Author Archives: Rick Koesel

How to Stay Undetected Hunting from a Tree Stand

Hunting from a tree stand offers you many opportunities to capture game that blinds, still shooting, and other techniques simply don’t allow. Tree stand hunting gives you the time and concealment you need to capture your shot and punch that tag.

Here are four tips to help you remain concealed in your tree stand and make the most of your next hunting trip!

Safety

When using a tree stand, never compromise your safety in order to get the shot.

Wear a harness and always apply a lifeline before climbing up. A harness and lifeline, when applied and worn correctly, will keep you safe from the moment your feet leave the ground until you are safely back down.

Height

Depending on your hunting area and the game of choice, it is essential to hang your stand high enough that you are out of the sightline of your prey.

Don’t go overboard, though!

A stand that is too high will limit your kill-zone because of your shot angle. In most cases, 20 feet is just about right but you may need to adjust for larger prey, like moose and bear.

Scent

The chance of game smelling you before seeing you are usually quite high.

Even the most expensive camo gear won’t hide your scent from approaching animals and while you can use your tree stand placement to minimize the effects of the wind, it’s still important to take precautions with your laundry soap, shampoo, and body odor!

Noisy Clothes

Being quiet in the woods, whether you’re walking to your tree stand, reaching for some water, or sighting your kill, is crucial. And many of today’s waterproof fabrics are, unfortunately, extremely noisy…

Be sure to test your hunting gear to see how much noise it makes while walking and moving to ensure you remain hidden from all your prey’s senses in your tree stand!

Ready to hunt?

Come join us at Silver Spur Outfitters & Lodge, Idaho’s premier hunting guide in the backcountry! From elk and bighorn sheep to mountain lions and deer, we have what you’re looking to bag. Call us today at 208-842-2417 to start planning your next hunting excursion in Idaho!

Winter Elk Hunts at Silver Spur Lodge

Winter Elk Hunts at Silver Spur Lodge

Elk hunting in Idaho Elk hunting is a popular sport with hunters for a number of reasons. The quality of elk meat is a top reason, but the challenge of the hunt is another. However, it is important to follow specific regulations for hunting elk in the state where you are hunting. Failure to do… Continue Reading

Tips for Cold Weather Hiking

Tips for Cold Weather Hiking

Hiking in the cold weather months can be breathtakingly beautiful, especially in the backcountry of Idaho. Our beautiful mountain ranges make for amazing photo shoots and incredible views in the winter time and cold weather months. Hiking is a great activity, but it also can be dangerous in the cold weather months. Here is how… Continue Reading

3 Moose Facts that Will Improve Your Hunt

3 Moose Facts that Will Improve Your Hunt

Eager to get hunting? Well, think beyond the white-tailed deer and instead consider targeting the largest of the deer species: the moose! Read on for some important moose facts that will help set you up for success on your next hunt. Where do moose live? Moose typically live in places like Canada, Alaska, New England,… Continue Reading

Elk Hunting at Silver Spur Lodge

Elk Hunting at Silver Spur Lodge

Elk hunting is a sport that calls for preparation and planning. It’s a physical sport, so make sure you are in shape prior to the hunt. It’s also a time for camaraderie and a chance to be in the great outdoors. But if you haven’t been on an elk hunt before, there are some tips… Continue Reading

Fall Bear Hunting Is Different than In Spring

Fall Bear Hunting Is Different than In Spring

We’re in the middle of the summer, which is a great time to prepare for bear hunting at Silver Spur Lodge in the Fall Season. However, if you’ve done bear hunts in the spring, you’ll want to be aware that fall hunting is a bit different. You can bait bears in the fall, but it’s… Continue Reading

Backpacking Techniques for First Timers

Backpacking Techniques for First Timers

When it comes to backpacking, there is more preparation that goes into planning the trip, as well as executing it. Unlike the average camper, a backpacker has to carry all of their gear on their back while hiking to different camping locations. In general, backpacking is a tougher task than just setting up one camp… Continue Reading

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