Gear Review: Badlands Impact Jacket
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During the 2012 Wyoming Elk Season, I had a chance to test out the new Badlands Impact Jacket. On the hunt we traveled from 7500 to 9900 feet in elevation in temps that were at a high of 65 degrees F in the beginning down low and as low as 10 degrees F on the final days of the hunt.

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Hunt Report: 2012 Wyoming Elk with the “Martin Boys”
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A fire in the woodstove on a 10 degree F morning makes it easier to leave your sleeping bag in elk camp.

The second year of hunting a “new” part of Wyoming brings a certain sense of having to prove to one’s self that any success the previous year was not beginner’s luck. There is also the element of not wanting to repeat mistakes from the previous year as well. In many ways hunting this year was more stressful than last year now that there were “expectations”…

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Mudman 2012 (First Annual)
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Headed for the finishing chute. Photo by Leigh Meyer

” I don’t enter events during Hunting Season”

These were my words in June when the organizers of Vineman (the best 70.3 and 140.6 mile triathlons on the West Coast) announced they were going to put on a Mud run, aptly named “Mudman” just a mere 2 miles from my front door.

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2012 A ZONE Deer Season comes to an end
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So I had chalked up Azone last weekend as another Weekend of honeydo’s. Worked until 1:00 pm and then went to the Mexican restaurant for a midday Margarita and burrito. As I take my first sip of my “no salt, on the rocks” concoction my phone rings. it’s my bowhunting buddy inviting me on a last minute hunt in Sonoma County. So I get the Burrito to go and hustle home to grab my bow and my bedroll. I’m crunching along in the Madrone leaves that night by 5:30. No game spotted except the remnants of a turkey spread over a half acre.

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Fall is a Busy time…
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You may have noticed my posts have tailed off. In August and September, the local deer season is open, the kids are back in school, We have two kids in sports after school, so time is at a premium.

Running: I don’t enter events that I need to train for after August 15th. My training schedule is often interrupted with weekend hunts. I run to hunt better. That said, I will be doing the MudMan Obstacle course On Sept. 23rd 2012

Hunting: Forest fires have really impacted access to some of my local spots. If they didn’t burn, then visibility is so bad from smoke, glassing is pointless. We did ride in Modoc County to get eyes on some country for a draw tag for my father. We will leave for Wyoming elk on September 27th.

Product reviews: Look for words and pictures on the Impact Jacket, and Badlands Element Base Layers in a future column…

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