As hunters we often spend an exorbitant amount of time and effort getting back into far off valleys to pursue an animal. More often than not, once the animal is down, we pack up, blitz back to our trucks and head for home. What we leave behind in those remote valleys is often amazing country that we haven’t truly had the time to sit back and savour.
“You can do everything right as a hunter, but if you don’t make the shot, you won’t have success when it comes to notching a tag,” says professional archer and teacher, John Dudley, whose passions for hunting and archery go hand in hand.
High up on an alpine vista in the American West, South Cox sits, glassing the panoramic landscape. He spots a mature mule deer buck feeding in the distance. He’s studied the topography and the wind direction. This is his chance to fill a tag. Recurve bow in hand, he begins his stalk.
A hunter’s success is often measured in simple terms. A spent bullet casing, a set of antlers or horns and bringing home a cooler full of meat. Yet, I find these things are no longer enough for me. The game meals come and go and trophies gather dust on the wall, waiting to be remembered the next time a buddy drops in for a whiskey. But there’s something else more powerful in these experiences, a deep emotional connection to the hunt that lies beneath the surface.
For years, Kiviok Hight has heard the distant echoes of the train whistle from the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad engine. Ever since his last Colorado archery mountain goat hunt ten years ago, he’s been dreaming of this hunt. On that first goat hunt, and on elk hunts since, the sound of the distant train engine has been the only reminder of the human world. He decided that if he ever drew the tag again, that train would become part of the experience.
Fathers push us, guide us, and often lead us in our first connections to the outdoors. We’d like to show gratitude to all fathers who helped usher the next generation into adulthood. Below, a few of our Ambassadors share a glimpse of their fathers’ impact on their lives.
Dustin Roe has been a sheep guide for nearly half of his life. Along those many adventures, his network in the outfitting business has grown to include like minded people across much of North America. One such friend is Glenda Groat, owner and operator of Canol Outfitters. Over the years Roe has sent Groat a handful of clients, and as a thank you for that business, Groat had a gift for Dustin: a tag for Roe to hunt a Dall Sheep of his own.
Outfitter Dustin Roe pushes gear—and his guides—to the outer limits. The fail factor was high. No one had ever hunted stone sheep in the rut, in November, in northern British Columbia, where bitter cold and high mountain winds stopped even the most seasoned mountain hunters.
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Bryan Rogala is an outdoor enthusiast and writer. In a recent article for Outside Online, he shared how he has been branching out from hiking and skiing and is now diving into a newfound passion for western big-game hunting. The demands of mountain hunting have led him to be more thoughtful than ever about what gear he takes into the field. Here is his unsolicited take on our gear...
They nurture us, challenge us and guide us. They show us strength when it matters most, teach us gratitude and instill balance. We want to extend a thank you to all moms for fostering the spirit of the next generation. It’s because of your dedication that the world and wild things can thrive.
We reached out to our Ambassadors to get media recommendations and see what they’ve been up to during this time. As you’ll find out, their tastes and preferences vary. We hope this list adds to your quiver of entertainment.
As you drive up to Craig Krzycki’s home, nestled deep within the Gallatin Canyon of Montana, you can’t help but see his art everywhere. Antlers are pinned on trees and sculptures line the yard and his big, sweet dog Elmer will run to greet you at your car door to give giant kisses across your face.