GORE ™ OPTIFADE™ Subalpine
At SITKA Gear we know the value of technology, but more importantly we understand the science behind it. As manufacturers of some of the industry’s highest-performing, most innovative fabrics, we’re committed to discovering the ways technology can benefit our customers. For 2017 we are excited for the introduction of GORE OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine™.
The GORE OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine™ pattern is designed specifically for stalking and ambushing ungulates from ground level in tree covered and vegetated terrain. The concealment technology is optimized for engagement ranges of 50 yards and less.
GORE ™ OPTIFADE™ Open Country
In 2009 we introduced GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment’s Open Country pattern, optimized for backcountry hunters of bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and other ungulates. The Open Country pattern uses the larger neutral areas of the pattern (macro-pattern) that are more critical to concealment at greater engagement ranges.
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment incorporates the micro and macro patterns of the animal kingdom to help make hunters unrecognizable as predators, even when detected. Stalking predators, like tigers, have a macro-pattern of stripes that break up their body symmetry as they chase prey. One of the scientific principles behind the GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Open Country pattern is the emphasis of the larger neutral areas of the pattern (macro-pattern) which are more critical to concealment at the greater engagement ranges imperative to hunting in the backcountry.
Big Game Open Country Athlete
Seven-time World Champion Elk Caller Corey Jacobsen knows there's nothing like the high country come mid-September. Though Corey has become one of the most sought-after resources for elk calling and hunting in the nation, he recognizes that success on the stage doesn't necessarily relate to success in the field.
The true contest takes place in the yellow aspen speckled valleys and darknorthfacing pine thickets of the backcountry. Matching wits with bugling bulls on public land, over-the counter archery units is a challenge that ticks his clock year round. Corey's calling strategy is all about aggression, "if the first bull won't answer, I'll keep on going until I find a bull that will."
His master plan is to close the gap to 150 yards with a favorable wind and challenge the bull with a blood curdling bugle. Preserving the art of elk calling and hunting is just as important to him as playing the game himself. As a lifelong member of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation who never misses "Elk Camp," he fills the off-season raising three kids that are fluent in the language of elk.
Corey's passion for elk hunting led him to create Elk101.com, a website devoted to education, instruction, and entertainment. In 2011, Corey launched Extreme Elk Magazine, which burst on to the scene as a collection of stories from real, everyday elk hunters, combined with the energy and experience of dedicated outdoor writers and hunters. Corey is also a key figure in 'Uncommon Ground: Bulls Off the Beaten Path', an all-elk hunting TV show airing July-September 2013 on Sportsman Channel.
NEW KEY BIG GAME OPEN COUNTRY GEAR
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