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Staff Picks: November Elk and Deer

Staff Picks: November Elk and Deer

Puffed Up

Ford Van Fossan picks apart south facing slopes during a November hunt in Central Idaho.
Photo: Captured Creative

Ford Van Fossan: Retail Sales and Content Manager

Snow and low temps are possible as early as late August in the mountains of central Idaho. Therefore, I build even my early season kit with the possibility of these conditions. However, in November snowy, cold weather is guaranteed and so I add a couple layers and accessories to my pack to make sure I stay comfortable. The Sawtooth Jacket will usually be replace the Chama Hoody as my second layer in the late season, giving me a significant boost in core warmth. I also typically wear the Cirrus Puffy Jacket under the Uncompahgre Puffy Jacket, giving me a total of 160g of insulation. I pair this outerwear with my packable Uncompahgre Pants to make sure my legs also stay warm when I am inactive at camp or on a glassing perch. Additionally, I rarely leave home without my Grizzly Mitts in November. Worn over my Talus Fingerless Gloves, these function as packable outerwear for my hands, keeping them roasty when I quit moving. If the snow and muck really pile up I will replace my lightweight Traverse boot gaiters with the Bramblers. These burly gaiters keep my lower legs and boots warm and dry. Finally, if temps get truly low I will replace my Tag Cuff Beanie with a Tundra Balaclava. This shearling headpiece warms my whole body up without adding much weight to my pack. Added to my early season kit, this gear keeps me warm on frosty late season hunts.