September 19, 2019

Gear Up & Grill Out - Elk Season

| Gear up & Grill Out

Featured product: BRKLNE Series Camp Boots - Mossy Oak Bottomland


Summer heatwaves begin to give way and wonderfully one morning a cooler, crisp air hits you as you walk out on the front porch.  As you cipher through your thoughts and sip away at the coffee, your senses begin to heighten.  Soon you’re overwhelmed by a feeling of elation and you know in only a few short weeks the fall harvest will begin again.   Then comes the rush of a thousand different scenarios all going a million miles an hour because you realize it’s here.  Did the kids actually make it to school (of courses they did my wife handles that department), is it ever going to rain again, did I plant the right food plots, and should I have been shooting my bow months ago because my hunt is in 3 weeks?  Or is it 4?  Either way, regardless of anything else, time never stands still and its BOW SEASON!

As I start the prep for a successful bow hunting season, here is a list I always run through. First and foremost is checking the condition of my equipment starting with, of course, my bow. Visually inspecting everything, are all the screws still tight on my trophy ridge sight? Is my string in good condition still? How does the peep look, and lastly does it make any squeaks during my full range of motion draw? Once any repairs or adjustments are made, the shooting begins. First is always accuracy and consistency. Once those are returned and steady, I start stepping out the distance.


Wren and Ivy Heirloom Ditty Bag

 Featured product: Everglade 2.0 Hunting Boots - Marsh


From my bow I always move into my gear, I have used the Everglade 2.0 uninsulated in Marsh for 2 seasons!  These boots are tough, dependable, lightweight, and waterproof!  I really prefer to layer when hunting early season as first light it may be cool, but by midday, it can be really warm if I’m moving.  I prefer to use a good breathable pant as my base, then the new Shield Series Bibs as my outer layer.  They are insulated, waterproof, breathable, have plenty of venting in the legs, and are easily packable too!  These bibs provide dependable protection where it is needed in all the high traffic areas as well.


Wren and Ivy Heirloom Ditty Bag

The finale.  All the gear is checked, rechecked, and the groups are consistent out to distance.  There is only one thing left to do…GO!  Adventure awaits and getting ready is half of that.  The lasting benefits of wild game meat are almost as savoring as the actual hunts!  There are so many ways to prepare elk, but today we will discuss a whole new idea that is just as interesting as it is mouthwatering. 


| Chow Time

Sous Vide Elk


The name is as intriguing as the equipment used for this style of cooking, but trust me when I tell you it can’t be beat!  With any wild game, the cooking temperature is crucial for maximum flavor and will allow avoidance of the “gaminess” coming through to strong.  Sous Vide style of cooking allows you to do that perfectly and still achieve a great sear as well!  One thing to remember if this is your first time cooking sous vide, it takes time so plan for it and don’t rush it!

 Items Needed:

  • Grill, 1 large pot, Anova Sous Vide water precision cooker, 4 plastic bags, and foil
  • 4 Elk backstrap steaks cut 1.5” thick and cleaned of silver skin
  • 4 ears of corn shucked and cleaned
  • 4 Tbsp of mustard
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder



Fill your large pot with water. Attach Sous Vide cooker, and set temp to 131* (Allow 30 mins to reach correct temp)
Grill temp should be set to 350


Rub each steak with a tbsp of mustard, lightly dust with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.  Once well and evenly rubbed down, place each steak into a large Ziploc bag, remove most of the air, and seal. 


Once your water has reached the correct temperature, place your sealed bags into the water and clip them to the side of your pot.  Set the cooking timer to 1.5 hours, and take your time doing everything else! 


Relax for a few minutes (you have time), enjoy a beverage, tell a hunting story or memory.


Grilled Corn  


Rub your ears of corn down with mayo, lightly season with chili powder, and wrap in foil.  Place your corn on the grill for 15-20 mins over indirect heat, rotating every 3-4 minutes.  Unwrap your corn and finish over direct heat for 2-3 mins for a nicely semi-charred finish.


About the time the corn is done your Elk should be getting close to being finished.  When the time is up, remove each steak from the bag, and place on the grill over direct heat, preferably on a flat top surface if your grill has that option.  You should sear each side hard for 2-3 minutes!


Plate, garnish with fresh rosemary, and enjoy the goodness known as SOUS VIDE!