Where do you even start???

Discussion in 'Big Game Hunting' started by Scott/IL, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Backcountry

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    Not at all. I'm a big fan of the X2. Cheap and built like a tank. Try it out with weight before purchasing. I was on the verge of buying one but it just didn't fit me once loaded.
     
  2. Backcountry

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    My day pack business:

    Mystery Ranch NICE Longbow w/ Frame Extension
    1.5L Platypus Bladder
    2x Contractor Trash bags
    4x 48" Alaskan Quarter Bags (Vacuum Sealed)
    1x 72" Deer Bag
    Handful of Zip Ties
    Flagging Tape
    Tags
    100' 550 P-Cord
    Havalon Piranta Edge w/ 12 Blades
    4" Benchmade Fixed Blade
    Gerber Myth Field Sharpener
    Wood Shavings w/ Long Burn Fire Sticks (Vacuum Sealed)
    Water Proof Matches
    Lighter
    Survival Kit
    Bottle of Aleve
    Space Blanket
    Jet Scream Whistle
    TP
    Duct Tape
    Chili Powder for Game Bags
    Panasonic Point and Shoot
    Ultrapod Tripod
    Oregon 450 GPS w/ Hunting GPS Map Chip
    Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp
    Petzl Headlamp as Backup

    That is stuff I carry every day. I'm sure I'm probably forgetting something. Depending on weather conditions I will also carry my Russel APX Puffy Jacket and rain gear. The one thing I did not include was my food as that can get elaborate. Everything must meet a 100 calorie per ounce or more standard.
     
  3. Oldcarp

    Oldcarp Die Hard Bowhunter

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    You guys pack more then me in your day packs. I have two day packs. It depends on where I am hunting and the weather.

    Small pack:
    2l bladder
    Buck knife (that my grandpa gave me)
    TP
    head lamp
    small back up flash lite
    Extras batteries
    small first aid kit
    zip ties
    two way radio
    lite poncho
    knife sharpener
    water proof matches
    10' 1/4 rope
    flagging tape
    food (Depends on what I am doing. But I always bring enough to get me through the night if needs be)
    small camera
    elk pee

    Large Pack:
    all the above but the bladder is a 3l
    jacket
    electrical tape
    GPS
    Serous rain gear
    Extra socks with a zip lock bag to put my dirty socks in
    Eli (my elk decoy)
    Hopefully on the way back an elk quarter in it. Then the next morning get my boys out there to help me pack it out.

    I have elk hunted since the 70's. In those years I have spent a handful of impromptu nights away from camp. Many many late nights getting back to camp. I probably use my large pack 70% of the time
     
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  4. PSEREVENGEMAN

    PSEREVENGEMAN Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I have backpack/fished and hunted out of Mammoth for 25 years on the JMT and PCT. How can You draw an x9a or x9b more then once every 4 years?
     
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    I forgot to add...
    Ziplock bag with Salt in it.
    Black Pepper (large Can)

    I should think of adding in there advil and a med kit. Have a first aid kit in the truck though but to bulky for the pack.
     
  6. bones435

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    I don't draw the x9a I use my AO tag. It allows all d zones. A small corner of d-7 is accessible from the devils postpile trail. You hike down devils postpile turn right towards king creek. The boundary of d-7 and x9a is San Joaquin river until it meets king creek. It's about a 3.5 mile hike to king creek. :blow up my spot:
     
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    But your on it for knowing the spot and the rules. You wanna meet me there next year August 17.
     
  8. Scott/IL

    Scott/IL Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I tried to get my hands on one while at Cabelas today, but apparently gear for western hunts is not something they carry much of. Basically they told me to order it, and then return it if I didn't feel it was right.

    If I get it shipped to me, I may load it up and take it on a shed hunting trip once the season closes.

    I did pick up a Havalon Piranta though. Seems like it's good enough for whitetail, but is the blade going to be big enough for an elk?
     
  9. Backcountry

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    No problem on the Havalon with elk. Just can't horse the blade to much and have to watch twisting. I carry a fixed blade knife to cut legs off an pop out joints. The Havalon is a life saver!
     
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    Scott/IL Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Well hopefully I'll get to try it out on an Illinois deer in these last few weeks.

    The X-2 should be here next week, so we'll see how it works out.
     
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    Cool. I'm excited to see how you like it.
     
  12. bz_711

    bz_711 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Thought I'd share a daypack list...man the pack sure gets heavy fast:
    Water/Food
    GPS/Compass
    pain reliever
    2 Way Radio
    duct tape
    Knifes/Sharpener
    Game Bags
    Rope
    Rain Gear
    Socks
    flint/lighter/lint
    Camera/small tripod
    Flashlight/headlamp
    Tags
    disposable poncho/emergency blanket
    latex gloves (not sure why)
    water purifiers
    bow kit(allens,peeptube,field point)
    jacket/vest/gloves/stocking hat
    rangefinder
    2 contractor grade trash bags
    extra batteries for all devices
    zip ties
    chapstick
    baby wipes
    bear spray

    I bring a ton of food as it seems like I can eat all day sometimes, so I'll have a tortilla with ham/salami/cheese/lettuce, 2 protein bars, jerky, Ziploc of trail mix, apple or two, 100oz water, plus 20oz Gatorade.

    The baby wipes were a great addition - 10x better than TP, plus great for hand cleaning,etc.

    2 Contractor trash bags are new addition, can act as boot covers to cross shallow streams, emergency poncho/shelter, store meat to submerge in stream if hot temps.

    I still bring GPS but sure seems like our smart phones are better option if you are familiar with an area, love the aerial view.

    I brought a 2 knife set this year which worked great, first of all because the other guys had dropped their knifes off already at vehicle, so a 2nd knife to help was good, plus that elk hide was tough, at one point we have my dad just taking turns running each knife through the sharpener I brought to keep a good edge (plus you need to stand up every once in a while anyway:) - the hardest part was being bent over on steep incline so long...)

    The only downside to packing all this is that all 3 times I've been involved with a downed elk, we deboned it and took it all out in one trip...so I had to strap a heavy load to an already full pack. Still beats making two round trips if you ask me. The first two times were easy as I only had meat - this year was both meat and skull/rack - but that is a hassle I hope I'm blessed with every year:)...once again - you cannot be in TOO good of shape for elk hunt...
     
  13. TEmbry

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    A lot of my pack varies depending on what animal I'm hunting, where I am hunting, what time of year, and duration of the trip. That said some things remain constant.

    Kifaru Bikini Highcamp 7000 pack
    Rev X 30* Quilt
    NeoAir Sleeping Pad
    TiGoat Ptarmigan Bivy
    Kifaru Supertarp
    Two trekking poles
    Mini first aid kit (bandage, tape, few antiemetics, few pain pills, and a few benadryls for sleep/allergy)
    2 Liter Camelbak bladder
    1 Liter Nalgene
    MSR Miniworks water filter
    Water treatment tablets (backup)
    Havalon with 8-10 blades
    Wyoming saw
    Headlamp
    Fire starter (bic lighter as back up)
    Ink pen along with tags, ID, cash
    Leupold Rangefinder
    Windicator puffer bottle
    TAG game bags
    1 contractor bag as pack liner
    50' paracord

    Clothes all change depending on altitude, weather, and time of year. Hunting items including binos and spotting scopes also vary depending on the hunt.

    I don't use a separate day pack. My kifaru cinches down to essentially nothing when empty and is always there to pack out as much weight as my knees could stand. I hate wasted trips...
     
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    Scott/IL Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Trevor, after this elk hunt in September I may be picking your brain about your Haul Road hunt this yeat.....one trip at a time though lol.
     
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    Just let me know. Pretty easy trip to pull off and will soon be an annual tradition for me.
     
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    Scott/IL Die Hard Bowhunter

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    It looks like a blast. I've been doing a little reading on it here lately and it may be in the cards for me in '15 or '16 possibly.
     
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    bz_711 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Scott - that's including your return trip to Elk country also, correct?:)
     
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    That's part of my reluctance to go elk hunting as I've heard it's something you must then do annually... And I like going new places too much to do the same trip every year haha.

    I will be chasing bugles in 2014 for the first time, hopefully get to hit the Moose rut and early season alpine for mulies as well for the first time. Should really get to put the gear through the ringer next fall.
     
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    Scott/IL Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Haha the stars would have to align perfectly for both to play out.

    That first bugle I hear may ruin me forever though. I told Will the other night that I'll probably piss down my leg if I get a chance at anything.
     
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    Scott/IL Die Hard Bowhunter

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    What's your plan for moose? Purely curiousity...I have not found a very budget friendly moose hunt in my limited research thus far.
     

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