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Old 10-16-2017, 08:05 PM   #4651
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Man it is a lot of meat. But I really enjoyed those Elk steaks today for dinner
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:43 AM   #4652
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I leave this Thursday the 14th. Hunt starts on the 15th.
How did the Valle Vidal hunt go?
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Old 10-20-2017, 02:00 AM   #4653
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Well my dream hunt is almost here. Got to Durango this evening, hunting otc bull elk starting Saturday. Saw a black bear as we got to town this evening. My first bear ever to see in the wild which was really neat. My buddy has a cow elk tag and a mule deer buck tag and I will have a bull elk tag. Got enough coolers in the bed of my pickup so hope to fill a few of them up.
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Old 10-20-2017, 09:05 AM   #4654
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US outfitters won a law suit against the new mexico fish and game over ten years ago.
In appeal they lost. 2 years later outfitter tags dropped from 12% to 10% and nonresident tags went from 10% to 6%. I would hate to see more drop. Soon the state will take over BLM land and there may be no tags if they open it to mining.
This is exactly why every person reading this thread needs to join Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:24 PM   #4655
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Only a couple more weeks until AZ!!! Finally, all you guys have been done hunting elk for weeks, and I've just been sitting here doing nothing all fall, out west anyway.

Broadheads shot to 80 today, and I'm shooting better than I ever have. So ready to get gone and out of this dam heat!!!!!
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:26 PM   #4656
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Good luck. Should be an awesome time.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:07 PM   #4657
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Good luck. Should be an awesome time.
Thanks man! Do you have any of your meat bags for sale still?
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:08 PM   #4658
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Only a couple more weeks until AZ!!! Finally, all you guys have been done hunting elk for weeks, and I've just been sitting here doing nothing all fall, out west anyway.

Broadheads shot to 80 today, and I'm shooting better than I ever have. So ready to get gone and out of this dam heat!!!!!


Good luck, I'm rolling west in the morning to attempt AZ as well. Surprised to hear that they are still bugling a little in the mornings.


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Old 11-08-2017, 02:27 PM   #4659
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Good luck gents! What units did yíall draw?
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Old 11-08-2017, 03:10 PM   #4660
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Thanks man! Do you have any of your meat bags for sale still?
Oh yeah. Still making deboned game bag sets when Im not trying to kill stuff.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:58 PM   #4661
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I’ve been reading this thread trying to get from page 1 to the end.... dang there is a lot of good info. I’ll be going on my first western hunt next year and I’m trying to figure out exactly what i need. I’ve read yalls gear lists so i figure I’m on the right track. First two things I’m looking at purchasing is a pack and some boots. I have a hard time dropping $350-$400 on a pack that I’ve never seen in person and don’t know how it fits. Therefore If anyone has a good pack for sale I’d be interested. Or at least some pointers on which to look at. I just want a comfortable pack that can carry some weight. I’ll be camping from the truck and hiking in daily. Any ideas or recommdations I’d love to hear them. I’m 6’3”. Thanks.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:00 PM   #4662
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Shoot me a PM with your information, I have a first generation Timberline 1 from Kifaru that I will sell you for a good price. But I have to finish using it on this hunt first. It is a small waist belt though, I am 6'1" and 215 if that helps.


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Iíve been reading this thread trying to get from page 1 to the end.... dang there is a lot of good info. Iíll be going on my first western hunt next year and Iím trying to figure out exactly what i need. Iíve read yalls gear lists so i figure Iím on the right track. First two things Iím looking at purchasing is a pack and some boots. I have a hard time dropping $350-$400 on a pack that Iíve never seen in person and donít know how it fits. Therefore If anyone has a good pack for sale Iíd be interested. Or at least some pointers on which to look at. I just want a comfortable pack that can carry some weight. Iíll be camping from the truck and hiking in daily. Any ideas or recommdations Iíd love to hear them. Iím 6í3Ē. Thanks.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:32 PM   #4663
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Iíve been reading this thread trying to get from page 1 to the end.... dang there is a lot of good info. Iíll be going on my first western hunt next year and Iím trying to figure out exactly what i need. Iíve read yalls gear lists so i figure Iím on the right track. First two things Iím looking at purchasing is a pack and some boots. I have a hard time dropping $350-$400 on a pack that Iíve never seen in person and donít know how it fits. Therefore If anyone has a good pack for sale Iíd be interested. Or at least some pointers on which to look at. I just want a comfortable pack that can carry some weight. Iíll be camping from the truck and hiking in daily. Any ideas or recommdations Iíd love to hear them. Iím 6í3Ē. Thanks.
6'3" is pretty tall, and I'd bet kifaru would put you in a 26 or 28" frame. A new top end pack will set you back anywhere between $575-$700. I bought an Exo Mountain Gear K2 3500 a while back. I absolutely love it and really like the fact that buying new means you have a great warranty backing your gear. I have hauled up to 100# on it and the pack did great. Steve and Lenny (the owners) are also super nice. I don't need boots now as you do, but boots and a pack are the two things I will not be skimping on for my first trip. Yes, it is all expensive, but I don't even want to imagine going backpacking with sub-par boots or a pack.

I am not a western hunter, just a research freak that has an elk hunting obsession. If you want to Talk about comparisons between gear attributes, just PM me and I'd be glad to tell you what I've researched in the last few months.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:37 PM   #4664
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Thanks guys for offering to help. I will send you both PM’s. Thank y’all again!
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Old 11-10-2017, 02:34 PM   #4665
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So you have hunted out west? Or no? Have looked at the Exos several times, but after getting to know the Denver/Wheat Ridge guys at RMSGear and Kifaru, I️ will probably do the same thing again. And be ready to spend $900 to $1000 once you get your pockets, etc. Crazy ďsportĒ spending a fortune to go live like a hobo in the sticks.

BUT, you do not need that kind of gear to get rolling. Especially if you are truck camping, biggest thing is boots. Everything else is just how tough you want/need to be. MANY critters still get hauled out with a Kelty Cache Hauler. Iíve hiked out two hind quarters bone in with one, worked just fine. Just way more sore when we get done.


QUOTE=popup_menace;12911829]6'3" is pretty tall, and I'd bet kifaru would put you in a 26 or 28" frame. A new top end pack will set you back anywhere between $575-$700. I bought an Exo Mountain Gear K2 3500 a while back. I absolutely love it and really like the fact that buying new means you have a great warranty backing your gear. I have hauled up to 100# on it and the pack did great. Steve and Lenny (the owners) are also super nice. I don't need boots now as you do, but boots and a pack are the two things I will not be skimping on for my first trip. Yes, it is all expensive, but I don't even want to imagine going backpacking with sub-par boots or a pack.

I am not a western hunter, just a research freak that has an elk hunting obsession. If you want to Talk about comparisons between gear attributes, just PM me and I'd be glad to tell you what I've researched in the last few months.[/quote]
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:25 PM   #4666
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TWP, I am NOT a western hunter... yet. I spent about 3 months comparing packs and saving money to get my Exo. I use it every day and have used it with heavy loads and a day hunting pack for pigs where my walk in is 1 mile and some change. That's all the experience I have with it. Before that I used a cheap hiking backpack for tucking, which was stupid. Had back problems almost immediately. Thankfully the nicer frame pack solves that issue!
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:49 PM   #4667
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Not comfortable like the expensive packs but I pack out with an army Alice pack frame. Boots without a doubt are important
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Old 11-10-2017, 05:51 PM   #4668
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You can’t go wrong with EXO or Kifaru. I’ve Used both duplex and K2. 99% of people won’t see a big difference. If you are really tall(with long torso) you might prefer Kifaru because they offer a 26” frame. I haven’t tried the MR new frames but until they sell packs and frames separately they aren’t an option in my opinion. Other option is Stone glacier.

Dallas Safari club will most likely be the closest place in Texas where you can maybe find all of them to try on.

Boots wise... everyone is different. Just trial and error.
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Old 11-10-2017, 05:52 PM   #4669
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:58 AM   #4670
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Three sleeps and then I’m gone! Shot great out to 80 this morning with broadheads. I’m kind of pivoting on areas though, going to be hot. Was going to focus on some way off areas that the biologist recommended, but going solo I’m afraid four trips in that weather may cause some spoilage. Going to the dark stuff and find cooler temps in the pines. We’ll see what happens.
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:10 PM   #4671
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Three sleeps and then Iím gone! Shot great out to 80 this morning with broadheads. Iím kind of pivoting on areas though, going to be hot. Was going to focus on some way off areas that the biologist recommended, but going solo Iím afraid four trips in that weather may cause some spoilage. Going to the dark stuff and find cooler temps in the pines. Weíll see what happens.
Good luck! Where are you headed that has an archery season this late?
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:17 PM   #4672
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Three sleeps and then Iím gone! Shot great out to 80 this morning with broadheads. Iím kind of pivoting on areas though, going to be hot. Was going to focus on some way off areas that the biologist recommended, but going solo Iím afraid four trips in that weather may cause some spoilage. Going to the dark stuff and find cooler temps in the pines. Weíll see what happens.



It's been warmer than it normally is suppose to be right now. I'm seeing anywhere between 20-100 elk a day since Friday. Mostly moving first and last light.
Got on a bull that is still bugling pretty good, but he's with about 60 cows and other little bulls. He's a 5x6 280"ish middle aged bull. Literally had 50 elk in bow range this am, but he stayed out at 100 yds. Only bull I've heard bugle. Had opps at a few little guys, but have been trying to hold out for something bigger. Water has been key if you can find somewhere that's secluded. I only brought 1 trailcam, wish I had brought more to get down their pattern. Pic is of a smaller bull in the herd.


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Old 11-14-2017, 07:52 PM   #4673
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Big boys should be by themselves by now right? Just seeing big herds? Now Iím really messed up!!! First 5x5 gets into range is gonna get a carbon meat seeker sent itís way.



QUOTE=Chris Martin;12926223]

It's been warmer than it normally is suppose to be right now. I'm seeing anywhere between 20-100 elk a day since Friday. Mostly moving first and last light.
Got on a bull that is still bugling pretty good, but he's with about 60 cows and other little bulls. He's a 5x6 280"ish middle aged bull. Literally had 50 elk in bow range this am, but he stayed out at 100 yds. Only bull I've heard bugle. Had opps at a few little guys, but have been trying to hold out for something bigger. Water has been key if you can find somewhere that's secluded. I only brought 1 trailcam, wish I had brought more to get down their pattern. Pic is of a smaller bull in the herd.


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