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CANIS Gear Drop: Sonora, Mexico

CANIS Gear Drop:  Sonora, Mexico

In January of 2021, the CANIS Team travelled to Sonora, Mexico in pursuit of desert bighorn sheep and mule deer. Like most hunters and fishermen, we are all big gear heads. One of the best parts of an upcoming trip is combing over gear and kits. There is nothing better than sitting in the garage with a cold beer dreaming about the upcoming adventure and memories about to be made. It’s like the semi-final game before the championship game. Sonora temperatures would range from 30 degrees F in the mornings and evenings to 75 degrees F midday. The air is dry and the sun is hot. As the sun fades over the Sea of Cortez, it gets real cold fast, real fast.

We stumbled upon a frozen desert tortoise on the first day of the hunt which was a firm reminder of the deadly temperature swings in desert environments. We would be utilizing top-drive CJ7 Jeeps on this trip for mule deer which required extra layers for cold mornings and evenings in the open air. You start the morning dressed like you’re in the arctic and by midday you’re dressed like you’re on the beach. This is desert hunting. And a good layering system is a must. Our system exceeded expectations, even in the rough, cactus-covered terrain. Here is a look at our kit for Sonora.

Christensen Arms Ti Summit .300 Win Mag

Swarovski Z5 3.5x18x44 with OUTDOORSMANS Custom Turret
Swarovski EL Range 10x42
Swarovski ATX 65 with angled eyepiece (We should have taken the BTX)

Barnes Vor-TX 165 grain in .300 Win Mag

Havalon Piranta
Winkler Knives Belt Knife

Crispi Thor GTX

Kanjera Caprock 35
Marsupial Binocular Pack

Climbing Sticks
Black Diamond Flicklock Alpine Carbon Cork

Garmin inReach Explorer
Iridium Satellite Phone

COSTA Rinconcito

CANIS Clothing

Tahr Merino Half Zip Long Sleeve
Tahr Merino Short Sleeve
Tahr Merino 3/4 Zip Tights
Tahr Merino Brief

Chamois Hooded Half Zip

Alps Down Jacket
Alps Down Pant
Alpha Grizzly Jacket

Rain / Wind
Nunavut Rain Jacket
Nunavut Rain Pant

Alpine Light Pants

Alpha Mesh Back Hat
Alpha Flex Hat
Tahr Merino Beanie
Chamois Beanie
Tahr Merino Neck Gaiter

Chamois Fleece Liner Glove
Operator Glove (Prototype)
Light Climbing Glove
Kodiak Gaiter