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Messages - NateW

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Good choice to enroll in Elk101! I have a few rules that seem simple but hard to remember while you are hunting...

1. if there is no fresh sign keep moving. Ive spent/wasted a lot of time slowly walking through areas that look and feelelky but there was no fresh sign.

2. If you look at a mountain side whether from the top looking down or the bottom looking up and think, boy, going down/up there would suck. Theres a good chance you should go down/up there.

3. Your wind checker is your friend use it often, winds shift a lot. During archery season Id argue its as important as your bow and a good pair of boots. Also, dont be afraid to hike to get the right wind.

Again these are things Im sure you may know already, and they often mean more work or a longer walk in the field. Thats why I always have to remind myself these things as a hunt.

Good luck! I too will be CO for archery season, no where near you though.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Ultra Minimum gear??
« on: July 24, 2019, 02:25:36 PM »
Besides your basic first aid kit, paracord, and what you have on your list, Id take an extra pair of socks if you normally dont. Blisters that far back would suck..

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2.7 mi run earlier today. Then I shot 45 arrows in the backyard tonight. 37 days until I head to the mountains..

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Tonight I Shot 30 arrows, then 2.25 mi run/walk. 40 target 3D shoot tomorrow morning.

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40 target 3D shoot today. It was a close shoot, a ton of fun!

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Nice shots!
The turkeys are always my arched nemesis!

Me too! If you look close, the top arrow is mine (white wraps), Im out of the 10 ring by a less than a 1/4

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40 target 3D shoot today. It was a close shoot, a ton of fun!

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General Elk Hunting / Re: First Elk Hunt
« on: June 27, 2019, 10:47:48 AM »
Nice! Im heading there myself, Been going for about 7 years now. Learn something new every time!

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General Elk Hunting / Re: First Elk Hunt
« on: June 27, 2019, 10:14:39 AM »
Good luck! What state are you hunting in?

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Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Baffin boots
« on: June 25, 2019, 08:19:26 AM »
Just curious! But if you remove the insulation, wouldn't that make them looser fitting and possibly cause them to slip and slide on your feet and cause blisters?

I wore Mucks on my Alaska hunt. They worked great in the muskeg and when climbing in and out of the boat.

Yes, removing that would make them a lot looser. They mentioned they take them out to dry them by the fire. They dry so much faster.

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Other Big Game Hunting / Baffin boots
« on: June 24, 2019, 01:03:39 PM »
Hi everyone,

Im heading to Canada for a moose hunt in fall of 2020. The guide service Im going with recommends I get insulated rubber boots and mentioned they use Baffin boots. Anyone have any experience with these? Im bringing hiking boots to switch into once we get out of the boats but looking for anyone with experience hunting/hiking with Baffin. They are recommending these because of their removal insulation. Is there another brand I should consider as well??

Thanks for the help.

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Hunting Gear / Re: Outerwear, Sitka, kuiu, plythal... Etc
« on: June 22, 2019, 07:06:04 AM »
Anyone to chime in on kuiu
Ive ordered a few pieces from them,

Attack Pant - fairly light weight pant, vents on hips to dump heat which is good for early season. Runs a bit tight in thighs. I kept this pant, have worn them multiple times I like them.

Guide Pant - heavier pant than the attack. I liked the material but very tight through thighs and hips had to send them back

145 ultra merino long sleeve - Good weight shirt. Its a good weight as a base layer for early season, not the softest shirt but I did keep it

Super ultra down jacket - it wasnt warm enough for what I was looking for, but its very light and packable. Sent it back

Guide beanie - weird shape, noisy and kinda hard to hear out of it. Had to keep it bought it on clearance.

I love what they come up with, sometimes they fall short on a few features that Im looking for and from everything Ive tried, they run a bit slim cut. Im by no means a big guy, 58 170#.

I keep trying pieces but it doesnt seem like a good fit for me thats why I end up with more Sitka. But KUIU has good customer service and I know guys that love it.

Hope this helps.

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Archery / Re: What arrow is everyone shooting for an elk set up?
« on: June 21, 2019, 02:09:16 PM »
Would a 400 grain arrow be sufficient enough?

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Obviously shot placement is key but if I was shooting 400 grains total weight, I would go with a 2 blade cut on contact fixed blade. If you get up above 450 I think youd have more confidence shooting any quality head
Okay. I plan on using slick trick magnums. I use them for whitetail and love how they fly.

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I shoot the carbon express maxima 350 with 100gr Slick Trick standards for a bit more penetration, but seen elk killed with the 100gr magnums. They do fly awesome!

Total weight of my set up is a little less than 400gr. I pull 70# bowtech destroyer 340 at 27 draw. I would measure your arrow speed and find out your kinetic energy, that will tell you if you are using a heavy enough set up for the speed of your arrow.

Clean pass through on an elk last year and a deer last year. Pic shows the arrow stuck in the ground after going through the deer. Ripped off my fletching though.

Good luck!

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Sounds like they were just passing through.  There have been plenty of times we've called to elk we could see and they would just ignore us.  Opening weekend, it's hard to believe they are already call shy.  You talk about setting up in your general area.  Don't hesitate to be mobile.  Go find the elk that will respond.  Travel the area at night listening and using locator bulges to find out where they are.
We will definitely move more this year. If we run into a similar situation.

How do you decide on when to move and when to stay if there is no bugling? Im always afraid to push animals out of area if we find good sign.

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Well, if you were hunting opening weekend that was August 25th. Id say good chance the elk were passing thu

I can honestly say, after last year, I wont ever hunt elk in August ever again.

Especially if I have a unfilled pronghorn tag
Its definitely different hunting that early, the lack of bugling and their responses to the calls (or lack there of.)

But we filled 2 out of 4 tags and took shot at another. We are heading back for opening weekend again this year, that being said, its nearly a full week later this year. So hopefully we get better responses from the calls and hear some bulls bugling.

Cant say Id disagree with you if you have an unfilled pronghorn tag in your pocket though!

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Still shaking off the cob webs... this year its taken me longer than ever to get back in rhythm.

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