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  • An Interview with First Lite's Steven Rinella, The Meat Eater


    By Tracy Breen

    When hunting in the backcountry, you need top notch gear like First Lite wool. What is it you like about wool clothing?

    First off, there's a big difference between the coarse, scratchy wool used in traditional hunting garments and the merino wool used in First Lite apparel. Continue reading

  • First Lite Instagram Contest #HuntFind

    We are always finding cool unique things on a hunt. Weather it's nature's art or unique relics left behind who knows how many year's ago it's amazing what you see. What do you find?  Mark the good stuff you've found when sidetracked on a hunt with the hashtag #HuntFind. The best contribution will get  a First Lite Swag pack.

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  • Backcountry Hunters and Angler Rendezvous

    Friends of First Lite,

    Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA), The Sportsmen's Voice for Our Wild Public Lands, Waters and Wildlife, is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual North American Rendezvous, to be held March 21 – 23, 2014, in Southeast Denver, Colorado at the Red Lion Hotel.

    We wanted to take a minute to share with you an organization that fights on behalf of issues that mean a lot to us. Mainly public lands. Go to either the BHA website or their Facebook page and see what they are all about. First Lite will be joining the national rendezvous for the first time March 21-23 in Denver CO, and we hope to see you there.


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  • Novembers Layering Guidance

    This months layering guidance is via First Lite Team member Zac Poff. Zac may not be much to look at but he does get in a fair amount of time in the woods.

    Layering seems to be a buzz word these days with all of the crazy technology in under and outerwear.  I am sure that most people have been layering since they were sent off to play outside as a kid.  If you were like me you were always one day behind the weather man when it came to layering.  One day it would be warm and sunny and I would be wearing a parka and moon boots while all of the “cool kids” had shorts and a t-shirt with the next day finding me freezing my butt off while everyone had the appropriate garb on.  Today with all of the technology and weather reports out there (which I do not know how to use) along with the gear available there should be no excuse to be uncomfortable.


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  • What's In Your Kit?

    Here in Ketchum, Idaho my day starts at about 7000 ft--and like a true glutton for punishment--I ignore all of the deer down low and look towards the heavens.  That means on a typical day hunt I'll run anywhere from 2 - 3,000 vertical feet,  with most of the uphill being covered in the pre dawn hours.  Our morning temps have been in the low twenties but can be as high as forty degrees by mid morning.  This is my go-to kit for mountain hunting this time of year:


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  • Working for a Living: Dogs and Hunting


    Steve pointing a covey of huns. Steve pointing a covey of huns.

    Working for a Living

    “It’s Paco.  Something is wrong with him.  He was running down the trail and started to walk funny and then fell over.  He’s not doing well.  He’s not okay.”

    My girlfriend trailed off into sobs and I told her to meet me at the vet.

    These were the words that would change my life, that would echo in my mind for months and that would make me acutely aware of what it really was that made me who I was, what I was, and what I lived for.  I was at the gym that spring afternoon when I took the phone from the kid who had searched frantically for someone named Ross who had an emergency phone call from a hysterical woman with bad cell reception. Continue reading

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