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July 8, 2015

*5 Stars out of *5 Basic Description: An extremely small, lightweight, durable LED headlamp with 3 different lighting modes. Can be used …

January 8, 2015

Each year my family and I plan at least one out of state hunt. We have been doing this for the past …

November 5, 2014

Basic Description: New, with some incredible added features is KUIU’s ICON PRO 7200 pack system. After listening to their vast network of …

October 28, 2014

By Randy Johnson KUIU has developed a new lightweight, easily pitched tent to save the mountain hunter/backpacker valuable time when out on …

August 18, 2014

To start off with, I was very skeptical of doing this review. Over the last two seasons, I’ve strictly used Mystery Ranch …

July 22, 2014

BASIC DESCRIPTION: HILLEBERG, THE TENTMAKER continues its long standing tradition of designing incredibly strong, comfortable tents. The SOULO is an extremely roomy, …

July 8, 2014

Basic Description of Item:Aspect Solar Duo Flex Solar Panel and Battery Pack Review Aspect Solar Panel, for back packing, hiking, camping and …

July 8, 2014

It was a beautiful morning, September, 15th 1952.  The temperature was 39 degrees at 6:00 am. My grandpa, Albert D. Bazzanella was …

June 30, 2014

Equipment choice, Arrows and Broadheads: Last month I discussed the topic of choosing the right bow for you. The next step in …

June 26, 2014

To start off I would like to say I have been using Blacks Creek Packs and Frames for the last 6 years. …

June 23, 2014

I don’t recommend going into a hunting unit blind, but that’s exactly what I did two years ago in Colorado. An old …

June 23, 2014

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June 14, 2014

BASIC DESCRIPTION: KUIU’S Super Down sleeping bag line is a major game changer for mountain hunters or outdoor enthusiasts of any kind! …

June 6, 2014

Choosing from today’s lineup of technical clothing can be overwhelming (and expensive). I grew up hunting in a cotton shirt, a pair …

May 22, 2014

The 90% Jacket and Pant have been a part of the Sitka lineup as a mainstay for several years. It’s has always …

May 21, 2014

Wildlife management is one of the more complicated concepts to wrap my head around. I am constantly searching through various sources of …

May 19, 2014

Basic Description: New, the 2014 KUIU ULTRALIGHT Pack system is the lightest in the industry! KUIU continues its cutting edge technology in …

May 7, 2014

Friday afternoon we loaded up the family car and headed south to start the season. This year it was a perfect Colorado …

May 4, 2014

Basic Description: KUIU recently added Toray’s new Dermizax®NX membrane to their Award Winning Chugach NX Rain Jacket and Pant. This latest innovation …

April 30, 2014

Have you ever spotted a bull elk and called to him just to see him lift his head up and walk away? …

April 25, 2014

Going into the 2013 mule deer hunting season, I had set some personal goals for myself. These goals were important to me …

April 22, 2014

The “Buck Haven” during the summer scouting trip What doesn’t kill you will make you want to do it again right? Going …

April 11, 2014

Equipment Choice: The first core element in becoming a woman archer I am going to discuss is equipment choice. This is a …

April 10, 2014

It was nearly 12:00 am as we had just finished topping off the coolers and loading the remainder of our gear. I …

April 2, 2014

This past year I was able to test out the Kuiu Tiburon pant in the field, on what would be my most …

March 17, 2014

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jason Hairston and Patrick Mayer of KUIU for a Q&A session on their …

March 17, 2014

It is very common to hear grumblings and restlessness from avid big game hunters during the winter months. The countdown to fall …

March 17, 2014

Usually, when bowhunters dream of early season archery hunting in remote, above-timberline basins, most immediately envision the mule deer high on their …

March 17, 2014

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March 4, 2014

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March 4, 2014

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March 4, 2014

Its late august and the hot Texas sun has once again pushed me westward to the Colorado high country in search of …

February 28, 2014

You never know unless you try. That’s a motto I have definitely learned to live by. It’s actually how I ended up …

February 22, 2014

I will be the first to admit I was skeptical I would find anything new at our local sportsman show this year …

February 22, 2014

It was not long ago that a woman could walk into a sporting goods store and be unable to find a single …

February 21, 2014

The Facts: The Outdoorsmans, one of the premier optics and Western gear manufacturers in the west has once again came up with …

February 20, 2014

Snow up to my waist, freezing temperatures, a frost bit nose, and a grin from ear to ear. That was me for …

February 20, 2014

I love and hate the end of January; OK, hate may be a strong word: I dislike. The reason for that is …

February 18, 2014

When it comes to performance hunting gear, Sitka Gear is at the top of the food chain. New to their cold weather …

February 4, 2014

As the sun came up over the red hills silhouetted in the horizon we strained to see the deer leaving the field …

February 1, 2014

Winning the Extreme Huntress contest was one of my most amazing experiences.  The grand prize was a hunt to British Columbia for …

January 31, 2014

It was just a few moments away from darkness and I had been stalking a high country mulie for almost two hours.   …

January 31, 2014

Have you ever noticed that we, as men who consider ourselves to be Mountain Hunters, may at times have the misconception that …

January 31, 2014

“There He is, you ready to shoot?” Travis asked. “Yes,” I responded as I leveled off the crosshairs of my .300 Weatherby …

January 24, 2014

BASIC DESCRIPTION: Black Diamonds Ultra Mountain Carbon trekking pole is the perfect 4-season package. Lightweight, carbon fiber construction that utilizes innovative speed …

January 21, 2014

Overall Rating: *5 out of 5 STARS Basic Description: The Outdoorsman’s Compact Medium Lightweight Tripod is the newest of their original long, …

January 20, 2014

This is the final part of a three part article series (To read part 1 click here, to read part 2 click here) …

January 13, 2014

David, Wendi, Dalton, and Carson Pond 2013 Oregon A familiar story to new and old hunters alike, those long evenings at the …

January 12, 2014

BASIC DESCRIPTION: SEA TO SUMMIT’S Traverse XtII ULTRA-DRYDOWN -11C/12F sleeping bag is one of the best on the market. Featuring its relaxed …

January 10, 2014

Basic Description of item: KESTREL’S “Ultralighter” model knife is as light and as sharp as you can get in a fixed blade …

January 9, 2014

We Met Face to Face; My Archery Dall Ram Part 2 (To read part 1 click here) DAY 4 The next day …

January 8, 2014

Sleep wasn’t going to come easy knowing the buck of a lifetime wasn’t coming home with me. The buck I placed all …

January 7, 2014

I expect to do this as a three part series, it was inspired by a blog post I recently did over at …

January 5, 2014

Sometimes the pursuit of one animal can and does consume a hunter. The animal becomes ingrained in the imagination, even creating sleepless …

January 3, 2014

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January 1, 2014

Although it has been three years since this hunt has taken place, I remember it as if it were just yesterday. I …

December 11, 2013

Going into the 2013 season I was in need of a lighter pack so of course when Paradox contacted me to do …

December 11, 2013

I bought my first pair of Kenetrek Mountain Extremes in 2009 about three weeks before the kickoff of scouting season.   The first …

December 11, 2013

Finding great hunting clothing designed specifically for women is virtually impossible. That is why I am a die hard fan of Prois …

November 18, 2013

Four years ago I suffered an injury to my lower back. The diagnosis was: Ruptured Disk with Free Fragments. The Neurosurgeon suggested …

May 20, 2013

Basic Description:A 3+ season bag that is lightweight and utilizes Montbell’s patended Super Spiral Stretch System. This is the big reason why …

May 13, 2013

Sweat dripped from my brow, stinging my eyes, as I followed my guide, Randy Johnson, upward through a series of steep sandstone …

May 13, 2013

I have to admit, I really don’t enjoy pumping water in the backcountry.  You wouldn’t know it by the amount of different …

May 12, 2013

Like most others who have drawn once-in-a-lifetime type tags, the notification of my Mountain Goat drawing success struck me as a surprise …

April 21, 2013

Whitetail hunting usually doesn’t take place in what we like to term as the backcountry. It isn’t above 10,000’and usually not very …

April 17, 2013

The last day of deer or elk season is usually a day that most hunters dread, often trying to squeeze in as …

April 16, 2013

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April 16, 2013

To this day I’m amazed that our local town sheriff did not get a call about some “weirdo” at our little post …

April 15, 2013

Generally when archery seasons begin out West, most mule deer will still be in the velvet stage of antler development.  When a …

April 9, 2013

Penetration is a crucial element to consider when choosing an arrow.  There are many theories out there concerning which arrow has the …

April 9, 2013

I cannot stop talking about the new Equalizer release.  I honestly believe this unique and innovative release will change the world of …

April 9, 2013

With over 16,000 archery tags issued in the state of Utah for mule deer each year, the odds of harvesting the largest …

April 9, 2013

On August 14th, 2012 I received a phone call that no person ever wants to get.  I learned that one of my …

April 9, 2013

On August 14th, 2012 I received a phone call that no person ever wants to get.  I learned that one of my …

April 9, 2013

As a woman hunter I have always struggled to find hunting clothes that will provide protection, functionality, and durability for all hunting …

April 8, 2013

With some of you prompting me I decided to buckle down and pound out a few of my “biased” thoughts on how …

April 5, 2013

Conventional wisdom says that 10 percent of archery elk hunters kill elk 90 percent of the time.  With typical archery success rates …

April 3, 2013

The year was 1992 and as a fifteen year old I had beaten ridiculous odds and drawn a Monroe elk permit in …

April 2, 2013

It’s no secret that the first decade of our new millennium, the period of 2000-2009 produced an incredible number of Boone & …

April 2, 2013

While hunting by yourself is not for everyone, it certainly isn’t something someone should shy away from strictly because of the “what if” factor. Hunting solo requires most importantly a confidence in ones own ability to take care of themselves in extreme conditions. It also requires a skill set of both mental and physical preparation and a selection of gear and accessories that could potentially make the difference between simply weathering harsh elements or succumbing to tragic circumstances.

April 2, 2013

As a career firefighter/paramedic for over 21 years I have had the distinct opportunity to learn lessons from others unfortunate circumstances.  It …

March 31, 2013

DAY 1 There we were face to face, no more than four feet from each other, an enormous dall ram….and me.  It …

March 30, 2013

How does one defend or even try and explain the need and desire to sheep hunt to someone else who doesn’t possess …

March 30, 2013

I couldn’t believe my eyes as I looked through my binoculars at the monster muley that was feeding on the opposite side …

March 24, 2013

I felt a sense of relief as I peeked over the edge of the rim rock cliff and saw the lone buck …

March 24, 2013

While rangefinders are becoming more and more common, there are still a good number of hunters who venture afield without one in …

March 24, 2013

Living among the deer in the high country can be one of the most rewarding archery hunting experiences of your life. But …

March 24, 2013

Stabilizers Have you ever heard someone state, “I don’t need a stabilizer on my bow”, or “The reason I bought this particular …

March 24, 2013

Sunpak Quantaray QSX 2001 Tripod With all of the cool new gear available each year, it seems that the bulk of my …

March 24, 2013

*The pictures in this story are from back in the day of  35 mm film.  The quality of the pictures are not …

March 24, 2013

Featured on Eye of the Hunter TV on NBC Sports Winning the Extreme Huntress contest was one of my most amazing experiences.  …

March 23, 2013

I was all alone deep in the Bitterroot mountain range, I was too exhausted to care what may lurk outside my tent.  …

March 23, 2013

“Are you crazy?”  That’s generally the response I received when I told friends and family that I was selling my Mathews compound …

March 22, 2013

Enroll in the Elk Hunting University Is Colorado the last, best chance for the elk hunter with no license and no plans?  …

March 22, 2013

At 11,800 feet there wasn’t a whole lot of air to gulp down. The only sign of trees were a couple thousand …

March 21, 2013

With only 2 years of applying for a limited entry elk tag in Wyoming as a non resident I was elated and …

March 20, 2013

It was just a few moments away from darkness and I had been stalking a high country mulie for almost two hours.   …

March 19, 2013

What in the heck am I thinking? I must be crazy! Those were the exact thoughts that crossed my mind as I …

March 15, 2013

At one point in our life, just about all of us have played a game of darts. For being such a small …

March 14, 2013

This was no ordinary deer I was looking at through my spotting scope – he was huge! Normally, a buck that was …

February 23, 2013

Clay Allen watched Hank grow into a 220" monster buck over 4 seasons. His dedication and persistance was rewarded when he was able to notch his tag on this legendary buck called Heavy Hank! Read the story and watch the awesome video footage of this amazing mule deer buck.

February 23, 2013

Day was Friday; the date was the 28th of September, 2009 as I finished the final touches of packing my external frame …

February 21, 2013

I couldn’t help but reflect back on my successful archery hunt from a month earlier as I made my way through the …

February 21, 2013

The tall and massive buck fed in the avalanche chute at 600 yards. I wanted to close the distance, but in order …

February 21, 2013

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October 5, 2010

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