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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Getting “Geared Up” to Hunt Elk

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin


Elk hunters are a meticulous bunch. We have to be! There is a lot that goes into a successful elk hunt. Heck, just getting out the door is a highly involved process in and of itself: 
Clothing….............................check! 
Boots….................................check! 
Gun/ammo or bow/arrows…check! 
Hunting license.....................check!
Sharp knife…........................check! 
Food…..................................check! 
Water….................................check! 
Vehicle…...............................check! 

Now, what else do I need? 

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently unveiled its Gear 101 gear list, the elk hunter’s essential gear checklist. It is intended for sportsmen and women who range from most avid elk hunter to the occasional. It is divided up in three sections: daytripper, multi-day and outfitted. From there, users can further customize according to weapon, either rifle or bow.

            Team Elk Pack                                Sitka Jetstream Jacket                Danner Pronghorn Hunting Boots
The checklists are highly interactive and allow the user to personalize his or her own list by clicking on the tabs most appropriate to their preference, clicking “download PDF,” and then taking that list to prepare for the hunt ahead. Specific gear from conservation partners who support the RMEF and its mission are included as a benefit for users. For example, clicking on “pack” brings up the Team Elk pack made by Eberlestock, clicking on “raingear/outer shell” or “base wear” highlights the benefits of Sitka camo outerwear, or clicking on “boots” shows the importance of good footwear, like offerings by Danner, to keep feet warm and comfortable.

Kristy Titus
“Technology has also allowed us to penetrate deeper into the back country,” said Kristy Titus, RMEF Team Elk featured member. “We now have ultra-light weight gear; everything from tents, sleeping systems and stoves that we can easily pack allowing us to stay for extended periods deep in the backcountry afoot instead of on horseback. We are more mobile than ever, able to track for ourselves exactly where we are with GPS, who owns the land we are on and our loved ones at home can even monitor our trek. Get a big bull down and everyone that you need to help you pack out can instantly identify your location and come in with the pack boards.

“With all of the latest and greatest gear, so much on our minds before a hunt, I find it critical to have a system to double-check that I don’t forget the smallest of detail. Trust me, I have been on a hunt where someone forgets their tags and has to drive hours home or to the nearest town to pick them up. Check out the new list from Gear 101—everything you need for your next elk hunt,” said Titus. 

Go here to create your own elk hunting checklist.

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