Men's Western Rifle Kit: October - Rocky Mountains
Ross Copperman: President of First Lite
October Mule Deer and Elk hunting in the Rockies is the very definition of variable: variable weather, variable terrain, and variable trip length. During the second half of October, I’ll see everything from sunshine and sixty-degree temperatures to snow squalls, high winds, and temperatures down in the teens. Being prepared for it all can be quite a challenge but having the right options at your disposal keeps you in the game, regardless of the conditions. I usually do a multi-day trip during mule deer season as well as a handful of half-day trips, so my kit reflects that. Start with Wick 150 Aerowool boot tops, an Aerowool Fuse Crew and Merino-X Kiln 250. Breathable but weather-resistant, the Catalyst System comes next. I also pack a Chamberlin Down Jacket on overnights for those bitter cold nights and mornings on the ridge. I choose an Aerowool Liner Glove / Shale Hybrid Glove system for my hands, Zero Cold Weather Socks for my feet (one extra pair in my pack) and I carry both a Trucker hat and a Tag Cuff beanie as well. If I’m going on a day trip, I’ll either take the Catalyst Pants or Corrugate Guide Pants depending on the forecast.