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The Darkroom: All Systems Go
Author: The Sitka Team
Groups: Darkroom
Sep 5, 2013
Fall rolls in slow and savage, like a storm. In July, you see flashes off in the distance from those lucky enough to hunt sheep. In August, you hear rumblings from the antelope plains, crackles in the mountains of early elk units. Come September, you feel the first few drips landing on your skin. The anticipation is palpable, season opener after season opener, the storm gathering strength. Elk. Moose. Bear.

Whitetail flickers like a hot rope binding the earth to a darkened sky, the reverberations shaking the earth, a deluge. And from out of this cacophony, you hear the calls of "cut 'em!" as waterfowl seasons get underway.  

We've been preparing for this storm all year. We’ve been wearing out the target foam and boot leather, learning new country, building up our legs and our lungs. And we've been driving your gear forward with our company-wide commitment to the discipline of hunting, to creating solutions for the problems hunter’s face in the field.



Montana archery season opens this weekend, and that means our Bozeman-based team is champing at the bit. For months, we’ve been meeting before work to fling arrows and run the local trails. Sitka Athlete and 8-time World Elk Calling Champion Corey Jacobsen stopped by this summer to share tactics and teach his strategy of aggression. In the spirit of friendly competition, we've been embroiled in an office-wide challenge to see who would complete the most hikes from a list of grueling scrambles.

And as part of all our labors, we're testing and scrutinizing the gear, building out our personal systems, tinkering, polishing and perfecting. We’ve put the Dewpoint Jacket through sodden, doghair bushwacks pulling trail cameras. We've perched on ridge tops overlooking velvet-clad bulls, falling in love with the simple functionality of the Jetstream Lite. And we've been discovering ways to improve future pieces that don't have names yet. 



In the last weeks, crucial moments of the past have swirled in our minds and gusted through the office: reaching the truck after a long pack out, missing an incredible opportunity by mere seconds,the rush of fooling the keen senses of a wise old bull. We are filled with excitement and hope and trembling for what is now upon us.

The storm has come, the fall is now upon us.

So here's to pushing our hearts, minds and lungs to the limit.
To living great stories.
To beating the hell out of gear.
To returning home safe and satisfied and filled with new insight.

Comments
I have never had a muzzleloading season that put my gear through more hell than last week. My sitka system held up beyond my expectations and was first class all the way. What a difference to have gear for any situation and circumstance.
Posted by Greig Mcalpin on Sep 24, 2013 3:00 PM
Hey Michael! The wrap was made exclusively for some of our team members. We will possibly be doing a give-away on Facebook in the future. Keep checking in on our social media outlets. Thanks.
Posted by Sitka Team on Sep 13, 2013 12:43 PM
Hi. On one of the pictures above there is a photo of an arrow with white wrap on it. is there any way i can get some of thise wraps with Sitka name on it?
Posted by Michael Bech nielsen on Sep 12, 2013 6:40 AM
Sitka ruined my hunt because the bulls couldn't see me and I shot out the first day in new mexico, fortunate for me the other hunters weren't wearing sitka gear and I got to call all week for them ended up 4/4 great time thanks Sitka
Posted by Tom marks on Sep 11, 2013 8:34 AM
Good luck to all of you this year!!!
Posted by David on Sep 10, 2013 1:14 PM
Good luck to everyone at Team Sitka, as well as the Sitka Tribe! Lets make this a safe and successful season to remember. Shoot straight and keep your powder dry!
Posted by Matthew Jurad, Sitka Prostaffer on Sep 7, 2013 12:28 PM
Every time I read something from Sitka Insight or visit you website something wells up inside of me. A thirst that can only be quenched where the air is thin, where I can stand looking into a vast nothing that contains everything. Thank You!
Posted by Brent Cherry on Sep 6, 2013 7:13 PM
Go.
Posted by Chad Bell on Sep 6, 2013 7:09 PM
Oh yes. I am so ready. Hunting season just started here in Denmark. I look forward to get into my Sitka gear and go hunting. I hope I can come to the States and meet some of you guys. We only have "small game" overhere
Posted by Michael Bech Nielsen on Sep 6, 2013 5:30 PM
AMEN!
Posted by Luke Johnson on Sep 6, 2013 4:01 PM

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