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General Elk Hunting / Re: Diaphragm calls
« on: April 25, 2020, 11:43:28 AM »
How do gauge if you have a narrow to wide palate?
Oval face people seem to have narrow palate. 

Manufacturers could assist this search better by simply providing a "size chart" or the measurements of the diaphragm.  However, they'd miss out on that extra sells they make from people telling you to just "buy one to find the best fit".   

General Elk Hunting / Re: Diaphragm calls
« on: April 25, 2020, 11:38:58 AM »
@SPCFOOR, I would consider size as you try them out.  Use the filter at the Elk101
store to search sizes.  If you have a narrow palate or high palate you
will find the best fit in
the small to medium.

I have a narrow high palate and use a small/medium.  The large size slip around on me.
I've bent them a bit to fit, but then the latex looses it's taughtness; and still
the fit is not ideal.

I like Corey's RMHC "All Star" and "Contender". Also like the Phelps AMP Grey. 

General Elk Hunting / Re: Overestimating Success?
« on: August 06, 2019, 05:11:09 PM »
You ask some interesting questions!  I thought that this contest was by far the most interesting.
  • " Should we be more realistic in the percent chance we give ourselves to harvest an elk?"  Realistic assessment would require harvest success percentages based on the population sample specifically participating in the survey; specifically, the general stats skew the self reporting somewhat because the participant is answering from a specific context(season+unit).   At least I answered with this consideration.

I also believe that those of us on this forum are more educated, and or more involved with ensuring our success compared to the general population; therefore, our study should show we had higher harvest rates than those who have not taken the ELK 101 courses and or read books and taken seminars on the subject of harvesting elk.   I realize this variable only factors so far.
"If we are more realistic, wouldn't coming home with tag soup be a lot more palatable?"  Certainly expectations have influence on our emotional response.  It seems predictability in this context probably outweighs the potential let down associated with tag soup.  This pre-hunt stimulant is also increased if one has been exposed to the idea of "elicitation" and "positive thinking" which will naturally challenge our ability to forecast "realistically"  when considering factors associated with a low percentage rate. 

As I answered, I did weigh my prediction next to the average harvest of my particular unit+season.  Another underlying factor to this survey is that our forecasted success is intertwined with our current quality of planning, prior experience, skills readiness perceptions, and our innate motivation which excites our response to the harvest challenge.  The forecast question certainly triggers our desire and desire is a hard variable to extract a measured value toI believe it naturally skews our thought-forecast toward the high success spectrum. 

I think an additional interesting assessment would be to report what percentage difference each person reported relative to the particular unit+season they are hunting.   As we know, certain seasons have substantially higher harvest success than the generalized average.

I reported 18% higher than last years average in my unit+season.  I reported the same percentage given additional hunt days because I also accounted for the benefit of the duration of scouting I will allot(both pre hunt and in pre hunt field scouting).  I may have read the survey question the wrong way and my analytic training is to blame for this.

2. "If three extra days increases folks perceived success rate by almost 9%, shouldn't we be looking at that as the single most productive thing people can do to increase their success rates?"   Absolutely! In regard to increasing chances I definitely would find value in more experience/time in the field.  This year will be my third season elk hunting.  Based on my experience I am at the lifetime rate of 50% harvest success.  Although my first season was my harvest season, I literally knew nothing about elk other than how many points I needed to count before I shot that elkso this absolutely shows weight against my perception that Elk knowledge has greater influence on harvest success.  However, I was riding along with someone who was somewhat educated; so that transferred to my success for sure. 

You bring up some great questions that would provide an interesting long term study.  Charting one's forecasting throughout life would be fascinating.  I may be adding this to my hunt analytics log!

General Elk Hunting / Re: TAG STACKING
« on: August 06, 2019, 03:27:08 PM »
Greatness!  You all stack'm high.
@UtahJimmy, that's rad; great goal!
I purchased left over CO this year so was only able to add a Bear tag in the unit available.
My first choice was gunning for deer tag as well. If I had more cash I would've added a prong:)

I created a poll on Rokslide with a little more detailing:

General Elk Hunting / TAG STACKING
« on: August 05, 2019, 10:19:25 AM »
How many tags will fill your pocket this year?

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!
« on: August 03, 2019, 08:21:02 PM »
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Hunting Gear / Re: Under Armour Boots???
« on: June 01, 2019, 08:10:38 PM »
I used UA brow tine last season and love them.  I think there are 400g., but I'll have to check to see if they are 600g.  I hunted MT, WY, & CO from October 12th-30th.

They were great in moderate sunny weather in MT and WY.  I harvested two Pronghorn buckone in each state.
I hiked 7mi in a foot and half of snow in CO with 2000+/- elevation change.  I was at 10,300ft and packing 70lbs.  My feet were breathing well, but changing wool at night is always a must for me.  My feet and toes never got cold in the boot.  My friends feet got cold because they bought cheap boots that weren't water proof  :train:   They were 1st time hunters, so that makes sense. 

In late November on a bear hunt, I backpacked in on a fire rd 11 mi.  On the way out, my feet slightly blistered because I didn't stop to adjust; I was exhausted at the end; and blistering was probably due to loose boots on the last 5mi of downhill.  I was packing 55lbs.

Overall, they feel like they have good support.  They have great traction and I feel grippy on rocks-wet or dry.  They have good stiffness for side hilling, but with flex. 

After break in, I could probably benefit from an insole for a little better arch support and taking out some extra room as I'm a half size smaller in the boot. 

I like that the Brow Tine are the most light weight high top boot on the market.  I will probably buy the Cameron Hanes edition next.  I like the idea of the quick lace system a lot. I look forward to saving 5 minutes in the morning!

They seem to be holding up well; no rubber delaminating or other possible wear issues thus far. 

The C.Hanes edition seems like it will be a refinement on an already fantastic boot.

I researched all the boot manufacturers and boot types available last year.  Crispi was second in line for me.  I'd probably go with a Crispi or Lathrope&Sons if I drew a sheep hunt. 

Update 5/6/20:
The rubber around the tow flex point cracked and now lets water in. These boots lasted two seasons and a month. 

Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Bear video
« on: June 01, 2019, 06:21:35 PM »
congrats! good bear

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!
« on: January 11, 2019, 05:42:37 PM »
Typically, I don't run trail cams.  This year while trying to pack in as many hunts and harvests as I can, I realized I need trail cams.  I hunt thick forested areas for blacktail and black bear. I'll be running trail cams this year to help locate and pattern animals. I like the idea of cellular capable and solar powered to minimize maintenance and time gathering intel.

Hunting Gear / Re: StealthPodX
« on: October 02, 2018, 02:47:38 PM »
I guess no one has tried these out; so I'll be the first:)  I went ahead and invested in these.  I've put about 20 miles of hunting on them and really like them.  I use Maven 12x50 binos from a Marsupial harness and use stealth Pods to stabilize for quick and stabviewing.  I can use one stick for this, combine them, or use them crossed like a bipod.  I can hike with them combined as well.  They are light and extremely durable.  I've used them as forward breaks on extremely steep grade.  They flex and don't break.

The sliding mechanism is extremely fluid and these are easy to use. 

I'm designer so I look for ways to improve ergonomics and max out objectives and think there are some room for exceptional refinements but that by no means takes away from a great design and functioning product.

I like that they are made in USA as well.  Alan put a lot of thought and work into this exceptional tool that does it all.

So far, I've mainly used them as bipods, but I have the third leg for tripod.  With good stability glassing as bipods, I don't have a need from the tripod.   I bought a Krammer design bino attachment which handily screws into the top of the stealth-stick.  Both sticks have 1/4-20 mounts so I mount my iphone holder on the other.  I can film and hike with it fairly fluidly. 

I'll be trying to use the top portion to hold my Kowa TSN-554 for scoping in the truck.  Those window mount scope bases scare methe weakest point of glass is on the edge so applying pressure seems like a bad idea. 

StealthPodX is a great tool and a great deal considering all the materials and design work into these.  I see that I'll be getting many years and hours of use out of them.[name]=Kowa-TSN-554-Compact-Spotting-Scope-TSN-554&catalog[product_guids][0]=1665622

Hunting Gear / Re: StealthPodX
« on: August 23, 2018, 04:34:00 PM »
@Colorado russ & COHunter14, thanks for your input.  I think I'm going to try the stealth pods since I need the hiking sticks.  I do like the trigger on the primos, they seem perfect for sighting.

Hunting Gear / StealthPodX
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:19:39 PM »
Anyone experience these versatile shooting sticks?
STEALTHPOD X(R) Complete System (2.9 LBS) > Buy STEALTHPOD X(R) Expedition Grade Patented Shooting Sticks

I'd like to avoid packing a tripod for my binos and I'm interested in a shooting stick as well to forgo a bipod. I like the dynamic use, but if they don't feel right I'm not going to like them.

Archery / Re: Bow Release
« on: June 28, 2018, 02:54:18 PM »
I'm new to archery and will be trying as many releases as possible.
I like the info given in this article:

Archery / Re: 2018 Prime Logic Compared
« on: June 28, 2018, 02:45:45 PM »
@Boom, interesting.  Looking at the Triax, the lower grip position is evident; this is relative to the cam locations. I'd call it aligned below center. 
I think grip position effects the balance in hand while aiming/sighting and also when carrying by strings or grip while walking. 

Being a newbie, I'm trying to learn as much as I can so I can invest for a 10 year plan.  I'm sure we'll have hyper weight nano material that I'll want 10years from now:)

Hunting Gear / Re: Broadhead of choice
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:03:37 AM »
I'm interested in these:

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