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Train to Hunt

Owen was not able to draw the tag he wanted in this year drawing so This tag was one of Oregon guaranteed first time youth tags. The season started today and With some help from a friend we were given a starting point for a unit we had never hunted. Last night we tried to scout the unit but many of the roads that should have been open were closed by land owners so we ended up not getting any scouting in. This morning we decided to try a spot farther down the road. On the way in we saw a big herd of elk but they were on private property. We continued on down the road and stopped at a piece of BLM land that touched the road. We hiked in a ways and I told Cody to glass one direction while I glassed the other. Cody hadn’t been glassing for even a minute when he spotted a herd feeding and getting ready to bed. I ranged the biggest tree I could find to see how far they were 1654 yards away. This country was pretty much wide open sage brush other than the juniper tree’s the herd was bedding in. Because of the topography and the land owner ship around us we only had one choice and that was to walk the fence line cutting the distance but also stay away from the elk and trying to look like we were going to walk past them and not at them. Once we got to about 700 yards we finally had a small dip we could work our way towards them more. As we got close to cresting the hill I had the boys hold back and I crawled to the top. Once I spotted the elk again I ranged them at 518 yard to the closest one. I had the boys come up to me and we proceeded to crawl another 30 or 40 yards so Owen would have a shot. I dialed the turrets on the gun to the right elevation and range and the wait began. By this time it was 10 am and the sun was beating on us pretty good in the wide open with only 12″ tall grass, a random sage bushes, lots of rocks and some kind of little shrub that was very annoying and would poke you through your clothes. Now came the hard part. Keeping the kids still and somewhat comfortable while we waited for the right elk to stand up. Several elk would stand turn and lay down or feed but not give us the perfect broadside shot I wanted owen the wait for. Finally right about 11 a nice older cow stood up and feed to our left. She finally stopped in the right spot long enough and Owen took the shot. I watched as the bullet hit her and then her fall over. Owen made an absolutely awesome shot and we got to watch as 60 or so elk ran over the hill. Once we got to her the work began and by 12 I had all the meat off and in game bags. We decided to try and pack her out all in one trip so we loaded Cody as heavy as he thought he could handle and I took the rest. Owen took and the gear and away we went. That worked for a little while but Cody had overestimated. In his defense he was carrying 3/4 of his body weight on his back. So we dropped off some weight and finished the hike. Turned around and went back. By about 3:20 we had everything to the truck and headed to town to the meat cooled. This cow was an old cow and here ivories were worn down to almost nothing. It was a great cow to take out of the herd as I do not believe she had a calf either. I don’t think it could have worked out any better.

By Chris Dunlap

Prostaff Horn Hunter Packs

Snap Shot Scope Cover Review by Nimrod Outdoors

SnapShot by Horn Hunter Review

BY Jeff Barlow (Nimrod Outdoors)


If you are looking for an easy quick and inexpensive way to protect you valuable scope look no further. We have found the SnapShot by Horn Hunter meets all those requirements and many more. Designed with protection in mind, the SnapShot has padded end caps to make sure your lenses are protected. The easy simple design has been well though out and make installation and usage almost effortless.


It is a 2 step simple installation

  • Take the front cover, slide the slit of the cover over the back of the scope and pull forward. Cover the front end of your scope with the endcap and release.
  • Take the back cover, slice the slit in the cover over the front of the scope and the front cover. Pull it backward to the back of the scope and cover the lens with the padded end cap and release.

The SnapShot cover is made of a neopreen material so it is water resistant and will help protect your scope from moisture. You can rest assured that you scope will stay dry even on the wetest days in the field. The SnapShot comes in 2 colors (black and Camo) and in 3 different sizes. It is offered in a large lens cover (40mm – 50mm optics), a standard lens cover (30mm optics) and a extended length cover for those scopes that are a little longer (scoped over 14” long).

The use of the SnapShot scope cover is so easy to use. The  cover stays on the scope while in the field to keep it protected. Once you have spotted your quary it only takes seconds to snap those covers (front and back) up and out of the way. You are now ready to put your crosshairs on that target. When you are done, you simply snap the covers back into place to resume protection of your scope. Simple, Easy, what more could you want.

Best of all, it is very affordable. Depending on what color and size of SnapShot you are looking at getting, the price veries from $22 – $25. This is a small cost for the quality and functionality of this product. This is a product we use and love, and would recommend to everyone.

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What’s the right hunting pack for you?

What’s the right hunting pack for you and what gear should you carry in your pack?

Choosing a hunting pack may not seem like it would be that difficult, but these days with so many options available, it may seem overwhelming and hard to find the “right one”.”  There are a lot of great companies out there that offer an extensive variety of packs, provide excellent warranties, and are built really well.  Only a few are designed for hunting.  For some people it maybe as simple as just going to their local sporting goods store and purchasing whatever they have available and making that work. But that’s not how I operate.  A pack is a huge part of your hunting arsenal and plays a big role in many aspects of a hunt. The biggest question you need to ask yourself is,

“What do you want to primarily use the pack for?”

If your hunt is close to the truck you may only need to carry a few necessary items such as snacks, emergency kit, a flash light, knife and GPS.  If you are doing an extended backcountry hunts for days your choices for a pack are significantly smaller because you will be carrying sleeping bag, tent, cloths, meals and possibly the game animal.  I am going to concentrate on the extended large hunting packs.

“Will you be packing out meat at the end of your hunt?


I spend most of my time hunting country that requires quartering an animal up in small manageable section and getting it all back to camp.  You may consider taking light weight game bags to store your meat.   If you hunt an area that you can easily access with a vehicle or 4-wheeler, then you probably don’t need your pack to have this capability.

One major thing to consider when choosing your pack is comfort and fit.  I always recommend that you try on a pack (and load it with weight) before you commit to buying it. If a pack isn’t comfortable or doesn’t fit your body type then it will be a constant headache for you and potentially make a hunt very difficult.  Get a pack that has a torso adjustment.  Do a lot of research online.  Read reviews so you have an idea of what people have liked and disliked about a specific pack. There is endless information available online that can be very useful,  specifically how to adjust a pack to your body.

I personally do a lot of both backcountry extended hunts and simple day hunts. Like many people, I can’t afford to have a different pack for every type of hunt or senerario I find myself in.  I need a pack that can be molded into whatever I am doing that day.   I believe a lot of hunters fall into this same category.  Using what I call a, “multi-use” or also referred to as a “modular” style pack has been my #1 choice for many years now.  What I mean by modular/multi-use is that the pack can be configured to fit whatever kind of hunt I am going on. I use the Horn Hunter Full Curl System which is a 3 piece system that includes the frame with built in meat shelf and hydration pouch, a 3000 cubic inch storage bag and an additional 1400 cubic inch pack.  I can use these in different configurations to fit my needs for any hunt.  For example, on a day hunt I need enough space to carry my essential items and have the ability to pack out meat if I am fortunate enough to have success. So for this scenario I use the frame with the smaller 1400 cubic inch pack attached to it.  This gives me 2000 cubic inches of storage between the 2 components plus the meat shelf.  I can compress this combination down really well with the provided straps so it is actually a very low profile pack. Now, if I decide to do a multi-day backcountry hunt all I have to do is attach the additional 3000 cubic inch bag and I have a total of 5000 cubic inches.  I put all of my camp related gear in the big bag such as my tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, food, and extra clothes. When we get to where we are camping, I simply detach that bag and set it aside. I still have my frame and day pack to hunt for the day.


Remember to ask yourself, “What am I using the pack for?”  This will help narrow down your choices.

I have attached a gear list that my hunting partner (who’s also my sister and is awesome) put together for me.   I check it before every hunt.  Having a great list like this is priceless, because we all have forgotten something at some point that we really wanted or needed.

I hope this provides some useful information for you.  Good luck on your next adventure!


Ryan Hay, OR Staff Writer

Gear List – Backcountry Archery Hunting

Items Items Items Items
Bow/Rifle First Aid Kit Tracking Ribbon Toilet paper
Release Clothes/Raingear/Boots Light weight meat bags
Tags GPS/Compass/Maps Paracord
Pack Binoculars Allen Wrenches
Tent/Bivy Hunting Calls ZipLoc Bags
Sleeping Bag/Pad Knife Zip Ties
Water Filter/Tablets Rangefinder Scent Killer Spray
Water Bladders Headlamp/Flashlight Decoy
Stove/Dishes/Utensils Camera Alarm Clock/Watch
Food/Snacks Extra Batteries Satellite Phone/ Locators/Cell Phone  


The most important purchase for hunting besides your Bow or Rifle.

My name is Michael Duff, I was born in the small town of Panguitch, Utah which is surrounded by some of the best hunting and fishing in Southern Utah.  I was introduced to hunting at a very young age and my interest for the outdoors and all things wildlife have grown every since.

I am an avid shed hunter, it has become one of my greatest hobbies hands down. My dad always told me the best therapy you can get, is getting out and taking advantage of God’s country. There is something about the fresh crisp air, and laying down boot track, in search of the next big shed. I’ve had the great opportunity to film big game hunts for Sportman’s News Television, experience some amazing country, and meet some incredible people along the way.

A few years ago, I was introduced to the Full Curl Horn Hunting Pack, by Eric Chesser from GetHushin, I have been a huge fan ever since and I take it everywhere I go. I have been through many different packs, and this product by far excels any other pack. I have put the Full Curl to the test many times, packing nearly 70 pounds of elk shed antlers for many miles as well as packing harvested animals with no stress on my shoulders or back. I usually average about 10 miles every trip, and you’ll never catch me without this pack. The material, buckles, and zippers are extremely durable. I have never blown a zipper or broke a strap and I’ve tested it to its max. It is proof that Horn Hunter takes pride in their products.

There are many different compartments to carry knives, flashlights, food, and also a place to attach your bow or rifle.  This pack is for all you hard core hunters, I guarantee you will not be disappointed, and you will not regret giving this pack a try. MDUFFhornhunter2

Michael Duff Avid Shed Hunter

How many packs do you own? Why not try a modular Backpack instead!

Benchmark Pro-Staff Taylor Skinner

Everybody has their idea of the perfect pack. Luckily there are lots of good choices on the market these days. Not every Expedition backpack has everything a hunter would like or need in every situation. The pack could be too small, or does not have the ability to haul game because the frame is too weak. On the other hand, a smaller day pack may not have room for all your needed gear such as a snack, water, or even some rain gear. In most cases packs are not big enough and cannot pack meat when you are lucky enough to harvest an animal. Your option is to go up in pack size. Now you have the room you need but the pack is way too bulky and you start to think, “What else can I put in this pack”, and soon fill the pack up with unnecessary items. Or, the pack is way too big for a shorter day hunt. In the end, like me, you’ll end up with several packs to fit the different hunting situations.


That was until I found the answer in a modular packs. With a modular pack they have a game Hauling frame as the base of the pack and may even have a shelf to keep the load from sagging. Now you have options. A modular pack has different size bags for hauling meat, extra gear, clothing, scopes, tripods, weapons, and for long hunts extra water, sleeping bags, and tents. This past year I used the Horn Hunter Full Curl System and I was able to configure the pack perfectly for every hunt. There are several straps that you can expand and tighten to keep your load and gear nice and tight so it doesn’t sway as you are hiking.


As hunters, we are always looking for a way to get in the woods. Many of us enjoy shed hunting as a way to get out in the off season, it helps us stay in shape and we can keep track of the animals that we chase each season. For shed hunting you can strip the modular pack down to the frame and have something strong to haul your sheds. I used is solid tubular frame that has a hydration pocket for water and pockets on the wings and sides that have just enough space for, snacks knife, flashlight and the all the emergency essentials.


Last year in Wyoming we were able to take several Antelope and we used the perfect size pack for this hunt. We striped the Full Curl pack down to the frame and I was able to load all the meat on the pack and still have my essential gear. I was able to make it back to the truck in one trip. How great is that! In the past I may have had a small day pack and had to hike back to the truck for a bigger pack or frame to harvest my Antelope. I hope that my experience in the past has made me a smarter more efficient hunter.


Our public lands are getting more crowded these days. We are often looking to get away from the crowds by hiking into wilderness areas. An Elk requires a lot more work and gear to get it broken down and packed out. You will need more food, stoves, sleeping bags, knifes, flashlights and more. Most the time it is not close to your truck. You hike in several miles and camp close to the Elk herds. You need more room to pack in and then pack out. For a typical elk hunt I attach to the Horn Hunter Full Curl frame a big bag for my camp gear and attach a day pack for my hunting gear. I also bring lite weight game bags in the event I need to pack out elk meat. The more you can strap to your pack the less you have to travel multiple trips to the truck. When I get to my base camp I leave the big bag for camping and take the frame and small bag up the mountain to hunt. The head on a bull elk is big and often awkward to attach to your load. Make sure your pack has plenty of straps to compress the antlers, head and Hyde.


We are pretty fortunate as hunters these days with all the great products in the market. Unfortunately, most of them are pretty expensive, and we can’t afford everything we want. The list is too big. A pack is part of my core gear, and I have put a lot of thought and experience into a pack decision. Instead of spending money on several expensive packs to fit all your different styles of hunting, get a good modular pack system that will last you a lifetime. I’m glad I got rid of all my other packs, and I know you will be too.

Thanks and God Bless,
Jearred Foruria

6 Fun Things to Do if You Get Bored Hunting

When your out bowhunting, it’s extremely important to stay alert and be watchful for approaching big game. You never know when deer, turkeys or other wildlife will appear. It is also important to be ready to set up and make an accurate shot, if an opportunity presents itself. This being said, time in the woods flies some days and drags on for others. To keep yourself busy to avoid going stir crazy while awaiting action, try one or all of these suggestions. Remember, these suggestions could cause you to loose focus, fail to hear passing game, or you could possibly spook nearby game to hide your devices of “distraction”.

6 Fun Things to Do if You Get Bored Hunting:

1) Get Connected

If you own a tablet or smartphone, you can keep yourself busy for hours. The downside to electronics, however, is that battery life determines your entertainment. If you have a fully charged, long-lasting battery, try these suggestions.

Take a hunting selfie

Hunting selfies don’t take much time and if your connect to a cellular signal you can flip the phone, snap a pic, and post it to your social media page to show all your hunting friends that you’ve got your game face on and your ready to deliver the kill shot.

Message others

Text your Hunting friends or significant others to see how they are doing.

Play games

If you aren’t seeing wildlife while hunting, you can still see pigs and birds on one of the many free Angry Bird games. What better time to see just how many candy pieces you can crush or how many pigs you can knock off a pedestal? You can play those or a ton of other free games while sitting statue-like in a blind or tree stand. Just be sure to turn off the volume!


Post your hunting selfie or the view of your hunting site to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social media.

2) Unplug

If your phone or tablet battery dies and you’re not done hunting, you’ll want a backup plan for passing the time.


Even if you usually read digital books, leafing through a good old-fashioned paperback is the perfect way to unplug. Be sure you have a space readily available so you can slip your book, tablet or phone away quietly when wildlife approaches.


“If you have a rangefinder, practice calculating shooting distances. Without a rangefinder, you can still visualize making the perfect shot by studying possible scenarios, shot angles, wind direction and where game can come from.” – Michael Turbyfill, PR and marketing director, Whitetail Properties

Country singer Craig Morgan holds a Bushnell Scout DX 1000 range finder, Photo: Bushnell

Country singer Craig Morgan holds a Bushnell Scout DX 1000 range finder, Photo: Bushnell

3) Rest and refresh

Hunting or simply spending time outdoors are perfect ways to reconnect with nature, and calm and slow your pace. You might be surprised how refreshed you feel after taking some time – however short – away from life’s bustling pace.


Sitting in a tree stand or ground blind a long time can stiffen muscles and cause fatigue. If you’re in a tree stand, stand up, stretch your arms overhead and bend at the waist to each side a few times. This helps prevent cramps and stiffness from sitting in one position too long.

In a ground blind, doing a yoga “child’s pose” on the ground and breathing deeply 10 times is a quick way to stretch and relax. To get into a child’s pose, kneel with both knees on the ground, sit back on your heels (you want your feet to point so the tops of your feet completely touch the ground), drape your torso over your thighs, and rest your forehead on the ground. Voila! Commence deep relaxation. This is a mild stretch for the lower body that helps you focus and relieve tension.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images


“Early mornings and long days take a toll on your body. A short nap can keep your senses sharp and leave you less prone to making mistakes when moving or trying to make a shot. If you’re hunting with a partner, one person can sleep while the other keeps watch.” – PJ Perea, Winchester Museum coordinator, National Wild Turkey Federation


To truly slow down and relax, try meditating. Find a comfortable position while sitting or lying down. Begin with a few deep breaths, breathing deep in your stomach to help you relax and experience the moment. Close your eyes and experience whatever is present without resisting anything or trying to change it. Do this for about a minute.
Note: You can do this with your eyes open so you can breathe deeply and relax while still monitoring the woods.

If you get bored hunting, try meditating. Photo: Seek Retreat

If you get bored hunting, try meditating. Photo: Seek Retreat

4) Listen

When hunting, you’ll often be in the woods before sunrise and after sunset. Even when you don’t see game animals, seeing the first stream of sunlight as morning fog clears, or hearing the evening crickets’ first chirps is worth every moment in the woods. Maximize your experience and rejuvenate your soul by listening to the woods. Also try to identify birds by their calls.

“Several CDs and apps play bird calls you could hear in a given area. I listen to bird calls leading up to hunting trips so I can tell what calls I’m hearing while sitting in my tree stand. It’s fun being able to determine which bird calls I’m hearing.” – Jennifer Mazur, coordinator of archery and bowhunting programs

5) Record

As long as you’re tuning in to the woods around you, keep track of what you see and hear, which helps sharpen your hunting skills.


Pay attention to weather, moon phases, singing birds and other factors to see if you can detect movement trends. Note what you see and hear in your hunting journal.


“Create a range map for each hunting site. Write down or draw a map of recognizable landmarks, and use a laser rangefinder to get accurate distances from your stand. It will be handy for others who hunt the stand. The birdhouse is 30 yards away, the fence is 25 yards away, etc.” – PJ Perea

Snap photos

“Bring a camera and take photos of birds, small mammals and other critters. It might spark a hobby or career interest.” – Matt Lindler, editor, JAKES Country Magazine, NWTF photography director

6) Organize

If you’ve slowed down and relaxed, and are thinking of things you must clean or organize, get started while you’re hunting.

Reorganize your vest or pack

Now’s the time to put calls within easy reach, chalk squeaky box calls, sand friction calls and pegs, and inspect the condition of diaphragm calls. Go ahead and put bottles, food wrappers, old licenses and other trash where you’ll remember to dump them later, and clean the lenses on your rangefinder and binoculars.

Organize your vest or backpack during down time in your hunting blind. Photo: Elk Hunting Tips

Organize your vest or backpack during down time in your hunting blind. Photo: Elk Hunting Tips


VIDEO: Priceless Reaction From A Young Hunter Who Smokes A Buck.

How many of you remember when you were young, embarking on sought-after hunting trip? Remember the excitement that filled your soul from getting up early heading out on the mountain or to a tree stand before the morning sunrise. The overwhelming anticipation of waiting for passing game to reveal themselves, providing you with an opportunity to harvest your first animal. Many times we’d wait patiently as our mind played tricks on us with sounds of small game moving through the woods. Read More

VIDEO: Deer Gives Stealthy Hunter a Sniff

How close do you think you could get to a deer? There are all kinds of products in the market today claiming to block your scent, mimic your surroundings to assist you in being illusive to big game. Depending on your level of hunting experience, the inexperience of the deer, and sheer blind luck, you may well get the chance to pet one of these wild animals. For Travis Schneider of Stuck N The Rut, some combination of those attributes rendered him nearly invisible to a pair of deer looking for forage. Read More