A leather shotgun scabbard is one of the most durable and protective accessories you can buy for your shotgun or rifle. Leather naturally repels water and tends to last longer than most other materials used to make shotgun scabbards. Besides the durability, leather gives you the traditional look that many people love to pull off. The only downfall to having a leather shotgun scabbard is the fact that some tend to be less maneuverable than other materials. With nylon scabbards they tend to be a bit lighter and have more straps for adjustable carrying. Other than that, you can't go wrong with a durable leather shotgun scabbard. Leather seems to go a lot better when carrying your gun on your saddle as well so often times people will have a leather scabbard for their saddle and carry a nylon one when hiking or hunting on foot. No matter what you choose to do, a good scabbard will change the way you hunt, hike or ride and give you more freedom with your hands. Click here to check out leather rifle case.
Last year we hunted the Wasatch Mountains. We started toward the south end of Utah County. It seems like the land just goes forever down there. Our camp site was about an hour off the main road up toward the top of the mountain where we could easily find spotting points. Hiking around the hills on and canyons on horseback would have been impossible without our leather shotgun scabbard to carry our rifles in. We spotted every morning and evening for hours and saw tons of elk. We didn't find the big one that we had seen earlier in the season though and didn't want to pull the trigger too early. The first day of the official hunt came and we had spent days up there trying to find the big 6 by 7 bull that we had seen earlier. We split up and were all at different points on the mountain where we could be on the lookout for elk. We got a buzz over the radio that in the next canyon over they had two bulls pretty close which were both good sized. The problem when hunting in the Wasatch is that the canyons are steep which makes in nearly impossible to push the Bulls out into the open. The hunter with the tag luckily was in a good spot. He got the bull as close as he could, but he was still at least 250-300 yards out. He pulled his .300 Win Mag out of his leather shotgun scabbard and rested his gun on a log in front of him. He waited for several minutes to see if the bull would come closer. Just as the bull started to creep in his direction something made noise in the bushes that caught the bull's attention. His head shot up and he studied everything around him. Right then he turned the opposite direction and bolted off. With just a split second to make up his mind, the hunter shot two rounds at the bull but he couldn't tell if he hit or not. We ran down to where the bull was to see if we could find blood but after an extensive search we found nothing... We still don't know what scared off the bull but it was the first let-down of the hunting season.
The next day we switched locations and decided to hunt further north about 60 minutes by car from where we had started. We had a trail cam out on a wallow that had some good footage of a monster 7 by 9 bull. The reason we didn't start there was because of how difficult it is to get into this area. We made it in on our 4-wheelers this time and left the horses. We got into position around 6 PM right before it starting getting dusk. We glassed the whole area and nothing was moving. About 45 minutes later we started seeing some activity from the bulls in the area. We heard chirps and bugles all around us and called back. The hunter was sitting behind a log on the far side of a meadow. The wallow with the trail cam was just on the other side of the meadow. He saw a bull about 300 yards out on the other side of the meadow and watched him close. The trees are thick so it can be hard to keep in eye contact but he never lost him. In the meantime, just north of his position we had another guy glassing the same bull. We hear over the radio, "he's a shooter." He was a 6 by 6 bull with good tyne length and over all seemed like a solid bull. He started out into the meadow and was actually getting closer to our hunter. The bull looked up toward the north side of the meadow and showed his broad side plain as day. Our hunter lined up the cross hairs and dropped him right in the dead center of the meadow. It was a successful hunt!