SITKA Bozeman Events

PAST EVENT RECAPS

Steve Drake standing in scree | SITKA Gear
Documenting Your Own Hunts with Steven Drake

Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:00pm

Recap: SITKA Gear ambassador and photographer, Steven Drake discussed tips and tactics for filming and photographing your hunts. He also shared new strategies for documenting your hunts as well essential gear for photographing and filming these hunts.

Ladies Night Introduction to Shed Hunting | SITKA Depot
Ladies Night Introduction to Shed Hunting

Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Recap: Keren Zucker, the founder of Montana Women's Hunters came to the SITKA Depot and gave an introduction to shed hunting. Keren discussed tips and tactics for finding more sheds while out during the spring. She talked about e-scouting techniques for before the hunt, the advantages of shed hunting for exploring new areas, and shared exclusive tips to boost your shed-finding success. After the discussion, attendees hung out, enjoyed complimentary beverages, and made new connections with other like-minded women who shared the same passions.

Bring Your Own Meat Wild Game Processing | SITKA Gear
Bring Your Own Meat Wild Game Processing

Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 | 3:00pm-7:00pm

Recap: The SITKA Depot hosted Sierra Jepsen, the owner of a traveling butcher school, Butcher Solutions, to assist you in processing your own wild game! Whether you were looking for help working up your first kill, had questions about innovative meat cuts, or simply needed space to get messy, Sierra was ready to help you out! Attendees were able to process their game, enjoy hot drinks, and warm up around fires provided by Breeo!

Depot Events: General Season Kickoff Pint Night with BHA | SITKA Gear
General Season Kickoff Pint Night with BHA

Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2023 | 5:00pm-7:00pm

Recap: On October 18, 2023, the SITKA Depot and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers hosted a pint night in honor of the start of Montana's general season. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from two FWP biologists about elk management, conservation, and the season setting process. The event featured complimentary beverages, engaging raffles, and some delicious food from Chef Jaime Teigen, Genuine Ice Cream and Gastro Gnome Meals.

Sierra Jepsen with a butchured pig | SITKA Gear
Wild Game Butchering and Meat Care with Sierra Jepsen

Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 | 5:00pm-7:00pm

Recap: The SITKA Depot hosted Sierra Jepsen, the owner of a traveling butcher school, Butcher Solutions. Sierra was enthusiastic about pushing the boundaries beyond familiar meat cuts and was excited to share techniques for carving wild game in your own home. She also covered the ins and outs of knife sharpening, meat care, aging, and more! The evening was capped off with exciting raffle items, socializing and refreshments.

Elk Calling Tactics and Film Screening with Corey Jacobsen

Date: Saturday, August 12th, 2023 | 3:00pm-6:00pm

Recap: SITKA Ambassador, Corey Jacobsen, an 11-time World Champion elk caller and professional hunter, provided a comprehensive breakdown of elk calling. He covered the timing and appropriate use of different calls in various scenarios, as well as how to assess a bull's response to the calls based on its attitude. Additionally, he shared his most valuable tips for calling elk during pre-rut and peak-rut periods. Following the presentation, attendees enjoyed the premier of the new SITKA film 18 Points followed by a Q&A as well as some awesome raffle prizes. The evening was wrapped up with drinks and appetizers that were prepared by the Wild Sheep Foundation.

Montana Ducks Unlimited Outdoor Classic

Date: Saturday, July 15th, 2023 | 9:00am-5:00pm

Recap: For the first time ever Montana hosted it's first ever World Duck qualifier. The SITKA Depot and Ducks Unlimited partnered together to bring this event to life. On July 15th, callers and waterfowl enthusiasts gathered at the SITKA Depot to watch a day filled with 7 different calling competitions and callers had the opportunity to secure two coveted tickets, granting them a chance to compete at the esteemed World Duck event in Stuttgart, Arkansas.. Attendees also were able to enjoy a variety of vendors as well as food and drinks throughout the day. The calling competition was wrapped up by a live music performance the Bridger Creek Boys.

Brady Miller
Public Land Mule Deer Hunting

Date: Saturday, June 10th, 2023 | 3:00pm-6:00pm

Recap: Brady Miller of GoHunt discussed his tactics for hunting public land mule deer. He detailed his preparation process for a hunt once he had a tag in hand, e-scouting, and locating quality deer in different terrain and seasons. Plus, he shared his most coveted tips for dealing with changing weather and locations, and finding success on limited time. Afterwards, we enjoyed some drinks and delicious mule deer appetizers prepared by Chef Jaime Teigen, plus raffle prizes from GOHUNT, SITKA Gear, Outdoor Class, and more.

David Martinez
Hunting and Wildlife Photography

Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2023 | 5:30pm-7:00pm

Recap: David Martinez, a renowned photographer specializing in capturing the magnificent Big Horn Sheep, delivered an inspiring talk at the SITKA Depot in Bozeman. With his compelling story of resilience, he recounted how photography became his newfound passion following a combat injury during his service in the Marine Corps. David shared his remarkable journey of rediscovering the world of hunting after his military experience and how it ultimately propelled him into the realm of photography. As the evening drew to a close, David graciously fielded questions from the audience and generously distributed an array of exciting raffle prizes.

John Barklow
Advanced Big Game Systems Thinking

Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2023 | 5:30pm-7:00pm

Recap: John Barklow, SITKA's Senior Hunt Product Manager, discussed clothing systems as a survival tool, and your first line of defense against the elements. He also talked about the mechanisms of human heat loss, as well as how your clothing system can accelerate or prevent this heat loss. John walked through the 8 piece clothing system that can make or break a hunt, and potentially save your life in the backcountry if the weather takes a turn. The evening was wrapped up with a Q&A and the raffling off of several SITKA pieces.

Beau Brooks
Western Turkey Hunting

Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2023 | 5:30pm-7:00pm

Recap: Beau Brooks shared his tips, tactics and calling for Western Turkey Hunting. He covered hunting turkeys in multiple different environments and gave tips on how to be successful in each. Beau also game some incredible calling examples as well as the best scenarios to use each type of call. Attendees supported the National Wild Turkey Federation through membership purchases and donations for a chance at raffle prizes from SITKA Gear, Power Calls, ON X, Higdon Outdoors, and David Halloran Calls.

Randy Newberg
Big Game Hunt Planning

Date: Saturday, March 4th, 2023 | 2:00pm-5:00pm

Recap: Randy Newberg shared his process for planning big game hunts in the western United States. He covered how to maximize your in-state opportunities, defining short, mid, and longterm hunting goals, and selecting states that provide the best hunting value. Attendees enjoyed wild game appetizers prepared by Larry Hassell with Wild Sheep Foundation, and raffle prizes from SITKA Gear, Mystery Ranch, Leupold, GOHUNT, and Outdoor Class.

Eric Jackson
Black Diamond Film Showing

Date: Saturday, December 10th, 2022 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Recap: We showed our most recent film, “River,” with professional snowboarder, Eric Jackson. After the showing, Eric spoke about the film, his life as a professional snowboarder, and his journey into elk hunting. Raffles included gear from SITKA, Black Diamond, and the Black Diamond X SITKA Gear Mission Jacket and Pant.

Colleen Tretter
Revive and Repair Day

Date: Wednesday , September 14th, 2022 | 12:00pm-6:00pm

Recap:  SITKA Gear Technical Repair Seamstress, Colleen Tretter offered repairs on small rips, tears, burn holes, and zipper slider replacements free of charge*. Repairs were completed on the spot, allowing gear to be back in the field immediately. Colleen offered gear care tips and advice that she has gained from over twenty years of experience repairing outdoor equipment.

Jeremy Docken
Hunting Season Kickoff Party

Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 | 5:00-7:00pm

Recap: Jeremy Docken from onX Maps discussed new and advanced features to maximize your onX experience. Wild game appetizers were served, courtesy of Burch Barrel, while attendees mingled with local community members to talk shop and kick off the hunting season.

Randy Newberg
Public Land Elk Hutning

Date: Saturday, August 6th, 2022 | 2:00-5:00pm

Recap: Randy discussed the five periods of elk hunting from early season in August, to late season in November and the needs of the elk during each of the five periods. Randy also covered how to make a plan for your hunt depending on the timing and location of the tag. In the planning portion, he discussed e-scouting, migratory versus non-migratory elk, hunting pressure, and he shared some tips for sticking to your plan when you may be tempted to ditch the plan.

Steven Drake
Backcountry Pack Dump

Date: Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 | 1:00-3:00pm

Recap: SITKA Gear ambassador and photographer, Steven Drake discussed all the gear that he takes with him on backcountry hunting trips. Steven covered pack selection, sleep and shelter systems, as well as his food and water system for varying climates and conditions.

Josh Miller
Waterfowl Retriever Training

Date: Saturday, June 4th, 2022 | 1:00-4:00pm

Recap: SITKA Ambassador and owner of River Stone Kennels, Josh Miller, discussed breeding, the foundations of retriever training, advanced training techniques, and building a schedule for training your waterfowl retriever.

Jared Frazier
Get to Know 2% for Conservation

Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2022 | 5:30-7:00pm

Recap: 2% for Conservation's Executive Director, Jared Frasier, discussed local conservation projects, how to get active in conservation, and shared some local conservation stores.

 

Gray Thorton
Get to Know Wild Sheep Foundation

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2022 | 5:30-7:30pm

Recap: President and CEO of Wild Sheep Foundation, Gray Thornton discussed the history of sheep conservation, conservation tactics, and the future of wild sheep in North America. Gray also mentioned some sheep hunting opportunities here in Montana.

David Halloran
Turkey Calling Tips & Tactics

Date: Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 | 2:00-4:00pm

Recap: Custom turkey call maker and SITKA Gear ambassador, David Halloran discussed tips and tactics for calling turkeys. David covered topics from the foundation of turkey calling, to advanced calling techniques and turkey hunting tactics.

Chris Derrick & Jim Saubier
Spring Turkey Gear Up

Date: Saturday, March 12th, 2022 | 1:00-3:00PM

Recap: Product Line Managers, Chris Derrick and Jim Saubier discussed the new Equinox Guard Collection, Equinox Turkey Vest, selecting your turkey hunting system, and how to pattern your shotgun before heading to the field.


 

John Barklow
Big Game Systems Thinking

Date: Saturday, February 26th, 2022 | 2:00-4:00PM

Recap: Senior Product Line Manager John Barklow discussed building a complete skin-to-shell clothing system for big game hunting. John talked in detail on selecting your clothing for big game hunts by season and geographic location.

 

Jim Saubier
Waterfowl Revive & Repair Seminar

Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022 | 1:00-4:00pm

Recap: SITKA Gear product line manager, Jim Saubier discussed gear care, repair, storage, and 3rd party technical treatments for waterfowl gear. Jim covered in detail how to care for your waterfowl gear throughout the hunting season as well as demonstrated in-field and at home repairs to keep your gear in the field.