Could You Hunt When It’s This Cold?

Many hunters think they’re tough when it comes to conquering brutal conditions in the field. Are you one of them? If so, do you think you could handle an elk hunt with air temps (not wind-chill) of minus 37 degrees Celsius? FYI: That’s the same as minus 34.6 degrees Fahrenheit!

Frequent North American Hunter contributor Brad Fenson lives in Alberta, and while he hunts just about everything all over the continent, his favorite is pursuing big game in his home province with his favorite hunting partner, his wife, Stefanie.

As shown in these photos, Stefanie recently tagged a mature cow elk in Alberta, and it was crazy cold!

”Not only is my wife pretty, she's also a pretty good shot!” Brad said. “The distance was 275 yards, and she put the bullet through the elk’s heart in minus 37 degrees C. And the wind-chill made it feel a lot worse. Deep snow made retrieval a chore, but it's all worth it.”

Well done, Stefanie and Brad!

P.S. If you’re wondering how this Alberta duo stayed warm in this frigid cold, they relied heavily on their Sitka gear. And one must-have item for preventing frostbite to your face is the Sitka Traverse Balaclava; it’s the mask-like garment that’s hiding Stefanie’s smiling face from the camera! Click here to buy one for yourself.