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A Private Hunting Guide’s Gear Recommendations

As northern Utah’s premier private hunting guides, we have perfected the trophy hunt experience for our clients.

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One key to an excellent experience – whether we’re moose hunting or chasing trophy mule deer – is careful preparation. Previously, we explored the clothing and footwear that we recommend for our clients.

Now let’s take a look at the types of gear we suggest you bring along for your trophy hunt.

Our Private Hunting Guide Suggestions for Personal Comfort

Sure, you can tough it out at the hunting habitat but, honestly, trophy hunts don’t have to be uncomfortable for you. In our many years serving as private hunting guides for hundreds of clients, we know what you need to ensure your personal comfort.

If nothing else, ensure that you bring along high-quality sunscreen, insect repellent and lip balm.

Sunburn can occur on the coolest, cloudiest days. In fact, you’re liable to burn the worst when it’s cloudy, because you won’t realize what’s happening. And, as bad as a sunburn can be on your skin, it’s even worse on your lips.

On the hunt, you’ll encounter ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers and who knows what else. For the best protection against the myriad of insects that hunt our hunting habitats, we recommend a bug spray with a high concentration of DEET – ideally 40 percent – or Permethrin.

Opt for the Equipment Preferred by Private Hunting Guides

We know from experience that high-quality gear provides a high-quality experience.

Choose a good pair of binoculars that will work well in low light. You’ll need them to be fairly high-powered, at least 10x (if not more). Choose a model with an internal range-finder that is waterproof as well as fogproof.

If yours aren’t fogproof – or even if they are – we recommend that you bring fog spray and optic wipes. You will also need these items for your riflescope.

Speaking of scopes, we recommend a 5 x 20 optic. You’ll also need riflescope covers and lens protection. (No, plastic wrap and rubber bands won’t work!) When selecting your covers, we recommend that you purchase hunter orange, if possible for your model.

Don’t Forget These Last Few Items When Packing for the Hunt

If you take any prescription medications, be sure to bring plenty along with you. You can pack as many as you need (plus a few extras just in case) in small zipper sandwich bags or travel pill cases.

If you wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, bring an extra pair. The last thing you want is to miss your trophy because you lost a contact the day before.

Finally, pick up a small first-aid kit for your pack. Our experiences as private hunting guides have involved every kind of blister, cut, abrasion and boo-boo you can imagine. With a fully stocked first aid kit, you can patch yourself up and keep going with ease.

Of course, you’ll need a backpack to carry all your gear. Choose one that has waterproof compartments large enough to hold your gear. Whether you prefer a smaller, lightweight model or one that allows you to bring along the kitchen sink is up to you. Most private hunting guides recommend something in between, as long as you can cart it around for hours without much effort.

When you’re ready for a once-in-a-lifetime trophy hunt experience in Utah or Wyoming, call on R & K Hunting Company. We are the Intermountain West’s experts, offering customized hunts based on your preferences and goals.

Contact us today to learn more about the difference an experienced private hunting guide can make for you.

Private Hunting Guides Can Be Game-Changers

Private Hunting Guide

For the best shot at the trophy of your dreams, private hunting guides offer a number of advantages that change the very nature of the hunt.

From exclusive habitat accessibility to custom-tailored estate and fair chase experiences, private guides share their vast knowledge — as well as their secrets. Make the most of your next big game hunt by taking advantage of an experienced private guide.

Hunting Guides Offer Exclusive Accessibility

For many hunters, a crowded hunting environment steals most of the enjoyment from the experience.

Amidst a proliferation of DIY hunters and their four-wheel drive trucks and ATVs, the one element that’s typically missing is the game itself. Public hunts are rarely successful unless you’re brave enough to attempt the bow hunting route or if you venture out very early in the first draw of the year.

Private hunting guides offer exclusive access to prime private land and pristine habitats. Undisturbed by the teeming masses, you can relax and make the most of your experience.

Private Hunting Guides Offer a Bespoke Experience

Not unlike a four-star hotel’s concierge, your hunting guide knows all the local hot spots.

Your guide will be an expert not only with regard to the habitat but the local animal herds and behaviors as well. Your hunting adventure will be designed specifically to your needs, so you’ll experience no unpleasant surprises.

And, although you will push yourself mentally and physically on the trail, you will relax and bask in the comforts of the ranch house when the day is done. Only a private hunting guide can offer this combination of exhilaration and rejuvenation.

And of course, with your exclusive access to healthy and abundant game, you have the very best chance of bringing home the trophy of your dreams.

Taking Full Advantage of Your Private Hunting Guide

Your private hunting guide will ensure that you make the most of your experience. But you can contribute to the success and enjoyment of your expedition by taking a few simple steps in advance of the adventure.

Spend time working on your fitness – especially your cardiovascular and stamina – and visit the firing range a few times for practice. Even the most experienced marksmen must practice regularly to keep their aim sharp.

A few weeks before you travel to your hunting lodge or designated location, check in with your hunting guide to go over the list of items you need to bring. Private guides can provide many supplies for you but not everything. For example, you will need your own pair of well-fitting, sturdy boots. Make sure to break them in ahead of time, or you will be fighting blisters and pain.

Follow your hunting guide’s recommendations for clothing as well, to ensure that you are prepared for whatever conditions Mother Nature may throw at you.

The outfitters and guides at R & K Hunting Company offer our clients access to many the best hunting habitats available in Wyoming and Utah. We facilitate both fair chase and estate hunts, specializing in moose, mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope. Contact us today for the hunting experience of a lifetime, with the help of our experience private hunting guides.

The Best Hunting Habitats for Moose in Utah and Wyoming

Moose Habitat

When hunting moose, the hunting habitat you select can mean the difference between going home empty-handed or bagging the trophy of your dreams.

Select the wrong location and you may be tripping over other hunters, without ever seeing an animal. When you know the right place to look, however, you can take your pick of Shiras moose for your trophy.

Here’s Why the Best Hunting Habitats Make a Difference

When hunting moose in the Intermountain West, the Shiras moose poses an impressive opportunity. Although smaller than the Canadian species, a mature Shiras bull can weigh up to 1,400 pounds and stand six or more feet tall at the shoulder.

The biggest challenge when hunting Moose in Utah and Wyoming is finding the beasts.

Because the Shiras thrives in extreme cold, human encroachment and climate conditions continue to push them further north and to higher ground. They’re partial to mountainous areas with lakes or streams, particularly those surrounded by willows.

Some of the best hunting habitats today are found on private land. In Utah and Wyoming, where the environment can be challenging for an amateur hunter, these areas provide a greatly improved opportunity for bringing home the trophy of a lifetime.

The Best Utah Moose Hunting Habitats

Utah moose habitats range throughout the Ogden and East Canyon areas and the Wasatch Mountains. The north slope area of the Uinta Mountains is particularly ideal today.

Private land habitats, especially those that are enrolled in Utah’s Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) program, offer some unique benefits for a trophy hunt. The CWMU program offers incentives for private property owners to maintain their land as wildlife habitat, rather than develop the areas.

For trophy hunters, the CWMU program provides access to the best hunting habitats as well as a limited number of guaranteed tags. Hunting outfitters and private hunting guides – like R & K Hunting Company – arrange with landowners to conduct guided hunts for their clients.

The Best Moose Hunting Habitat in Wyoming

We have found that, when hunting moose in Wyoming, Area 27 offers some of the best opportunities for our clients. The Wyoming moose hunting season is rapidly approaching. All Wyoming moose hunters are subject to the draw, to obtain a tag.

If you don’t want to risk the draw, you can purchase a governor’s or commissioner tag.

As with our Utah trophy hunts, our Wyoming moose hunting habitats are largely conducted on exceptional private estates. Each of our guided moose hunts features the finest amenities with fabulous food and lodging.

The R & K Hunting Company is the premier outfitter and guide service in the Intermountain West. With decades of experience in wildlife science, our proprietary approach provides our clients access to the best estate and fair-chase hunt opportunities for moose, elk, mule deer and pronghorn antelope.

The season is coming and spots are filling up quickly. Contact us today to schedule your hunt and to learn more about the best hunting habitats in Wyoming and Utah.

Hunting Outfitters’ Tips for Energy Boosting Pack Snacks

Energy Boosting Pack Snacks

Hunting outfitters are the undisputed experts in their field.

With dozens (or hundreds) of big game and trophy hunts under their belts, they know what to expect and what will be in store for their clients. And, because they learned the hard way themselves, you can place your trust in their advice.

When you set out on your first trophy hunt, being prepared will guarantee you a more pleasant experience. Today we would like to talk about the importance of keeping your energy maxed out during the hunt.

As professional hunting outfitters, we have some fairly strong thoughts on this topic!

The Importance of Good Nutrition on the Big Game Hunt

If your trophy hunt will take you into the mountains and over rough terrain, your endurance will be put to the test.

Most of our trophy hunts take place over three to five consecutive days. And while you will be very well fed by our professional cooks, we recommend that you be prepared for anything.

Prior to the date of your hunt, invest some time working on your physical fitness and adopt an energy-rich diet. Once you arrive, make sure to stay well-hydrated too, as this will help maintain your body’s energy and balance.

When we set out for the day’s hunting, make sure to have a few snacks on board, just in case.

Keep Those Prepackaged Snacks Very, Very Quiet!

The worst thing you can do, as we’re sitting quietly in a blind, is to pull out a snack in a rattling wrapper and alert the wildlife to our presence. If you want to bring along some prepackaged, commercial snacks, you’ll have to be very careful in your selection.

You could choose from a variety of popular power-packed snacks but many come in packaging that’s too loud for the hunt. If you have a favorite energy bar, unwrap a few in advance and place them in snack bags (non-zip, please) or a bit of plastic wrap. That way, you can enjoy your bar – and keep up your energy – without scaring off the game.

You can also purchase specialty snacks for hunters and athletes, which have been designed for maximum nutrition and easy access.

Or you can choose snacks that nature herself has quietly wrapped for you.

Natural Snacks Keep You Going

Fruit is an excellent source of natural energy. It’s also self-contained without the annoying plastic or foil wrappers.

Apples are simple to transport and eat and, when you’re done, that apple core will make some wild animals very happy. Bananas are also great for tucking into your pack, as the provide lots of potassium.

Many first-time hunters like to take jerky out with them. Commercially packaged jerky isn’t always the best idea, because the wrappers can be loud and the smell may be detectible by the animals.

Many hunting outfitters are fans of good, old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They’re packed with protein and carbohydrates, they’re easy and light to pack around with you and you can enjoy them in virtual silence. You can also throw a few nuts into your pockets and munch a few as the mood strikes.

When you trust the R & K Hunting Company as your private guides, you can rest assured that we will handle everything. Our exclusive guided hunts in Wyoming and Utah include mule deer hunting, moose hunting, elk hunting and more.

Check out our website to learn more, or give us a call today to schedule your trip out with the best hunting outfitters in the Intermountain West.

Prepare for Your First Trophy Hunt by Sharpening Your Skills

Preparing for a Trophy Hunt

Everyone starts somewhere but, for your first trophy hunt, you may want to start by tuning up your hunting skills.

Of course, most hunters don’t venture forth in pursuit of big game unless they’ve been hunting for years (or decades). But the chances are good that your skills have never been tested like they will be this time.

Make the very best of this special big game trophy hunt by making sure you are prepared.

Get In the Zone

Trophy hunting is the Holy Grail for hunters. It’s both exciting and nerve wracking, but rampant emotions can be enough to put you off our game. Many a seasoned hunter has, in the excitement of the moment, blown that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Fortunately, with a little preparation, you can avoid that kind of mental lapse.

Take a page from the elite athlete’s playbook and work on your mental game before your trophy hunt. Concentration exercises are helpful as is meditation, as this will help you clear you head of background noises and distractions.

On the trophy hunt, you will be pushed to make instant decisions – to take the shot or not – and the intense focus of a calm mind can make all the difference. On the other end of the spectrum, many hours may pass in what seems like endless waiting. Despite these mental and emotional ups and downs, you must be prepared for quick action, and mental preparation will enable you to do just that.

Practice visualizing your goals, picture yourself posing for photos with your trophy and imagine how you’ll feel when it becomes a reality.

Work on Your Physical Fitness

Whether your first trophy hunt will take you in search of moose, elk, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, or another sought-after trophy, you will be physically challenged.

Most trophy hunts involve hiking arduous – and likely unfamiliar – terrain in search of your quarry. You will enjoy the experience much more if you invest some time in physical conditioning. It’s also likely that your trophy hunt will take place at an unfamiliar elevation. Prepare by combining cardiovascular workouts with weight training – which will also help prepare you for carrying your pack.

Consider talking with a trainer or athletic conditioning coach for recommendations, and always be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new fitness regiment!

Of course, not all hunts must be this demanding. If you prefer to skip the arduous physical preparation, or if your mobility is limited, you can select a trophy hunt that allows you to take aim from the comfort and convenience of a front porch chair.

Work on Your Hunting Marksmanship

Even if you are an accomplished marksman, it won’t help you on your first big trophy hunt if you haven’t practiced with a moving target. You will have a lightning-fast window of opportunity to take – and make – that shot.

Tightening up your skills is even more important if you will be working with a new rifle, crossbow or muzzle-loader.

Practice sighting and become intimately familiar with your equipment. Consider how it may respond differently during the hunt, when the conditions may be rougher, darker, colder or faster than those in which you’ve practiced.

When you take advantage of guided hunts, much of the preparation is handled for you. For example, you have little need to study the terrain, carry maps or follow a compass. That’s what your guides are for. But, as much as your guides will assist you in achieving your first trophy, your own physical and mental preparation will help you relax and enjoy the experience that much more, knowing you’re ready for whatever comes along.

The R & K Hunting Company is the premier hunting outfitter and private guide in the Intermountain West. We offer exclusive guided hunts, tailor made for you, at the finest, exclusive Wyoming and Utah retreats.

Call on us and we will ensure that you will always treasure the memory of your first trophy hunt.

Finding the Best Hunting Habitat for Elk

Best Elk Habitat

Finding the best hunting habitat for elk can be challenging. If you hope to tag one of these magnificent, elusive animals that are prized for offering some of the most delectable game meat, the terrain where they live and hide is vast. Even as you study the habits of the large beasts in hopes of felling one, you run the risk of coming home empty-handed unless you have found a way to limit the area where they are found.

Where Do You Have the Best Chances of Bagging an Elk?

Part of your process will be learning about where elk like to frequent. Experienced hunters often find them in:

Ridges

Elk love grassy ridges adjacent to water-logged creek bottoms, not only because of the plentiful grass, but because the timber on the ridges affords them with travel corridors from their food source to their bedding sites. The best place to find them there is in the early morning and later in the day. You’ll know they been there if you see fresh tracks, so setting up a spot near a ridge to wait for elk is a good move that might yield success.

Valleys

During the day, elk often congregate in valleys, when they enjoy the wide, wet, flat bottom. From September through early November, elk gravitate to these areas, especially if the headwaters to a creek are nearby. Seasoned hunters suggest that you keep the wind in your face and quietly pursue locations in the valley, especially if you are hunting for the first time in a new place.

Creek Bottoms

Often cooler than the surrounding area by 10 to 15 degrees, creek bottoms are attractive to bull moose in warm weather. They love the dense vegetation there. In addition to the pleasant temperature. Successful hunters stake out ridges that lead to creek bottoms for success in finding elk.

Narrow Down the Best Hunting Habitat for Elk with a Guided Hunt

While many hunters enjoy finding ways to outsmart elk by seeking out the best hunting habitat on their own, you might prefer a guided hunt. Although a hunting preserve is still very large, you have many advantages. If you choose to go this route:

  • You know that the herd numbers are carefully managed, so that you will find large numbers of mature trophy bulls at your disposal, not just in the fall, but in the summer as well.
  • You can feel assured of a fair hunting experience, where you are in pursuit of well fed, well cared for animals.
  • You will find all the features of the natural habitat preferred by elk, which will eliminate fruitless searching on your part.

While you have no guarantees you will tag an elk on a guided hunt, you will have the expertise of seasoned guides available who can help you find elk, while also providing the other factors that make a hunting trip enjoyable: great meals, pleasing accommodations, and the camaraderie of a great group of fellow hunters.

If you want to meet elk in their natural hunting habitat of Utah or Wyoming, contact R&K Hunting Company for information about their guided hunts.

What to Do in the Big Game Off-Season

Big Game Off Season

If you love to hunt big game, you may be as desolate when the season ends as other sports fans are when the last football, baseball, or basketball game of the year ends. After all, nothing is more exciting than creating a strategy for outwitting a cunning animal and felling your tag limit. Just because the season for the prey you like to hunt is over does not mean that your hunting related activities are over until next season.

Get Your License Application Filed

For a good hunter, the sport is all about planning. The season for whatever you like to hunt varies by state, so if you want to be ready, you need to have all your licenses and take permits in place well before hunting season. The off-season is a good time to evaluate what you are interested in pursuing next year, and then making sure you file the proper paperwork to get your licenses and tags on time.

A website such as http://wheretohunt.org/ gives you an overview of what you might want to hunt in each state, as well as state regulations and deadlines. With this information, you can calendar the seasons and the deadlines for applying for the right paperwork. If you want to expand your gaming horizons during the next season, you can add a new locale and a new species that may even expand your season or your hunting plans for the year.

Find The Best Hunting Companies for Big Game

If you like to do outfitted hunting trips, you know that choosing the right outfitting company can be challenging as corporate websites and brochures do not always tell the whole story of hunting with a particular company. The off-season is an excellent time to attend national and regional hunting shows where you can talk with representatives of companies exhibiting at the show that offer interesting opportunities. What’s even better, you can talk to fellow hunters about their experiences with different companies and hunting sites, so you are knowledgeable before you book.

Evaluate and Update Your Weapons and Equipment

When you hunt, having the right weaponry, gear, and clothing is essential to a successful venture. The off-season is an excellent time to evaluate what you took on your last trip and upgrade or add to what you have. Hunting shows are a great place to view, touch, and feel new gear that you want to try. If you buy new guns or archery equipment, you have time to practice using them at a range or even in an indoor league. You do not want your hunting trip to be the virgin run for your new gun, so experiencing the feel and performance of your weapon before you hit the field is important.

Get Your Body Ready to Hunt

Hunting is both a mental and a physical game. If you are not agile, you are not a fit competitor to animals in the wild. The sport requires plenty of walking, climbing, and bending that you can prepare for in the gym in off-season.

When you looking for the best hunting company for big game, book now with the R& K Hunting Company.

Plan Your 2016 Big Game Hunt Now!

Big Game Hunt Plan

It’s time to plan your big game hunt, because hunting season will be here before you know it. Even if you are hunting with a guided outfitter, you will need to obtain the appropriate permits. Some game permits are very limited in number so it’s recommend you apply for your permit as early as possible. It doesn’t matter when you obtain your permit. You’ll be able to use it at any time during the game season so there’s no harm in getting your permit early.

And you’ll need to start early. Permit applications start being accepted in Wyoming and Utah in January with most deadlines coming up in March. That does not give you much time to choose which animal to pursue and which state to do it in.

Wyoming Permits

Wyoming permits must be applied for online here. Deadlines are midnight (MT) on the last day of permitting. The deadlines listed below are for non-residents.

  • Elk permits are available from January 1 – January 31.
  • Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, and Moose permits are available from January 1 – February 29.
  • Deer and Antelope permits are available from January 1 – May 31.
  • Wild Turkey permits are available January 1-31 for the spring hunt and from July 1-31 for the fall hunt.
  • Wild Bison permits are available February 1-29.

Utah Permits

In Utah, you’ll need a hunting permit for: bear, bighorn sheep, bison, bobcat, cougar, deer, elk, moose, pronghorn, Rocky Mountain goat, sage-grouse, sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse, swan, and turkey.

Most big game permits are subject to a drawing or lottery system. You’ll need to apply for your permits online here between January 28 – March 3, 2016 and then wait for the drawing to find out if you’ve successfully obtained a permit. Drawings will be held by May 27, 2016.

You can increase your chances of getting a permit by applying for bonus or preference points. Those must be applied for by March 17 for the 2016 season.

Utah also offers antlerless big game hunts to help manage herd size. Permit applications for these hunts must be made between May 26 and June 16. Visit the state’s Division of Wildlife Resources website in late May to see which permits are available.

Need Help? Contact R&K Hunting Company For Help

If you don’t have time to apply for a permit or don’t understand how to apply online, contact R&K Hunting Co. for help at 435-655-5484. We can help you prepare for your 2016 season by making sure you’ve got all the correct licenses and permits you need for a successful big game hunt.

Reporting Your Hunt: What’s Required?

Hunt Reporting

When it comes to harvesting and reporting your hunt, there can be some confusion as to what is mandatory and what is voluntary. The fact is that the requirements vary by species, and also by state. The best way to make sure you’re on the right side of the law is to work with an outfitter that provides guided hunts and who can educate you about reporting your hunt.

Reporting Your Hunt in Utah

In Utah, most reporting for big game is mandatory. Failing to properly report your hunt could affect your eligibility to obtain licenses and hunt the next season.

A complete list of reporting requirements can be found on the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Big Game Reporting Requirements

  • General-season buck deer and bull elk – Reporting is Voluntary.
  • Bucks, bulls and bighorn sheep – reporting is Mandatory.
  • Antlerless deer, elk, moose and doe pronghorn – Reporting is Voluntary, but strongly encouraged.
  • All limited-entry, premium limited-entry, once-in-a-lifetime and CWMU permits – reporting is Mandatory. Even if you do not hunt or harvest an animal, you still must report within 30 days.

If you’re not working with an outfitter for a big game guided hunt, you can find the rest of the reporting requirements on the UDNR site. In general, most upland game, waterfowl and turkey are voluntary reporting; however, swans are mandatory. Most furbearers are also voluntary, but it is mandatory to deliver bobcat and marten pelts to a DWR representative. For successful hunters of black bears and cougars it is mandatory that you check in with a conservation office for permanent tagging within 48 hours of the kill.

Reporting Your Hunt in Wyoming

Reporting your hunt is NOT mandatory in Wyoming. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department sends Harvest Surveys out at the close of each season and strongly encourages all licensed hunters who receive a survey to complete the survey online.

For all harvested animals and meat, the tag instructions on the license must be followed, and the tag must be in the possession of the person accompanying the transportation of the animal or meat.

Big game hunting in Wyoming requires a species-specific license and Conservation Stamp, as well as permission to hunt in PLPW (Private Lands Public Wildlife) Hunter Management Areas (HMA). It is also important to note that all non-resident trophy and big game hunters must be accompanied by a licensed outfitter or guide when hunting in federally designated wilderness areas.

Hunt With a Licensed and Experienced Outfitter

Because of all of the requirements – both before and after the hunt – many novice hunters find it most helpful to hunt with a licensed and experienced outfitter like The R&K Hunting Company. We offer big game and trophy hunts in Wyoming and Utah and have access to several private hunting ranches for the ultimate hunting experience.

5 Cold Weather Hunting Tips

Cold Weather Hunting Tips

Some specific cold weather hunting tips can make winter hunting trips just as rewarding as warm weather ones; sometimes the results are even better. Your success will come down to preparation and understanding what aspects must be adjusted.

5 Tips to Help you Prepare for Cold Weather Hunts

  1. The Right Gear. Proper clothing is absolutely essential. You need to remain warm while waiting but still have enough freedom of movement to handle your bow or gun and track an animal. Layering is the key to staying warm in cold weather hunting. Start with an insulating base layer. Then add long underwear and, if it’s really frigid, a wool layer on top of that. Finally, top it all with your camo parka, hat, and insulated coveralls. Be sure to invest in good quality gloves or mittens. Wool mittens with flip-open fingertips are a great choice. These can be covered with a more insulating, thicker glove when you’re not shooting. Warm footwear is also essential when cold weather hunting. Liner socks, wool socks and thickly insulated, waterproof boots are a must.
  2. Stay Limber. To stay warm during cold weather hunting you need to keep the blood flowing; remaining motionless is the worst choice. Standing is better for you than sitting. Slowly bend and flex your joints and release muscles while you wait. You’ll generate warmth and keep your brain focused on the hunt, not the cold. If you’re bow hunting, stretch and hold the bow every 20-30 minutes to keep both you and the bow limber.
  3. Test Your Equipment. It’s much harder to shoot accurately with bulky gloves, face masks and thick coats. Practice shooting in full gear to get a feel for the bow or rifle so you can adjust your technique accordingly. Thermal heat pads can help keep your fingers warm while you wait.
  4. Eat and Hydrate. You burn more calories in cold weather hunting because your body is working harder to keep you warm. Pack high-energy snacks like jerky, nuts and dried fruits and take the time to eat them during your wait. Reward yourself during a long wait with a hot thermos of coffee, hot chocolate, or soup.
  5. Understand Your Limitations. You need to understand what your limitations are and respect them. Pushing yourself beyond your stamina or cold tolerance can lead to errors in judgment and poor shot placement. Identify your limits and develop strategies to cope with the cold, and know when to head back to basecamp.

Perseverance and Preparation Pay Off

Just because you’re geared up doesn’t mean it won’t be cold or you won’t be uncomfortable. Although cold weather hunting requires determination and perseverance, the payoff is a huge sense of accomplishment and results in possibly the shot of a lifetime.