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Gear List: Spring Bear Hunting

Gear List: Spring Bear Hunting

Gear List: Spring Bear Hunting

Gear List: Spring Bear Hunting

Spring has crept out from the frigid slumber of winter here in the West and hunts have started to fire off, specifically for bears. This gear list in particular was built for a 3-day backpacking sp...

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Right Hunting Pack

How To Choose The Right Hunting Pack For You

When it comes to selecting a hunting backpack, the sheer amount of choices can be overwhelming. With numerous frame styles, bag sizes, organizational features, and fit types, it can be very difficu...

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Pre-Season Prep: Train for the Hunt

Pre-Season Prep: Train for the Hunt

At our house, preparation for hunting season takes place year-round in just about every aspect from fitness to dialing in gear. Tags in our pockets and boots on the ground in the fall is something ...

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5 Essentials For A Successful Hunting Trip

5 Essentials For A Successful Hunting Trip

Are you planning a hunting trip soon? Whether it’s your first time or you’re an experienced hunter, there are certain items that should always be included in your gear. Everyone knows to bring cert...

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Patrick Smith

A Little Kifaru History (Written in 1997)

As a foot soldier in the hunting fields, I’ve been carrying store-bought “hunting packs” for over 40 years. Not liking what was available to purchase, I started making my own. The first problem I ...

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Patrick Smith

Flexible Hunting (written in 1997)

I like things flexible. Versatile. Like my choice of rifles: keep them light and give them enough caliber to handle any situation you might encounter in the area you’re in. And so on, with all one...

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Patrick Smith

4 Season Camping (Written in 1998)

May as well start with summer. Ah, summer. A time of mid-day warmth and mosquitoes in the high country. You’ll probably want to open both nylon doors and close the mosquito netting doors. Don’t...

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Patrick Smith

Backpack Check List (Written in 1999)

Here is my old checklist: Backpack, boots, extra sox, extra underwear, bandana, rain/snow parka, toiletries (TP, handiwipes, tooth stuff, any routine medication), first aid kit, hat and gloves,...

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Patrick Smith

Camp Cooking of Small Game (Written in 1998)

This discussion will focus on general principles to ensure toothsome meat, especially small game, collected and prepared in the backcountry. #1–try for center of mass hits.  This will usuall...

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Patrick Smith

Getting Further Back (Written in 1997)

Good afternoon. Thanks for coming. I’ll set the tone for this talk by giving you a subtitle: “Making Meat on Your Own Two Feet”. I’m going to talk mostly about backpacking up and in to where t...

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