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3 Pro Tips For Setting Up Your Deer Hunting Blind

If hunting from a tree stand isn’t for you, consider using a deer hunting blind instead. Deer blinds are a great way to conceal yourself while pursuing a trophy buck. These small structures give you plenty of coverage to hide in plain sight, allowing you to harvest an amazing deer this season. But setting up your deer hunting blind isn’t always easy. Today we’re talking about setting up your hunting blind and some insider tips to help you succeed. 

Find out three pro tips for setting up your deer hunting blind below.

Blend in with Ample Coverage

One major key to setting up your ground blind, which is often overlooked, is to ensure you have plenty of coverage surrounding it. You’ll want to have enough background cover to help break up the silhouette and outline of your blind, which will help it be more inconspicuous. In addition to background cover, you’ll want to find a place to set up that has overhanging tree limbs and branches—these further help break up your blind’s profile, blending it into the landscape more.

BONUS PRO TIP — Keep in mind, as the seasons change, so do the leaves on the trees. What looks like decent coverage in July or August can look completely different (and bare!) a few months later. Locate a spot to set up your blind that will let you blend in, even when the leaves begin to fall.

Set Up in Advance

Setting up a ground blind can spook the surrounding animals. Between the smell, the sounds, and a new structure in the middle of the woods, deer will need some recovery time and a chance to get used to your hunting hut. A blind is likely an unfamiliar object to a deer, which is reason enough to avoid traveling in that area. Deer and other animals need time to get used to it, so set it up well before the season begins — three to six weeks should be ample time. 

BONUS PRO TIP — Before you can set up early, you’ll need to do some research and scouting. You probably won’t find a trophy buck in an open field or meadow. You’ll need to pinpoint their travel paths and habits. Moreover, putting in a little scouting time will allow you to learn their eating and sleeping patterns, helping you decide where to place your blind.

Give Yourself Options

Make sure you set up your blind in an area that gives you plenty of options. Don’t pigeonhole yourself into low visibility and one shooting lane. It is hard to predict deer and other big game animals, so you’ll want to have as many shoot lanes and sightlines as possible. Besides, deer move quickly. You’ll want to ensure you have enough time to set your weapon into position before it’s too late.

BONUS PRO TIP — A great place to set up your blind is near a feeding location since it attracts does, thus attracting bucks. Or set up along a travel path near the bottom of a valley. Setting up in either of these locations should give you a decent idea of where the animals will walk or hang out. This should lengthen when you have to get your gun or bow into place, get your aim just right, and pull the trigger.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

A well-concealed blind can be the difference in coming home with that trophy buck or not. These helpful tips, along with an expert guide from R & K Hunting Company, will increase the likelihood of a successful trip. Season after season, hunters come back to R & K Hunting Company because they are Utah and Wyoming’s trusted hunting guide experts for harvesting large North American big game. Contact our experienced and knowledgeable team to schedule your next hunting adventure in the Rocky Mountains.

5 Tips for Finding the Best Tree Stand Location

Before the hunting season even begins, a successful hunt starts with finding the best location for your tree stand. There are several factors to keep in mind as you search for the perfect spot.

Today we’re talking about scouting out and selecting an ideal tree in a prime location for your stand to ensure you put a tag on your trophy animal.

Continue scrolling to learn how you can find the best tree stand location for your hunt.

Wind Patterns

Before selecting the tree where you’ll place your stand, you must think about the wind patterns. Because animals have a keen sense of smell, it is essential to set up your tree stand so you can hunt the wind. Not only should you think about the direction the wind is blowing as you hunt, but also think about which way it’s blowing as you enter and exit your stand. Being on the wrong end of the wind could ruin your chances of a successful hunt.

Stay Silent

In addition to a sharp sense of smell, many of the animals you hunt from tree stands, heavily rely on their hearing to be aware of their surroundings. Finding a tree that allows you to climb up and down quietly is necessary. Remaining undetected will give you an edge and retain that element of surprise you need to be successful.

Safety First

Safety should always be your number one priority and at the front of your mind while hunting — the same goes for selecting the perfect tree for your stand. When selecting a tree, make sure it is alive, healthy, and strong enough to hold you and your stand. Healthy trees won’t have peeling bark or any dead or partially colored leaves. Additionally, you’ll want to clear the area of any dead branches.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm — Err Deer

Increase your odds of a successful hunt this season by setting up your stand early. Your scent and the noise you’ll make setting up your stand will surely scare away nearby animals. Setting up your tree stand before the season begins will allow the animals to settle and get used to your tree stand. But keep in mind as you search for a spot in the summer, the trees will be mostly bare come hunting season, and the foliage will be gone. You won’t want to set up your stand out in the open where you’ll have a difficult time blending in.

Clear Your View

Ideally, you’ll find a tree with a large open portion. However, it isn’t likely you’ll find a tree with the perfect view. Once you’ve found the best spot, don’t be afraid to give the tree a little trim in your shooting lanes. Do your best not to be heavy-handed when cutting branches, only remove what needs to be removed, and preserve nature.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Finding the best tree stand location can takes dedication and determination. Using these insider tips will help you hone in on that perfect spot for an exciting and successful hunt. For more pro tips, book your next hunt with R & K Hunting Company. Our knowledgeable guides are expert hunters and have decades of experience. It’s no wonder why hunters come back to us season after season. Book your Rocky Mountain hunting adventure with R & K Hunting Company today!

Choosing the Right Camouflage Based on the Species You Are Hunting

Camouflage is a beneficial tool many hunters utilize. Camouflage helps hunters stalk animals while hiding in plain sight and going undetected. But not all camo is created equally. There are many different patterns, colors, and styles from which to choose. In addition to blending into the background, it’s essential to think about the animal species you are hunting when selecting the camouflage you will wear. What works when hunting one type of animal may not necessarily work when hunting another kind.

Read more about how to choose your camo based on which animals you are hunting below.

Species of Animals and Camouflage

A great way to choose the camouflage you’ll be wearing on your hunt is based on the type of animal you are hunting. Different animals have differing senses, especially when it comes to their sense of sight.

Waterfowl — Ducks and other birds can easily see colors. This makes wearing camouflage essential! Make sure you wear a camo that blends well into the tall and lightly colored grass, cattails, and reeds. Wearing hunter orange or blaze orange or pink is not required when hunting waterfowl.

Deer and Other Big Game — Generally speaking, deer and other big game animals have difficulty picking out specific colors. Colors with longer wavelengths like orange, yellow, red, and pink go virtually undetected. However, their sight is good enough to see your outline and the texture of your clothing. So, you’ll want to find a camo that breaks up your silhouette and helps you blend into the surrounding scenery. It is crucial and required to wear blaze orange when big game hunting.

Coyotes and Other Predators — When hunting coyotes or other predators, it is ideal to have a good blind or covering. If the covering is limited or you do not have a decent blind and plan to be stationary, wearing a 3D camo suit, like a Ghillie suit, might be your best bet. Just be sure to take proper safety precautions when wearing this type of camouflage.

Turkey — Like waterfowl, turkeys have incredible eyesight. Stick to camouflage patterns that have plenty of green colors and shadows. You will be most successful when you are completely hidden, so make sure to remember to conceal your hands and face. Most states require blaze orange when turkey hunting.

Surrounding Flora and Camouflage

Of course, it is essential to think about the area in which you’ll be hunting. Is it full of leaves, branches, and trees? Is everything covered in snow, or is the vegetation green and lush? Learn more about selecting camo based on what the land looks like here.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Regardless of which animal species you are hunting, it is good to break up your outline and blend in with the surrounding environment. Give yourself an additional edge by booking your hunt with R & K Hunting Company. Our guides have decades of experience and are trusted by many hunters who come back season after season. Enjoy a headache and hassle-free Rocky Mountain hunting adventure by contacting R & K Hunting Company today.

5 Hunting Trail Camera Tips and Tricks

It’s no secret that trail cameras are an incredibly helpful and effective tool. But, to get the best results, they must be used properly. Better images equal better information, which, in turn, gives you a better chance of being successful this coming season and coming home with a trophy animal.

Below you will find five trail camera tips and tricks that will up your hunting game.

1. North Facing is Best

As a child, you were probably advised to never look at the sun. The same rule goes for trail cams. While the consequence isn’t nearly as damaging, east or west-facing trail cameras won’t give you a great picture because of the sun. Moreover, because trail cameras are sensitive to movement (wind blowing through trees and bushes) and heat (blaring sun rays), it might become triggered. Valuable memory card space is now full of images of the forest with sun rays peaking through instead of deer. While these pictures are beautiful, they aren’t what you’re looking for or helpful. Avoid these issues by facing your trail camera north as often as possible.

2. Buy Better Batteries

When it comes to batteries for your trail camera, it’s best to splurge on higher quality, longer-lasting ones. Skip using the cheap, alkaline batteries and buy the lithium batteries. Because lithium batteries tend to last twice (or thrice!) as long, you’ll save money in the long run.

3. Set It and Leave It

A big mistake many hunters make is checking their trail camera too often. We understand it’s almost better than Christmas morning, looking at all the images on your memory card. However, it is important to leave it alone as not to scare off the wildlife in the area. The less you visit your camera’s location, the better results you’ll get.

4. Find an Ideal Location

Whether you’re buying a new home or finding a spot to set up your trail cam, location is everything. Even if you have the best trail camera money can, if your cam isn’t in a good place, your images won’t amount to much. Always think about where the animals are looking for food and water, trails and pathways were they’ll walk, and where they will rest for the night. Find a place to put your camera near one of these areas, and you’re sure to find the action.

5. Protect Your Property

Unfortunately, we live in a world where if things aren’t securely fastened, they can quickly disappear. To ensure your trail cam remains put, consider putting your camera in a lockbox. Or you can always put it somewhere out of sight or up high where it’s difficult to reach.

Contact The R & K Hunting Company

Trail cams can be a hunter’s best friend. With a little planning and forethought, you can improve your skill tremendously with a well-placed trail camera. To further ensure your hunt is successful, contact the professional guides at The R & K Hunting Company. We have years of hunting outfitter experience and want to help you make the most of your Rocky Mountain hunting adventure. Contact us today to book your next hunt.

Items Every Hunting First Aid Kit Needs

While hunting is a fun and exciting sport, it can also be incredibly dangerous. Every outdoorsman must take proper safety precautions when hunting. Many injuries can result from hunting, sharpening a knife and cutting yourself, a twisted ankle from hiking, a fall from a tree stand, and, most seriously, a gunshot wound. Unfortunately, taking proper safety measures doesn’t always ensure everybody’s safety. In the event of an emergency or accident, it is good to prepare a well-stocked first aid kit.

Learn more about the items every first aid kit needs below.

The Bare Essentials

Every first aid kit you bring along needs to be equipped with the bare essentials. These items may come in handy for something as simple as a sliver or headache or as serious as a broken arm or cut. A basic kit should include items such as:

  • Bandaids and other bandages like butterfly and ace bandages
  • Moleskin
  • Gloves
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Medication for pain relief like ibuprofen and allergies
  • A splint
  • Tourniquet (complete with instructions)
  • Tweezers
  • An emergency blanket
  • Gauze in a roll and pads
  • Medical tape
  • and more

Other Important Items

In addition to the basics, you’ll want to bring along many other important items:

  • Hemostatic Agents — To quickly stop bleeding, you’ll need a hemostatic agent like QuikClot or Celox. These dressings will accelerate the natural clotting process three times faster and are necessary until you can get professional medical care.
  • CPR Mask — In the event, you need to perform CPR, you’ll want to protect yourself from infectious disease and the victim’s bodily fluids with a CPR mask. Brush up on your CPR skills and get certified with a CPR class.
  • Chest Seal — Chest seals are used to treat punctured lungs, traumatic abdominal injuries, and cuts to major veins or arteries. One side of the seal is covered in a strong adhesive that can stick to a person, even when covered in blood, sweat, hair, etc. The seal creates an air and watertight seal over the wound to keep it clean and prevent further damage until you reach medical care.
  • Trauma Shears — If you need quick access to an injury, trauma shears will be beneficial. They easily cut through clothing, belts, and even seatbelts. They will also prove to be useful when cutting gauze or tape.
  • Emergency Food and Water — Bring along a couple of energy bars, snacks, and water bottles. If bringing bottled water isn’t an option, at the very least, bring water treatment tablets.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Bringing along all the life-saving gear, you might need, is one of the smartest things you can do when heading out on your excursion. Safe hunting experience is our number one priority at R & K Hunting Company. We work tirelessly to ensure the safety of the hunters we guide. For a safe and exciting Rocky Mountain hunting adventure, contact the experienced guides at R & K Hunting Company today to book your hunt.

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Hunting Season

Now is the ideal time to begin preparing for the upcoming hunting season. There is a lot to do, and if you’re an avid hunter, you won’t waste even a moment. Waiting too long to get ready for your hunt can cost you your trophy buck. Preparing now will put you miles ahead of any procrastinating hunters.

Continue scrolling to learn what you can do now to prepare for the upcoming hunting season.

Weapon Tune-Up and Practice

If you haven’t given your gun or bow a little TLC since your last hunting adventure, it’s probably time for a tune-up. If you wait to take it into the shop, you might get stuck waiting. Additionally, if you are serious about bringing home an animal, you’ll want to spend plenty of time perfecting your shot with the weapon you plan to use on your hunt.

Check Your Gear and Supplies

Take some time to go through all of your gear and supplies. When you are mountainside, the last thing you want is to realize you are out of ammo, or you used the last of your scent eliminator last season. Make sure all of your equipment is still in working order, that you replace batteries, and that everything is restocked. If you need to buy new clothes or gear, make sure you break it in before you set off on your big hunt. Nobody wants a blister on their foot after hiking in on the first day.

Get in Shape

Make sure you are in good physical condition for your hunt. Well, before the season begins, start exercising and increasing your weekly physical activity. Begin walking, running, hiking, and weight lifting. Working out and getting in good shape will give you the stamina to stay out all day long, which will increase your odds of a successful hunt.

Clear a Path

If you know there are tripping hazards or hanging branches on the trail to your favorite hunting spot, take a chainsaw or ax up there months before and clear your path. Removing these obstacles will help you remain as quiet as possible when approaching your hunting spot. 

Scout in Your Hunting Area

Get to know the area in which you are hunting. If you can, learn it like the back of your hand. The long summer days are a great way to familiarize yourself with the land. Memorize the wind patterns, watch the animals, and learn their habits. If you are diligent in scouting these animals, you will know their daily coming and going routines and will likely be there at the right time when the hunting season comes. If you are unable to get up to your hunting spot regularly, set up trail cameras to help you stalk from afar.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

If you are short on time this coming hunting season, don’t stress. R & K Hunting Company wants to plan the perfect hunt for you. When you book with us, you are booking an exciting adventure in the beautiful Rocky Mountains that you will remember for countless seasons to come. There’s a reason hunters return to us year after year, season after season. Contact us today to book your thrilling hunting experience.

Four Tips for Safe Hunting

Hunting is a great way to spend time outside getting fresh air and exercise. However, hunting poses many dangers that should not be taken lightly. Many hunting accidents occur every year, and most of these occurrences are entirely preventable. The last thing you want on an exciting hunting excursion is a trip to the hospital or worse. Avoid these unfortunate accidents by practicing a bit of caution and being thoughtful of your surroundings. 

Going hunting is a thrilling adventure. However, it comes with immense responsibilities. Keep scrolling to review a few helpful safety tips and precautions every hunter should take.

Gun Safety

This might seem obvious, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention it: Carrying and using a weapon comes with many responsibilities. Your number one priority is safety when handling a gun or other weapon. Here are some weapon safety tips to remember:

  • Even when you are 100% certain the weapon is not loaded, act as though it was loaded at all times. 
  • Once you are ready to use it — and only when you are ready to use it — load your weapon.
  • Keep your weapon pointing to the ground and never at yourself or another person.
  • Be certain of your target.
  • Use the safety lock feature on your weapon until you are ready to shoot.
  • Only place your finger on the trigger when you are firing.

Wear Blaze Orange

It’s important to remember that you probably aren’t the only hunter out on the mountainside. Make yourself known to other hunters in the area by wearing hunter orange clothing. While deer and other animals have a difficult time seeing colors like blaze orange, humans, on the other hand, can detect it easily.

Don’t Hunt Alone

Hunting is a dangerous sport and comes with more than a handful of unknowns that can lead to unfortunate events. Because of this, it is good practice to hunt with at least one friend. When you are hunting alone, you don’t have the safety net of another person. If you or your buddy are injured, the other person can assist the hurt individual or get help. If you are unable to bring along a buddy or choose to spend some quality time with yourself, at the very least, tell someone where you are going to be. Regardless of if you solo hunt or are with a group, make sure you share your detailed hunting plan with someone back at home.

Tree Safety

Many hunters choose to hunt from a tree stand because of the added edge it gives; the height provides an ideal vantage point. However, this helpful advantage can also be a dangerous hazard. If you decide to hunt from a tree stand, it is a good idea to wear a safety harness to avoid any mishaps that will send you plummeting to the ground.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Safety should be every hunter’s number one priority. A safe hunting experience is our primary concern at R & K Hunting Company. We take safety very seriously and work tirelessly to make sure everyone on our guided hunts is out of harm’s way. For a safe and exciting adventure, contact the professionals at R & K Hunting Company to book your hunt today.

Father’s Day Gift Guide — Hunter’s Edition

Every year, in June, we celebrate the dads in our lives. While some dads love the predictable tie or cologne gift, the outdoorsman might want something different. If your dad loves hunting, he’ll undoubtedly love the gifts we’ve picked out!

Father’s Day 2020 is on the 21st! Use the following gift guide to help you choose the perfect present for your special dad.

Clothing and Accessories

While your dad might already have camouflage clothing and other essentials, this type of gear receives a lot of wear and tear. It might be time to replace his beloved jacket, backpack, or hiking boots in his favorite style and camo print.

Action Camera

Help your dad capture his thrilling mountain adventures with an action camera, like a GoPro camera. Action cameras are perfect for outdoor lovers because they are small, lightweight, sturdy, and waterproof while providing high-quality images and videos. Additionally, you can strap these cameras to your body in many different ways, capturing your exciting moments while keeping your hands free.

Binoculars

Binoculars allow you to scout prey from far away, giving you more opportunities than hunting without them! Binoculars are an essential piece of equipment for hunting, but they also come in handy when sightseeing, at a stadium event, and more.

Guns, Bows, Knives, and Other Tools

Has your dad had his eye on a new gun, bow, or another weapon? These tools come in handy on the mountain in many different ways and can be customized and engraved, making it extra special for Dad’s big day. If he already has a gun, bow, or knife he loves, look into a butchering set, an ax, or care and maintenance kits.

Two-Way Radios

Staying in touch on the mountainside is important but not always possible. Because cellphones tend to lack service in rural areas where hunting is best, it’s nice to have two-way radios to stay in contact with your buddies back at camp.

Hunting Blind

Help your dad take his hunting skills to the next level with a hunting blind. He’ll be able to hide in plain sight with a hunting blind, helping him blend into the surrounding area, hiding from unsuspecting animals, to give him the perfect shot.

Gift Cards

If in doubt, get a gift card. You can never go wrong with a gift card to your dad’s go-to hunting shop. Plus, if you’re getting a late start on shopping and don’t have time for shipping or are unable to make it to a brick and mortar store, many of the big-name outfitters have e-gift card options available.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

For the outdoor-loving dad who has everything, gift them a once-in-a-lifetime hunting experience with R & K Hunting Company. Our guided hunts are full of adventure and are the perfect gift for your dad. Our knowledgeable guides have years of experience and will supply a unique opportunity to harvest a magnificent animal. Contact us to book your exciting Rocky Mountain hunting adventure today.

Tips for Setting Up Deer Hunting Blinds

Successfully hiding in plain sight can be the difference in coming home empty-handed and landing a harvested deer. Staying concealed is critical when hunting deer.

Ground blinds can be the perfect way of hiding yourself because they give more than enough coverage, giving you a straight shot at harvesting your trophy buck. However, setting up a hunting blind isn’t as easy as you might think.

Learn how to set up a deer hunting blind with the following pro tips.

Plenty of Background

When you search for a place to set up your blind, look for an area with plenty of cover, especially background cover. Overhanging tree branches and tall bushes can help blur the outline of your blind, helping it blend into the background. Tucking your blind in as much as possible will help hide it and make it much less visible to deer. 

KEY TAKEAWAY: Let the surrounding flora break up the line and silhouette of your blind as much as possible.

Set Up Before the Season

Deer are smart, aware creatures and will notice if a blind suddenly pops up out of nowhere. Seeing a blind will likely scare them, making them extra cautious or spooking them away altogether. Setting up your blind a few weeks before your hunt begins will allow deer to become comfortable and allow for more plants and bush to grow around the blind.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Let the deer in the area become acquainted with your blind by setting it up your blind early, well before the season begins.

Location, Location, Location

Where you set up your blind is everything and can make or break your hunt. Take time to find the sweet spot where you are close by the action but not right in it. Notice how the animals are traveling to your hunting spot. Even if your blind is well hidden, if it’s in a high-trafficked area, you’ll be busted. To figure all of this out, you can expect to spend time scouting leading up to your hunt. 

You will also need to consider the typical wind patterns in the area. You will want to set up your blind where the deer you’re stalking will be upwind from you. Even if you’re well hidden in a blind, when the animals can smell you, they will avoid the surrounding area like the plague.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Let the location of your blind set you up for success. Keep a reasonable distance from the animals and, remember, stay upwind.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

A successful hunt is the primary goal of this upcoming season. Two things can help you be victorious in this season’s hunt: using the above tips for setting up a ground blind and hiring a master guide. When you book your hunt with the experts at R & K Hunting Company, the stress and hassle come off your shoulders and allows you to enjoy this extraordinary experience thoroughly. Let us put together the perfect hunt for you! Contact us to book your hunt today.

How To Select The Right Camo

Hunters wear camouflage to blend into their surroundings. Animals, especially the kinds of animals you are hunting, have particularly good eyesight. These animals heavily rely on their senses as it is one of their greatest defenses against predators. While some colors might be difficult for them to see (longer and middle wavelength colors like orange, yellow, green, and red), texture and something out of place stands out like a sore thumb. 

Learn more about blending in below.

How Necessary is Camouflage?

Some hunters insist they do not need to wear camo. Of course, you don’t need to wear it, but wearing camouflage does give you an edge as a hunter. We previously mentioned how animals rely on their senses to protect themselves and to know the world around them. They are particularly good at detecting movement. A small movement, like the turn of the head, can be a dead giveaway, and your game can quickly spot you. Wearing camo can break up your outline, blurring your shape, and help you blend into the surrounding scenery. 

The Many Different Camo Patterns

If all hunting terrains were the same, there would only need to be one camo pattern. Since there are so many different looking terrains, there needs to be that many camouflage designs.

There are two main categories of camo:

Mimicry Camouflage — Mimicry camo helps hunters blend into their surroundings by mimicking the surrounding flora. You’ll see snowy, woodland, marsh, and brush camouflage patterns available on the market. Take a closer look and find that these patterns are filled with pictures of trees, brush, leaves, branches, and other vegetation.

Breakup, Concealment, or Digital Camouflage — Whichever name you decide to call it, this camouflage helps your online blur into the background. Digital camo uses a few different colors and random shapes to get the job done. You’ll notice that it doesn’t resemble natural vegetation or terrain like mimicry camo does.

How to Select the Right Camo

There are four hunting regions found in the U.S: North, South, East, and West. To determine the type of camouflage you need, you’ll need to do some research to figure out what your surroundings look like before you get dressed for your next hunting adventure. You’ll find several different types of terrain in each of these regions, but generally speaking:

Northern — If you are using a tree stand to hunt, like many hunters in the area use, you’ll want to make sure the camo you select blends into the tree line and the sky.

Southern — The southern regions are full of lush vegetation. Find a camo that has leaves, branches, and tree limbs on the print.

Eastern — Find an all-purpose camouflage that will make you blend into the diverse hunting terrains of this area.

Western — Use earth tones to help you disappear in the mountains and desert.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

While blending in is an essential part of the hunting experience, you’ll want to book your hunt with a stand out company. The expert guides at R & K Hunting Company will give you an experience of a lifetime. Book your next hunting adventure and avoid the headaches and hassle of planning. Contact us today.