Sitka Gear Unveils Delta Wading Jacket

Sitka Gear Delta Wading Jacket

Abundance of Key Features Make the Delta Wading Jacket One of the Most Progressive Waterfowl Products On the Market

NAPA, CA. Sitka Gear, the industry leader in performance hunting gear, introduces the Delta Wading Jacket, a premium system designed with the most demanding waterfowler in mind. This marquee product has been scientifically designed and tested for hunters that desire both maximum comfort and functionality.

The new line of performance waterfowl gear from Sitka Gear utilizes the all new GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Marsh Pattern. Whether you’re traversing a marshland tulle maze or navigating the willows along a river, the Delta Wading Jacket keeps your pockets out of the water, and keeps you comfortably engaged. In addition, the jacket is built with GORE-TEX fabric that is an innovative solution for durable waterproof, breathable protection. The Delta Wading Jacket is extremely lightweight and carefully articulated to move with you as well as conveniently stuff into your daypack or gear bag. [Read more…]

Sitka Gear Heats Up With Its Duck Oven

Sitka Gear Duck Oven Jacket

Create the Ultimate Seal of Warmth and Dryness between Your Jacket and Waders

NAPA, CA. Sitka Gear, the industry leader in performance hunting gear, introduces the Duck Oven Jacket, which is another one of the premium items that makes up its new Waterfowl System.  With Traverse fabric on the bottom third, it makes tucking in to your waders seamless and non-restricting, allowing for maximum performance on your next hunt.

The new line of performance waterfowl gear from Sitka Gear utilizes the all new GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Marsh Pattern.  By uniting the wind protection of WINDSTOPPER fabric and the lightweight insulating qualities of Primaloft, the Duck Oven Jacket creates the ultimate jacket that provides warmth and protection from the harsh late season winds. [Read more…]

Sitka Gear Hudson Jacket

Sitka Gear Hudson Insulated Jacket

NAPA, CA. Sitka Gear, the industry leader in performance hunting gear, adds the Hudson Jacket to its new and premium designed waterfowl system. Staying toasty and dry on late season pursuits is critical to staying mentally sharp enough to make the next shot. By addressing these needs Sitka has the waterfowler’s interests in mind.

The new line of performance waterfowl gear from Sitka Gear utilizes the all new GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Marsh Pattern.  The Hudson Jacket addresses the needs of late season waterfowler who routinely travels across ice coated waters.  The combination of
GORE-TEX waterproof/breathable fabric protection and reliable Primaloft insulation make the Hudson a must for the discerning late season waterfowler. [Read more…]

Sitka Gear Turns Fowl


Sitka Gear Marsh Waterfowl

It’s hard to believe that Sitka Gear could revolutionize yet another hunting gear segment! They have teamed up with GORE once again to develop an OPTIFADE pattern for the waterfowl hunter, yes that’s right I said, “waterfowl hunter”! Like OPTIFADE Open Country and Forest, GORE OPTIFADE Marsh pattern is a digital concealment, not mimicry. Rather than trying to make the hunter look like something, the pattern’s intent is to make the hunter appear to be nothing to the animal.  The OPTIFADE pattern is designed for the ground use for all waterfowl hunting. The Marsh pattern is detailed as possible to confuse bird vision.   [Read more…]

GORE OPTIFADE Concelament Marsh Pattern

W.L. GORE Associates

Elkton, MD  W.L. Gore & Associates, a leading manufacturer of advanced technology products including GORE-TEX branded products, today announced that it has developed GORE OPTIFADE Concealment Marsh Pattern.  The pattern is the third science-based GORE OPTIFADE pattern, and the first to be optimized for hunting waterfowl.  The pattern is available on gear from Beretta and Sitka, which will debut at the January, 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  Gear will be available at retail for consumers in the summer of 2012.

Our aim is to create the most scientifically advanced technologies to help hunters maximize their performance in the field and improve the outcome of their hunt, commented David Dillon, Hunting Category Leader at W.L.Gore & Associates. GORE OPTIFADE is the only concealment technology based on the science of animal vision, engagement distance and angles of attack.  We are thrilled to now offer that technology to another group of dedicated hunters the millions who hunt waterfowl.  [Read more…]

Idaho Southeast Region Hunting Forecast


By Toby Boudreau – Idaho Department of Fish and Game


The forecast for mule deer hunting in the Southeast Region is a mixture of good and bad news.

The good news is that a fair number of deer made it into the three-year-old age class, and even some have made it into the four-year-old age class. These bucks should be more than 24 inches; antler growth appears to be better than average due to our wet spring this year that produced abundant forage early. People who are already seeing some of these deer are optimistic for the hunting season.

The bad news is that we again suffered low fawn survival, 32 to 38 percent, despite the relatively mild winter. This lower survival of fawns is because mule deer does came through the harsh winter of 2007-2008 with lower body fat reserves. This lead to lighter fawns being born during spring 2008, fawns which then grew at slower rates because of lower plant production from that summer’s drought. During the summer of 2008, no measurable rainfall fell between early June and Labor Day weekend in much of the Southeast Region. Hard winters combined with dry summers are the conditions that really suppress mule deer populations.

This lower fawn survival translates into fewer two-point bucks on the hill, since most yearling bucks are two points. Our two-year-old age class – small four-points and three-points – will also be weak from the low survival during the 2007-2008 winter.

There is no doubt that people will go out and see harvestable deer this fall and some nice deer will be taken. The overall numbers should be about equal to last year, with a slightly higher number of mature bucks.

Hunters should also be aware that there are a few bucks wearing radio collars in the region. It is legal to take these animals, but we would like to get collars back so we can re-use them in our on-going mule deer research projects.

Anyone who has questions, wants more information, or possibly wants to volunteer, please call Fish and Game at 208-232-4703.


Elk hunting should be about what it was last year. Winter does not affect elk populations nearly as much as it does mule deer populations. Elk numbers have grown in areas within the Bannock Zone herd.

Biologists will be surveying the Bear River Zone elk this winter to and will compare that to the 2006 survey results. This population appears to be stable, based on harvest and hunter information. This winters survey will give Fish and Game a better chance to measure any changes.

The Diamond Creek Zone numbers from the January survey showed a decrease of nearly one-third of the population since 2005. Therefore, Fish and Game reduced this fall’s harvest. Cow elk tags were cut by one-third and bull tags by one-fourth, and extra-tag hunt permit numbers were reduced. During this reduction, archery hunter numbers also were reduced by capping the A-Tag at 1,837 permits – or about 350 fewer permits available.

Since the Diamond Creek elk herd is so productive at 33 calves per 100 cows, positive changes in that zone should be seen in the next couple years.

Upland Birds:

Upland bird hunting has started well, with good numbers of forest grouse being reported in some areas. It is still unclear whether the late spring rains were a positive or negative effect on pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, gray partridge (Hungarian), and sage grouse. It appears from observations that populations appear to be good in some places and poor in others. Weather can have a positive or negative effect based on whether it rains when chicks are at the critical stage. Overall, upland bird hunting should be worthwhile throughout the region.


Waterfowl production was likely very good this spring. Waterfowl numbers suffered a setback with the recent duck die-off that has been blamed on botulism poisoning.

Biologists picked up 16,000-18,000 waterfowl and shorebirds from September 16 through 25on the north end of American Falls Reservoir. This may cause a reduction in the numbers of regional waterfowl in the early season before migrants from Northern Idaho, Montana and the prairie provinces of Canada show up late in the season.

However, even after that many dead ducks being picked up, large flocks of ducks were still observed in the area. So, it will still be worth heading to the duck blind this fall.

Hunters should not shoot waterfowl that look sick, cannot fly, or are having trouble holding their heads up. These birds might have botulism. They would be safe to eat if properly cooked, but hunting dogs may be at risk if they pick one up and ingest any of the toxin. Please call Fish and Game at 232-4703 to report any waterfowl that may be affected.

Please consult the regulations for current information on seasons and bag limits. And, don’t forget to use Fish and Game’s Hunt Planner when planning your hunting excursions this year. The Hunt Planner can be found online at

Toby Boudreau is the regional wildlife manager for the Southeast Region.