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What's Really the Best Camo for Elk Hunting During Rifle Season?

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Best Camo for Elk Hunting

If you need some new camo for elk hunting, it’s probably already in your closet. 

Very soon, I’m going to be going on my first open country elk hunt on the Western slope of the Rocky Mountains out in Colorado. I can’t put into words how excited I am for this opportunity. Not only is this a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for many, but my lifelong buddy is going to be my guide.

As you can imagine, he’s been giving all sorts of advice on what I need to bring before the trip. Hunting clothing, though, is one thing that seems to not be that big of a deal. Yeah, I know.

First off, I’ve been on record several times stating I believe camouflage clothing for hunting is overrated. After learning more and more from big game hunters out West, this only goes to affirm my believes. Right here you can probably already tell where this is going, but there’s multiple reasons why.

Of course, you can buy all the expensive clothing you want from Cabelas with name brands like Mossy Oak, Sitka, Kuiu or others. However, if history has taught us anything, all of that may be more than you need for an elk hunt. Deer hunting during bow season, yes, camo patterns can make a huge difference. However, in open country during rifle season, distance is on your side.

Base Layers

Before we get into actual camo patterns for elk hunting, lets first talk about base layers. In most places where elk live, there isn’t going to be a whole lot of humidity. Therefore, if you’ve ever been in the high desert before, the cold doesn’t feel as cold where there’s less humidity.

Making sure you have good insulation that you can take off and put in a pack is key, though. For example, a simple T-shirt with a long sleeve on top might be all you need if you have a nice insulated jacket on top.

Wool is always a good choice for base layers as well. Elk hunters have a tendency to sweat a lot on the chase. Thankfully, wool dries out really fast. Not a lot of camo clothing comes in wool, but when you can find it, buy it. Wool socks are a must, too.

As much walking that normally takes place during an elk hunt, your feet can sweat out in a hurry. Having the ability to kick your boots off for a few minutes and everything gets dry is priceless.

The best camo in the world won’t make a difference if you’re cold and uncomfortable. The base layers you choose here can make or break an elk hunter before the hunt even begins.

The Down and Dirty

So here it comes. The truth about the best camo for elk hunting. There’s no need to make this harder than it needs to be. During rifle season in the Rocky Mountains, we’re talking stalking, chasing and long-distance shots. There’s very little need for super expensive hunting clothing.

As the guides who I have been working with say, the more comfortable you are, the better you’re going to be. I’ve been told to bring jeans on top of a basic base layer. Sweatshirts are a great options as well, you can easily take them off and pack them away.

The biggest factor in choosing the best camo for elk hunting during rifle season is simply to find a clothing pattern that doesn’t stand out and blends into the background. Wearing light colors is a giveaway. On that same note, if you’re wearing dark clothes with a light background, you stand out just as easily.

So basically, anything that’s a neutral color, comfortable and easily packable is a simple winner for chasing elk.

Again, the distance in the shot is your best friend. The best camo for elk hunting isn’t as good as simply not moving. At 400 yards, a walking human is easily seen no matter what camo the elk hunter is wearing. However, at 400 yards, an elk hunter wearing a bright pink jumpsuit is invisible to an elk if they’re sitting still.

Conclusion

Don’t get bent out of shape if you just spent $500 on new hunting camouflage. It’s still money well spent. If that is what you believe is the best camo for elk hunting, then don’t let me tell you any different. If it checks the box of being comfortable and easily packable, then all the better.

However, what you already have in your closet is probably all you need. The trees and shrubs provide all the breakup pattern you need. Just focus on clothing that matches fairly consistently with earth tones and you’re going to be in business.

“Just wear jeans and a sweatshirt. I promise you, you will get an elk.” Those are the words my buddy keeps telling me. I hope he is right.

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Best Camo for Elk Hunting

If you need some new camo for elk hunting, it’s probably already in your closet. 

Very soon, I’m going to be going on my first open country elk hunt on the Western slope of the Rocky Mountains out in Colorado. I can’t put into words how excited I am for this opportunity. Not only is this a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for many, but my lifelong buddy is going to be my guide.

As you can imagine, he’s been giving all sorts of advice on what I need to bring before the trip. Hunting clothing, though, is one thing that seems to not be that big of a deal. Yeah, I know.

First off, I’ve been on record several times stating I believe camouflage clothing for hunting is overrated. After learning more and more from big game hunters out West, this only goes to affirm my believes. Right here you can probably already tell where this is going, but there’s multiple reasons why.

Of course, you can buy all the expensive clothing you want from Cabelas with name brands like Mossy Oak, Sitka, Kuiu or others. However, if history has taught us anything, all of that may be more than you need for an elk hunt. Deer hunting during bow season, yes, camo patterns can make a huge difference. However, in open country during rifle season, distance is on your side.

Base Layers

Before we get into actual camo patterns for elk hunting, lets first talk about base layers. In most places where elk live, there isn’t going to be a whole lot of humidity. Therefore, if you’ve ever been in the high desert before, the cold doesn’t feel as cold where there’s less humidity.

Making sure you have good insulation that you can take off and put in a pack is key, though. For example, a simple T-shirt with a long sleeve on top might be all you need if you have a nice insulated jacket on top.

Wool is always a good choice for base layers as well. Elk hunters have a tendency to sweat a lot on the chase. Thankfully, wool dries out really fast. Not a lot of camo clothing comes in wool, but when you can find it, buy it. Wool socks are a must, too.

As much walking that normally takes place during an elk hunt, your feet can sweat out in a hurry. Having the ability to kick your boots off for a few minutes and everything gets dry is priceless.

The best camo in the world won’t make a difference if you’re cold and uncomfortable. The base layers you choose here can make or break an elk hunter before the hunt even begins.

The Down and Dirty

So here it comes. The truth about the best camo for elk hunting. There’s no need to make this harder than it needs to be. During rifle season in the Rocky Mountains, we’re talking stalking, chasing and long-distance shots. There’s very little need for super expensive hunting clothing.

As the guides who I have been working with say, the more comfortable you are, the better you’re going to be. I’ve been told to bring jeans on top of a basic base layer. Sweatshirts are a great options as well, you can easily take them off and pack them away.

The biggest factor in choosing the best camo for elk hunting during rifle season is simply to find a clothing pattern that doesn’t stand out and blends into the background. Wearing light colors is a giveaway. On that same note, if you’re wearing dark clothes with a light background, you stand out just as easily.

So basically, anything that’s a neutral color, comfortable and easily packable is a simple winner for chasing elk.

Again, the distance in the shot is your best friend. The best camo for elk hunting isn’t as good as simply not moving. At 400 yards, a walking human is easily seen no matter what camo the elk hunter is wearing. However, at 400 yards, an elk hunter wearing a bright pink jumpsuit is invisible to an elk if they’re sitting still.

Conclusion

Don’t get bent out of shape if you just spent $500 on new hunting camouflage. It’s still money well spent. If that is what you believe is the best camo for elk hunting, then don’t let me tell you any different. If it checks the box of being comfortable and easily packable, then all the better.

However, what you already have in your closet is probably all you need. The trees and shrubs provide all the breakup pattern you need. Just focus on clothing that matches fairly consistently with earth tones and you’re going to be in business.

“Just wear jeans and a sweatshirt. I promise you, you will get an elk.” Those are the words my buddy keeps telling me. I hope he is right.

NEXT: ARE THESE DEER HUNTING STANDS TOO NICE?

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ASA Pro/Am and IBO Results Show Strong Finish for Team Mathews

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The recent ASA Pro/Am and IBO results show that Team Mathews continues to dominate on the tournament trail. Here’s a look at the results…. Read more…

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Nosler Introduces 115-Grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

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Nosler Introduces 115gr 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

Serious competition shooters will be pleased to hear about the new 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet in 115-grain that Nosler just unveiled.

Just like the name states, the Nosler Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) Bullet is designed for match shooters who want high ballistic coefficient bullets with the flattest trajectory and the least wind drift possible at long range.

Well, shooters who use 6mm cartridges just got some great news when Nosler, Inc announced that a 115-grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet is the newest addition to their RDF line.

Designed specifically for use in rifles with a barrel twist rate of 1:7.5″ or faster, the new 115-grain Reduced Drag Factor bullet has a ridiculously high BC of .634 (G1). This is a significant improvement over the only previous 6mm RDF option, which was a 105-grain and had a G1 BC of .571.

Like all the other Nosler RDF bullets, the new 6mm bullet incorporates several key design factors that result in a sleek form factor with one of the highest BCs available anywhere for a bullet of that size.

First, the bullet has a long, drag reducing boattail. It also has a compound ogive along with what Nosler advertises as the smallest and most consistent meplats of any hollow point match bullet line, which they claim eliminates the need to trim tips.

Add it all up and you’ve got a very sleek, accurate, and easy to load hollow point boat tail (HPBT) bullet that’s perfect for rifle tournaments, like Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches.

With the introduction of this bullet, the entire RDF bullet line now includes 70-, 77-, and 85-grain bullets in .22 caliber, 105- and 115-grain bullets in 6mm (.243 caliber), 130- and 140-grain bullets in 6.5 mm (.264 caliber), 185 grain bullets in 7mm (.284 caliber), 168-, 175-, and 210-grain bullets in .30 caliber, and 300-grain bullets in .338 caliber.

Note that Nosler’s RDF bullets are designed for long range efficiency during competition rifle matches, not for big game hunting. If you want a good long range hunting bullet, then consider the Nosler AccuBond Long Range Series instead.

But if you want match grade accuracy, flat trajectories, and great resistance to wind drift when using your 6mm Creedmoor to bang steel or punch paper, then check out the Nosler 6mm 115 grain RDF bullet.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on The Big Game Hunting Blog. Follow him on FacebookYouTube, & Instagram.

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Nosler Introduces 115gr 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet

Serious competition shooters will be pleased to hear about the new 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet in 115-grain that Nosler just unveiled.

Just like the name states, the Nosler Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) Bullet is designed for match shooters who want high ballistic coefficient bullets with the flattest trajectory and the least wind drift possible at long range.

Well, shooters who use 6mm cartridges just got some great news when Nosler, Inc announced that a 115-grain 6mm Reduced Drag Factor Bullet is the newest addition to their RDF line.

Designed specifically for use in rifles with a barrel twist rate of 1:7.5″ or faster, the new 115-grain Reduced Drag Factor bullet has a ridiculously high BC of .634 (G1). This is a significant improvement over the only previous 6mm RDF option, which was a 105-grain and had a G1 BC of .571.

Like all the other Nosler RDF bullets, the new 6mm bullet incorporates several key design factors that result in a sleek form factor with one of the highest BCs available anywhere for a bullet of that size.

First, the bullet has a long, drag reducing boattail. It also has a compound ogive along with what Nosler advertises as the smallest and most consistent meplats of any hollow point match bullet line, which they claim eliminates the need to trim tips.

Add it all up and you’ve got a very sleek, accurate, and easy to load hollow point boat tail (HPBT) bullet that’s perfect for rifle tournaments, like Precision Rifle Series (PRS) matches.

With the introduction of this bullet, the entire RDF bullet line now includes 70-, 77-, and 85-grain bullets in .22 caliber, 105- and 115-grain bullets in 6mm (.243 caliber), 130- and 140-grain bullets in 6.5 mm (.264 caliber), 185 grain bullets in 7mm (.284 caliber), 168-, 175-, and 210-grain bullets in .30 caliber, and 300-grain bullets in .338 caliber.

Note that Nosler’s RDF bullets are designed for long range efficiency during competition rifle matches, not for big game hunting. If you want a good long range hunting bullet, then consider the Nosler AccuBond Long Range Series instead.

But if you want match grade accuracy, flat trajectories, and great resistance to wind drift when using your 6mm Creedmoor to bang steel or punch paper, then check out the Nosler 6mm 115 grain RDF bullet.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by John McAdams on The Big Game Hunting Blog. Follow him on FacebookYouTube, & Instagram.

NEXT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NOSLER E-TIP AMMUNITION

WATCH: THE BEST NEW PISTOLS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

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Keanu Reeves Shows Shooting Prowess Training for John Wick Movie

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Who knew Keanu Reeves could shoot like this?

At this point, Keanu Reeves has already staked his claim as an American badass. After two heart-pounding action franchises in “John Wick” and “The Matrix” alone, he’s earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of action movies.

However, who knew he could actually shoot? He’s not only capable with a firearm; he could shoot competitively!

You won’t believe your eyes when you see him wield a wide variety of firearms, which includes an AR-15, a shotgun and handguns.

Watch the video below:

If you haven’t already seen “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” chances are you probably want to after watching this, right? The franchise has gained somewhat of a cult-like following after its first two acts, which appear to correlate with how Reeves spends his free time.

Shooting competitively on a course like this is no easy task, as quick shooting scenarios challenge your instincts behind the sights of a rifle, and requires elite discipline from your trigger finger.

It’s clear after watching this tactical training video from Taran Tactical that Reeves has put in a ton of work to prepare for these movies, molding himself into an unbelievable shooter.

Another cool element to the new movie and Reeves’ shooting abilities is the clear lack of a stunt double. In a lot of action movies, Hollywood actors use stunt doubles to do some of the technical work, such as shooting.

It’s exciting to know you’ll actually be watching Reeves in action.

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Who knew Keanu Reeves could shoot like this?

At this point, Keanu Reeves has already staked his claim as an American badass. After two heart-pounding action franchises in “John Wick” and “The Matrix” alone, he’s earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of action movies.

However, who knew he could actually shoot? He’s not only capable with a firearm; he could shoot competitively!

You won’t believe your eyes when you see him wield a wide variety of firearms, which includes an AR-15, a shotgun and handguns.

Watch the video below:

If you haven’t already seen “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” chances are you probably want to after watching this, right? The franchise has gained somewhat of a cult-like following after its first two acts, which appear to correlate with how Reeves spends his free time.

Shooting competitively on a course like this is no easy task, as quick shooting scenarios challenge your instincts behind the sights of a rifle, and requires elite discipline from your trigger finger.

It’s clear after watching this tactical training video from Taran Tactical that Reeves has put in a ton of work to prepare for these movies, molding himself into an unbelievable shooter.

Another cool element to the new movie and Reeves’ shooting abilities is the clear lack of a stunt double. In a lot of action movies, Hollywood actors use stunt doubles to do some of the technical work, such as shooting.

It’s exciting to know you’ll actually be watching Reeves in action.

NEXT: SAVAGE ROLLS OUT GUNS WITH NRA’S OFFICIAL CAMOUFLAGE MOSSY OAK OVERWATCH

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