Hunting is a way of life for Leupold athlete Jon Gabrio. With an early season limited-entry rifle elk tag in his pocket, Jon set out to some of the most scenic country Wyoming has to offer in hopes of finding a mature bull. Follow along on the hunt in our newest Leupold Original, River's Bend.

RIVER'S BEND GIVEAWAY

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The giveaway will run from August 2, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. PST and end on August 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Winner(s) will be randomly selected and announced on Youtube on or around August 16, 2022.

Seeking Adventure

By Jon Gabrio

Adventure. I think that sums up this hunt more than any other word. A good friend of mine, Ron Niziolek and I have had numerous conversations about elk hunting over the years. I’ve looked up to him as not only a great elk hunter, but a mentor with the success he’s had in the elk woods. Always overcoming his own battles with his bad back but managing to find a way to keep going and find success. That’s inspiring to me.

We had a call discussing this particular hunt and what I was trying to seek out as an end result. To me, it wasn’t about killing a giant bull. That was just a bonus if it happened. It was about seeing beautiful country, seeking out a place I had never set foot in and having a challenge along the way during the hunt. Ron asked if I was afraid of grizzly bears. While I probably should have answered yes after hearing some of his stories, they didn’t factor as something that would keep me out of the woods...

Read the full article in the latest EASTMANS HUNTING JOURNAL

Gear Used On The Hunt


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Additional Gear List:

  • Rifle: RBros Custom Built Apex Hunter 7 SAUM with Proof Research Barrel, Jewell Trigger, Manners Stock, Harris Bipod
  • Ammo: Handloaded – Norma Brass, Berger 7mm VLD Hunting 180gr, Reloder 26 powder
  • Game Calls: Phelps Game Calls Renegade Bugle Tube, Smith Signature, Maverick Diaphragms
  • Clothing: First Lite Corrugate Pants, Klamath Hoodie, Uncompahgre Jacket
  • Boots: Crispi Wyoming 2 GTX
  • Pack: Kifaru Ultralight Frame with Muskeg 7000 bag and Guide Lid
  • Knife: Benchmade Altitude
  • GPS: iPhone with OnX Maps

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