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Hunt Planner / Re: New Mexico unit 53 rifle elk
« on: July 08, 2020, 10:30:32 PM »
Did the diy same tag ast year. Passed on some rags really didnt find anything worth shooting. Also had some issues with hunter harassment there by questa and red river. I think you shoot the first decent 6 point you see fwiw

General Elk Hunting / Re: Are elk hunters social distancing?
« on: July 08, 2020, 10:19:50 PM »
Respirators like the kn95 and the n95 do stop airborn pathogens, I should know, i live it every day with my job. Surgical masks do not stop all but some. Same with homemade masks. (Think of throwing a marble at a chain link fence).   If everyone would wear them, transmission should go down. It would be a lot harder for you to throw a marble through 2 chain link fences, no? Point is on paper it should reduce transmission of this virus. Fact is, people wear them like chin straps and are constantly messing with them rendering them ineffective. Do I wear them outside of work around people, yes.  I also dont judge when people dont as those would likely be the people wearing them incorrectly anyway. 

But lets not kid ourselves, this virus is a killer of elderly people, no doubt. Do what you can to protect them. This is not the flu. Looking forward to the hunting season so I can get away from the hysteria that is our nation! Good luck to all!

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado unit 49
« on: June 24, 2020, 10:07:56 AM »
I know of at least 3 people that hunted it last year during various season. All got bulls, none saw monsters.

During archery I heard there was plenty of bugling pretty much the whole month. I was in the woods during 1st rifle glassing for a couple friends and still heard bugling and saw tons of elk.

There is a lot of pressure from both Hunters, and recreationalists, but the Elk didn't really seem to mind that much. We truck camped and were able to access everything int he morning/evening relatively easy.

If you're looking for huge bulls this isn't the unit to go to honestly, but if you're looking for a good, fun hunt you'll have a great time. Take the first 300" bull you see because there aren't many in there.

Thanks for the information, man. Greatly appreciated.  Not looking for any size in particular, just the opportunity to call in multiple bulls.  I'll likely take the first 3 year old I get a shot at.  We have so many predators in Montana that it limits the amount of elk you can call in. At least in the wolf/grizzly areas I hunt.  I hunt multiple states so that I can experience elk acting like elk!  thanks again

General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado unit 49
« on: June 24, 2020, 10:03:44 AM »
Dennis, I've never hunted there but quickly pulled numbers on the unit. There are 170 archery tags given out for 49 and there are 140 muzzleloader tags, so pressure should certainly increase a bit during that week. Good luck!

Yeah was looking at that and figured the MZ guys that draw the unit are pretty committed given the number of points it would take to draw. Our initial plan here is to go Sept 3-13. So far, I think that sounds better than after mz season.  Thank you!

General Elk Hunting / Colorado unit 49
« on: June 23, 2020, 09:55:25 PM »
Montana guy here, drew archery unit 49 with a buddy in Colorado. 4th state I will have hunted elk in. Love taking our "show" on the road. So we have a bunch of experience in OTCs and have done pretty well.. Feel like we can find where elk should be, and call them in.  [/size]Yes, 49 is a draw but its not like its a legendary unit or anything. Pref point creep was catching up. Coupla questions for those that have hunted it successfully over the years, particularly archery...Pressure- how much and where was it the worst?Would you recommend bivy or truck camping?How much did pressure increase with Muzzleloader season, significant?When was the "peak of the Rut" when you hunted it?

Thanks in advance

Hunting Gear / Re: Tents?
« on: August 28, 2019, 08:59:53 AM »
Looks awesome, how long did it take you?  Also I see on youtube where you can sew in your own tent stove jack.  I might give that a try...

Hunting Gear / Your favorite water filtration system
« on: June 27, 2019, 11:19:51 PM »
Lost my Kadydyn.  Due for a new water filtration system.  Thinking of going with the platypus gravity system.  Whats everyone using and opinion? Thanks in advance!

Classifieds / Re: Hogue Kuiu Howa SA stock
« on: June 24, 2019, 10:30:18 PM »
Does this stock fit on a weatherby vanguard short action?

Hunting Gear / Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
« on: June 23, 2019, 08:57:49 PM »
I purchased a Radrover 2 years ago.  It is my go to rig for night bugling.  Ebikes are considered motor vehicles on national forest trails so you can only take them where motorized are allowed. But definite game changer for locating elk in the dark.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!!!
« on: April 26, 2019, 09:59:26 AM »
Phelps Amp Maverick

General Elk Hunting / Re: Montana
« on: April 22, 2019, 10:17:56 PM »
So pumped,  we got drawn for the NR combo today too.

I drew nothing special here ...again. Used up all my luck in New Mexico. Draw anything Dan..?

Hunting Gear / Re: Tents?
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:19:41 AM »
I know in my original post I said I was pretty set on getting a kodiak, but you guys certainly have me checking out some different tents!

Thanks for the recommendations!  :upthumb:

Ten minute one man is the best advantage over a wall tent. Cost my buddy $40 to get that stove jack in there.  So convienent for a hunter who constantly stays on the move!

Hunting Gear / Re: Tents?
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:27:11 AM »
 I spent three days in a Kodiak canvas base camp tent this year  Had a tiny little woodstove in there. Very comfortable for two guys. Three guys might be a little crowded unless you have bunk bed cotsI think a titanium backpacking stove would bemore than enough for heat. My buddy  had a canvas guy put in our stove Jack. Worked great set up in 10 minutes. Without the wood stove 3 guys and a buddy heater would be perfect, but we were camping in 10 below. He also had the awning and vestibule which I would recommend.

Hunt Planner / Re: NM draws.... I'm getting antsy
« on: April 17, 2019, 08:54:39 AM »
I drew! 2 years in a row...

Same unit?

Nope.  2nd rifle in 53 haha.  Gonna be a physical test for sure!

Hunt Planner / Re: NM draws.... I'm getting antsy
« on: April 17, 2019, 08:30:16 AM »
I drew! 2 years in a row...

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