Winter is a time for projects. I'll post a few things I've dreamed up and designed and my girlfriend-turned-hunting-partner made into reality for our first sheep hunt this past year. All the items worked really well.
I've lurked on this board for quite some time and thought I'd try to give something back, maybe spark a few ideas in others. If you have made your own gear, especially for sheep or mountain hunting, I'd love to hear about it.
Butt Stock Basket - this is how I carry my gun on my pack. It centers the weight of the gun on the pack so the load is balanced. It is made out of an old ratchet strap and odds and ends off other packs. It attaches to the two loops on my pack (I think they are the "ice axe" loops) at the back/bottom. The forearm area is lashed under other pack straps. She mentioned something about using a denim needle on the sewing machine for this one. I'd rather not start the "gun ready for charging bears discussion." This works for me. Also, this allows my pack cover to go over my gun - a real nice bonus in the rain.
Action Coat - similar to the brand name "Scope Coat" but this has ears that hang down to cover the action and bolt handle on my rifle. It is handy when it rains or in thick brush, or even rock scrambling - to provide a little more protection. An old pair of waders provided all the material and it's hand stitched together.
Chest Pack - This is modeled off the Hill People Gear Kit bag. I didn't have this on our hunt, she just got done with it this week! The same waders provided the back panel (and makes it look pretty official with that logo!). I'll use it this winter to carry GPS, headlight, etc inside my parka when out in cold temps. The bag is an old Eagle River toiletries bag I had lying around from the Salvation Army. Total cost is about $1.25. Next fall it will carry my binocs without swinging, yet they'll be in easy reach and non-tethered for ease of glassing.