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Campfire / Re: Sitka giveaway!
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:23:34 PM »


Vortex Diamondback 10x42s. Sweet harnass!






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General Elk Hunting / Re: Sitka Giveaway!
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:11:52 PM »
Share just 1 piece of advice for a future elk hunter? That's tough! But, I'd suggest getting into the best physical shape of your life before hitting the hills. Hands down.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Sitka Giveaway!
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:09:13 PM »
Here's a picture from a prior elk hunt BUT these critters were outside of my actual unit. Ack!  Image may contain: outdoor

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Sitka Giveaway!
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:06:23 PM »
To prepare for this year's elk, deer, turkey, small game, and bear hunts, I am conditioning the hell out of my body, and yes my mind, as the latter seems to get weak out there in the thin air while humping a pack up against the divide. Logically, I am reading up on set-ups and scouting my unit with maps and tech until the snow melts so I can get boots on the ground!

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Sitka Giveaway!
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:04:39 PM »
I am most excited to end my trend of tag soup and to instead put it all together as a solo backcountry archer! It's been a long haul, full of inexperience, injuries, miscalculations etc., but I feel it in my bones that this is the year I'll connect!

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Sitka Giveaway!
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:02:54 PM »
I have applied for my limited tag in the state of Colorado. I most hope for my elk tag to come along! No whammies!

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Scouting / Trail Cameras / Two camera placement
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:00:58 PM »
I only have 2 trail cams. Given that, where would be the highest value set-up locations for those cams? Over/near water holes? Trails? What else you have in mind?

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Archery / Single versus multi pin sight set-up
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:55:42 PM »
How many folks here have deviated from the multi-pin sight to a single pin? I hear lots of specialists and successful hunters talk about a single pin, but it seems that most situations I am in demand for faster aiming and that taking the time, amidst all of the chaos of the hunt, to move that single around would jam me up. Thoughts?

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Other Big Game Hunting / Bear tags
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:53:48 PM »
I'd like to tuck a bear tag into my pocket this year as I elk and mullie hunt. Last year I glassed a massive black bear in my unit here in CO. Are most people who opt to have the tag on them doing so in anticipation of seeing a bear on a previous day's gut pile from their harvested elk/deer? Or are they actively pursuing these bears while they elk/deer hunt? Cervids and bear hunts seem drastically different.

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Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Solo archer set-ups
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:49:36 PM »
I enjoyed Cory's set-ups for solo archers, but I wonder if anyone has any alternative set-ups for the solo archer? It's quite a chess game that I ended up playing with some indivual bulls and their respective small harems, and to be frank, I was outwitted!

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Physical Conditioning / Jail-house workouts
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:48:00 PM »
What is your best go-to workout for the home or backyard and which absolutely destroys you as you head downhill from March to August and work on the ol' body?

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General Elk Hunting / Care of hide
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:45:25 PM »
I did a Google sweep, but wanted to ask the forum how they prefer to handle/care for the hide of an elk upon harvesting the animal? I'd love to retain one for the memory of it all as it is something I can have here that ties me to the hunt and lets my kiddos get into the world as they are still a bit young.

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General Elk Hunting / Sidehilling
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:42:54 PM »
When you are battling winds and chasing a bull and some cows, do you find it best to side-hill? Or do you prefer to beat them to an eventual position to gain the advantage?

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