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It seems to have plenty of space, at least for me.

I haven't used the other two, but I am also very happy with my Full Curl Combo. I decided to give that one a shot simply because of the price point and it has not let me down. I'll probably never try the other two because the Full Curl doesn't leave me looking for anything more.

General Elk Hunting / Colorado Leftover Tags Available
« on: August 02, 2017, 08:35:43 AM »
Leftover tags are now available to purchase online. Keep an eye out on the leftover list as tags can be added at any time throughout the week this year instead of once a week.

Hunting Gear / Re: Preferred camo brand/pattern???
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:34:11 PM »
I'm one of those that could care less. Some of the best hunters I know personally have killed in carhartts and kings camo rain gear. I don't buy into the "need optifade" or "need vias" to be more effective. More elk have died over the last 2 centuries by flannel and plaid than anything else. Of all the big game animals I've killed, I've never once felt that the camo I had on had an effect. The clothes have, but the camo could have just as well been solids.... every time. Others probably have 180 degree opposite views but I just don't buy into it anymore.
I agree with you that camo is not a necessity. It's only been a few years that companies even began making patterns that actually were meant for use in the mountains. However, I still prefer camo primarily because I still think it's an advantage. Having something to help break up the outline of your body can't hurt. When I'm walking within 20 yards of a hunting partner and have to do a double or triple take to see them, I know that the camo has to help a little bit. Definitely not necessary at all, but I still think it's an advantage.

Hunting Gear / Re: Preferred camo brand/pattern???
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:28:34 PM »
I've been an Under Armour guy for awhile, primarily because we used to be able to get it at the outlet store here in Colorado for ridiculous prices. Unfortunately they don't carry much of it anymore, so I haven't gotten near as much the last few years. But I have plenty of tees, 1/4 zips, and a few pants that should last for a few years.

I will say a lot of the newer pants are a little too form fitting for me. I just don't like my pants grabbing me the way many of the newer fits do, including Under Armour. I did try some of the new Sitka Ascent pants this year and they were pretty comfy. I'm thinking of grabbing a pair before the season starts.

Archery / Re: What setup will you be using this year?
« on: July 30, 2017, 07:58:41 AM »
Archery: Hoyt Nitrum 34 at 30.5" and 64lbs, Gold Tip Hunter Pro 300's, and Slick Trick Magnum 100's. Just decided to make the switch from the Hunter Pro 340's to the 300's so I have a little work to do in the next few weeks. Should be well worth the switch though.

And I know it's the Archery section, but here is my setup for rifle season: Remington 700 in 300 Ultra Mag shooting 230 grain Berger Hybrids at 2,890fps. Rifle is bedded in a Bell & Carlson Alaskan II stock, Timney trigger at 2lbs, and a Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50. Gun is sub 1/2 MOA so needless to say, this one doesn't need any work  ;)

General Elk Hunting / Re: Strategies for hunting with a partner
« on: July 28, 2017, 03:29:32 PM »
Lots of options for hunting with a partner, but although I share a camp with many guys, I typically hunt on my own so I'll let others chime in on that. One thing I want to throw out there though is don't be afraid of covering too much ground. The number one thing in elk hunting is finding the elk. Do what it takes to find them, then figure out a plan to hunt them. But don't be afraid of covering the area too quick because there are four of you. Instead, take advantage of having four guys and come up with some Plan B, C, and D spots to check out as well if you aren't finding elk in your A spot.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Hunting partner problems
« on: July 28, 2017, 03:24:10 PM »
Some great thoughts here, but a couple more things I'll add: one thing I have done over the years when dealing with people not pulling their weight is just assigning things to them. Whether its in the preparation or around camp, I'll simply say "hey, do me a favor and do this or buy this or get this ready." That's an easy way to get some help.

It's one thing if he isn't preparing that scenario, I just won't hunt with him but that doesn't mean you can't share a camp. But there's no way you'll catch me calling in an elk for him if he hasn't even practiced his shooting. I'd simply wake up each morning and say I'm going here, I'll see you back here at lunch or dark or whatever it is.

Now,having said all of that, if he isn't preparing himself AND he isn't taking care of things around camp and doing his fair share, then there is no reason to keep that bottled up. It's only fair to share the duties and if he doesn't want to do that, then it's probably time to go your separate ways when it comes to hunting.

Just my two cents!

I've got one antelope tag in CO and will probably grab a second. I'm also hoping to get a leftover deer tag but we'll see what happens!

Any pictures? Is this for the full curl system including frame, day pack, and large bag?

Hunting Gear / Re: Anyone use the new SlingHook?
« on: July 25, 2017, 07:22:04 PM »
Interesting looking product. How quick can you unsling the gun from your shoulder while using that? I assume you just push the sling towards the center of your chest and it comes loose fairly easy?

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: scent control in vehicle
« on: July 25, 2017, 07:14:14 PM »
I don't deal with any of that.  By the time you walk 50 yards up the trail any scent control is out the window. hunt the wind or say a prayer.
Same here alpinebowman  ;)

That's amazing that the batteries were still going strong! I have some cameras that I left out a little later into the winter last year and the batteries were shot in all of them by mid November. Awesome pics!

General Elk Hunting / Re: Help!! Montana is out of general elk tags
« on: July 19, 2017, 08:35:11 AM »
You will have quite a selection of OTC units to choose from in Colorado for archery during that time frame. Check out pages 37 and 38 here in the Big Game Brochure:

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado GMUs 18 & 28
« on: July 19, 2017, 08:28:14 AM »
I have never personally hunted 18 but know of folks who have. It is definitely crowded, but if you put in the work you can certainly punch your tag. One suggestion based on what I know these guys do is hunt downhill from the road. They hunt a big bowl area where you have to hunt downhill and pack uphill. Not many folks are willing to do that, but if you do you can be rewarded.

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