After hunting big and small game with a bow and a rifle, hunting in dry conditions and in snow and rain, and hunting near the trail and in the back country, by foot and by horse, our team went through a lot of gear before we found the best options.
- We are not biased towards products, other than their quality
- We use the gear that we recommend, and aren’t paid to use the gear.
- We are here to help the reader attain their goals
- We research and provide the information needed, so the reader can make a solid decision as efficiently as possible
We exist to provide you, our reader, with recommendations for the best gear for your hunts and the best hunts for your gear. We also provide you “how to” advice from a network of seasoned hunters – gear, guides, wildlife biologists and other advice you can trust!
- We want to save you time in the process of finding and selecting the right gear for your hunts without breaking the bank.
- We are not persuaded by price or marketing…we are persuaded by quality and value.
- We are biased, but not by brands…we are biased by quality, comfort, fit, durability and overall value.
- We like to view our recommended gear and outfitters as “top shelf.” Just like other Top Shelf items, gear only reaches the status of “Eagle Cap Approved” after enough peopled have tried the gear and determined that it deserves that position. Pursuing a quality hunt, or going after a trophy rack or a record setter, requires quality, trusted, safe gear.
At Eagle Cap Outdoors, we stake our reputation on your success and safety in the field.
Meet the team:
Ted Karr: Co-Founder
Idea Generator, Legal Controls, Writer/Reviewer, avid outdoors-man. Ted grew up in the town of Sweet Home, OR at the gateway to the high cascades. When Ted was 11 he saved enough money to buy a go-kart. After looking at used go-karts with his dad, Ted’s dad invited him to instead spend his money on a backpack, inflatable raft, and trout pole so he could join his dad in the outdoors. That was the beginning of Ted’s adventures backpacking into many lakes in the High Cascades, pursuing monster rainbow trout. It was around that time Ted also took to hunting. Today he hunts all big game, enjoys fishing remote lakes, and he is now on a quest to hunt bears, cougars and wolves. However, his passion is elk hunting. The one thing Ted knows for sure is that he feels more alive either on the top of a mountain as the sun rises, or next to a campfire under the stars.
Chris Woodburn: Co-Founder
Idea Generator, Technology Leader, Product Reviewer and avid outdoors-man. Chris was born in Texas learning to bow and rifle hunt by the leadership of his Dad who was an avid hunter. Mostly hunting whitetail deer, squirrels, rabbits, quail and dove. Chris dreamed of being able to fly fish the flowing rivers of the northwest and hunt big game high in the mountains with his stick and string. Once Chris moved to the northwest and finished college he has spent countless hours getting familiar with hunting elk, fishing the Northwest rivers and learning what’s needed to be not only successful, but making every moment in the back country count.
Austin Miller: Pro-Staff, Field Tests
Austin was raised in Western Oregon. Sticking to his roots, he now call McMinnville, OR home. He’s been hunting for 7 years and Spring bear season is arguably his favorite. Not only does he get into the woods early in the year to hunt, but it also helps him prepare for archery elk season by keeping tabs on the herds – observing patterns, where elk go when they get pressure, as well as bedding areas. He’s well versed on day hunts to extended 10 day back pack trips. Hunting the Pacific Northwest is something that draws him in with the vast mountain ranges and abundance of wild life. He enjoys and thrives on hunting public land because it’s open to everyone. One of the many things that draws him in, is that everyone is given the same opportunity and it’s all about how you choose to apply yourself. The mountains don’t care your age, wealth, or your status.
John Bowers: Pro-Staff, Wildlife Biologist, Adviser
John was born and raised in Texas. He holds a degree in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University. He’s worked as a guide and private wildlife biologist in South Texas since 1995. His cousin took him on his first archery elk hunt in 2003 in Oregon, and he’s been hooked ever since. He now spends countless hours studying habitat, animal behavior, terrain, historical precipitation and many other data points to improve his odds at being successful in the woods. His constant product research, archery practice and fitness program are all driven by his annual September trek out west. John lives in Kingsville, Texas with his wife and 3 children.
Josh Lauer: Sales
Josh was born and raised in Oregon City, Oregon. He was introduced to rifle hunting, as well as fishing in the Pacific Northwest by his Dad, when Josh was just 8 years old. Josh bought his first compound bow in 2006 to bow hunt elk with Chris. Just like John, Josh was hooked after the first season. He now prefers archery hunting over any other due to it’s challenging tactics, close encounters with elk and of course the sound of bugling bulls. During the off-season Josh enjoys razor clamming, crabbing and fishing. He enjoys sharing the outdoors with his wife of 23 years and 2 kids. One attends Oregon State and and the other attends University of Oregon. Yes, their house is divided.
Colton Bowers: Pro-Staff, Field Test
Colton is a native Oregonian and began hunting birds and squirrels at a young age, he took his first Blacktail buck at 12 years old and never looked back. In the early 1990’s he expanded into the rocky mountain states and has been trekking to Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Iowa for 29 years consecutively…mostly hunting deer, elk, antelope, and sheep, although elk has always been the favorite. His motto is “any tag is a good tag, just go hunting” When he is not hunting, he is fishing or spending time with his wife Mary.
Brett Bertrand: Software Development Engineer
Brett was raised in La Grande, Oregon. While not getting to many opportunities to hunt himself, he has always been surrounded by friends and family who love the sport. Instead he grew up playing baseball and soccer, continuing to play through his senior year. Now he’s an aspiring Software Developer working on his bachelors in Software Engineering (2022) at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Now he enjoys hiking, fishing, and skiing with friends whenever the time presents itself.