Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and some of our favorite outdoor brands are doing extraordinary things right now with their factories and supplies. During WWII, Ford converted its assembly lines to make bombers; now, during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Chaco is making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Simms is making hospital gowns.
We are all in the same game here, we need the outdoors. One problem is that during this quarantine time, our access to the green spaces and parks we love has been limited or completely shut off. This has been done for the safety of all us. So, what do we do?
Just because you are 30 miles into the backcountry, tired, and getting camp set up doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice the pleasures of a tasty meal. Below is one of my favorite backpacking meals of all time, the calzone.
As the seasons change each year millions of hunters across America gear up and head into the wild on their next hunting trip. For most of us, it's more than just taking a shot at your prey; it's the experience of the outdoors. Raw elements of nature combine with the weather, the land and sky, the vegetation and the wildlife for a truly unique experience. The anticipation of when your game will show, if they do at all, begins to bubble up inside of you while you endure the heat or the cold, the water and the wind. The challenge of outwitting your prey, whether you are tracking elk across remote mountain ranges or calling in a northern pintail to a half-frozen pond, is one to be faced head on. Hunting is a way of life - a call to wild places we simply cannot ignore.
At Backwoods we understand that way of life because we live it. That's why we bring in the best hunting gear and sporting clothing for all types of hunting. You'll find high-quality gear from top brands regardless of the type of hunting you do.
Distraction is the last thing you want when hunting. Getting too cold or too hot, getting wet when you need to stay dry, or clothing failure can be the worst kind of distraction possible. It's important to dress with quality, durable clothing to keep you distraction free and ultimately safe when you are hunting. We stock products that are made to handle the toughest conditions you can throw at them. Gear up with hunting clothing from Backwoods. Here are a few of our suggestions when choosing clothing for your next hunt.
For hot weather hunting, Sitka's Asceent Shirt provides superior breathability and cooling when worn alone, and wicks moisture when worn as a base layer under heavier clothing.
Pair the above shirt with the Sitka's Ascent Pants. For colder weather, try the Stormfront Pants for a GORE-TEX® laminate layer against water and snow.
The Stratus Vest is part of our most versatile whitetail system, pulling double duty as either an insulating mid layer or core-warming outer.
For cold weather or an extended backcountry outing, go with the Kelvin Active Jacket that features 80 gram Polartec® Alpha insulation for maximum versatility. The newly redesigned Stormfront Series Jacket is fit to comfortably accommodate maximum layers on top of your cold and wet weather layering system.
Hunting Packs & Bags
Hunting in the backcountry means packing gear in and out. Dedicated hunters may track game for days while carrying any needed gear on their back, not to mention packing out an animal. Choosing the right pack will offer the carry capacity you need while offering comfort regardless of the time you're out on the trail. Most of all, the backpack you choose must fit your body and shouldn't be just based on what your friend uses.
If you plan to hunt in the deep woods for days at a time you might need a large pack. We suggest choosing a bag just smaller than you need to encourage you to bring only what you need and avoid overpacking. A pack mismatched to your body size will be uncomfortable; your pack should fit snugly against your body.
You want a pack that lasts for multiple seasons even with hard use. Look for a pack that is made of lightweight, durable material, quality straps and connections, and is breathable. Waterproof or water resistance is a nice feature as well.
Internal or External Frame
An external frame pack is best for packing big loads, so if you're hunting elk, this is your go-to pack. For most other hunting you'll be more comfortable with an internal frame pack. Internal frame packs are usually smaller and more comfortable and will help to reduce muscle fatigue.
Packing a Weapon
Choosing a backpack that will carry a weapon will free your hands for other tasks and allow you to carry your weapon safely. Look for a backpack with a padded case (for a rifle) or straps (for your bow or rifle).
Conservation & Hunting
In the off-season, Backwoods employees love to hike, camp, and fish in some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the country. Like all true outdoorsmen, we know that conservation of our national parks, wetlands and wildlife so that our family, friends and the generations that come after can enjoy the same wilderness that we currently do.
Hunting in the U.S provides over half of the annual budget for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. In turn, the Department spends that money on scientific research of plants and wildlife, hunter education programs, wildlife management, and the purchase of land for public use. Through taxes on hunting, shooting, archery and angling equipment, and boating fuels, hunters, recreational shooters and anglers have contributed more than $19 billion for wildlife and habitat conservation since 1937, including $1.1 billion in 2017.
The North American Wildlife Conservation Model
The North American Wildlife Conservation Model is the only one of its kind in the world. In the mid-1800’s hunters and anglers realized they needed to set limits in order to protect rapidly disappearing wildlife, and assume responsibility for managing wild habitats. Hunters and anglers were among the first to crusade for wildlife protection and remain some of today’s most important conservation leaders.
The model has two basic principles – that our fish and wildlife belong to all Americans, and that they need to be managed in a way that their populations will be sustained forever.
The principles of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model are explained more fully through a set of guidelines known as the Seven Sisters for Conservation.
Wildlife is Held in the Public Trust
In North America, natural resources and wildlife on public lands are managed by government agencies to ensure that current and future generations always have wildlife and wild places to enjoy.
Prohibition on Commerce of Dead Wildlife
Commercial hunting and the sale of wildlife is prohibited to ensure the sustainability of wildlife populations.
Democratic Rule of Law
Hunting and fishing laws are created through the public process where everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to develop systems of wildlife conservation and use.
Hunting Opportunity for All
Every citizen has an opportunity, under the law, to hunt and fish in the United States and Canada.
In North America, individuals may legally kill certain wild animals under strict guidelines for food and fur, self-defense and property protection. Laws restrict against the casual killing of wildlife merely for antlers, horns or feathers.
Wildlife and fish migrate freely across boundaries between states, provinces and countries. Working together, the United States and Canada jointly coordinate wildlife and habitat management strategies. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 demonstrates this cooperation between countries to protect wildlife. The Act made it illegal to capture or kill migratory birds, except as allowed by specific hunting regulations.
Sound science is essential to managing and sustaining North America’s wildlife and habitats. For example, researchers put radio collars on elk to track the animals’ movements to determine where elk give birth and how they react to motor vehicles on forest roads.
The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation was founded so that each generation has the opportunity to experience wildlife in wild country. The Model is second to none and is the most democratic and sustainable system the world has ever seen.