Warm Weather Meat Care in the Backcountry

Warm  Weather  Meat  Care  in  the  Backcountry
Preparation and knowledge determines the quality and quantity of your table fare Many times, our planning takes us only to the point where we reach our intended goal. We spend countless hours preparing to accomplish a difficult task, yet fail to recognize the elements that are often encountered after we reach our goal. Elk hunters are no different. Our goal is usually... Read More

The Do’s and Don’ts of Calling Elk

The Do’s and Don’ts of Calling Elk
  Selecting a Call In today’s market, hunters can choose from short, wide, fat, tapered, stacked, long and skinny reeds. I like an open barrel design or one that’s short and produces a nasally sound.  Regardless of the style, the thickness of the reed is critical. Thinner reeds—those around .010 in thickness—are the easiest to blow but tend to hang... Read More

What’s in a Multi-Tool?

What’s in a Multi-Tool?
There are many reasons to carry a multi-tool in the field. There are just as many factors to consider prior to making a purchase. The majority of multi-tools have the standard pliers and knife. However, after that, there is a multitude of tools available across hundreds of multi-tools from several brands. Ultimately, your intended use – backcountry, bowhunting, rifle hunting,... Read More

Clearing the Way: Misadventure and Success in the Elk Woods

Clearing the Way: Misadventure and Success in the Elk Woods
The bull darted through the small saplings, stopped, and bugled. The magnificent roar echoed through the tall pine forest. The bull was only 50 yards away! I cow called once, and the bull headed towards my way, “glunking” with every step. At 30 yards, the bull stopped and bugled again. I realized this was the caliber of bull I was looking... Read More

Twenty-Four Winter Skills for Four-Season Backpack Elk Hunting

Twenty-Four Winter Skills for Four-Season Backpack Elk Hunting
From Tent and Gear Selection to Tips for Surviving the Elements When the snow flies and the temperatures drop, many hunters shy away from the backcountry, but this is precisely the best time to head in. Winter weather camping and backpacking can be a daunting task and a major undertaking, but with the right gear and know-how, you can take... Read More

Are you a Lover or a Fighter?

Are you a Lover or a Fighter?
It isn’t just what you say, it’s how you say it Stay with me here. I’m not suggestion you have a soft heart, and I’m not offering marriage advice. But when it comes to calling elk, it might be worth looking at the emotions that control an elk’s activities during the rut. More importantly, it might be worth looking at... Read More

Alaska: The Last Elk Frontier

Alaska: The Last Elk Frontier
Chasing Roosevelts in Big Bear Country My brother laughed with jubilation and relief as he popped the top off an Alaskan Amber. This was no ordinary beer; it was his celebration beer. “Want one?” he asked. I didn’t. My whole body ached, but when would we ever have this chance again? I looked past the fire we built and past... Read More