BRIAN TALLERICO We were so fortunate to have two of my best friends along who had traveled 11 hours just to experience this moment–and capture it all on video for us! After some hugs and high fives we made our way over to the copse of trees where we last saw him. And there he was just as expected, piled up against a tree, stone dead with a perfect hole behind the shoulder. As we both knelt down to touch the beautiful buck we both gave thanks that he found us worthy of giving his life this day. Her smile was contagious as she lifted his head and stroked his grey winter coat. I gave her a hug that only a proud daddy can give his daughter… and it wasn’t the last one she got that marvelous day!
Fortunately, KODA gear makes some fine youth hunting clothes with the peerless Kryptek Highlander pattern and this young lady made good use of the AG Base Layer shirt and their Base Camp One jacket… and my Kryptek Inferno blaze camo hat–as required in Wyoming.
My kit for this adventure was pretty much the same I use all season long, from the warm early September archery hunts to late season rifle elk when the snow flies and the temps plummet. My Hoplite merino base layers are indispensable as they keep me warm on the cooler days and breathe when body temp rises. The Alaios pant seems to be my go to bottom season in and season out simply because they are tough, versatile, and water resistant.
Up top I typically use one of the warm vests, either the Vidar (for this hunt) or the Kratos II for colder days. Next, I had the Aquillo hooded water resistant down “puffy coat” to keep out the morning chill while we sat and glassed (and while we took our photos!). And finally, just in case despite the cobalt blue skies, I had my lightweight Poseidon rain gear in the pack.
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