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Hunting Gear / Re: Outerwear, Sitka, kuiu, plythal... Etc
« on: June 17, 2019, 07:54:28 PM »
Id head to your nearest dealer for Sitka and try a bunch of stuff on for the fit.



If you have this option, definitely do it. I will tell you that the Ascent pants will probably be too snug if you have larger thighs. The Apex are a little better. The Mountain and Timberline pants provide the most room, but I wouldn't say either of them is good for warmer weather. They are both tailored to colder weather.
I wish they still made the 90% pant. That pant was amazing!


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Last year we were hunting CO pre rut, opening weekend archery to be exact. Heard maybe 1 or 2 bugles, unlikely another hunter,  but we did set up in good sign areas and called, a mix a cow calling and bugling. We called about every 20 - 30 minutes at times. We had a few elk come through our general area, 1 time is was a pair of cows, one time it was 2 satellite bulls. Definitely not right after our calls and their body language told me they werent really looking for what was making the noise. My question is, is it more likely that these elk were just passing through and we happened to see them or were they responding to our calling? If we called when we could see them they became alert and nervous often worked away from our calling.

I know there are a lot of variables here, but for the most part we played our cards right, well hidden, good wind, caller set up away from the shooter, etc.

any input would be appreciated! Thanks!


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Hunting Gear / Re: Outerwear, Sitka, kuiu, plythal... Etc
« on: June 17, 2019, 06:14:18 PM »
I carry the Sitka Jetstream jacket archery elk hunting, its great for early morning sit and glass, a little warm for the rest of the day but windproof and shreds water nicely. I wear it turkey hunting here in Iowa in the spring as well. Its my goto shell. The Ascent and mountain pant are in line with what I would look at from Sitka. Ascent is lighter than the mountain good for early season. The Attack pant from KUIU is a good weight pant for what you are looking for too I think. They are a bit snug around my thighs though. Id head to your nearest dealer for Sitka and try a bunch of stuff on for the fit. I wish I could do the same for KUIU but since they are direct its nearly impossible.


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General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!!!
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:53:39 PM »
Congrats!!


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Hunting Gear / Re: Outerwear, Sitka, kuiu, plythal... Etc
« on: June 16, 2019, 12:48:21 PM »
It's definitely not necessary to spend a ton on gear, but I will say that it's sure nice to have it if you do. I started with some Sitka gear a couple years ago and I continue to add to the collection. It's some pretty amazing stuff. As far as which pieces of gear I'd recommend, some of that would depend on when you hunt, i.e. earlier archery seasons or later rifle seasons. Happy to provide recommendations if you tell me that :upthumb:
Ditto. Ive tried a lot of different brands. Ended up with majority Sitka Gear when I was done testing because It fits me better the way its cut. Merino wool is amazing! If you dont care about a certain Camo pattern or if solid colors are fine with you, Minus33 brand has got good merino wool pieces. Honestly, after trying a lot of different materials, cant say enough how big of a fan I am of merino wool. Finally, shop sales and look for close outs on last years stuff. Ive never paid full retail for Sitka, KUIU or firstlite. Just gotta know what you want then pounce when its on sale or close out. If you even a bit more info on type of hunt, time or year, I can help get down to what weight you need, etc. Good Luck!


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General Elk Hunting / Intro
« on: June 15, 2019, 03:36:12 PM »
Not a bull but my dad and I got inside 15 yds  from her and I couldnt resist! Plus, I had help packing! Best of all, I still have plenty of elk in the freezer.


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General Elk Hunting / Intro
« on: June 14, 2019, 08:42:36 PM »
Hi Everyone,

Im new to the forum. My name is Nate, I live in Iowa, been hunting here my whole life, archery mostly. Past 6 years Ive been doing an OTC archery elk hunt in CO with my dad and cousins. Ive had great encounters and finally shot my first elk last year. Heading back again this year. Im excited to dive into the forum and learn more about elk hunting!

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!!!
« on: June 14, 2019, 08:31:02 PM »
1. Colorado
2. 7 days
3. 50%. I shot my first elk  last year. I think Im overestimating my abilities! :-D

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