Drawn Out! - Gearing Up for the Hunt
So much of our time builds toward hunting seasons. That all begins with draw season. We spend half the year obsessing over where we drew and what our hunting calendar will resemble. For me, a coveted traditional archery tag was drawn in Oklahoma, along with a Wyoming antelope, elk in British Columbia and firearms season in the Sooner State. A busy fall indeed. However, to prepare for the hunt, I first evaluate equipment. For gear that is dated or worn out, I look for replacements that are practical and save time, money or myself.
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Shooters, hunters, anglers or hikers don’t simply seek the adventure because it’s something to do over a free weekend. We crave the journey and what it takes to reach our goals. BaseMap provides hikers, hunters and anglers a way to explore the outdoors. For me, this app generates precise public-hunting maps and a way to plan my hunt without spending hours on the road, attempting to scout unknown areas in a limited time frame. SIGN UP here.
Boots on the Ground
On an Idaho bear hunt along the Sellway River, I found out quickly that the greatest gift of all is comfortable footwear. I wore boots that traversed flawlessly until day four of the hunt and eventually hampered my ability to scale even the smallest escarpments. Do yourself a favor and make the investment. Buy some new kicks early to provide break-in time. These Salomon GTX Forces handle flat, rolling or steep ground great. BUY here.
Nothing makes an appetite grow like being outside. However, packing food on any hunt takes up space and unwanted pounds. The Wise Company covers the bases with a wide variety of nutritious meals without the bulk. We can purchase single meals or meals for the entire weekend. Plus, if you are a prepper, they have you covered too. BUY here.
Gloves are like socks. They go into the washer and somehow get lost in transit to the hunting bag. Over the years, I’ve found football receiver gloves work wonders in the field for enhanced grip and feel. A snug fit is optimal when selecting the right size. Be warned there aren’t many hunter-friendly colors. After all, these gloves are made to dazzle on the field, not in it. However, with a few modifications like using a fabric pen to cut down the glare or tone down material with too much color, you’ll have a glove that performs in all seasons. BUY here.
The number one key to any hunt or adventure is making it out alive. For this, a simple first-aid kit is necessary. We don’t plan on going out and getting into an accident, but it happens. If you’ve listened to Tom Gresham long enough, you know a first-aid kit saves lives. BUY here.
Wherever our hunts take us, there is no needs to reduce the comfort and safety we’ve become accustomed too. It’s an exciting time for us all as we prepare to enter hunting season 2018, but don’t forget to stock up before it’s too late. ~ KJ
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma, but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter, and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.