A Hunters Guide to Bull Elk Hunts in the White Mountains of Arizona

Marsupial Makes The Best Binocular Chest Harness

When I’m hunting the rugged backcountry of Arizona I find myself, over the years, dealing with my binoculars just getting in the way.

In the early days I used what came with the binoculars which was a one strap around the neck setup. But as time has gone on there have been innovations made to the bino harness set-up, with many options to choose from including a standard four strap with the binocular being exposed, to the all-inclusive harnesses for your binoculars which secures your binoculars inside a pouch and gives added pockets for windage indicators, glasses cleaner, and range finder. These added spaces allow a hunter to grab the necessary items when they are needed in a pinch.

Now I have gotten into the more advanced bino harnesses and packs and the one which I find very functional, useful and all-around best binocular case for my hunts are made by Marsupial.

The configuration for a great binocular case starts with the size of your binoculars. As the different brands have varying sizes of binoculars it is best to make sure you match the binoculars with the case.

The great part of the Marsupial Gear brand is that they offer Small, Medium, and Large packs and they tell you straight up if a brand doesn’t fit their packs. When you check their website directly they have a list of the different brands and the models to tell you which Marsupial you should purchase for your binos.

While the information is extensive and you can find a variety of brands and models, if you own another brand I would suggest you utilize their sizing chart and measure your binoculars to compare. If you have the opportunity to fit your binoculars onsite with any chest case it would be best to verify the fit of your binoculars.

Many ask if the binocular case will provide additional features and yes many cases will have several pockets and areas for additional storage. As a backwoods hunter, I want some specific items at my fingertips for a quick retrieval.

For instance, I would want a small pouch for my powder windage indicator. The quick access would allow me to understand which direction my scent would be heading while traversing the mountainside.

Another item I’d want to quickly grab is my range finder. When the elk or deer are out on my horizon, I need to understand how far they are. As a back country mountain bow hunter, I must understand my distance at a moment’s notice.

While having areas to store additional items on the binocular case seems important, I do have pockets and other areas I can have these items stored on my body.

That brings me to a very important point of the binocular case packs. Do not go into the field without practicing with yours on your body. I found that a bulky case makes it hard for me to draw my bowstring and a few times when I was riffle hunting I found my case prohibited me from lying prone and taking a shot.

So the moral of this point is to take the time to practice before you enter the field.

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Hunting Adventure Seekers In The White Mountains of Arizona

Since around 1993 the Shaggy Outdoor Team has been hunting and fishing in the Mountains of Arizona. While I came from a state which had little to no public hunting, this vast wilderness of available land to hunt and fish was incredible.

It took till 2005 for me to hunt and kill my first Bull Elk in the White Mountains of Arizona. A tenuous hunt filled with knee-high snow and mountainous terrain. This is when I found that the Mtns-R-Us was in my soul.

I hiked with my pack prepared for the kill of a beautiful elk in the late seasons of Unit 1. I found myself over dress and underprepared for this hunt as my local friend flew up and down those hillsides in that knee-high snow like he was walking on flat ground.

I didn’t need those heavy winter boots and thick winter hunting clothes. My companion proved that standard hiking boots and a lightweight jacket were all one needed. What he knew that I didn’t was we wouldn’t be out for hours or even days. He knew we’d be back at the truck within a couple of hours because I was not ready for this challenge.

I was successful on that first Bull Elk trip, not for the dense layers of clothes, but for just circumstance that left me strolling the mountains on my own. Yes, I hiked a short distance that morning I was successful to find myself face to face with a cow elk at 2 feet and a bull and 50 yards.

What a great hunt. Successful and memorable to boot.

Outdoor adventure seekers should always look to push themselves and get uncomfortable. I know that trip allowed me to learn more about the White Mountains of Arizona than I expected. And today my hunts are all measured by that first Bull Elk kill. None have lived up to that first time yet, but a new adventure is always one fall hunting season away.