Idaho Elk Trip 2010: Reflections

I am not sure what would shut the elk vocalizing after 2 ½ days, could it have been the forestry guys? Maybe!  Could it have been wolves? How about a mountain lion? We saw both tracks while hunting. But, I talked to a few other guys that hunt the same zone about 20 miles apart from where we were and they experienced the same thing on the same days.

It was a good hunt, not only to challenge myself, test new gear and but in taking a greenhorn on this type of adventure. Even though Greg was not physically or mentally prepared we were able to adjust the hunt to his abilities and made the best of it. Unfortunately, I don’t think Greg will be signing up to join any of my backcountry experiences unless there is are horses involved and porta potty! [Read more…]

Idaho Elk Trip 2010: Last Day

Greg at Almond's Spill

We woke up early, packed camp on our backs and headed west to hunt our way back from whence we came. We ran into the Forestry Contractor again and talked with their team leader Andrew for a bit. We talked about conservation, hiking, hunting and the like. I found it interesting that nobody in the group hunted. But, yet we were all on the same page in the goal of keeping wild areas wild! Andrew informed me that they would not be back in this area for at least another 3 years. My mind was already starting to work on the next trip out here. [Read more…]

Idaho Elk Trip 2010: Day 6

We woke up very early pack up camp and hunt while hiking back to the area that I wanted to hunt. What was nice was we found a trail that would take us near the area I wanted to hunt, so it was a little less like the NFL Combine Obstacle Course! [Read more…]

Idaho Elk Trip 2010: Day 1

After 8 months of planning this Do It Yourself (DIY) trip and working out like a madman I was finally ready as I was going to be. I had lost 13 pounds in weight and 3 inches of my waist line. This was achieved by doing 2 different variations of the P90X workout routine and starting a diet the last 3 months of training. The diet was a simple design, tough to implement! It was to cut out all sweets like dessert, soda, ice cream and the like along with everything and anything that was deep fried. As time drew neared I started taking 8 mile hikes 1-2 times a week with my Mystery Ranch Crew Cab loaded with weight that was increased slightly every week. [Read more…]

Bonsai Trip 1 for 2010

The moon from camp

Now that I have had my new Hilleberg Soulo tent for a little over a month, I was chomping at the bit to give it a go!

Since the holidays, my family and I have been either going to visit someone or attend an event every weekend! Now, Ciro’s 2nd birthday doesn’t count, as I wouldn’t miss that for anything!

Finally, a weekend arrives with no plans! So we go through our normal evening ritual with dinner and putting Ciro to bed. But, before Amy hits the hay I asked if she minded if I went camping. She said “sure, just pack prepared and bring a weapon!

So, with the temperatures dropping faster than Tiger’s shorts and a low pressure front moving in, I loaded the Jeep to hit the road. I thought that this would be a great test for me and some of my gear.

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Five Mountain Ranges One Bull Mark Seacat

This essay is published in the July/August 2009 issue of Bugle Magazine from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF).

This essay will give you just a taste of the Mark’s dedication, tenacity as a hunter, his great photography skills and you get to see the Mystery Ranch NICE Crew Cab in action!

I cannot begin to tell you how awesome that this story is! I will let you make your own opinions and hopefully you will post them, about this article and if you would like to see more articles like this in future issues of Bugle Magazine.

If you are a member of the RMEF, you should be receiving this issue of Bugle in your mailboxes any day now.

If you are not a member of the RMEF, then I highly recommend that you do join. And in the meantime, you can view the entire essay here.

Mystery Ranch Parking Lot Sale!

Mystery Ranch

Would you like to save 50%-70% off Mystery Ranch gear? Hundreds of packs to sell! Hourly Give Aways!  This Saturday ONLY, June 20th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You will find one of a kind Dana built prototypes and Mystery Ranch U.S.A built 2nd’s.

The best discounts will be available on CBMR packs and frames. [Read more…]

Mystery Ranch Paint it ACU Sale!




Mystery Ranch is moving all products in the ACU pattern to make room for summer production. Now’s the time to pick up a Mystery Ranch NICE Crewcab at an unprecedented price!

Mystery Ranch is also extending the special CBMR price from our previous Paint it Black Sale to include the ACU Cerberus pack with Foliage Green CBMR NICE Frame.

I picked up my Crewcab last week and is nothing short of “awesome”!!! It would be tough to tell which is better, the pack or the customer service that they provided myself and family. We received a complete tour of the manufacturing facility with more information than you care to know that goes into putting a pack together. They set me up with a Crewcab and made sure that it fit me properly, before I left the store.

They even let Ciro tool around the showroom in a kiddie Audi Quattro!

I know that some will say that “you are able to buy a pack the same size for half the cost.” While you can, I am pretty sure that it is NOT 100% American made (even the plastic buckles), by Americans and quality controlled by Americans. This is truly a superb product backed with outstanding engineering, customer service and warranty!

Sale will continue until all products are sold. They will go fast so get yours today here!