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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Rut
« on: October 10, 2019, 07:08:49 AM »
I see this same conversation on forums in my home state regarding whitetails.   And, I've seen this/heard the same discussions when I'm hunting elk in Montana.  When trying to make a decision on when to hunt in MT, I called the local elk biologist.  He told me that the peak of breeding occurs nearly the same day every year.  Their breeding date data is derived from conception dates of calves.  He said that while the peak day may vary a couple of days from year to year, there is no huge swing as some believe.  We have the same with whitetails in NC.  The peak breeding dates do not vary more that a day or two regardless of weather or other environmental factors.  Remember, estrous is controlled by photoperiod.  Rut activity(bugling, tending, etc.) can be influenced by hunting pressure. 

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Making Coffee In Camp
« on: August 30, 2019, 06:08:33 AM »
Hey Nancy, get up earlier.  I use a stove top percolator and set it up the night before.  First one up turns on the stove and in 20 minutes it's done.  It usually takes us ol' farts at least 20 minutes to get dressed, organize gear, brush teeth, and other necessary stuff. 

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Road-Trip...How Many Hours?
« on: August 27, 2019, 06:15:07 AM »
33 hours for me from coastal NC to SW Montana.  My buddy and I always take turns driving and we stop at night.  Too old for driving marathons.  Sadly, I will be solo this year as my buddy has a groin injury.  I'm looking forward to the hunt but not the drive.  Good luck all. 

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A kidney stone.  Dang, who would think that a 4mm stone could cause so much trouble.  Started having pain after my workout last Tuesday.  Went to the ER and was diagnosed with my 1st stone.  It was lodged just above the bladder and the Dr. was sure I would pass it within 24 hours.  Well, when I developed a fever on Thursday I was hospitalized and got scoped on Friday afternoon.  The dang thing was lodged sideways and had damaged the ureter, thus the fever.  I'm home now but with other issues.  Seems the best antibiotic to combat post surgery infection is Keflex.  Well, now I can't get more than 10 feet from the bathroom.  And just when my training was peaking.  Y'all do a few extra reps and sets for me. 

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Hunt Planner / Re: North Carolina ROLL CALL.
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:08:40 AM »
I'm back in NC.  I missed the entire hurricane but not the cleanup.  We fared pretty well but had family that lost everything.  The hunting was great but we did not connect.  Tree limbs intervened on behalf of the elk for both our shots.  We were in elk 10 of our 14 days but the rut was slow and the elk were shy.  Hope y'all fared better. 

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Hunt Planner / Re: North Carolina ROLL CALL.
« on: August 19, 2018, 05:53:43 PM »
Kinston for the next to weeks and then SW Montana for the month of September.  Did I mention I love being retired. 

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General Elk Hunting / Re: 1st time hunting grizzly country
« on: June 23, 2018, 07:07:21 AM »
Great replies above but I will add this: hunt defensively when setting up to call.  Be sure you can see 360
degrees around you.  Do not use cold calling setups.  If you hear and see a bunch of ravens circling an
area, get a weapon in hand and back away.  My partner and I blundered in to a kill with a bear on it
because we failed to heed the ravens.  Keep your camp as clean as possible-I will not even brush my teeth
in camp.  Have fun and don't let fear rule the day. 

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General Elk Hunting / Re: How do you carry...
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:03:00 AM »
I carry a Glock subcompact .40 with solids in an Uncle Mike's cordura holster attached to the waist belt of my pack.  Glock is on side and bear spray on the other.  I hunt griz country in MT. 

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General Elk Hunting / Re: #FreeGearFriday! Giveaway
« on: June 15, 2018, 06:59:40 AM »
1. 87 days
2. Just looking forward to being in the mountains again.  I missed last year due to a family tragedy.
3. Montana

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Archery / Re: Whisker biscuit help/bow tuning
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:44:21 AM »
MT, I pulled a stupid and posted my reply to your other thread.  Hope this helps.

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Archery / Re: Arrow impact at an angle
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:38:45 AM »
MT,
Make sure it's not a form issue before you start moving things around.  I've shot a biscuit for years and have had the same problems.  First, make sure your grip is sound thus no torque.  Second, be sure you are not pressing your face into the bowstring at full draw.  Third, make sure you are not torqueing your release.  It is possible to put torque on the string even when shooting a d-loop.  Let us know when you figure it out.  Good luck.

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