Yes, it’s early July.
Yes, we’re thinking about elk season.
No, we’re not gonna apologize.
How can you not be thinking elk? Tag draws are happening around the country. We’re getting our bows dialed in on the competition circuit. And our freezer is getting emptier and emptier.
So, yes, elk season is on our minds, and based on the questions and feedback we get here at Badlands HQ, you folks are also getting wapiti fever.
A lot of people are preparing their gear for the upcoming season, and one of the most common questions we get is “It all looks so cool! What do I need? What are the ‘must-haves’?”
As we often do during these times of questioning, we turned to the Badlands Operative Pro Staff for their “must-haves” for elk season.
Freddy Harteis stalks the Colorado mountain ranges for elk and spends a lot of time on glass doing so. This keeps bino management high on his list of must-haves.
“Most of my time is spent with binoculars in my hand, so one of my must-haves is the Bino XR Case,” Freddy said. “I use it on every hunt and scouting trip. Keeps my binos close and comfortable, as well as protected from the elements.”
Operative Pro Staffer Josh “Mo” Moremen casts another vote for binocular storage.
“My early, warm season elk camo is the Algus,” he said. “I’ll pack in Mutton base layers in case it gets cooler, but with all the elevation gains and miles hiked each day, I rarely have to worry about getting cold.”
Freddy’s must-have hunting apparel item is the versatile Stealth CoolTouch™ Hoodie.
“This is a game-changer for archery… lightweight, integral mask for stalking or blind sets, and fantastic for layering,” he said.
Hard to argue with any of these selections, as these guys spend more time in the country chasing big elk than anyone we know. If these guys say it’s a necessity, they mean it.
Finally, one of our favorite pieces around here. It’s the Swiss Army Knife of apparel. It’s a true multitasker. It’s the one thing no one realizes they really need.
It’s the Algus Neck Gaiter.
Yes, it hides our faces during the hunt, but it’s so much more. It’s better than any bug spray at keeping those last waves of too-stubborn-to-die mosquitoes and flies off our faces. It keeps our neck and ears from getting crispy in the thin mountain air. And it can be used as a makeshift headband to keep the sweat out of our eyes during the drag out. We love it and wouldn’t imagine going afield without it.
As you start to gear up for elk season, don’t be afraid to give us a shout, drop us an email or hit us up on social media. We’re happy to help you with your own “must-haves.”