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Forum: Around the Campfire Today, 12:33 PM
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Posted By Michael
I've put together and tested a couple of test...

I've put together and tested a couple of test meals yesterday and today.

Shepherd's Pie - hearty and tasty! Very likely to make the rotation!
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Seafood/corn Chowda! ...
Forum: Around the Campfire Today, 12:11 PM
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Posted By Michael
Rise above...

Rise above...
Forum: Around the Campfire Today, 11:06 AM
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Views: 2,378
Posted By Michael
Thanks for the input! I'm wavering on both the...

Thanks for the input! I'm wavering on both the Sawtooth and Kuiu base layer bottoms. I'll probably take both with me and make the decision at the trailhead based on weather forecast and pack weight...
Forum: Around the Campfire Today, 09:38 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,378
Posted By Michael
I imagine you're pretty well "fat adapted" at...

I imagine you're pretty well "fat adapted" at this point (meaning you can probably consume some additional carbs and yet ketones remain your body's preferred fuel source and you'll either remain in...
Forum: Around the Campfire Today, 08:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 92
Posted By Michael
My Backcountry Layering System (Gear Preview Video)

This video continues my Gear Preview video series on YouTube with a discussion on my layering system for my September elk hunt. I found a great deal on some First Lite items at the Field and Stream...
Forum: Around the Campfire Today, 08:24 AM
Replies: 108
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Posted By Michael
Well, here's the video version of what I posted...

Well, here's the video version of what I posted above for those that don't like to read! ;)

Layering System for Backcountry Bow Hunt - First Lite, Kuiu, WoolX - YouTube...
Forum: Around the Campfire Yesterday, 10:27 PM
Replies: 108
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Posted By Michael
This was EXACTLY my original plan, as...

This was EXACTLY my original plan, as well...BUT...

I was strict keto diet for two months in March and April (plus on and off after) and I credit Keto (and IF) with me losing over 20 pounds (in...
Forum: Around the Campfire Yesterday, 06:55 PM
Replies: 108
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Posted By Michael
I'm getting ready to do a video for my...

I'm getting ready to do a video for my "Backcountry Gear Preview" series on YouTube on clothes, but here's a summary:

Worn
Salomon GTX 4D Boots
Darn Tough Socks (w/REI liner?)
Ex Officio...
Forum: Around the Campfire Yesterday, 06:30 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,378
Posted By Michael
The trend in the thru/section hiker world (at...

The trend in the thru/section hiker world (at least on YouTube) seems to be running "cookless." I feel like a hot meal at the end of the day (and warm coffee at the beginning!) is as much a morale...
Forum: Around the Campfire Yesterday, 10:48 AM
Replies: 108
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Posted By Michael
I have a Platypus 3 liter bag with an inline...

I have a Platypus 3 liter bag with an inline Sawyer Mini. I ran that in May, and I didn't like it (while I was hiking). It was "work" to suck the water through the filter and tube, especially when it...
Forum: Around the Campfire Yesterday, 10:16 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,378
Posted By Michael
Your AT excursion was awesome and provided a lot...

Your AT excursion was awesome and provided a lot of insight regarding gear that translates (or doesn't) to backcountry hunting.

I bought the Jetboil MicroMo at REI (in Dillon CO) during their...
Forum: Around the Campfire Yesterday, 05:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 461
Posted By Michael
I ended up buying the Outdoor Vision Ridgetop...

I ended up buying the Outdoor Vision Ridgetop based on that thread. I like the design and so far it doesn't seem cumbersome wearing while I practice. I ordered a T-Reign tether for my rangefinder to...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 11,658
Posted By Michael
Well done, Ray! Congrats to all of y'all on that...

Well done, Ray! Congrats to all of y'all on that monster catch!
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,378
Posted By Michael
It's overkill for a week-long hunt, but I'm...

It's overkill for a week-long hunt, but I'm dehydrating some meals now for my trip. I'm making enough to test several different meals before I leave. I may end up back at Mountain House! :p

The...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,378
Posted By Michael
Obviously I come at this from a "backcountry...

Obviously I come at this from a "backcountry rookie" standpoint, but here is the philosophy I've boiled it down to with regards to gear durability, weight, comfort (especially at 48!) and budget.

...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By Michael
http://foreverlast.com/revised/bowcontest/bowconte...

http://foreverlast.com/revised/bowcontest/bowcontesthome.html
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 108
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Posted By Michael
Great choice! I was leaning toward the Fulcrum...

Great choice! I was leaning toward the Fulcrum before ultimately deciding to go with the Cavern (based primarily on Aron's suggestion.)


I'm a big fan of a tarp. I'd suggest getting it soon...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By Michael
Adding additional scorers is definitely on the...

Adding additional scorers is definitely on the suggestion list. Thanks and I'll keep you posted!
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 525
Posted By Michael
Nice! Congrats Chris!

Nice! Congrats Chris!
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 10:04 AM
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Posted By Michael
Prayers up, Mike! Keep us posted.

Prayers up, Mike! Keep us posted.
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By Michael
TBH / ForEverLast Big Buck Bow Hunt Contest

Once again, TBH will be partnering with ForEverLast for the Big Buck Bow Hunt Contest. We'd like your input on how we can expand the contest state-wide to get more involvement (particularly youth)...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-16-2018, 07:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 718
Posted By Michael
Yep, that seemed to work out ok for that guy! ;)b...

Yep, that seemed to work out ok for that guy! ;)b


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Forum: Around the Campfire 07-13-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 718
Posted By Michael
KifaruCast is doing a very timely series on...

KifaruCast is doing a very timely series on broadheads, with yesterday's first guest being Ironwill Outfitters' Bill Vanderheyden. It was a very interesting discussion and I'm looking forward to the...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-13-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 718
Posted By Michael
I'm shooting the Mathews HTR Nocam ...

I'm shooting the Mathews HTR Nocam




I don't want to drop much below that, either. I'd like to find a happy medium with a heavy-ish arrow that flies well but still keeps my pin gaps...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-12-2018, 04:23 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,545
Posted By Michael
Congrats on the stag! Soon...;)

Congrats on the stag!

Soon...;)
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-12-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 718
Posted By Michael
I'd be happy to consolidate the E&T forum back...

I'd be happy to consolidate the E&T forum back here if that makes you happier. :D
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-12-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
I'm still working on finalizing a few things to...

I'm still working on finalizing a few things to get a pack weight but other than camera gear I feel like I'm running pretty lean. But, I'm not going without camera gear! ;)
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-12-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 718
Posted By Michael
Testing New "Bullets" - GoldTip Pierce

Our buddy Jeff hooked me up with some new, heavier arrows to test ahead of my September elk hunt. I've been shooting 29" Beman ICS Hunter 340 shafts fletched with 3 Blazers and 125 gr. head, for a...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-12-2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
Perfect! What's the total weight of that system?...

Perfect! What's the total weight of that system?



I think Adam may have one, but I'll check it out! Thanks!;)b
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-11-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
I made a new video highlighting my current sleep...

I made a new video highlighting my current sleep system that I'll likely run this fall, including an interesting new synthetic quilt from Outdoor Vitals.

My Backcountry Elk Sleep System - Tarp,...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-03-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 631
Posted By Michael
Garmin Inreach: Must Have for Hunters?

I guess if you broke a leg climbing over deadfall you could use your spotter as a splint. :D

Getting lost is only part of the equation. I think I could eventually find my way out of an area...
Forum: Around the Campfire 07-03-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 631
Posted By Michael
I wanted the mini, originally, but I think it's...

I wanted the mini, originally, but I think it's worth the nominal extra weight to have navigation, even if just for backup.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 07-02-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 631
Posted By Michael
My wife is soft...she made me buy it! ;) :D ...

My wife is soft...she made me buy it! ;) :D




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Forum: Around the Campfire 07-02-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 631
Posted By Michael
Garmin Inreach: Must Have for Hunters?

A continuation of the Elk Prep series...

Is this a "must have" item, especially for the backcountry?
http://youtu.be/kMghAfmKfmc
https://youtu.be/kMghAfmKfmc


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Forum: Around the Campfire 06-28-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 436
Posted By Michael
I have a Phantom II (retired), Inspire 1 and a...

I have a Phantom II (retired), Inspire 1 and a Spark. By far, I have gotten the most use out of the Spark due to the ease of use and portability. It's easy to pull it out and get some quick...
Forum: Equipment and Tuning 06-28-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Posted By Michael
John Dudley and Aron Snyder had a pretty good...

John Dudley and Aron Snyder had a pretty good discussion about arrow weight, proper spine, arrow tuning and FOC in the Nock On podcast ("What the FOC") on Tuesday.

Jeff at CCR is building a...
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-25-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
Be sure to sub to my YouTube channel, as well....

Be sure to sub to my YouTube channel, as well. I'm going to be doing gear "preview" videos ahead of my hunt and then more comprehensive reviews after I get back. ;)b


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Forum: Around the Campfire 06-25-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 150
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Posted By Michael
I'm Going Elk Hunting in CO - Help Me With Gear Recommendations! (Video)

Great choice! ;) I'll be curious to get your feedback after your hunt.

I was leaning toward Sitka or Kuiu for camo clothing, but I found a great deal on these First Lite Corrugate Guide Pants and...
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-25-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
The Reckoning was on the short list. It is very...

The Reckoning was on the short list. It is very similar to the Cavern (with identical independent compression system). Have you hunted with yours yet? How do you like it?


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Forum: Around the Campfire 06-25-2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,094
Posted By Michael
Excellent!

Excellent!
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-24-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
I got the Cavern based on large part on Aron's...

I got the Cavern based on large part on Aron's recommendation. What pack do you have?


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Forum: Around the Campfire 06-24-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
I'm Going Elk Hunting in CO - Help Me With Gear Recommendations! (Video)

I also bought the Native pack with the intent to possibly run as a lid (if I need more capacity) or just as a daypack for whitetail hunts. ...
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-23-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
I'm Going Elk Hunting in CO - Help Me With Gear Recommendations! (Video)

I think it will work pretty well.

I also picked up a set of the Ultralight pullouts to help organize.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180624/8f7253974c3a064a7bec8172e33dbb69.jpg

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Forum: Around the Campfire 06-23-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
Yes. Just for the photo, I put one medium pouch...

Yes. Just for the photo, I put one medium pouch on the left hip and one at the bottom of the pack.


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Forum: Around the Campfire 06-23-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,005
Posted By Michael
We are blessed to have several great shops in...

We are blessed to have several great shops in this state! Great group of folks at West Houston, for sure! Thanks for posting the positive experience!


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Forum: Around the Campfire 06-23-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,045
Posted By Michael
It's starting to come together. One of the...

It's starting to come together. One of the biggest (and most expensive) puzzle pieces arrived yesterday!

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180623/29ec7961f9930c30d58ce46b6abf12cf.jpg


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Forum: Around the Campfire 06-20-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,807
Posted By Michael
Awesome! Thanks for supporting the site!

Awesome! Thanks for supporting the site!
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-19-2018, 11:25 AM
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Views: 48,019
Posted By Michael
WOW! Any way you slice it, that's impressive!...

WOW! Any way you slice it, that's impressive! Congratulations on the success!;)b
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-19-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,129
Posted By Michael
Good info! I'll likely be using some sort of...

Good info! I'll likely be using some sort of lanyard for spot and stalk type hunts. It sounds like yours is pretty simple and lightweight compared to paracord.
Forum: Around the Campfire 06-18-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,129
Posted By Michael
Thanks for commenting, here and on the YT...

Thanks for commenting, here and on the YT channel!


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