As a Research Manager, Dave understands that gaining knowledge prior to a hunt makes the difference between a full freezer and an unpunched tag. This is what drives him to always search for the next piece of data or report that may add another piece to the puzzle, and fully embrace the hours it can take to gather it all.
Introduced to archery at a very young age, Dave’s passion for the sport is tremendous, leading him to spend over a decade as an archery technician and shop manager while honing his research and writing talents. Authoring countless articles, profiles and more led Dave to a career at GOHUNT where he continues to share that passion with other hunters.
Raised by a father who loves hunting, it is no surprise that Dave developed a love for the outdoors that he continues to foster with his wife and daughter.
When it comes to preparing your own backcountry safety kit the biggest factor I feel is important is really evaluating every piece of gear you are carrying. Do you have the knowledge on how to properly use the item? Should you spend time learning with it before the season? A little effort can take a basic kit and turn it into something that can ultimately save your life.
This will be one of the hardest hunts out there to stay motivated. Some days, you might find ten bulls and other times you may not see an elk in ten days. Keeping your head in the game can be very difficult. A good hunting partner is invaluable for these types of hunts, but even small creature comforts can really help. Pack foods you like, take warm clothes and build fires during the slow times of the day. I've recently begun investing more of my time in photography and have found this as a fun way to take a 20 minute break from staring at the world at 10X.
This article was to serve merely as a template to base your own kill kit off of. The items I carry have been refined and refined over the years and I feel like I have a setup that meets my needs perfectly. The kit is nothing special other than a bag that houses everything you need once a tag has been punched. Be creative, but smart, in your approach to building your system and decide what items need to be upgraded, cut or added.