Backcountry Water Sources and Purification
By Jason Brooks, Guest Contributor
A few years ago while in Idaho's backcountry hunting mule deer and elk, the hard lesson of how important water is to the hunt was imparted on me. A few miles from camp was an old Native American shelter with some paintings. After a few days hiking up the hills above the Salmon River my hunting partner and I decided to find the shelter as a way to unwind for a day. Being a November hunt you never know when you will come across a rutted up mulie or a nice bull so I took my rifle, a flashlight, and knife. An hour later we found the rock overhang looking over a set of rapids. Just then I spotted a herd of elk near a far ridgeline with at least one legal bull. Taking advantage of what daylight we had left; once again we found ourselves hiking up and out of the river drainage.
Review: Cross Country Cooler Road Trip
by Tony Trietch, Rokslide Moderator
There has been a growing debate lately regarding the quality, high-end coolers versus the cheap throw-away coolers. That discussion essentially breaks down to value. Is a single higher priced quality cooler that will last years (and perhaps a lifetime) better than buying multiple cheap coolers that will inevitably break down and need to be replaced? I had no set-in-stone opinion as I had always made due with the cheap variety but thought the higher quality coolers would probably do a better, more efficient job. I came up with a way to find out for myself and maybe help others that have not had the chance to use the modern Roto Molded coolers.
Ovis Sacks Lightweight Game Bags Review
By Tony Trietch, Rokslide Moderator
Like most hunters chasing big game throughout the West, my field care of harvests consists of boning out meat or quartering game animals. Quality game bags to keep our meat clean, cool and bug free are a must. Old school cheese cloth type bags are a thing of the past. Today we have many options from quality manufactures making synthetic bags that do a much better job at protecting our bounty.
Review: The Really BIG Cooler Showdown
By Travis Bertrand, Rokslide Moderator
It's that time of the year again where you are dusting off your hunting equipment and preparing for your first hunt or scouting trip. Maybe you already have been out a few time and realize you need to upgrade your cooler. Let's face it, the rotocast cooler market has so many offerings it can be overwhelming and most local shops only carry a limited selection. For this review, I tested head-to-head four coolers in a size I feel most hunters should own. Keep in mind, you might not be able to get your hands on every one locally, but each should just be a few clicks away.