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Hunting Gear / Re: Best Frame to Just Haul Meat?
« on: October 09, 2019, 01:02:59 PM »
I didnt realize how bad the Badlands pack was until I bought my Exo pack. The Badlands 2200 is really uncomfortable. There is no ventilation in the back area at all so its really hot. It is not adjustable at all, which really matters when hauling heavy loads. The shoulder straps and waist belt are kinda stiff/hard, not enough padding. I dont think the Badlands pack hauls heavy loads (meat) well at all. I dont like the meat shelf...it places the meat further away from your back, especially if you have other gear inside the pack. With the Exo, the meat packs tight to your back, much more comfortable and less chance of a back injury. The Exo also has a far superior frame design in general, it really does fit and move with your body. And I believe the 2 packs weigh roughly the same...so why not just always take the Exo? Ive packed out elk with the 2200, and I got it done, but for the cost of the 2200 plus another designated pack frame for hauling meat, you could probably be close to buying and Exo pack that you could use for a day pack, backpack hunts, and just hauling meat.


With all that said, I do respect the fact that we all have different perspectives and preferences regarding gear. Just giving my 2 cents.

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Hunting Gear / Re: Need Help With Clothes
« on: October 09, 2019, 11:07:15 AM »
Hey just something to consider, Ive been wearing Kryptek clothes the last few years and really like their line of clothes. You can always find them on clearance at the end of the season too. There are lots of good clothing brands out there...Id say just watch for the best deal and dont be too rigid about only looking at Sitka.


This may be a little off topic, but your boots are more critical than any other item of clothing. The wrong boots can ruin your trip. Make sure you have that ironed out before you take off west...

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Hunting Gear / Re: Best Frame to Just Haul Meat?
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:48:51 AM »
I have a badlands 2200 pack and I hate it...Ill sell it to ya cheap, maybe it will work better for you...that Exo frame by itself is amazing for hauling meat...I have the Exo 3500 pack its better than anything Ive ever used...buy that pack and then you have a better day pack than that POS Badlands pack and a better pack frame than most of those rigid frames.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Which state is the toughest?
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:22:35 AM »
No, I certainly dont expect it to be easy anywhere on public land, thats part of what makes it fun...i just heard some friends talk about how much better the elk hunting is in Idaho... and some other folks talk about how there are so many more elk in Wyoming and the bulls are bigger there compared to MT...etc, etc...I figured its all bullshit, but like I said, Ive never hunted anywhere but MT. Thanks for your perspectives.

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Training for a 25 hour bike race. 90 minute bike workout today...should have my cardio covered...feeling strong during my hunts this year!

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Physical Conditioning / Re: emailed my doc about my max heartrate.
« on: October 02, 2019, 02:42:46 PM »
Hey one thing to consider is the inaccuracy of wrist HR monitors. I do endurance MTB races throughout the year and a lot of my training involves HR data. Ive learned that wrist monitors / watches are not nearly as accurate as chest strap HR monitors. I dont really like wearing a chest strap, but I want good data...and the watches are pretty bad in my experience. Just my opinion.

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General Elk Hunting / Which state is the toughest?
« on: September 28, 2019, 10:00:40 AM »
Anybody out there have an opinion about which state is toughest to elk hunt in general? I'm referring to general hunts on public land. I live in MT and I have consistent success here...but it just seems like we have to damn near kill ourselves to punch our tags. There's tons of pressure, major issues with predators, and the elk seem less and less responsive to calling techniques every year. I've heard some people claim that MT is a lot tougher hunting than other states such as ID, WY, CO...that doesn't make a lot of sense to me but I haven't hunted any other states. Just curious what others think. Cheers everyone.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Overnight backcountry meals
« on: May 10, 2017, 04:39:04 PM »

I've heard them called butthole sandwiches:

Toasted wheat bagels + crunch peanut butter + honey + bacon


Toast the bagels first, helps prevent them from getting soggy.
Mix the honey and peanut butter in a bowl, then spread on the bagels (the honey is less messy this way).
Put as much cooked bacon on there as you like.
Wrap in plastic wrap and/or put in zip-locs


May sound weird, but they stay good for 7+ days. Really filling and tasty.

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Hunting Gear / Wall tent stoves
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:44:22 PM »
What brand of stove do you recommend for your wall tent? There are many different brands out there, and I've never owned one. I was considering the "Wilderness" stove: http://www.walltentshop.com/collections/tent-stoves/products/wilderness-wood-camping-stove


Do you like having the attached water tank? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Hunting Gear / Re: Best gear purchase so far
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:08:10 PM »
Exo 3500 pack- by far the best purchase I've made on gear.
Therma-rest X-therm sleeping pad- love how warm it is and it packs down so light and small
Kuiu super down 15 degree sleeping bag
And for the price...I'm a big fan of the Cabelas Alaknak wall tents


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Hunting Gear / Re: Best 0 degree backpacking sleeping bag?
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:03:12 PM »
I bought the Kuiu 15 degree bag last year. If I were going to buy a 0 degree bag, I would not hesitate to buy the kuiu bag. I know a lot of people question the "waterproof down" and the DWR, but I've had great luck with mine. Packs down small and is very light. Water beads up on the exterior if you get it wet, dries quick. If you can wait for one of their 25% off sales you can get them for a pretty good price relative to some other brands. Just my 2 cents.

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Hunting Gear / Re: Exo 3500 or exo 2000?
« on: February 19, 2017, 01:47:12 PM »
I have the 3500. You can do everything with it. I use it for day hunts and have used it for 7 day backpack hunts. You do have to be relatively efficient at packing for longer trips like that, but I look at that as a good thing...kinda makes me decide on what's really important and what can stay behind. If I had a bigger pack I think I would just end up bringing more stuff than I need. I really like some of the accessories...like the meat hauler/beaver tail attachment on the frame, great for hauling meat...like the water bladder holder with the straps so can use it by itself...like the interior velcro pocket, I have one in the lid and it's really nice for smaller items...like the zipper pocket that attaches to the waist...would NOT buy the weapon carrier. You can easily strap your bow on the pack without it. Buy this pack, you will not regret it.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2016 Meatpole?
« on: September 17, 2016, 08:20:30 PM »
My first bull and I could not be more proud.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Right now in Montana...
« on: September 17, 2016, 08:13:21 PM »
I hunted SW Montana opening day through the 12th. It was incredibly quiet everywhere I hunted. I was seeing some elk, but they were not vocal at all. This was completely different from last year during this time. I still had some chances and managed to punch the tag. Best of luck to everyone.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Right now in Montana...
« on: August 31, 2016, 09:40:46 AM »
I was out all last weekend in SW Montana. Didn't hear anything, only saw a few cows/calves scattered way up above tree line. Seems like it's quite a bit behind where it was last year at this time. Gonna cool off coming up so that should help. Best of luck to everyone.

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