Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls
I have been a promotional staff with them going on 5 years and they are my go to calls. This is an an amazing company that produces the only calls I rely on year after year. They make the best sounding mouth calls on the market. They have calls from elk, turkey, predator, deer and moose. These are the easiest mouth calls I have ever used as well as there is such a variety that you can find the right call for you individually. Currently I run with the Black Magic, Reaper, VooDoo, Mistress, Raging Bull and Mellow Yellow in combination with the Wapati Whacker tube. Also the new strutter box and Captain Hook have me ready for some gobbling in the spring. It has hands down changed how effective my calling has been for more encounters. Since using these calls my encounters and confidence have never been higher. Adding the calls with my decoys makes for a deadly combo. There isn’t enough thanks for what Rockie and everyone in this company has done and it is an honor to be able to contribute in anyway possible.
The best way to figure out where you are at and easiest way to access public land. It was difficult in the past to know exactly where boundaries were at. Now with a chip or app. from onXHunt you can access those small pockets of public ground you have always wanted to hunt as well as figure out who the land owner surrounding public ground is and attempt to gain access through permission. Also the app has revolutionized the industry and they even have an elite membership which gives access to every state with multiple layers and links up with the new computer mapping software which allows you to effectively scout from home like never before. A small tool that helps me be more successful and go farther than I was able to in the past. I have been on the promotional staff for them as well for the last few years and am very happy to be apart of one of the best teams in the industry. It has been fun to watch the continued growth of this MT company over the years.
I was recently selected to join the staff or Earned Media and eHUNTr. If you are a DIY hunter this is information you need. Lots of great articles and information to help you be more successful. Looking forward to getting involved and putting together some articles for them.
I was in need of a new bow string last year for my Halon32 and was informed by a good friend Ed Gramza about these strings. Phillip does an amazing job and I still can’t get over having no peep twist and the quality of these strings. I will also be a new addition to their pro-staff team and looking forward to helping out where I can.
I have shot Bohning products since I began shooting bows. I rely on them year after year and they continually produce results. As of last year I was placed on their shooting staff and couldn’t be prouder to be backed by such a great company.
I will again be shooting my Halon 32 for 2018. I am still drooling over this bow and very glad to be spending another fall and spring with this bow leading the way. If you are in the market for a new rig don't stray far from Mathews. They knocked it out of the park.
I cannot give a good enough recommendation for these decoys, as they have helped me out tremendously. I have had varied success with all of the decoys, but they have helped me in so many situations that I always pack them with me in the field. If you have any general questions about the decoys or would like advice on decoying techniques let me know and I will gladly point you in the right direction.
A big change for 2018 will be going from my trusted Exo 3500 to a Mystery Ranch Metcalf. I have always been open to new gear and when I was originally looking for a pack I continually had my eye on the Mystery Ranch packs. This year I decided to try out the Metcalf. The added weight used to be a deterrent for me but I have been impressed with the guide lite frame. Time will tell if I kick myself later on, but I’m excited to try out the new pack and put it to good use. I also got it in the new Subalpine pattern and am excited for that change as well.
Sitka Gear - Subalpine
Hands down the best hunting clothing ever made. I have been wearing Sitka Gear for the past 7 seasons, and if anyone ever tells you it's overrated they have probably never put this stuff on. I was skeptical myself until my wife was able to order me a system years ago and I first used it in the winter while hunting coyotes. Even in 20 degree weather, the lightweight layering system keeps me warm and comfortable. I switched this year to the new Subalpine pattern which came out in the last couple of years. I’m excited to see how it does and is intended for more forested areas.
After a year in the Idaho GTX I can say I’m very happy with these boots. I also picked up the Monaco for everyday use and have been beyond glad I picked them up. I still rely on my Kenetrek Mountain Extremes but am very glad to also have an uninsulated pair in the Crispi Idaho.
I have been contemplating on getting a high end cooler and have always been a fan of Randy Newberg and what he has done for hunting. I ended up deciding on the Orion 85. This is the largest cooler they make and the ability to add all of the attachments and accessories my mind was made up. I always thought it was crazy what they want for these coolers but after seeing some of the abilities and how long we now have ice in camp I decided it was time for my own. The reason for the largest one was easy and that was the ability to keep large amounts of meat cold. Now that I have the cooler it’s time to start filling it.
I am currently running my set up with the Vortex Viper 10x42 Bino and Ranger 1000 for my rangefinder. I will hopefully be upping my game with an addition of the Viper spotter and bipod. The VIP warranty Vortex offers is impossible to beat!
After looking at all options for my archery sight and some help from others I narrowed it down to Spot-Hogg. I ended up going with the 5 pin Hunter. With so many options and speaking with others I'm extremely satisfied with my decision and ready to put my bow together. I also went with the new Keeton release and quickly fell in love with this new release.
The only quiver I will ever put on a bow again. I read about Tightspot quivers quite a bit and took the plunge and picked one up. One of the best decisions I have made and love. I went with the Gore Optifade Open Country which will match my bow as well and add some spunk to my bow. I went with the 5 arrow model as well.
The Storm proved to be a great arrow last year and will be in my quiver again this coming spring and fall. Don’t let a new brand fool you these are a top of the line arrow and worth every penny.
FHF Bino HarNess
I ran the Sitka Bino Bivy for awhile and ended up getting my hands on an FHF. I can't get over all of the features it has and the ease of use and making sure I have essential items available quickly. It fits my Viper 10x42 binos perfectly.
RAPID RIFLE COVERS
I haven't been a huge rifle hunter as of late, but for those times I'm out with my rifle I rely on Rapid Rifle Covers to help keep my rifle safe from the elements. They cover your barrel and optics and there isn't a time in the field mine isn't on. They also have other accessories don make sure and give them a look.
Caribou Game Bags
I recently added these game bags to my equipment list. Very happy with them so far. They are washable and re-usable and come in many sets for the game you are pursuing. I currently run the Muley pack, which can fit a boned out elk. The money you will save with the re-usable feature is worth more than you can imagine.
Podcasts and Forums
If you're looking for some places to gain more knowledge about hunting in general I would look into podcasts and forums. I enjoy spending some of my free time listening to podcasts and reading on a couple of forums. The knowledge that can be gained is invaluable and they are all very much likeminded when it comes to hunting. HuntTalk has a great forum and Randy Newberg has a lot of great content over several platforms to include his podcast, Fresh Tracks show, and YouTube channel. If you are into everything elk look into elk101 and you will find the most comprehensive information around and covers everything elk. I also spend time listening to Shootn the Bull podcast with Josh Keller and Ty Stubblefield, The MeatEater podcast, Rich Outdoors, The Hunt Backcountry podcast, and Gritty Bowmen podcast. Check them all out and see what you've been missing. There is always more to learn.