Just driving back from a 7 day WY back-country DIY elk hunt where we went 5 for 5, 2 bulls, 3 cows. The commander worked great as some days it felt like we were sheep hunting for elk the country was so steep (8,000-10,000+ feet). With attachment points properly attached, I couldn't shake my rifle loose, even descending some very steep slopes. I'm loving the Gun Commander!
I bought my first Bino system about 15 years ago. All my hunting buddies teased me and called it the "bino bra". Anyhow the next season they all had one. Later on I bought the Bino shield with the lens cleaner. The Bino shield is simple, light, quiet and has a nice little pocket with zipper in front to put a cow call in, very handy. I bought a an outfitter extreme pack a few years back, never saw one on the shelf in town. I called up asked a few questions talked to a helpful salesman on the phone was skeptical buying one without seeing one or trying it on. He said buy it put some weight in it and go for a hike, if you don't like send it back you will get a refund. I tried it and never regretted it for a second. Great solid pack. Also has lot of pockets and room so you can stay somewhat organized and not constantly searching for stuff you need. Packed out several animals with it. I recently packed a bull elk out and did a hind quarter on the first load, and a shoulder, blackstrap, tenderloin, and cape in second load, it was full but handled the load very good.My hunting partner took the rest in two loads. I have a scope coat for every rifle, always a clear and clean lens when you need it the most. I recently ordered the gun scabbard and gun commander and can't wait to get them."a to me from Christmas gift I guess." All products are American made which says something. For what it's worth if your shopping for anything hunting, shooting or outdoor recreation accessory and crooked horn makes it, save yourself some time and frustration and just buy it you won't be let down!.
Hello Crooked Horn
Here of some pics of my hunts this fall.
The one with the moose was interesting for your pack in that when we hauled the moose out, we strapped it to the back of a small ATV and drug it. However, since the moose was bigger than the ATV, it had handling issues. To help we would have to get in front, and position the front end to keep it going in the right direction. Now that being said, I fastened my gun, to the back of the Master Guide 2. Tightened everything up and proceeded to help manhandle the ATV. Through uneven and rough terrain, small trees, bumps and stumps, the gun never moved. It felt like it was part of the pack.
One Happy Hunter
I read the testimonial where a guys pack outlasted the wives and trucks and all and I just had to write you. My name is Matthew Landis, I am a veteran of the US Air Force and served during the first Gulf War. They stationed me in Colorado where I fell in love with bow hunting and put my hands on my first Crooked Horn pack. It's not made anymore and its a daypack that can double as a backpack. I worked as a guide on elk hunts in those Colorado mountains for 5 years. I've climbed more trees, killed more elk, and deer than I can remember. I've fallen, been lost, frozen, almost struck by lightning, soaked by rain, snow, and ice storms. I've fallen in frozen rivers and slipped off of wet rocks. All with my pack on. I've flat out abused the living heck out of that first pack I bought some 15 years ago. I now live in Pennsylvania where I obsessively chase whitetails and bear every year. The pack has fallen out of trees, used as a bench rest and heck even a punching bag if I miss. Sir, just the other day I took that pack and threw it in the bathtub with some cool water and a squirt of laundry soap. It was the first time it had seen any sort of cleaning in all those years. Some long overdue dirt came out, I dried it over the wood stove and I am proud to say it looks almost like new. The camo is virtually unfaded. The seams are flawless. I have had only to replace one buckle that broke on a coyote hunt with wind chills pushing -15 degrees outside.
In summary, that first pack I bought is the ONLY pack I have EVER used on ANY hunt and it is STILL in terrific shape. I am proud to own this and in all sincerity will someday probably pass it down to my children to use. It just refuses to wear out. I am now in the market for a slightly larger pack, and will look no further then what your company offers. As a veteran I thank you for showing whats possible when good people with a dream and a strong will to work are mixed with freedom.
Take Care and God Bless.
I just wanted to catch up with the Crooked Horn Team and report on my last trip. A couple of friends and I went on a ride last weekend and ended up on The Rim of The Grand Canyon. We used Crooked Horn Gear.. The Trailblazer II was used while riding Motorcycles to carry everything from Fix-a Flat to gloves , Toilet paper and our Lunches (which we ate on the rim of the canyon)..
Bino-Shield was also used to keep our Binoculars Dust free while riding the 35 miles in and the 35 miles back out.. You don't have to hunt to appreciate the Quality Product that Crooked Horn Produces; however if you do hunt as well as enjoy weekend getaways during other times of the year Crooked Horn Gear can enhance those Trips as well..
Thanks for producing Quality Gear that does Double Duty for me and My Friends !! Lennis – Keep up the Hard work!!!!
My First elk and first mule deer. Taken in GMU 39 in Colorado hunting near Mt Evans. Shot both animals off your shooting sticks and loved the product and the confidence it gave me for the shot.
I had really only hunted whitetail in South Texas out of blinds and tripods where its easy to have a solid rest. Hunting out west, I quickly saw you needed to have a way to get a quick shot in versatile terrain and the sticks made for an excellent rest all over the mountains.