Dress for Hunting Success with First Lite

By Kurt Schirado of Ultimate Outdoor Adventure

FirstLite_Kurt This past year I’ve discovered a clothing line that can cover my entire hunting needs…from anearly season archery antelope hunt, October elk hunt in the mountains and outfit me through thefrigid temperatures of late season North Dakota bowhunts for whitetails.

The First Lite line of clothing has you covered from head to toe, through all weather conditions. During an early season archery elk hunt in Montana, I w as fortunate to try out the new Corrugate Guide Pants by First Lite (located at select SCHEELS stores). Now these pants are everything they say they are…lightweight, breathable and extremely durable.

FirstLiteCorrugatePantThey are made with a built-in stretch DuraFlex fabric that is water repellent and perfect for an all-around, all day hunting pant…good for almost all but the most extreme conditions. The 3D side cargo pockets have the best design I have ever seen and all other closures and zippers are well designed and quietly managed while on the move.

The Corrugate Guide Pant has both belt and suspender loops a s well as a DWR finish to keep you dry during rain showers. This may be the answer to having the complete all day hunting pant for the active hunter. The recommended temperature range for the Corrugate Guide Pants is 45 degrees to above 80 degrees…great for early season archery hunts, upland game hunting, treestand hunts as well as spot and stalk style hunting.

The inspiration behind the Corrugate Guide Pant derived from rock climbers and mountaineers who demand the best during highly active and critical situations. They are available with the exclusive First Lite “Fusion” camouflage pattern as well as Dry Earth, Pine and ASAT camouflage. The unique stretch fabric makes them durable and nearly bombproof making the First Lite Corrugate Guide Pant the ultimate synthetic hunting pant.


The Alaskan Hunt: Changing Camps

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Our day started with a complete 78teardown of camp, repacking our bags and final logistics to get all our gear shuffled across Chandalar Lake to the runway at the Northeast end of the lake. With a low flight ceiling, heavy winds and a front moving through, our air taxi service was hopeful they could possibly get us out mid-day. Of equal concern would be getting across the lake with all our gear in the 16’ Jon boat.


We thankfully made it across safely and all six of us found the runway to be a thankful place for our eventual air taxi pickup and short flight back to Coldfoot. Storing all our gear back in our truck and trailer, we made the long Dalton Highway drive back to Fairbanks. The road was mostly mud from considerable moisture over the past few days, making our travels cautious and slow. A quick stop at the Arctic Circle made for yet another great Alaska photo op.

A warm shower and a fresh bed at Pike’s Landing in Fairbanks, as well as the “Hunter’s Rate” for our rooms made for a great stay and good short night’s sleep. Our enthusiasm is high as we head to our second camp. While this was not the original plan, we know we need to adapt and create opportunity.

The logistics are mostly in place and if all comes together, including fair weather on Saturday, we should be back hunting by Sunday morning.


The Alaskan Hunt: The Decision

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We welcomed the clear skies and the sun on Thursday, a refreshing sight. The winds remained consistently strong, once again forcing our calling to be less effective. We are primarily cow calling, with some bull grunts and tree raking to simulate the rutting activity the Moose are currently in here in Alaska. If the wind would let up, our calls would echo further into the basins and certainly be more effective.


The discussions mid-day back in camp were centered on not seeing any Moose and the reality that the weather may not break. With two of our camp buddies having successful experience hunting Moose in a different region of Alaska, closer to Anchorage, we discussed a complete camp move. We know it takes time to find the game we are after, yet we also know with a week left before we fly home, it is time to change our luck.

We came into camp with the idea we would harvest Moose, Caribou and possibly Black Bear. We all have tags for these species, of which considerable dollars have been invested. Our expectations were quite high on seeing the game and having the opportunities. Unfortunately, none of it has happened thus far and this weighs on each of our minds.

As the evening hunt came to a close with another weather front blowing in and no Moose spotted, the consensus in camp was to begin all the logistics of getting camp moved. Because we are in a remote location, the move will require flights out of Chandalar, a 10+ hour drive back to Anchorage, some new gear for the upcoming tent camp and a refreshed optimism on successfully finishing this hunt.

We are all hunters at heart and as much as we enjoy the experience, we want to finish our #AKadventure. Stay tuned…


The Alaskan Hunt: Fighting Wind

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High gusty winds were the name of the game Wednesday morning for our Alaskan Hunt, once again forcing a delayed start to our day. We know Moose hunting can be a waiting game, hoping for the right conditions to surface and the Moose to be visible during their rutting patterns. Unfortunately, we have not had those conditions as of yet and we are optimistic it will come.

We went South of camp for a good morning hunt/hike, stopping to call, listen and watch in places where the game trails crossed. The wind certainly kept our calling effectiveness to a minimum. The temperatures rose a bit with our mid day temps in the 40s and with no significant moisture, it was a welcome change. Having covered a good portion of the lake over the first three days, we are beginning to question the strategies we have been using and the actual number of resident Moose in the Chandalar Lake region. Again, we do believe a weather change might in fact be our ticket to opportunity.

Traveling the lake in these high gusty winds is not an easy task. The boat/motor we have to use are the bare minimum in our opinion and at times we have taken on water during our travels in the waves. With a limited amount of gas to get us by for the next 8 days, we are concerned about our travels on the lake and plan to conserve as much as we can, not to mention taking all safety precautions.

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The Alaskan Hunt – Hunting Moose in Alaska

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We woke at camp to a beautiful four inches of fresh snow and heavy flakes that made our first hike for Alaskan Moose nothing short of awesome. The temperature was 34 degrees and with very little wind, it made our morning hunt enjoyable. Having located a Bull behind camp the night prior, our mission was to find the Bull and bring him down. Ashley was first in line to get her first-ever big-game kill this a.m., with all of us looking on.

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As the day progressed and we set up numerous times calling and waiting, we never located the Bull. The calling sequences last for at least 30 minutes as Moose are not normally active animals, so they often come into the calls sometimes hours after being engaged.

We headed back to camp around 4 p.m. after hiking five miles through some of the hardest conditions we’ve covered, for relatively flat ground. The “Bog” of the Arctic Tundra is hard to explain as each step varies from completely unstable to a foot deeper than the prior. The moisture in the ground is unbelievable and requires our Kenetrek boots and Kings gaitors to keep us dry up to our knees.

After a break at a camp we went out for the last few hours to a new spot up the Chandalar Lake, traveling by boat. This vantage point was simply awesome as we could see for a mile in either direction as well as the Mountain in front of us. At last light, we located a Bull up at the top of the Mountain, a place you would not expect a Moose to be. At over a mile, he appears to be the one we are looking for. With our spirits high, we were back in camp in time for a enjoyable freshly caught fish dinner with friends and discussions of the morning hunt!

Tuesday – The Weather Battle

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Excited to get out on the hunt, the Arctic Circle weather forced our morning hunt to be delayed for a few hours. High winds blowing across the lake, heavy snow flakes and a front that cut our visibility to less than 1/4 of a mile, made it very difficult to see and call Moose. The reality of Alaska Moose hunting weather.

Knowing we could not see a long way, we hiked out behind camp to the basin of the mountain where we spotted the moose at last light, hoping he might be on the move or we could possibly get close enough for our calling to be effective. After a 3 1/2 hour morning hunt, watching the snow come down in sheets, we elected to dry out for a mid-day break back at camp. We are electing to conserve energy for when the weather breaks and our hunts will be all-day adventures.

The fishing on Chandalar has been very good, and has also been a great way to pass some time mid-day when the hunting is poor. So far we have caught Lake Trout and Arctic Grayling. Ashley was excited to land her first!

The evening hunt was much like the morning, as we hiked back up the mountain to try locate the bull that we spotted the evening prior. The winds were too high, once again, to do any effective calling and no moose were spotted. With just over a week until departure, we are hopeful the weather breaks and we catch a break.