Another successful hunt for 2008 turkey! Great job, Stephanie!
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It’s true…we’ve gone commercial. What a wild ride! Pairing with Tom Opre of Tahoe Films, we trekked to the Galt Ranch near White Sulphur Springs, Montana in early May. Noted not just for his commercial work, Tom is the host/producer for Primal Adventures (great hunting show on Vs and WildTV), but he has done extensive work filming various extreme sports including ATV and snowmobiling. Oh, but did I mention he is a slave driver?
We started out before light the first day to catch the magnificent hues of the early morning light. However, that day…there were no magnificent hues. In fact- there was no light. There was snow. Instructed to “shut up and hunt”, we crouched, scouted and hunted most of the day. When met with protests of hunger and thirst, Tom responded with, “You are hunting, shut up and hunt”. We shut up and hunted. We hunted tree lines, ridges and even up a mountain (which we believe we were sent to “hunt” so the crew could spend some time glassing the magnificent wildlife on the ranch!) The morning shoot was a wrap. We returned in early evening to catch some great light in the setting Montana sun. Oh…more snow. The shoot was called, but while we waited out the snow we viewed some gorgeous mule deer, whitetail, bear and moose.
Tom Opre of Tahoe Films coaching his minions…
Day 2 we were rewarded with some of the most beautiful light and sun one could imagine. As we were shutting up and hunting, we were able to obtain some great footage. As the early morning shoot was complete, we trekked an additional hour to another portion of the great Galt Ranch. There, we were loaded into a helicopter and lifted into the peaks. What a ride, as neither of us had ever had such an experience. Try as we might not to squeal, I believe we did…but just once. Remember…we were trying to shut up and hunt! We then traced our way down a very (and I do mean VERY) narrow finger that jutted out into a beautiful valley. The cliffs dropped away a sheer 400 feet on each side. At one point, the finger narrowed to about 6 feet wide. I guess this was a bad time to start discussing my paralyzing fear of heights. Luckily, as I was contemplating my life and it’s possible demise at the foot of these cliffs, a sadistic voice barked across the radio, “Double Time…Move forward”. OK, done. Right then, we could feel and see the helicopter coming down the valley with our nemesis shooting footage that I felt certain was going to be the documentary of how a budding entrepeneur was going to careen to her death. Alas. We survived. We hoofed our way back to the peak, briefly checked out the sights and got to enjoy our second helicopter ride of the day back to the crew.
Following our near-death experience, we trekked further into the Galt Ranch for some river shots. Looking for the ‘perfect light’, we journeyed for 2 hours. Eureka, we found some great light and got some footage. Of course, we did have to cross the river about 8 times until Tom felt the footage was worthwhile…I believe it was punishment for all of our taunting. That was a wrap.
All joking aside, we had a fabulous experience with Tom Opre of Tahoe Films. He was nothing short of professional and knowledgable. His vision was a perfect fit for the vision of Prois and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We had an amazing time and forged a great relationship. Oh…and Tom wasn’t nearly the ogre described…he was awesome. But, boy have we gotten some mileage out of the ‘shut up and hunt’ line! Do me a favor- check out his website at Tahoe Films and see what sort of projects he is forging.
HELP! Marcy from Arizona is looking for a pack designed for women hunters. Not just any pack… THE pack. Her wishes? Camo fabric.
Should be able to pack at least 50 pounds and still be comfortable
Straps should not only be shorter than men’s packs, but also slanted for the shoulders of women.
What suggestions are out there?
Boots. My stories about hunting boots sound like clips from Goldilocks and the Three Bears…these are too big, these are too small, these are too thin or these are too cold. I have long searched for hunting footwear that can withstand what the elements provide. I assure you, I am not a shoe person by nature. You will not find Gucci or Jimmy Choo shoes in my closet. The extent of my footwear collection consists of Simples, Crocs, Sketchers and a mountain of flip flops. Comfort and function are key at all times because frankly, if the feet hurt, then the fun is over…and if my fun is over…so is everyone else’s. You can thus see why it is in the best interest of all around me to find great footwear.
Kenetrek has filled that bill. Jim Winjum of Kenetrek has engineered the Women’s Mountain Extreme 400 boot. I have had the pleasure (and how often can you use that word when describing boots?) of field testing these boots and can only rave about them. First; they are created for a woman’s foot. The design is somewhat narrower than the men’s boot, but the great part is that the heel is narrowed to reduce slippage and rubs. I tried these with both thick and thin socks- I literally had no rubbing or pressure points. Second; support. The Extreme 400 has a heavy duty nylon midsole with steel shanks. This really didn’t mean much to me until I spent some time hiking about the rocks in Montana and just as the song says, “I’m a believer!”. They are bomb proof! The sole is quite thick, but don’t be alarmed because this boot is very lightweight for all of its function. In fact, weiging in at 3.2 pounds per PAIR, there is no excess baggage here. Third; warmth. Insulated with 400 grams of Thinsulate, these boots are warm. That’s not the best part. The Extreme 400 comes with a WindTex waterproof membrane. Now, if I was reading this review, I would think the writer just took that information from a hangtag. OK, so maybe I took the VERBIAGE from the tag, but here is what the ‘WindTex waterproof membrane’ means to me…you can literally wear this boot in and out of streams without any (and I mean ANY) moisture seeping into the boot. The tongue of the boot is a singular piece with triple stitiching- it is waterproof as is the padded collar that extends up the booot. Fourth; quality. Did I mention triple stitiching? The boot is made of full grain leather that is lieterally made in one piece…no seams. I looked. The rubber is tightly bonded and the sole is reinforced for protection. So many great features- so little time.
The Women’s Mountain Extreme 400 retails for $325. As this may seem a higher price point, I can attest to the fact that they are worth every penny. Not just for the reasons listed above, but also because these boots will last for many years. I try to put it in perspective this way- we don’t flinch at spending $500 for ski boots that actually fit. Why? They have too feel good and work hard. Running shoes? No problem to pay over $100 for a pair, yet if you are putting miles on them, you can only eek out about 6 months max on that pair. I foresee using these boots for years- so if I am buying one pair of boots to cover many years, these boots are much cheaper in the long run than the $200/year I shell out for running shoes. Yes, that smells distinctly of ‘women’s spending logic’, but the funny thing is…you all understood!
Do me a favor…check out these boots. There are numerous dealer locations, but click on www.kenetrek.com and go to Kenetrek Mountain Boots.
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