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Classifieds / FS Wilderness Yukon Frame Pack
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:32:08 PM »

Hunt Planner / Colorado
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:08:45 AM »
Colorado is third in line for this years application/planning process. If or when I need to fall back on this plan, id like to be ready for it. I am curious to what people experience for dates and pressure, in general. Something I havent had to deal with yet is another season/weapon during my hunt. Archery is my go to and I am curious if the guys that usually hunt Colorado avoid the ML season? Do you plan before or after those season dates? Are the elk pushed around like they would be during a rifle season?
Ive also heard plenty of stories how popular and crowded Colorado can be. What do you guys consider busy/crowded? Im not sure it can get any more crowded than where ive hunted before.
Only one month to go before we can start playing the application game.

Hunt Planner / Wyoming
« on: October 23, 2017, 07:54:31 AM »
Starting the planning process for next year. going in with 6 points to Wyoming draw and trying to narrow down the possible units to apply for. If anyone wants to share some general info let me know. Looking for an archery hunt and I see a few areas with type 9 are pretty close. Always have the possibility of the random draw. Any one else in a similar position? Im leaning towards waiting with my points, but may go for it if the area is right. Pm me and I can also say what areas Im looking at.

Classifieds / Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
« on: December 08, 2016, 07:30:56 AM »

Classifieds / Solid Broadheads
« on: December 18, 2015, 10:21:45 AM »
Looking for a trade if possible. I have 3 - 100 grain solid broadheads with the 1/2 bleeders. regular inserts.
Looking for 125 grain
Broadheads have been recently sharpened by the factory.

Hunt Planner / Wyoming Wait
« on: August 27, 2015, 06:29:39 AM »
Is it worth waiting and building points in Wyoming? I feel I am in the middle, maybe behind, the pack of point holders. Sitting at 4 right now and trying to decide if its worth building or to just go and hunt. Right now with Montana having OTC tags available each year, its hard for me to cash in on them. Even if I missed out on Montana, Idaho and Colorado seem to be a good back up option to get out an hunt.
Who is holding on to these points and who is cashing in?
Ive been looking at 45 for some time now, but I am not a fan of the wilderness areas I wont be able to hunt after waiting 6 or more years.

Hunting Gear / Snow Peak Giga Power
« on: August 27, 2015, 06:25:38 AM »
Any have experience with these stoves? I wanted a stove I could simmer and possibly cook with. Great light weight stove in the right conditions with summer testing. Just curious how it will hold up in windy and cold conditions. Mainly use it for boiling water, but would like to hear how it worked from experienced users.

Hunting Gear / Advice on the Tz1250
« on: February 03, 2014, 10:49:13 AM »
I am looking for a new day pack that is capable of carrying small loads. Anyone have experience with this pack? And what would be the max load capacity for it?
With a little rigging it seems like one could carry as much as a front quarter or the back straps and small trimmings.
Looking for opinions.

General Elk Hunting / Ease the Pain
« on: November 27, 2013, 08:30:06 AM »
After losing my elk this year it eased the pain when I picked up my last years bull. Something to distract me anyway. 1 month away from applications coming out!

Happy Turkey Day everyone.

Hunting Gear / Trading Gear
« on: October 10, 2013, 12:39:09 PM »
Has anyone re evaluated their gear list after the season and found they could make improvements? I am at that point and wondering what I should do to better the pack list. Is it worth selling these products and then in turn buying new ones? It crossed my mind that others may have this problem as well. So why not try and trade some stuff? Has anyone ever tried this or came across a site that allows it?

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Late Season Archery
« on: September 27, 2013, 10:20:58 AM »
What is the rutting activity like in the first part of October? I'm sure it mainly depends on the area but I am looking for general outlook on my next trip.[/size]Had good success finding elk and getting into elk on the first trip. Should the same terrain hold elk as it did the first two weeks of the season? Pressure could push them off.....travel deeper into the Forrest land or look into lower elevation pockets to find elk? What have been some calling techniques used from other hunters that have tried this late in the season with their bow?Give you a run down of my plan so far. Getting to the trail head and hiking in a good distance to gain elevation. Reaching familiar territory and looking for elk in the two saddles they used in the first part of the month. No elk? No vocalizing? I will start location bugles down into known bedding areas, again early September experience. Making a large loop covering many miles trying to find vocal elk. I am putting a lot of confidence in this area because it held a lot of elk. My concern is what should my plan B consist of. That's where I need to decide to switch trail heads and type of country. Or venture in further where the elk could have moved from pressure. One area is roughly the same terrain and like I said further back in. The next area switching trail heads would be more recently logged areas with pretty easy access from logging roads. You can venture in pretty far and we did see elk in this country through the glass. My worry is the easy trails. I have from Wednesday to Sunday....Longer if packing out. Looking for opinions to pass the time until I leave.

Posted this on another forum with no replies. Hoping the elk 101 site can help me out.

Hunt Planner / A Place To Camp
« on: July 29, 2013, 12:13:07 PM »
After doing a scouting run this weekend our group came across a really nice are to set up our base camp for a few days. Problem is there was a stove and two pans tied to a try near the creek bottom. What would you do? Look for a new spot or beat someone to it and set up camp?

Hunting Gear / Sleeping System
« on: April 30, 2013, 08:28:35 AM »
I have been participating in the other threads where some of us have discussed tents, sleeping bags and mats. Well my concern is now with all of them what type of weather can I handle. Now I know this comes down to personal preference and ones own comfort level but generally speaking what temperatures can I handle with my equipment  What kind of weather can I expect?

Scenario: Hunting in western Montana, roughly 7000' to 8500' in elevation, and the time of year will be from September 7th-17th. I may or may not be spike/bivy camping through out the entire duration.
Equipment: BA UL2, Therm-a-rest Neoair, 40 deg bag. My concern is the bag. Now I have also read that you can get away with this, meaning plenty people use a 30 deg bag, system because of layering. I havent been able to test my setup yet and need to. But I am looking for experienced hunters opinion.
Sleeping in my merino wool or underarmor at night. Last year I did the same thing but my problem was not having a synthetic bag. I had napped in it during the day basically sweating on my bag, then the temps decided to drop into the high 20's and I froze........well I was uncomfortable.
before I ramble on any further what is everyone's system when in the back country? Tips from learned lessons before....ect....ect

Other Big Game Hunting / NR Big Horn Sheep Draw
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:21:15 AM »

Well its the first I have heard of it, but my home state of North Dakota is now starting to allow non residents to apply for a big horn sheep tag. Looks to be a little bit more expensive then the 3$ a residents applies for but could be a good chance in a random draw with no points for those seeking to go after one of these tags. ND typically has a 100% success rate on getting a mature ram. I would say on average only 5 tags are allowed. Just an FYI.....

General Elk Hunting / Speak Up For Public Lands Access.
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:01:13 PM »

The link above will bring you to a petition. It seems Montana is moving in the right direction in my opinion. Heres a short bit on what its about.....

Judiciary Committee of Montana State Legislature


HB 235-AN ACT REVISING LAWS RELATED TO TRESPASS; PROVIDING FOR AUTHORIZATION TO REMAIN LAWFULLY AT CORNER OF PARCELS creates a unique opportunity to increase access to public lands by allowing corner crossing where a person could cross over the top of a property corner from one property that was public or they had permission on to another property...

You can read more by clicking on the link provided above. Any Montana residents on here that have heard about this and care to share any information or opinions on the matter? Ran into this on another website earlier today and just thought I would share it with the elkaholics.

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