Welcome to Rent Guns and Gear! Our purpose is to help you get the most out of your upcoming hunt by outfitting you with the absolute best gear available at a fraction of the cost of owning.
My name is Darin Cooper, and like you, big game hunting is my passion. I’ve traveled from Alaska to Africa in pursuit of hunting adventures over the past 35 years. I also enjoy mentoring archers, backcountry hunters, and long-range shooters. I’ve always had a passion for helping others improve their skills and expand their technical knowledge of equipment and the shooting disciplines. I’m a certifiable gear-junky, optics nerd, accuracy addict, and ounce-counting backpacker – It’s in my DNA! Over the years, I’ve spoken to countless hunters regarding equipment and gear choices.
Through these interactions with hunters like you, I realized that making gear choices can be overwhelming with the constant technological innovations and the vast number of products available. To complicate these decisions, the cost of premium optics and lightweight gear can tax almost anyone’s budget beyond reason. In most cases we’re forced to strike a compromise between the gear we need and the gear we can afford. Highly specialized gear and its related cost prevents many sportsmen from following their dreams and hunting the West.
I pitched the idea for Rent Guns and Gear to my good friend Dan Henderson who was just getting into bowhunting. He could instantly relate to the problem. He too was facing information overload as a new bowhunter. He agreed that we could provide a valuable service by making high-end gear and back-country hunting more accessible and successful for our clients.
Darin Cooper – Bio
Darin hails from Boise, Idaho and is an engineer, avid bowhunter, author, and successful competitive shooter. Darin brings nearly 25 years of competitive target archery and precision rifle shooting experience to R Guns and Gear along with 35 years of Western hunting savvy. He’s amassed state and regional titles and finished on the podium at BOTH national championship target archery and precision rifle shooting events. Cooper was a member of the 2006 World Champion US Field Archery team, is a 2x National Marked 3D Team Champion in Redding, CA. In 2018, he came within a point of winning the NRL 22 Precision Rimfire National Championship and finished runner up.
Darin spent a decade designing archery products for Hoyt, where he designed and patented the Cam & ½ SystemTM and pioneered many other technologies used throughout the archery industry today.
Darin’s writings are well known and respected. He is often hailed as the expert amongst experts when it comes to equipment. He has published more than 50 shooting, bowhunting, and reloading tech articles for Western Hunter, Eastman’s Bowhunting, Rokslide.com, Elk Hunter and Bow & Arrow magazines.
Dan Henderson – Bio
Dan was also born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He is an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for innovative, technical solutions. Dan has created a collection of startups in various industries including healthcare, food services, data analytics, payment processing, risk mitigation, real estate, and skiing.
After graduating from the University of Idaho, Dan went to work for Micron Electronics and eventually worked his way up to International Sales Director. After years competing head to head with Dell.com, Dan got the start-up bug and took a position with a garage start-up, Clickbank.com. He served as Executive Vice President of sales, where he and his team grew the daily sales revenue to over a million dollars a day. After leaving his role at ClickBank, he co-founded Mealticket.com, a company that focuses on analytics and business intelligence for the food service industry. Within the first year of operation, MealTicket was accepted into the highly coveted incubator program www.techstars.com, and still flourishes in Boise, Idaho. Most recently Dan co-founded Data Analytics, a company focused on providing web-based solutions for industry-specific clients. Data Analytics develops risk mitigation platforms for various industries, such as HealthCare, Property/Casualty Insurance, Ski Resort Risk Management, and Sports Medicine/Athletic Training.
Dan is an avid fly fisherman, mountain biker, backcountry skier and backpacker. His passion for the great outdoors has compelled him to traverse the globe in search of adventure.
Dan grew up bird hunting and recently dove, head-first, into big-game hunting after his son showed interest in the sport. Dan has immersed himself into all aspects of the hunting industry and is committed to providing a great experience and service through Rent Guns and Gear. Dan is a gear-head, and a precision and efficiency junky, whose business savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and affinity for high-country hunting dovetails perfectly with our mission at Rent Guns and Gear.