fit for a relaxed, comfortable feel with plenty of mobility
  • Total Weight: 26 oz.

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Hunting Base Layer

Sitka Merino Core Lightweight Half Zip

Wool baselayers are the way to go, and the Sitka Merino Core Lightweight Half Zip ($149) is what Randy chooses for his next-to-skin layer. It’s lightweight and breathable when exposed to air, yet super insulating if layered under solid outerwear.

Sitka Merino Core Lightweight Half Zip Specs

  • GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Subalpine is designed for stalking and ambushing ungulates from ground level in tree-covered and vegetated terrain
  • Weight: 5.8 oz. / Size: L
  • Fabric: 85% 120g 17.5 Micron Merino / 15% Nylon Core-Spun Blend

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Hunting App

GOHUNT

 

GOHUNT ($20-150/year) is more than just a mapping system. It’s more like an all-encompassing hunting organization, with a gear shop, mapping software, hunting news, a hunt planner, and more. It really isn’t like anything else out there, and it’s Randy’s choice for mapping software to determine where those public land boundaries are. Though you can’t really put GOHUNT in your hunting gear pile, you can use it to buy things for the pile.

GOHUNT Specs

  • Mapping tools
  • Planning tools
  • Gear shop
  • Outdoor news

If you’re interested in learning more about how to hunt from Randy, he’s also one of the pro instructors at GOHUNT’s OutdoorClass.

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Hunting Call

Rocky Mountain Hunting Call Bugle Tube

The Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls Wapiti Whacker Bugle Tube ($52) is a pretty common choice when it comes to elk call aids. You can use it with any of your preferred diaphragm calls, it’s lightweight, and I see this tube in the truck of most of my hunting buddies. It also happens to be the preferred tube for many of the pros, Randy included.

Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls Wapiti Whacker Specs

  • Total length: 20 in.
  • Camouflage cover for concealment
  • Comes with a lanyard for easy carrying over your shoulder
  • Warranty: Manufacturer defects for the life of the product

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Hunting Snacks

Gastro Gnome Sausage Rigatoni

Not just Gastro Gnome, but specifically Sausage Rigatoni ($17). That is Randy’s backpacking food guilty pleasure. I mean, take a look at the ingredients. It’s made of real food:

Roasted Tomatoes (tomatoes, citric acid, calcium chloride), Onion, Roasted Red Peppers, Ground Pork, Heavy Cream, Pasta (semolina, durum flour, vitamin B3, iron, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, folic acid), Fennel, Spinach, Chicken Broth (onions, carrots, celery, spices), Garlic, Parsley, Butter, Basil, Salt, Black Peppercorn, Fennel Seed, Chili Flake, Rosemary Extract. Contains: wheat, milk.

Randy Newberg Big Hank Coffee

When a company is inspired by you so much that they name a coffee after an iconic bull that your grandfather told stories about … you drink that coffee. Since Randy is constantly after Big Hank, he obviously chooses to carry Elk Horn Coffee Roasters Big Hank Coffee ($15) in his pack.

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Randy Newberg’s Most Important Hunting Gear

Randy Newberg's Llama

Randy loves hunting with pack llamas. He often wanders into the wild with Beau Baty of Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas. He even took the leap and bought one of his own a few years back, initiating a heated llama naming contest.

To be honest, I’m still sore that he didn’t choose The Dilly Llama, in honor of his love of Dairy Queen.

Rachelle Schrute
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As a fifth-generation Montanan, Rachelle Schrute comes from a long line of western hunters and anglers. Born in western Montana, she spent countless days chasing mountain elk and mountain trout with her family. She is heavily involved in Montana's conservation and wildlife management practices and has served in leadership roles within multiple conservation organizations. Rachelle is a certified Wilderness First Responder, and often spends her summers as a Wilderness Guide in Yellowstone National Park. When not gear testing or writing, you can likely find her hunting, hiking, fishing, and cooking wild game with her two children.