Hunting is a Family Affair
Hunting is a way of life for our family, Wyoming born and raised, we live by and off nature's bounty harvesting what we need from Wyoming abundant wildlife. As a hunting family we continue to live and raise our children to make nature and hunting a way of life. Both Erik and I learning how to hunt at a very early age from our families have a personal undeterred love, dedication for the sport.
We believe that if the dad hunts, then dad hunts, but if mom hunts the family hunts! Knowing what the rights and wrong of life and hunting, we raise 2 children, a 4 year old girl and 2 year old boy teaching them the joys of the sport, educating the next generation of hunters to be ethical and responsible for their harvested game, as not all live for just the sport we live by the bounty of the harvest.
We treasure the time spent outdoors with our family looking forward to other hunting opportunities.
Many of our hunts require remote pack-in, carrying only what we need is important for a successful hunt, getting the most of our hunted harvest is important to our family, this is why we like the Caribou Gear line of products, carrying only what you need is very important for a successful hunt, but proper field care means more meat on the table. A product that shows the public we as "hunters" care about what happens after the kill.
Joins our Caribou Gear Prostaff with over 27 years of hunting and fishing experience. Mark’s passion is hunting mule deer, but he enjoys hunting any big game species that he
can draw a tag for as well as waterfowl and upland bird hunting. To say Mark is obsessed with hunting would be an understatement. Each year he applies for multiple big game species in 11 western states. When he is not hunting, he is talking with wildlife biologists, game wardens, taxidermists, and fellow hunters about hunting opportunities prior to his upcoming hunts each year.
This is just part of the countless hours that he spends researching areas to hunt mature, trophy class big game animals. The majority of Mark’s hunts are self guided, back pack hunts on public land draw tags. He prefers to hike in a few miles where he finds quality animals and few people. Mark enjoys the challenge of pursuing the older age class animals and hunts very hard from dark to dark to makes the most out of every hunting trip that he goes on. As a result, he has harvested many mature animals including a couple mule deer over 30”.
Mark lives in Rocklin, CA with his beautiful wife, Jenna, and their three daughters. His family is his first priority and he cherishes every minute that spends with them. As much as Mark enjoys his out of state hunting trips, one of the hardest things is being away from his family for extended periods of time. His wife and kids are extremely supportive and motivate him to hunt hard and harvest quality animals. They also love the outdoors and enjoy eating the wild game meat that he brings home.
Over many years of hunting, and by necessity, Mark has sought out the best quality hunting gear to make him a more effective hunter. After several hundred days in the field, Mark knows which products work, and what doesn’t. You will only find the best quality gear in his pack, and that is why he uses Caribou Gear ultra light big game bags.
Occupation: Communications Sales
Pro Staff member Ryan is an avid and passionate hunter of 21 years, who grew up hunting and fishing the West. His latest adventures have taken him to Africa in pursuit of the great African species. Ryan has harvest many respectable trophy’s including record book black bear, blesbok, steenbok, impala, and very good representatives of ten species.
His hunting adventures for 2010 include a hot and heavy schedule in pursuit of mule deer, elk, dall sheep, yukon moose, mountain caribou, cougar and black bear his weapon of choice varies from bow and rifle pending location and species.
His passion and commitment to protecting the future of hunting for current and future generations is why we so much feel that his involvement as a pro staff member with Caribou Gear is an honor. As it is obvious that he stands for what is right with wildlife rights and fighting for what is wrong!.
Growing up in South Central Nebraska and Northwestern Kansas I was introduced to the outdoors at a very young age. Between sports, Boy Scouts, and competitive rifle shooting the only time I spent indoors was forced time by school administrators.
I began hunting Mule Deer at the age of fourteen, at the time that was the minimum age allowed by the state. But my love and admiration for this Majestic species began years before when upon my return from school one day my younger brother and I were greeted to the largest buck that I have ever seen! I had been hunting with my father since before I can remember for whitetail in Nebraska but nothing that you could see above the bed of the truck.
Following my high school graduation I received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Missouri – Kansas City for the universities rifle team where I majored in Mathematics and Statistics and was forced to put my hunting on hold. After the completion of my collegiate career I moved to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center and renewed my passion for the outdoors as I began working at the local archery Pro-Shop.
My hunting is centered on backcountry DIY bow hunting for trophy mule deer. At the age of 29 my biggest bow hunting idols are: Randy Ulmer, David Long, and Cameron Hanes. Randy and David take some of the best Mule Deer consistently year after year and Cam is an inspiration for all backcountry DIY bow hunters.
In addition to being a Caribou Gear Prostaff team member Jon is also pro staff for (Manager) S4 Gear, Bowtech, Badlands Packs, Montana Decoy, Trophy Taker, Kryptek Gear, Scott Archery, CBE , Bohning Archery, Carbon Express, Alpen Optics, Commando Calls, G5 Outdoors, Extreme Bow Strings.
Whenever you find Jon in the field you will see him with Caribou Gear Game Bags in his pack. They're washable, breathable and reusable. Jon knows he will always be able to trust Caribou Gear Game Bags as the quality is unsurpassed. Occupation: Construction Industry
Jon has been hunting most of his life but has been a passionate bow hunter for the past 29 years. He has bow hunted Black Bear in Canada, and two of the Caribou species
( Labrador & Barren Ground).
He's has hunted elusive Coues Deer in Sonora, Mexico and has harvested a total of five with one breaking the magical 100" mark. He hunts where ever he can draw or purchase a tag but his roots are in Arizona where he has harvested most of his animals. His favorite spot and stalk species to hunt is the Desert Muley and has taken over 20. See photos at: arizonaAntlerJunkys.com .
In the off season Jon will spend countless hours in the field, researching for his next hunt. He attends numerous 3-D shoots to keep his skills finely tuned, shooting at least 100 arrows a week year round.
As a world, national and state record holder (listed in the "drug free class) in the bench press, he continues to stay very active and trains four days a week to maintain his hunting edge.
My first exposure to Caribou gear game bags was while I was on a high country Mule deer hunt in Wyoming. My good friend Lee Francis had picked up some Caribou gear game bags and offered for me to use them on my buck. I was so impressed with them that now Caribou gear game bags are what I use on all my hunts. The reflective tags are great for my hunts in bear country because I can just shine my light on them from the tent to make sure they are undisturbed. The other selling point of these game bags for me is that they are reusable. Robert and I harvest many animals each season so being able to use the bags over and over again saves us money.
From the moment Amy Hanneman was introduced to hunting as a newlywed by her husband, Robert, she was addicted. Since that fateful day over 10 years ago, Amy has developed into an accomplished hunter in her own right. She applies for tags in over 13 states each year, has harvested animals with bow, rifle and muzzleloader and has hunted in Florida, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, and Africa.
Nothing has hindered her from going out in the field, and she makes an enormous effort to include her three sons in as many of her hunts as possible. Sharing her love of the outdoors with her boys and teaching them respect for animals and nature as well as educating them on outdoor survival are huge priorities for her. 2012 was a great year as Amy harvested two six point bulls, a black bear and a mountain lion. This year Amy has hunts planed in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico.
His has extensive Archery knowledge, he also works part-time at Bill Pellegrino’s Archery Hut, and uses, test, and critiques all archery tackle and gear that comes through the door at the Pro Shop. Between all this and hunting, there is little time for anything else but Kurt seems to find a way, he’s also a Colorado Hunter Education Instructor, the President of the Rocky Mountain Archery
Association, and he and his wife Anne run archery leagues and tournaments year-round, with all this in his spare time he conducts archery lessons and enjoys playing volleyball, and sometimes plays on a league with his daughter Kaylee. Occupation: Self Employed; Construction Industry
Having hunted most of his life, beginning with his first dove hunt at the age of 10, with a shotgun and currently enjoys hunting dove, duck, geese, with his favorite being pheasant, his first big game hunt for pronghorn buck with a rifle at the age of 13, a mule deer buck at age 16, and his first bull elk at 19, Kurt has harvested 15 big game animals with a rifle, and now a full heart and soul archery hunter with numerous animals taken with his bow including deer, elk, hogs, turkeys, and this year a bighornsheep.
Being a self-labeled archery freak training and practicing year-round to compete in archery tournaments around the western states, usually shooting between 25-30 tournaments a year. As a competitive archer, Kurt currently holds State Target and 3D titles, as well as 2 State Records.
Paul’s work can be seen in “BowHunter”, “BowHunting World”, “Bow and Arrow Magazine”, “Peterson’s”, “Outdoor Life”, “Trophy Hunter”, “Eastman’s” and the “African Hunting Gazette”, just to name a few. He also serves as one of the contributing editors for the new “Hunt Alaska” magazine. He also plans to publish his first book next year.
Paul is also a strong supporter of Hunter Education and a life member of both the Boone and Crockett and Safari Club International.
Paul currently teaches for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Chukchi Campus and is the President of “Archers of the Arctic”, the area archery organization. Currently he is excited about the next chapter in his hunting adventures, which is exposing his son (Eli), and the next generation, to the love of hunting.
Paul Atkins is an outdoor writer from Kotzebue, Alaska. He was born and raised on a farm in Northeastern Oklahoma before moving to Alaska in the spring of 1999. Through his father’s guidance, Paul began hunting at an early age, taking his first whitetail when he was 9. From there it was non-stop. After earning degrees from both Oklahoma State and the University Of Alaska, Paul took a job teaching in the mid-west. During this time Paul buried himself in bow hunting and competition archery and traveled the country doing both. It was at this time he began to write. He published his first article on Whitetails in the fall of 1993.
Wanting more, Paul decided to move to Alaska to pursue the big game animals of the far north and expand on his adventures in writing. Paul has taken all, but one-specie in Alaska and most in North America. He currently needs 8 animals to complete the North American Super Slam. Paul also travels abroad to hunt; including Africa as one of his favorite places to pursue dangerous game, with a bow.
He is a published writer having many articles published in magazines such as Bow and Arrow Hunting, Western Hunter.
He luckily has a very supportive wife Brianna and 3 young children. They spend most weekends together camping, fishing, scouting and hunting. Whenever things get tough on a long hunt Zach knows he can call his family for support and they tell him to get back out there and get his animal.
Zach believes in quality gear and refuses to use gear he doesn’t believe in and he thinks that quality game bags are one of the best advances in hunting gear in a long time. He says caribou gear is at the top of the heap and he is glad to be a part of a team that makes the best of the best!
Occupation: Heavy Equipment Operator/ Writer for Eastman's Bowhunting Journal
Zach Bowhay is a 31 year old Idaho native who was born and raised in a hunting family. He especially loves self guided bowhunts and has hunted in several western states like Idaho, Alaska, Utah, Colorado and Montana. In his hunting adventures he has taken 26 animals of 7 species with his bow. ( Elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, black bear, pronghorn, mountain goat and caribou). He has also taken many animals with his rifle and is also an avid predator caller.
He has served as Big Game Chairman and Region 6 Director of Idaho State Bowhunters and was also president of his local archery club. He is also a committee member of his local chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Jehnifer is an avid student of hunting and believes there will never be a time in her life when she will stop being interested in learning the art of hunting and stealth. She has a great respect for the harvesting of an animal and providing meat for family is her motivation. She is also IBEP certified and started her hunting career as an apprentice under Butch with a 22 cal rifle getting her first spruce grouse in the fall of 2008.
She has since then been privileged to go on caribou hunts and several moose hunts. She has hunted with a rifle, muzzle loader, and most recently
bow and arrow.
When Butch and Jehnifer are not hunting they are fishing year round from Valdez to Homer. Whether it be open ocean fishing, river fishing, still water, or ice fishing Caribou Gear Fish Bags have alleviated the challenges that come with keeping fish clean and properly transporting them. “This is a must have, do-not-go-fishing without product. We put Caribou Gear Fish Bags to the test and they out-performed our already high expectations.”
Butch and Jehnifer Ehmann
Caribou Gear/Cabelas Pro Staff Butch and Jehnifer are born and raised 3rd generation Alaskans. They believe there are two seasons in a year; hunting season and fishing season. Butch and Jehnifer call Palmer, Alaska their home where there is no shortage of hunting or fishing opportunity. When the hunt is done and the fish are caught the couple can be found writing articles for Hunt Alaska and Fish Alaska Magazines, volunteering on various local fish and game boards, dirt biking, and planning their next adventures.
Butch is an accomplished hunter having spent season after season in the wilds of Alaska with some of his fondest memories being those spent in remote moose camps. He was an assistant guide in western Alaska and has gone on to take big game animals using a rifle, muzzle loader and bow and arrow. He is IBEP certified and prefers to the spot and stalk style of hunting. Butch values teaching and encouraging others to be responsible successful hunters. Like many hunters Butch knows his gear has to hold up to the toughest conditions Alaska can offer a hunter and he is proud to stand behind Caribou Gear Big Game Bags.
Between my brothers and I, we pretty much had to teach ourselves how to hunt. Dad didn't hunt but we were very fortunate to grow up with some great friends who helped us out along the way."
Being in the business of hunting and filming Tim has grown to appreciate quality hunting gear when he finds it. "Being introduced to Caribou Gear and their game bags by Mark Brunello at a local Cabelas was very fortunate for me. Not only has Mark become a good friend but through him I met Ted and his wife and have quickly gained a quality friendship and business partnership that has benefited the two of us tremendously over the last few years. As soon as I can get him to re-name the Carnivore pack to the Solo Hunter Pack then we will have really gotten somewhere. Thank you Ted for your friendship and partnership."
Tim's favorite piece of Caribou Gear is the Carnivore II Game Bags. This fits into his Solo Style of Hunting and is the most practical for the guy who breaks down and hauls everything off the mountain stuffed into a Badlands Pack. The Solo Hunter
Tim Burnett is the Host, Producer and Creator of Solo Hunter TV on Outdoor Channel. His experience as an avid bowhunter started at age 13 and has given Tim not only produces Solo Hunters TV but he also edits all of the shows as well as handles all of the marketing and public relations for the Solo Hunters Show and its staff.
"I don't consider myself to be an overly accomplished hunter really... all I know is that it is hard to keep me out of the woods and off the mountain and I seem to have the fortunate ability more times than not to come down off the mountain with my Badlands pack loaded with meat and antler. I think sometimes I just get lucky and other times I am blessed to have learned some pretty good predator skills over my 20+ years of bow hunting.
“As an outfitter and guide my number one job after the client pulls the trigger is meat care. As a personal credo the meat is the most important thing to make it out of the mountains. Caribou gear game bags allow me the ability to keep my clients meat safe as well as provides a reusable, washable bag. It is important to me that my game bag is effective, durable, and reusable. Last year alone I was in the field over 300 days and took care of over 100 animals many in backcountry areas. Having one set of game bags for every situation was invaluable in successfully getting the meat back to camp and saved money over non-reusable bags. ”
Remi has been hunting and guiding his entire life. From a very young age he took to the hills alone, learning the land and the animals in it. He is as extreme of a mountain hunter as you will find anywhere, and is known for being one of the youngest international hunting outfitters in the game. Remi has made a reputation for hunting public land areas DIY both in the Western U.S. and abroad including New Zealand and Africa. At the age of 22, Remi opened Montana OutWest Outfitters in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, specializing in elk and deer hunts on public land. At the age of 26, Remi expanded his operation overseas and started Outland Outfitters in New Zealand. He offers everything from public land Tahr backpack hunts to hunts for trophy red stag.
Formerly Randy was the Chairman of the Gallatin-Madison chapter of Ducks Unlimited for five years, and he served on the board of directors of Orion, The Hunter's Institute from 1995 until 2013, serving as president from 1998 to 2003 and as treasurer from 2003.
Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg Can be seen on the Sportsman Channel. The show airs Tuesday 9:00 am Thursday 8:00 pm & 11:00 pm, Friday 6:00 am. Be sure to watch the sincerity and honesty of his well documented the non-guided hunting adventures as randy tracks across America in pursuit of Big Game.
Randy; "Our hunts are difficult backcountry hunts. When we take animals, they come out in pieces, on our backs. We use the best gear, including the best game bags. To make sure our hard-earned meat gets home clean and unspoiled, even on multi-day trips, we use Caribou Game bags.”
Website; www.OnYourOwnAdventures.com and Hunt Talk Forum See Caribou Gear sponsored video The Gutless Method
Randy was raised hunting and fishing in Big Falls, MN. moving to Bozeman, MT in 1991, where he is an accountant and former host of his show "On Your Own Adventures" renamed Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg this new action adventure format tells it like it is, as it happens on public lands. If Randy's dedication to hunting and conservation wasn't enough he also serves on the board for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and is an accountant at Guza, Newberg & Hubley.
Jim is a great man with endless knowledge of the hunting sport by his continued writing, seminars and his very popular TV show "Jim Zumbo Outdoors" where he now helps the dreams come true for our veterans wanting to continue with the life they once had before the war by taking the men and women on memorable hunts.
We at Caribou Gear, OK, I Ted Founder and CEO of Caribou Gear have always looked up to Jim's hunting knowledge, experience he has been a strong inspiration of my hunting career. As far back as I can remember. I personally own every book that he has written and as of recent his game recipe book. I enjoyed reading his humorous hunting stories and his book of life in camp called "Portraits of Elk Hunting" this book takes a person right back to the pine smoke of elk camp.
Jim continues to be an inspiration to many as his life experiences transcend all ages, for those of you that want to continue hunting or want to learn to hunt he is a vast reservoir of knowledge. I strongly recommend that everyone should own a book or two filled with his expertise and humor, along with his delicious recipes, go to Jimzumbo.com where you can purchase one of these books and game call.
We are proud to have a living legend Mr. Jim Zumbo as part of Caribou Gear prostaff, along with our other honored prostaff celebrity personalities.
Website: Jim Zumbo Everything Outdoors www.jimzumbo.com Book and Recipes Shop
(2012) Jim Zumbo is the recipient of the 12th annual Outdoor Channel Lifetime Achievement Golden Moose award.(2012) Jim Zumbo received the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation highest honor the Wallace Fennell Pate wildlife Conservation Award.
The Award honors special contribution of lasting significance for the benefit of elk, other wildlife and their habitat across North America.
I've been using big game bags all my adult life. I've tried every brand imaginable. As former Hunting Editor of Outdoor Life magazine, I've tested everything out there. The Caribou bags are the best I've seen with no close second. I'd recommend them for everything from antelope to moose. Jim Zumbo, host, Jim Zumbo Outdoors TV show
Mr. Zumbo is a respected world renown hunter and writer. A lifelong dedicated promoter of the sport educating and teaching others the joy of the hunt from his countless magazine articles, and books.
On his Jim Zumbo personal experiences. Jim is "country" living and hunting many locations of the world. Jim lives in Wyoming were the season flows into and out of extremes, this rugged country is etched into who Jim is a seasoned hunter. As the rugged western State of Wyoming is his life, [Light Reflective Game Bags] Jim has had his ups and downs but he has proven to be resilient, thick skinned, being bucked and learning to climb back and continue his lifelong hunting, writing, and educating desires.
Our Pro Staff Team
Robert Hanneman - Randy Newberg - Tom Schwein - Mark Rea - Mark Caywood - Pro Escobedo III - Evan Williams - Amy Hanneman - Neil Raedel - Dennis Howell - Butch and Jehnifer Ehmann - Jared Bloomgren - North Forty Boys - Tim Burnett - Jim Zumbo - Tom Nelson - Paul Atkin Zack Bowhay - Ryan Benson - Mark Brunello - Jon Yokely - Ron Le Beaumont - Kurt Giest - Tom Furguson - Christina Holden - Tom Rados - Erik & Jacquelyn Youngberg Alan Hannasch - Todd Toven - Clint Boyce - Derek McNeil - Ted Ramirez Jr. - Johnny Unser - Remi Warren - Katie Larimer
We at Caribou Gear believe that a person with knowledge and experience in the outdoors, a truly dedicated hunter/fisherman can represent what we feel to be a quality product line that is revolutionizing the outdoor industry, with our unique and innovative products our team lives by the truth and honesty of what we do with a clear conscience and concise direction a clear mind and strong passion for what we eat and sleep “hunting/fishing is what we do”, everyday regardless of what we really do. The thought of being in the great outdoors is a part of what keeps us going, as we work away in our real jobs carving an existence doing what we must to survive. As you see below we are ordinary people with ordinary lives coming from a wide spectrum of occupations joining together here as a team of men and women sharing our thoughts, stories, pictures and opinions on the sport of hunting and fishing.
If you would like to ask a question to anyone of our prostaff team members you can email; firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our facebook page.
Johnny: My family is very important to me so I try to spend as much time with them as I can. I travel a lot for the racing industry so when I am home that time is valuable to us all. We hike, ski workout and do various outdoor activities together when we can….there never seems to be a dull moment around here!
CG; What is your typical method of hunting: Johnny: Sometimes I pack in, sometimes with horses but many times I hike a couple hours in the dark near my home in Idaho to hunt for the day and then be back at home with my family in the evenings….of course if I take an animal it’s a long day and night. I hunt with a bow and or rifle pending season and time.
C.G; What other outdoor activities are you involved in: Johnny: Snowmobiling, fishing, mountain bike riding, hiking, skiing
I also help with the County Sheriff Search and Rescue…I train and handle my German Shepherd Search and Rescue dog.
Johnny Unser former IndyCar racer. The legendary Unser name spans generations of famous race car drivers, Johnny is son of Jerry Unser, nephew to Al and Bobby Unser and cousin to Al Unser Jr. and Robby Unser.
Johnny: My father died in a racing accident when I was just a year old, my mother took over and let me buy my first .22 when I was 8, she taught me how to shoot and from then on I was hooked!! Been hunting ever since.Johnny has hunted a variety of species and locations around the world, has appeared on National TV with the (RMEF) Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Team Elk. He and his family currently live in Idaho where his love of the outdoors and hunting has continued to feed his hunting desire. Johnny says he loves the outdoors and would like to share that passion with others.
Kodiak Island, Alaska - This young huntress was born and raised growing off it’s raw untamed bounty. She is a true inspiration to the young and old, at a very young age she hunted in a place most of us can only dream. At 20 years old she not only hunts, she enjoy’s fly fishing, bird hunting and professionally singing. Through her original written music, she aspires to lead & make a difference. Whether it's performing, recording, writing. Be sure to follow this aspiring young women and future TV huntress and now Caribou Gear Outdoor Equipment Company Pro-Staff Team Member.
I have been hunting and fishing with my dad since I was just a little girl. At 8 years old I won the Kodiak Silver Salmon Derby with 20lb silver on the fly that I tied, quite the hobby for an 8 year old girl right? I have been hunting Sitka Blacktail Deer on Kodiak, since I was just 5 years old, I won 3 Kodiak Buck Contests by the time I was 16, and now hold 4 titles in the record books. My dad shot the very first mountain goat on Kodiak Island at age 10, my brother and I then shot ours with the same gun at the same age, not an easy hunt for a 10 year old girl! So hunting in Alaska isn’t just something I do and something that I have a passion for, it’s how I was raised!
I am also a Singer/Songwriter that has been inspired by the beauty of the outdoors. After releasing my first EP “Stay” in 2015 and multiple singles in 2016, I will be releasing my newest single & music video “Elements” in March of 2017.
I highly encourage all parents, to spend as much time with their kids in the great outdoors as possible!
It has truly shaped me into the person I am today.
You can check out my website and read my full stories at www.krimsonlive.com
My name is Katie Larimer. I am a 34 year old woman who lives in the mountains of Virginia, and, until three years ago, I had never even shot a gun, much less used one to hunt. That all changed when I decided I wanted to be more responsible for the meat I was eating.
Although I have spent most of my life back-country camping and exploring the mountain wildernesses near my home, hunting with accuracy was a whole new world to be explored, but I had confidence that if I found good teachers, practiced hard, and trusted my instincts, anything was possible. The good folks at a local outdoor school introduced me to the art of tracking, stalking, and scouting, and the animals themselves taught me a new way of being in the woods when I was still enough and patient enough to realize that they, too, were my teachers. Wanting to become as accurate a rifleman as possible in order to make humane shots consistently, I took every class, course, and clinic that I could find in order to learn proper gun safety and riflery skills. Only when I was able to out-score all other participants on a consistent basis did I take my rifle into the woods.
Over the last three years, I have had the privilege of hunting over 100 times and have blessed with the harvest of multiple animals (mostly deer and squirrel). I do not hunt for trophy or for sport, but specifically for the meat. And, while the meat has been a first-rate source of nutrition for me and my family, hunting has offered me much more: it has deepened my connection with the animals and plant-life in the forest, who never fail to teach me something important. Earning my family’s food by fostering and deepening my connection to the natural world is far more meaningful and rewarding to me, personally, than picking up a pound of ground at the local supermarket.
That connection does not end at the end of the hunt, or even at the dinner table. The desire to use every part of the animal has forced me to develop other new skills, skills which, in turn, continue to deepen my connection to an animal that has offered up its life. For example, I have learned how to brain-tan the hides, hand-sew moccasins and bags, make knives from the antlers, fashion fishing lures from the hair, butcher properly, and pressure-can my own delicious and nourishing stock from the bones.
Rocky Mountain Meat Hunterwww.rockymountainmeathunter.com
Ted brings his talent and knowledge and strong internal force in product development/design, marketing, media; graphics, video production and manufacturing. Many desk and campfire decisions have been passed his way making Ted a major decision maker of the direction of Caribou Gear Outdoor Equipment Company, his competitive edge and sharp hunting eye will make Ted a very formidable force and dedicated businessman, with a number of products yet to be announced, Ted Jr. assures Caribou Gear Outdoor Equipment Company a strong future and foundation.
"I cherish the time spent outdoors hunting and fishing, and absorbing the freedom that nature offers, Thanks to my Dad, it's now a part of who I am. It's the unity and bonding of father, son and friends that brings me back each year. This drive for the outdoors is part of my growing knowledge, experience and will greatly assist in my duties at Caribou Gear Ted JR.
Ted Ramirez - President Caribou Gear O. E. C.
Derek McNeil - Colorado
Another love in Derek's life is training and hunting with working retrievers. His family and a few close friends are his main hunting and fishing partners, but Labrador retrievers have been a mainstay in his life since the day he was born. Studying the training styles of Vic Barlow, and Mike Stewart, Derek enjoys the rewards that come with hunting next to well behaved, confident dogs. Currently two red labs, Bonnie and Ally lead the way in the search for roosters, and sharp tail or sit loyally next to him waiting for honkers to point their feet at the decoys.
Derek has always been willing to learn from other outdoorsman and share his knowledge with anyone interested in learning about the outdoors. Along with his father, Derek spends time on the water and in the woods with two nephews and a niece. He believes in the importance of passing on the traditions of hunting, fishing and conservation to a younger generation and is a supporting member of habitat conservation groups, such as Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Mule Deer Foundation, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
"Most of my big game outings are spent hiking far from roads and people. I need light weight tough gear, that doesn't take up a bunch of room in my pack. Caribou gear game bags meet all three of those requirements, which isn't easy to do. I won't hunt without them"!
Growing up in the Northwood's of Minnesota hunting and fishing since I was able to walk behind my father's footsteps. In the 70's hunting for food was more of a necessity.
between what we harvested or raised on a one acre garden we always seemed to have what we needed.
I learned to hunt from my father, mother, grandfather, and uncles, hunting the Smokey hills Wilderness area, the Crow Wing Wilderness area and the Boundary Waters Wilderness for hitetail deer, black bear, grouse, pheasant, ducks, and geese. Minnesota being the land of 10,000 lakes it seems as though I tried to fish them all!
I fished for muskie, northern pike, tiger muskie, Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, sunfish, perch, bullhead, catfish, trout and the ever tasty walleye in the many lakes and rivers of Minnesota. Hunting Elk and Mule deer in an area on the Oregon Idaho border, North East of Halfway with my uncle, I knew then I would again hunt the Western extremes and the Rocky Mountains.
Mark was raised in Western Washington on its Olympic Peninsula were he still resides with his supportive wife, Sheri, and 17 year old son, Ryan. He has been a passionate bowhunter for 26 years taking trophy class elk, muledeer, blacktail, bear, and antelope in multiple states with a strong focus being on Solo, backcountry, DIY, public land elk hunting. Mark has also had multiple articles published in Eastmans Bowhunting Journal and numerous hunting photos published. In the off season he enjoys keeping his archery skills sharp by competing in local 3D archery shoots.
It wasn’t until my twenties that I discovered bowhunting. I was lucky to be introduced to some hardcore blacktail hunters and quickly picked up the skills needed to be a successful western hunter. Always trying to be the hardest hunter on the mountain and taking the aggressive approach have been my keys to success.
After a few failed elk hunts early in my hunting career, I realized that being a proficient shot and having good hunting skill wasn’t enough for this game. So I took up running to hopefully get that needed edge. And wow was it ever the piece of my hunting puzzle that I was missing. I have been a committed runner ever since competing in many running events every year. I even enjoyed mixing both my passions together when I competed in the bowathlon event at Utah’s Bow Cast At The Bird archery shoot.
Alan is a volunteer with the Colorado Division of Wildlife as a Huntmaster, the primary goal is to introduce youth to hunting big game in the state of Colorado. Teaching youth how to be a safe and ethical hunter, and passing on skills learned from over 40 years of hunting experience.
"having a bull elk bugle back to you at less than 30 yards is priceless. being able to keep your composure and taking a shot at 10 yards is un-explainable, being close to nature is what I live for, I hope you can join me" Occupation: Construction Industry
Alan is a Colorado Outdoors enthusiast, born and raised in a state that has over fifty summits that exceed 14,000 feet Alan has stood on most, "a great vantage point to spot Colorado's big game" Alan is an experienced bow hunter spear fishing fish at the age of 10. He also is an award winning photographer of big game and nature; as an extension of bow hunting he hones his skills in the back country by closing in on his subjects for incredibly close shots.
One of Alan's favorite elk hunts was in Colorado, on a D.I.Y hunt on public lands he harvested a 373 6/8 bull elk that ranks as one of the top ten elk harvested in the state of Colorado. Other bow harvests include a Colorado Shiras bull Moose, mule deer, and Merriam turkey. Alan has also fished the fiords of the Alaska inside passage, cranking in King Salmon; and hard core wilderness fishing of many of the Colorado high country lakes and ponds.
After graduating from Western Oregon I began to pursue my passion as a professional angler; chasing the beautiful salmon and steelhead of the Northwest. Soon after I became a full time fishing and hunting outfitter called VIP Outdoors.
Caribou Gear Game Bags; What a difference in quality. There is no comparison! This is the only game bag I trust to handle the harvest of my customers Fish/Game.
My videos receive on average over a thousand views each day! Since starting, many doors have opened and I am now sponsored by some of the best names in the hunting, camping, outdoor cooking, and outdoor industries. I am also humbled to be a Pro-Staffer for Outdoor Edge, Mr. Heater, Johnson Outdoors/Old Town Canoe.
I've been an outdoor adventure guide for going on 14 years. I've had the opportunity to show the beauty of Colorado's Rocky Mountains to guests from all over the world while guiding 4 x 4 Jeep tours, hikes, and zip line tours on locations ranging from Pikes Peak to the Switzerland Trail.
I am also married to the most wonderful woman in the world. The inscription on the inside of my wedding ring says it all, God gave her to me! We now have 4 beautiful children (2 daughters and 2 sons) and a 5th child on the way!
Visit me at RockyMountainMeatHunter.com where you can link to my entire video library of hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventures!
Todd Toven...aka the "Rocky Mountain Meat Hunter"
Clint Boyce - Kansas
I am very grateful to represent Caribou Gear as a part of their Promotional Staff. I have used many brands of game bags over the years. I've always been disappointed at how much weight they add and how much space they consume in my pack. I was very impressed at how lightweight and compact Caribou Gear bags are!
I'm a lifelong outdoorsman who grew up hunting & fishing in Northwestern Pennsylvania. I followed the call of the wild to Colorado's Rocky Mountains shortly after I graduated from college. I became fascinated with high country public land elk hunting shortly after arriving in the Centennial State. I've stood on top of many of Colorado's 14,000 ft. peaks and hunt/camp alone high in the mountains every year. I've also fished the rivers & lakes of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.
I've been able to harvest elk DIY on public land with both rifle and bow. I've also hunted and harvested muledeer and pronghorn in the Rocky Mountains. I started self-filming my high country elk hunts in 2008 and posting them on YouTube. I later started filming videos on wild game cooking, camp cooking, camping, and other outdoor-related topics.
I have been using Caribou Game Bags for several years now and absolutely love them. Anyone familiar with hunting the jagged Rocky Mountains of Colorado knows that the need for a good quality breathable game bag is a must when it very well may take you several days to get your game out and to the coolers.
I am 41 years old and was born in Colorado Springs Co and raised on the eastern plains. I was introduced to hunting by my granddad at the age of 5 and I have been hunting every since. I started hunting big game in the mountains of Colorado at age 12 and that really fueled the addiction. I started bow hunting at the age of 20. I consider myself to be an opportunist hunter. While bow hunting is my first love, I still love rifle hunting and often use that method for meat hunts. I hunt multiple states every year, to include Elk and Deer in Colorado, Whitetails in Kansas, and Sitka Blacktail in Alaska.
I am also an avid fly fisherman and enjoy that in the summer while waiting for hunting season to get here again. I am a career Firefighter of 14 years and enjoy the opportunity to serve and protect the public. I am married to my wonderful, understanding wife of 5 years, Jess. She loves to hunt and spend time in the field with me. Her favorite trips are tree stand hunting Kansas whitetail, and our annual Alaska boat based Sitka Blacktail hunt.
At a very young age I was raised to appreciate the outdoors and everything that Mother Nature has to offer. When still in diapers I acquired an interest in archery and toted around my stick and string everywhere I went and to this day that hasn't changed one bit! I strive to better myself in the hunting community and to also help those that are looking for the insight that they wish to acquire when it comes to hunting.
I plan all my own hunts and I am very proud of being a "Do It Yourself" bowhunter. Spending weeks on end in the middle of the backcountry makes me feel right at home. I look forward to my treks into the wilderness to see what new things I can learn about Mother Nature, myself and my wild game that I pursue.
I have been hunting for over 25 years and have over 30 Pope and Young and 5 Boone and Crocket animals under my belt mostly using archery equipment. I also hold the top four world records for SCI Non-Typical Merriam turkeys in the archery category. I take extreme pride in the knowledge and experience that I have gained pitting my wits against that of my wild prey.
It is hard to pick a favorite animal to hunt but hunting animals that are very vocal and interact with your techniques are a lot of fun. That makes elk and turkey very fun for me but mule deer, whitetail, and antelope hunting are right there holding the “fun factor” as well. 90% of my hunting is done by spot and stalk. That type of hunting really pits your knowledge and experience against that of your prey on their terms. It levels the playing field more than any other type of hunting in my opinion. My hunts are demanding and I demand a lot from the gear that I use. Having strong, well built, gear and products is a must. Products that give you confidence is the field is needed ten-fold!
Tom Rados, has reveled in the benefits of the outdoor lifestyle for twenty years. Tom spent his formative years as a hunter and fisherman under the watchful eye of his late Grandfather, John Rados Sr. Saturated with a vast expanse of knowledge from his grandfather and a few other wizardly mentors, Tom was able to approach his hunting and fishing adventures with elevated levels of morality and appreciation. Throughout his hunting/fishing career, Tom has marveled at the sense of fulfillment gained through the netting of an evasive fish or the harvest of a big game animal. "Tears are exploding from my eyes and I'm attempting to swallow every heartbeat while I embrace my best Columbian Black-tailed buck. I recall looking upward to regard the elegance of the sky and saying aloud, ' This dude is for you, Pap! '"
Currently a central Pennsylvania resident, Tom has been fortunate to be exposed to the bounty of the Susquehanna River and its watershed. This area is carpeted with an abundance of small game, pheasants, Eastern wild turkey, and White-tailed deer. As luck would have it, Tom was raised in the town of Goldsboro which is smack dab next to the Susquehanna River. A glorious childhood of fishing and catching crawfish ensued.
I was busy with 3 young sons, a wife, and trying to run my own business. My vacations, when I got one, were spent guiding deer and antelope hunters. I elk hunted for myself on the weekends. As my boys got old enough to tag along they would come with me. We spent a lot of time in homemade ground blinds hunting antelope. When they got to be about 5 years old I would let them tag along on spot and stalk hunts, both bow and rifle. The guided hunters loved my boys, so soon they were tagging along on hunts and spotting for me also.
With the boys learning outdoor skills at such young ages they became great hunters early. All three killed elk in their first season. In 2010 I joined my oldest son Zach as a team for Open Season tv. Our first year we were the number one team in the points standing.
Later in 2011 we were approached by Real Life Outdoors TV and moved to their pro staff team. We were joined by my second son Forrest, and semi adopted son Tyler Melton. We now hunt with our wives also,
Sonya (Shawn), Katie (Zach), Holly (Forrest). Combined the Dorr Clan has now evolved into the "North 40 Boys". My youngest son Joshua is an up and coming country music star in Nashville and is concentrating on the business for now. But I think his trigger finger is getting itchy.
Dennis has shot in many archery 3-d tourneys around the country. Has won an IBO event and too many to others mention. He competes in elk calling and predator calling contest and has competed in the RMEF World Championships two times. He has won several calling awards as well.
Dennis has served as the SW Director for the Colorado Bowhunters Assc. for many years and was an area rep before that. He is currently serving as the SW Director for Becoming a Bowhunter for the CBA. Dennis has been published in just about every archery magazine out there. He has been featured in Hunting Illustrated for his achievements. Dennis does bowhunting and calling seminars all over the country at stores and hunting shows. He gives back to archery and hunting all he can. He teaches kids in the 4-h archery how to shoot bows. He is a member or has been in RMEF,CO MuleDeer Foundation, SCI, CBA, ect.
Dennis is on pro staff with several hunting companies. He is on the National Bowhunting Pro Staff for Hoyt Archery. He is on pro staff for Spot Hogg, Bugling Bull Game Calls, Trophy Taker, Easton, Fuse, Winner Choice Bowstrings, Eberlestock Packs, Hunting GPS Maps.com, Montana Decoys, Crooked Horn Gear, S4 Gear, Zamberlan boots.
“Now I am with the best game bags I have ever used. I have used my fair share of other bags. I have used the bags for the last 3 years and they wash up like new every time. They are amazing and one tuff quality product.” Dennis Howell
Tom Schwein - Colorado
I was born in Denver Colorado. My family moved to Evergreen Colorado when I was 10 years old. My father was and continues to be an avid hunter and outdoorsman
and took my younger brother and me on many hunts before we were old enough to draw our own tag. I fell in love with elk hunting. I rifle hunted elk and deer until I was 30. I was then introduced to bow hunting. While bow hunting is my first love, I do still rifle hunt.
I was first introduced to Caribou Gear during a high school baseball game, after using the game bags you simply can’t refute the facts, the patented game bags are the best game bag on the planet by far superior to the competition. Now as a minority shareholder I enjoy assisting with strategy to take the company to new heights.
Occupation: Former CEO of a regional bottled water company; currently COO of a national CPA firm.
I am married to my lovely wife, Camillia and we have two beautiful children; Emmalynn and Jackson. I will teach them many of the same things that I was lucky enough to learn from my late father. Being a father is very indescribable; I now know what my father meant when he said the things he said. Until recently I worked full time for the SD National Guard as a Program Manger, because of budget cuts my job was one of them to go. Since that time I have been able to acquire another active duty job within the SD National Guard and work in the personnel section. I am engaged as an Officer in the National Guard and will always do my part to keep each and every one of us free and able to do what we want, when we want. Freedom isn't free but I will do my best to uphold the code of the military and our allies in force.
I am very fortunate to have gained the support of Caribou Gear and the use of the highest quality game bags available. In addition to PSE Archery, Wac'em Archery, America's Best Bowstrings, Scott Archery, Custom Bow Equipment, Scorpion Venom Archery Products, Nikon Optics, Mossy Oak, Onestringer Arrow Wraps, Russell Outdoors, Montana Decoys, S4 Gear, Rokslide, Tenzing Outdoors, Crispi USA. I support these companies to the fullest and believe in their products and services that they have to offer. I am the Regional Pro Staff Manager for Montana Decoy for the Dakota’s Region where I put together the best team possible to represent Montana Decoy. I am also a member of the Rokslide staff started by David Long. On this website I am a Field Editor and Pro Staff member and relay my experience to readers through written expression and photographs. I also use these same skills to do free-lance writing for various magazines.
We at Caribou Gear are proud to announce Mr. Tom Nelson to our exclusive crew of Prostaff members, with over 35 years f archery experience and a public figure as a host of Dead Down Wind's American Archer, for over ten years Tom has allowed us the general public to follow along on his hunting adventures around the world in his tireless pursuit of big and small game. His professional but yet long time friend approach makes Tom likable and enjoyable to watch.
Tom is also an accomplished writer and has published countless articles in many popular hunting publications and if that doesn't keep Tom busy enough he is also a Cabelas Ambassador Prostaff member. On behalf of all of us at Caribou Gear Outdoor Equipment Company we welcome Tom.
TV Show Host - Cabelas American Archer
Christina Holden - Maryland
Since 2007, I have been honored to work with our wounded military heroes returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to aid in their recovery through outdoor experiences. I have worked with many organizations to support our troops and their families in outdoor recreational pursuits. Also, I'm currently employed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and I have been the Volunteer and Citizen Advocacy Manager for the Maryland DNR, Maryland Park Service for the past 8 years.
Occupation: Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Shawn Dorr; As a very young boy I was introduced to the hunting world at my grandmother's deer camps. They were held on a leased ranch close to Powder river of Northern Wyoming. I was impressed with the huge deer that were hung in the barn at night and was hooked. I watched as my brothers got to start hunting when they reached the age, but my Grandfather died and Grandma moved to town and I had to go a few years without. When I reached the age to hunt, begged my dad to take me out and he got permission from a cousin to hunt on his ranch. My father wasn't much of a hunter, so a lot of my skills were learned on my own experiences and through reading field and stream as I grew older. While in high school I started bow hunting, and I became friends with my brothers in laws, Ralph and Georgia Barbour. They had a leased ranch, which I hunted on foot. This was not the norm, and I became very familiar with every nook and cranny of the place. It soon became evident to the Barbours that I would make a good guide for their hunters. Ralph died suddenly, and Georgia asked me to take over guiding for her.
Katie Larimer - Virginia
Ted, a dedicated fisherman and hunter with over 40 years of 100% self-guided hunting, and proud owner of many respectable trophies along with a few Boone and Crockett record book harvests. As then and now he gives a great deal of credit and thanks to his wife and four kids for they too had sacrificed for their husband and father’s dedication and insatiable drive to hunt and fish.
In the early 60’s he was gathering night crawlers off the lawn the night before his solo journey to a lake miles away carrying only a bag of tackle, a bucket of worms and a pole, he would ride his bike through the busy streets to a lake miles distant and spend the day fishing for catfish and blue gill from sunrise to sunset. He looked forward to the family fishing excursions deep into the Colorado Mountains fishing for trout in the cold rivers and lakes. His hunting experience goes back further yet to the days he would wander the neighborhood fields in pursuit of ants to feed his horned toad, catch frogs and tadpoles or climb trees and mimic whistles of the sparrows that lived there, this was at the young age of 4–5, a little nut you say a fanatic we say for he knew not what he was doing, he was learning the way of a hunter.
Caribou Gear, CEO/Founder Ted Ramirez SR
Ted has joined the Caribou Outdoor Equipment Company team fulltime. We are honored and pleased to have his talent and expertise in our day today business routine, assisting in taking Caribou Gear Outdoor Equipment Company to the next level.
As a experienced hunter and fisherman with many years under his belt hunting & fishing Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Alaska, Montauk, NY. He's hunted by backpack and horseback trips into many remote locations of the Western US since the age of seven. He is a dedicated hunter and fisherman spending consecutive days afield.
Ted has played baseball, football, wrestled since he was 5 years old, a dedicated athlete. Ted had played baseball in many states including Australia, CA, NE, AZ, NV, NY, MO, TX, NM, KS, UT, OK, IL, IA. With his love of hunting and fishing we are gearing up to hit the field running! He is a very busy competitive man giving and devoting his time to sports and business where he excels and giving 110% in everything he does. Welcome aboard!
Neil Raedel - Colorado
I am also fortunate to have the support of these great companies, Elite Archery, Nimrod Pack Systems, Trophy Taker, Jim Fletcher Archery, and LimbSaver.
Solo hunting in demanding elk country requires high quality performing gear and my Caribou Game Bags have been a perfect fit! With their packability, lightweight, and toughness, Caribou Game Bags meet all my requirements for extreme hunting.
Occupation: Auto technician at a new car dealership
Mike Rea - Washington
Tom Ferguson - Wasilla Alaska
J-Rod Jared Bloomgrem - South Dakota
Alan Hannasch - South Carolina
Ron Le Beaumont - Wyoming
Tom Nelson - Michigan
Ronald Le Beaumont, M.D. is a full time physician in Wyoming. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and did sub-specialty training in anesthesiology at the University of Arizona. Along with full time private practice, he serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wyoming family practice residency.
His knowledge of medicine has made him realize the importance of fitness for hunting. He has been an advocate of weight training for many years having begun lifting while involved in martial arts in his youth. Now at the masters level, he has been an active member of USA Powerlfting/American Drug Free Powerlfting for a number of years. In 2008, he won the USA Powerlifting National Championship Ironman competition (deadlift and bench press) in his age and weight class. He continues to actively train and compete in at least one or two contests a year.
My hunting and fishing equipment is functional and I take that seriously. I feel an obligation to share knowledge of quality outdoor products with consumers who enjoy the outdoors in ways in which I do. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, I enjoy sharing experiences and the knowledge I have been fortunate to gain by many mentors over the years I hunt every chance I get! I began this passion on Maryland's eastern shore hunting waterfowl with my yellow Labrador retriever, Gauge.
I have made two trips to hunt plains game in Africa and have hunted in more than a dozen states, hunting black bear, hogs, elk, mule deer and antelope, with one turkey subspecies away from my Grand Slam.
I'm also a proud member of the Town of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Commission, National Rifle Association-Life Member, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation- Life Member, Ducks Unlimited-Member, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteer for foster children.
We at Caribou Gear greatly promote and encourage sports to be a way of life whether its hunting, 3D shoots or as in Jacquelyn case running in 5k & 10k races, Jacquelyn is also a proud State certified volleyball official and involved in her town planning & zoning committee.
As a husband and wife hunting team Erik and Jacquelyn have harvested a number of game with a rifle, but in 2010 Jacquelyn harvested her first animal with a bow, a 5 point bull elk, Jacquelyn's hunting partner Erik was able to call a bull into close range allowing Jacquelyn the opportunity for a heart stopping, adrenalin driven shot of success. Erik's most memorable hunt was in 2008 when he was with his father, brother, and close friend on a Wyoming D. I. Y. elk hunt. He was able to take a bull in the 320 class with his bow, which his father was able to capture on video. Occupation: Jacquelyn; Education. Erik; Mining, Equipment Operator.
Pro is an avid outdoorsman, no matter what the task. Having been raised in the small town of Nyssa, OR, and spending his WOU college summers, plus 2 more post graduate, as a hot shot fire fighter that only further increased his knowledge of Oregon/Idaho’s rivers & mountain sides. His upbringing instilled a desire to chose a lifestyle revolving around the outdoors. I have been fortunate enough to be born and raised in the beautiful Northwest.
I was born in a small Eastern Oregon town where fishing and hunting were part of our families lifestyle. After graduating high school I went on to Western Oregon University where I competed in football and indoor/outdoor track and field.
My personal Hunting Gear:
Game Bags - Magnum Pack-Elk and Moose, Wapiti, Muley, Carnivore ll, Fish Bags
Camo Clothes - Sitka, KUIU, Realtree
Bowtech - Insanity CPX
Stabilizer- Octane Balance X
Arrows - Gold Tip, XT Hunter
Broad Head - Trophy Taker, Shuttle-T
Boots - Kenetrek
Quiver - Octane Dead Lock Pro
Bow Case - SKB bow and rifle combo 3i-5014-DB, single bow 2SKB-4119, 3i-4217-PL
Sitka Pack; Day Pack - Flash 20, Pack in -
Meat Pack Frame - Cabelas - Alaskan Outfitter
Knives of Alaska - Cub Bear, Bush camp(on Alaska hunts), Alaskan series
Dead Down Wind - products
Bino's - Swarovski 10x42
Rifle - Weatherby, cal. Weatherby 300 mag, Remington BDL 30-06
Hand Gun - 454 Casull Raging Bull (on Alaska hunts)
Misdirected society seem to forget what has brought us this far in our existence, to survive as the most dominate species on this planet. Hunting and foraging is what man does, then and now, the primal drive is and always will be a part of mankind. It is us the few of today that enjoy coexisting with nature in its purest form in all its raw beauty. There’s nothing like the serene feeling of overlooking a morning meadow, with the golden sun rising over the top of a mountain, the morning dew glistening on everything it has touched like diamonds filled with abundant colors and fog blanketing the meadow in a mysterious haze, I have lived to experience this and the opportunity to pursue many once in a lifetime hunts, from the Southern Rockies to Alaska. It is my passion to give back and share this enjoyment with my children and their children and to teach others what they too are missing. We as hunters and fisherman/woman outdoor enthusiasts we must be a driving force behind a continuing cycle for as long as mankind lives on this planet. I encourage you to support clubs and organizations that protect our wildlife, and our brave military forces for the freedom and the right to bear arms. TR
Todd Toven - Colorado
Derek McNeil has been hunting and fishing since he could walk fast enough to keep up with his dad. Growing up in Roseville California, in the middle of the largest waterfowl migration in the country. Ducks and geese, along with dove, pheasant and quail were right outside the front door. In his early years, a BMX bike was the transportation and a pellet gun the firearm of choice to chase everything from sparrows to ring necks. By the age of nine, when he graduated from his trusty Sheridan air rifle to a shotgun of his own, hunting and fishing had become an overwhelming desire forever engrained into his way of life. The Sierra Nevada mountains were a short drive away from his home town. When Derek wasn't in a flooded wheat field trying to convince pintail, mallards, and wigeon to sit down, he was in the mountains fly fishing for trout, and stalking black tail deer with his father.
Derek moved to Colorado at the age of 19, where since 1994 he's pursued antelope, elk, mule deer, and trout in the Rocky Mountains, waterfowl along the front range, and upland birds on the plains. From the first bow season to the last rifle season Derek is either trying to fill his own tags, or working hard to help others fill theirs. Along with the hunting and fishing in his home state Derek's yearly outdoor adventures include fly fishing from Colorado to Florida, upland birds in Montana, and North Dakota, along with assisting his cousin Pat McNeil guiding and hunting wild boar, waterfowl and Tule elk in California for Golden Ram Sportsman Club.
In 1995 after I served was discharged from the military I came back to Minnesota and hunted a few seasons when a couple of friends called me and asked if I wanted to hunt Elk in Colorado, we hunted the Grand Mesa outside of Grand Junction, Co. I have hunted in Colorado ever since.
Over the years I have harvested elk, mule deer, antelope, pheasant, coyote, and grouse, I have also become a better trout fisherman and learned to fly fish. I'm a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Gun owners of America, Union Sportsman's Alliance, the TRCP and the Save the Hunter organization.
The thrill of the hunt, the catch, and harvest has been instilled in me from the start. I believe it to be a spiritual part of my life being one with the great outdoors. I looking forward to the hunting and fishing adventures yet to come. Clint is a Caribou Gear Minority Owner.
Mentoring of young and new hunters in field care of game meat is part of his “responsibility” to pass on his knowledge. During his Warden career he mentored other Wardens in game care. After two of those Wardens were promoted to “Hunter Education Captains” he taught modules in game care to Hunter Education Instructors. He retired as a Patrol Lieutenant and now lives in Idaho where he hunts when he can and mentors to Pass it on”.
[Dillon and his first deer] Prior to Caribou Gear game bags I made my own. These bags are better because they are lighter, stronger and better made than any I can make or buy. Clean up is easy. Some bags have been reused over 20 times. When the cost of Caribou Gear bags is balanced against the cost of one use bags I am ahead by use five; in addition, a “Green” contribution by not creating solid waste and using new resources is made. The “Camp Meat” bag given me by Clint Boyce in 2008 is still in use. The “Carnivore II” is the system for the solo backpack hunter. Mark.
Mark Caywood is a Life Member of RMEF and NRA. Annual member of MDF, WSF, SCI and Wood River Land Trust
Mark Caywood started learning about game care at age 4 when he pulled the hide while others skinned a deer. His hunting started at age 10 with small game and big game at 12. House rules were, “you kill it you clean it”. Mark is first a meat hunter and a self-described “Game Foodie”. With a formal education in Fish and Wildlife Biology, a 28 year law enforcement career with the California Department of Fish and Game (now Wildlife) started in 1975. During his career he worked mostly Marine and Pollution assignments so he could take vacation during hunting season. Throughout life he has been able to get “hands on time” on critters ranging from, shellfish, fish, small game, big game and domestic animals of all sizes. With the help of mentors and a strong knowledge in anatomy; skills in field care of fish and game were acquired. He will pitch in and help with field care at every opportunity.
Mark Caywood - Haily Idaho
In 1983, my internal compass pointed me “North to Alaska”, “The Last Frontier, and the last place I’ll likely ever call home. Fly-out, Backpack hunts are my passion, solo hunting my specialty. I’ve successfully hunted all the huntable Big Game Alaskan Species, including more than 20 mountain animals. (Sheep/Goats). I’ve hunted game animals in a dozen states and all 6 huntable continents, taking more than 40 species in Africa.
I am a Life Member of; NRA, SCI, RMEF, NWTF, and Alaska Sheep and National Trappers Association.
My wife (Diane) and I have been married almost 23 years; she is my Base Camp in Life!
Occupation: Former Military/ Hunting Guide/ Heavy Equipment Operator
I grew up in Northern New Jersey, as a kid I tried to catch anything that walked, crawled, or flew. Carp Fishing was my absolute favorite. I spent hundreds of hours on the river bank, growing more independent with each passing boyhood year.
My interest in hunting began while watching my dad teach “The Hunter Safety Course”, He was an instructor for 15 years, My dad and I hunted New Jersey, Vermont, and Maryland, for Deer, Small Game and Geese provided the thrill and heart breaks of my early years. I bought my first rifle with money I had earned doing odd jobs, it was a .222, and the first critter I harvested was a ground hog.
Dr. Le Beaumont has hunted in Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, California, Montana, New Mexico Utah and Wyoming. He is an avid bowhunter but also enjoys hunting with his rifle. Animals taken include Alaskan moose, black bear, javelina, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, Rocky Mountain elk, Shiras moose, and whitetail deer. He has made numerous fishing trips to Alaska for salmon and halibut. Although he has trophies listed in Boone and Crockett, Pope and Young and Safari Club International; meat remains at the center of why he hunts.
As a physician he recognizes the health benefits of eating wild game: high in protein, low in saturated fat and with a favorable ratio of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. As a strength athlete he feels that a diet rich in protein from wild meat enhances muscle repair.
His favorite breakfast is a plain antelope or elk burger simply cooked in a cast iron skillet. However, he and his wife Dominique are accomplished wild game gourmets and have had many elaborate recipes published.
Much of his time is spent with his three children who are active in competitive soccer and swimming. Despite limited time his oldest son, age 14, has taken Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn antelope and wild turkey. He recognizes the tradition of hunter conservationists and the need for quality hunting products. Ron is a member of the Boone and Crockett Club, Bowhunters of Wyoming., National Rifle Association, Pope and Young Club and Safari Club International.
Occupation: Medical Doctor
Tom was further immersed in the aquatic life of the Susquehanna River as an employee and fish farmer at Susquehanna Aquacultures where Hybrid striped bass were raised for sale to public and private interests as a food source or for sport. In addition, the Susquehanna became a fresh fish buffet as Tom would catch countless amounts of Channel catfish for his dinner plate. Recreational fishing for Tom also consisted of netting Large and Small mouth bass, Crappie, Walleye, and Trout.
As an archery aficionado, Tom has harvested a few big game species including White-tail deer and Eastern wild turkeys in Pennsylvania and Black bear, Roosevelt elk, and Columbian black-tailed deer in Washington. Currently, Tom works as a premier guide for Olympic Mountain Outfitters, in western Washington, specializing in tree stand hunts for Roosevelt elk and Columbian black-tailed deer. Throughout his vocation at Olympic Mountain Outfitters, the Caribou Gear game bags have been an indispensable tool for back country, big game retrieval. I'm ecstatic about the over all quality of the products and look forward in promoting a fine product line by Caribou Gear.
Occupation: Hunting Guide/Welder, Fabricator for Baker's Coal Stoves the most reputable coal stove manufactures in Pennsylvania www.bakerstoves.com
North Forty Boys
Erik & Jacquellyn Youngberg
Dennis started bowhunting over 30 years ago. His wife gave him his first bow so he blames her for his bowhunting addiction. Dennis was raised in the Texas panhandle and has hunted his whole life. Dennis has never had a guided hunt. He has not hunted big game with a rifle in 30 years. To say he is a hard core D.I.Y. guy is a understatement!
Dennis moved to Durango, Colorado 22 years ago. He had hunted Colorado before he moved there. He fell in love with the mountain life many years ago. The first animal he wanted to harvest with his bow was an elk. Elk are still his favorite animal to hunt. He has over 40 animals that will qualify for the bowhunting book and a couple that will make B&C book.
Dennis is one of the few men to be recognized by the Colorado Bowhunter Assc. to have completed the” Big 8 “ and the “Big 9” with a bow. He has done the” Big 8* two times and is only the 6th man to ever have completed this great task. He is the 16th person to have completed the Big 9. He will complete his Big 8 for the 3rd time very soon. He needs a desert bighorn sheep for his “Big 10”, to date only one person has completed that task.
Shawn Hanneman is a native Nevadan and was introduced to hunting by his Father Bob Hanneman & Brother Robert Hanneman. Shawn has enjoyed hunting throughout the western United States, Northwest Territories and recently finished his Deer Slam on Kodiak Island. Robert told me early on to spend the extra money on quality products over cheaper ones that way you only buy it once. That's why in 2008, I purchased my first Caribou Gear game bags and still has the same bags to this day.
Krimson - Kodiak, Island Alaska
Shawn Hanneman - Nevada
The hunt and the harvest are sacred to me, and the learning curve never ends. One of the most important things I have learned along the way is that gear you can trust is beyond priceless. When gear fails, it can cost you and the animal dearly. It can lead to ruined meat, compromised safety, or inaccuracy of shot placement. Always conscious of the fact that an animal is giving up its life so my family and I can eat, I have little tolerance for gear failure. And, one of the most critical pieces of equipment are game bags. Caribou Gear Game Bags are the best game bags I have ever used (and I have used several leading brands). They are extremely durable; they allow for superior ventilation while protecting the meat from bugs, dirt, and debris; following a use, you can swish them around in a stream or bucket of water and they come out looking sparkling clean; they are a fraction of the weight of cotton game bags; and, they take up minimal space in your pack. They deliver what they promise without compromise every single time. When you invest in a big hunting adventure, game bags you can count on 100% to protect your “trophy” are worth their weight in gold! Type your paragraph here.
Manager at Humphries Archery in Pueblo Coloradowww.humphries.com
It wasn’t until the 70’s that his parents purchased a fiber glass long bow and arrows that he set out to hunt birds and squirrels with great success he didn’t know that this should be hard or difficult for again he knew not what he was doing. It wasn’t until he was married that he and his wife both experienced hunting with a rifle, living in the heart of the Colorado Mountains hunting elk, deer, grouse and usually anything else in season. He and his wife would set out on self-guided hunts, driving until the road gave way to 4x4's then setting out with their packs and gear for a ten day hunt.
As the years past raising their three daughters. it eventually pulled his wife from the ranks of having the time to hunt so reluctantly she stayed behind to care for the kids, back then hunting was a necessity and way of life, for it placed food on the table for the harsh Colorado Rocky Mountain winters. In the years that passed he has harvested a great many deer, elk, and has fished many lakes, rivers, and oceans from the Southern Rockies to Alaska.
Caribou Gear game bags have a wide variety of uses from holding fish, hides, wild game meat or even being a catch all for gear and food. But, in Wyoming it was a flag leading me back to my 84" Boone and Crockett antelope! After a 3 mile stalk and harvest, I had crossed multiple canyons and road. I knew that I would be able to get my pickup within 100' of this trophy so I stood my tripod as tall as it would go and tied my Caribou Gear game bag over the top. After a quick run my trophy was on ice in record time. This was the 14 largest antelope taken out of Wyoming in 2011.
I feel privileged and honored to be part of such an amazing product and team.
My name is Brittany Makayla Barnhart, I was born on June 13, 1993 in Osage Beach, Missouri. I was the first of five children. When I was a baby I moved to Jacksonville, Florida to live with my mom Tracy. My knowledge and experience of the outdoors and hunting began at the age of 12. My Great Uncle, John White took me for my very first whitetail hunt during the alternative firearms season in 2005. Although, I didn’t harvest my first deer that year, it became the first of many hunts. I never imagined I would have so many unique opportunities to hunt different animals. RackSite gave me this chance in 2015. I have been able to hunt across the nation with them and learn new skills about hunting and the outdoors from the East to the West. Since then, I have successfully harvested trophy Hogs, Mule Deer, Whitetail, Turkey, and Waterfowl. Meanwhile I have discovered through this journey how important conservation and the outdoors are, and I want to dedicate my life to protecting this cherished tradition fewer families each year participate in with hopes to inspire the younger generations.