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Old 05-02-2018, 06:14 AM   #1
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Last week I was invited to participate in a DIY Colorado OTC Elk hunt with my buddy, Adam (MooseOnTheLoose)! I decided I want to try to make a few videos for my YouTube Channel over the next few months leading up to the expedition, starting with gear recommendations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW_kVqpHNc4

I will, of course, be researching through the multitude of threads on the topic on TBH, but feel free to post up your thoughts here or in the YouTube comments!
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I recommend taking a nurse...
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Old 05-02-2018, 06:18 AM   #4
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Old 05-02-2018, 06:26 AM   #5
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I would say start with boots. Buy early and break them in. Nothing else matters if your feet hurt or you have blisters and can't hunt.

Then concentrate on layers of comfortable and quiet clothing.

Then you're pack and miscellaneous gear.

And of course fine-tune your archery equipment.
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Old 05-02-2018, 06:42 AM   #6
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You are going on public land I assume? Will you be using an ATV to some extent then hiking in ?
Others guys going with you? . What area of Colorado are you hunting ?

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Old 05-02-2018, 07:33 AM   #7
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I would say start with boots. Buy early and break them in. Nothing else matters if your feet hurt or you have blisters and can't hunt.

Then concentrate on layers of comfortable and quiet clothing.

Then you're pack and miscellaneous gear.

And of course fine-tune your archery equipment.


Thanks! My Lowas are comfy, but I have to resolve the "squeak" issue.



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In on this one. Ill will be in the exact same boat as you this year. DIY archery elk has been a bucket list hunt for me.
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Lot of info here. Did you try the search function Mr.?

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...&highlight=Elk
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Definitely find a place to do some walking with your gear on and bow in hand. Depending on how y'all are going to hunt a bow sling may or may not be appropriate. On my last elk hunt I used a bee stinger stabilizer with a 45į swivel on it that allowed me to turn my stabilizer into a fairly comfortable handle for carrying my bow.

Make sure that your range finder is in the optimal spot for accessing it and using it with your bow in hand. Make sure your lanyard is long enough to secure it to a belt loop or something in case you just have to range a shot quickly and drop it.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:39 AM   #11
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Trade those old legs and back in for a pair 20 years younger
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:40 AM   #12
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It’s simple.

Truck camping, no over the top necessities.

Backpacking...... it’s a game of money vs ounces. How light and expensive you want to go?
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:41 AM   #13
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Camofire has some Mystery Ranch packs last week. I donít think they sold out so it might be worth watching that site.

Like I mentioned Saturday at CCR, this year is my first elk hunt so Iíll be following along. Weíve been planning this for just over a year to allow time spread out the big ticket items, get into better shape, and really research our options for hunts (and e-scout the specific units we are interested in).

Just finished watching the video, I think you will need to remove the light from your stabilizer. I donít use one, but I think I saw thatís a no-no in the Colorado regs.

Iíll go looking for it and will post a link once I find them.
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:44 AM   #14
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As Chew said, nothing is more important than footwear and don't skimp on socks. Buy the best glass you can afford.

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Definitely find a place to do some walking with your gear on and bow in hand. Depending on how y'all are going to hunt a bow sling may or may not be appropriate. On my last elk hunt I used a bee stinger stabilizer with a 45į swivel on it that allowed me to turn my stabilizer into a fairly comfortable handle for carrying my bow.

Make sure that your range finder is in the optimal spot for accessing it and using it with your bow in hand. Make sure your lanyard is long enough to secure it to a belt loop or something in case you just have to range a shot quickly and drop it.
I have my range finder on a short lanyard that keeps it tight to my chest, I can range my shot while my release is still clipped to my bow string. It works great and makes for very little movement and is always in the right spot.
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Camofire has some Mystery Ranch packs last week. I donít think they sold out so it might be worth watching that site.

Like I mentioned Saturday at CCR, this year is my first elk hunt so Iíll be following along. Weíve been planning this for just over a year to allow time spread out the big ticket items, get into better shape, and really research our options for hunts (and e-scout the specific units we are interested in).

Just finished watching the video, I think you will need to remove the light from your stabilizer. I donít use one, but I think I saw thatís a no-no in the Colorado regs.

Iíll go looking for it and will post a link once I find them.
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https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Ru...me/biggame.pdf

Yeah, that light will have to come off your bow before you use it in Colorado. All weapon rules/restrictions are on page 13 of the PDF link.




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Old 05-02-2018, 08:11 AM   #17
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Based on convos with Adam, I'd suggest buying a pair of running shoes and wearing the soles off prior to the hunt, in preparation!
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:38 AM   #18
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I'm going on my first western elk hunt this September and I have been researching gear for the past few months. I have almost got it all purchased, but below is what I will be taking.

Clothing:
Base Layers (merino wool):
Badlands Muton SS Shirt
Badlands Ovis 1/4 zip long sleeve
Badlands Mutton bottoms

Mid/Outer layer:
Kryptek Dalibor Pants
Kryptek Sherpa 1/4 zip hoodie

Insulation Layer:
Kryptek Kratos II puffy jacket

Rain Gear (Still undetermined)
Either Badlands EXO or the Slumberjack Windage

Boots:
Meindel Ultralight 10" (Cabelas)
Vasque 6" Breeze Hikers as extra pair

Gloves:
Badlands Tracker Gloves (multiple pairs)
1 pair of Goretex gloves for bad weather

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Pack:
Tenzing TZ 2200 Daypack (for me I don't need a meat pack as we will be dayhunting via horses)

Bow:
Hoyt Defiant (Primary)
Mathews Drenalin (Backup)

Optics:
Nikon Monarch 8x42 Binos
Bushnell Trophy Spotter
Leupold RXII Rangefinder

I know I left a few things out, but this is what I would consider the essential gear for the hunt.
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:46 AM   #19
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Following, I will be up there late September as well. The diet and training has already begun. I learned on my last hunt, being in shape was the most important thing if you want to enjoy the hunt.

Correct, you cannot have lighted sights. I just remove my batteries.
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:58 AM   #20
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I’ve only been a couple of times. This is my third year. I don’t have the gear/ camo that some suggest, not my cup of tea. I hunt in llbean chamois shirts and bdu pants. I purchased a MR pack this year, it’s expensive but i think worth it. Serves 3purposes so seemed worth it . Last year hauling out on my old system, Alice frame pack, was enough for me to want a better pack. My boots are good but will probably replace those next year. Side hills kill my ankles
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:03 AM   #21
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I recommend one of these headlamps by streamlight. I love this one , last almost all night while I was deboning my cow. Bright with flood and spot , rechargeable with a micro usb phone charger.

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Old 05-02-2018, 09:11 AM   #22
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We hunt every year up by meeker north west Colorado, first week in September. I just wear normal work clothes with a leaf suit over. It's hot walking in early afternoon then cool at night. Dont over think it on your clothes.

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Old 05-02-2018, 09:54 AM   #23
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And for a little inspiration for you, my old neighbors sent me this today.

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Old 05-02-2018, 09:54 AM   #24
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To start.....its a trip to Colorado not a Trip to the moon. Most first timers take the advice of folks who have never been there and WAY overpack and over gear.

The HUNTING EQUIPMENT NEEDED IS BASIC

the specialty stuff has to do with camping.

I have a Cabelas Alaskan Frame Pack and fill it with the gear I need for a weeks hunt: Clothes, 1 man sleeping bag, 1 man tent, freeze dried food, GPS, paracord, knives, hatchet, iodine water tablets, etc.

I have a basic day pack I use while actually hunting, the frame is too much to carry day in/day out.

Most places you hunt you will make camp close to a truck.....on some of the units we hunt we can use ATV's which we pull trailers behind them and carry dry boxes/ice chests with additional food and camp kitchen stuff and a canvas tent/bigger tents for a more comfortable base camp. Our space allows for 1 gun/1 bow depending on what season your in.

I use Irish Setter 400 gram Vapor boots...right at 2 lbs a piece. you don't want heavy, insulated boots. I'm really big on saving weight....that will fatigue you more than anything. I carry a pack with binos/rangefinder, knives, food, water and my weapon and that's it. Everything else, leave at camp. Clothing, just basic academy realtree clothing but I do spend money on northface and underarmour base layers. Early season I use thin stuff. Don't want to wear stuff that is too warm and heavy. Wool socks are a must....cotton socks are good for starting fires and that's about it.

September hunts are generally mild but you can get rain....bring a rain suit, although I've never needed one. make sure its light weight if your gonna carry it in your pack. Frog Toggs make a decent one that weighs almost nothing.


the only thing I would recommend as a must have is a GPS. not one on your phone a GPS with replaceable batteries to keep from getting lost.


Have fun, good luck. on the first couple trips don't set your expectations too high, enjoy the mountains and get a feel for western hunting.


another cool accessory but not 100% necessary is a Jet boil. makes cooking 100x's easier.

ill leave in the morning and hunt all day. a mid day lunch/nap out on the mountain is a great treat.



One last thing if I haven't mentioned it enough already.....CUT DOWN ON WEIGHT.

Leave the spotting scopes at home. too much weight and not enough opportunities to use them. elk are always moving and the odds of you spotting one at a distance you couldn't see with bino's and getting over to it are extremely slim. A spotting scope is a great tool in a lot of areas....Colorado high country isn't one of them. A lot of areas you won't be able to see more than 100 yards in any direction anyway. Big Binoculars are another thing to leave at home. a basic 10x42 pair is plenty. if you absolutely must pack a pistol, carry a small one like a M&P shield. A heavy handgun is gonna wear you down. you don't need monster knifes or a huge bone saw....I carry a lightweight knife kit and folding saw. Honestly, you probably own all the gear already necessary to get you 90% of the way there....just a few items, like a jet boil and GPS, are all most need to complete their trip.

Colorado Hunting is amazingly simple and one of the most over-talked about and over-complicated topics around the hunting world.


One last thing....bring a zippo lighter and some firestarters. makes that campfire much, much easier to get going

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Old 05-02-2018, 09:57 AM   #25
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Leave your cotton at home, you never know when or how much it will snow and blow.
A headlamp or clip light is great hands free light source.
Put a chainsaw on that list, bettlekill is falling everywhere up here and all over Colorado too. You might get blocked in on a remote road.
Good rain gear is a must.
Canny has a good list to follow.
What kind of tires are on your vehicle, you need good 10 plies for mountain road driving.
Have a good wool blanket for over that sleeping bag in case of severe cold.
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game bags, couple of good knives, and a sharpener
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My last guide recommended learning to breath with a plastic bag tied over your head.

Another old timer who had many back country hunts under his belt told me....Don't walk faster than you can breath

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Old 05-02-2018, 10:21 AM   #28
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There used to be a guy that posted on here a lot that had a screen name to do with bowhunting elk. Can't remember it though but I bet he would be helpful if he was still around. (insert sarcasm) Lol.

I have no help other than to wish you good luck @Michael.
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There used to be a guy that posted on here a lot that had a screen name to do with bowhunting elk. Can't remember it though but I bet he would be helpful if he was still around. (insert sarcasm) Lol.

I have no help other than to wish you good luck @Michael.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:32 AM   #30
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Some sort of gps with public land maps if your hunting public land. There aren't many fences or boundaries markered. It's the hunters responsibility to know the boundaries. These rinos are pricey but we like because we can radio between other guys and transfer position of another hunter and go to them.

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Old 05-02-2018, 10:38 AM   #31
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On the footwear subject.... Gore-Tex for sure. Also, don't just walk and hike in your boots before you go. Try to find a place where you can do a lot of side hill hiking to make sure your boots are comfortable in that situation as well. Take a trip to a state park in rough country (Palo Duro, Big Bend, etc.) if you have time, and give your gear a test drive.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:42 AM   #32
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For your boots, It may be your inserts that are squeaking. (powder may help.) I like super feet green. (Nothing can ruin your hunt faster than boots that aren't perfect!!!!)

I prefer a 2 or 3 pin movable sight. 25, 40, 50. my 50 is the one that adjust to longer yardage. (Too many pins can be confusing in the heat of the moment.)

I like a day pack that you can strap your bow to for the long hikes in the dark. (Carrying your bow in your hand when you don't have to, can wear you out.)

I love a Merino wool Chama or Kuiu hoodie. I wear one every day and packs light if i get too warm.

Kuiu gaiters are great to keep your pants dry in heavy dew.

Kuiu attack pants are awesome.

A light weight pack able rain jacket is a must. Cabelas space rain is light and pack-able.

merino wool socks and base layers are a must for me.

Black pepper will help keep the flies at bay after you quarter your elk.

I always carry some kind of light weight water filter.

Knife sharpener.

Chap stick.

Hard candy will help to conserve water and fight dry mouth. (you will get dry mouth)

A good wind checker is a must. (use it often.)

Diaphragm calls are the way to go. (I always have one in my mouth.) You may have to try several and trim them to find what works best for you.

Easy accessible range finder is HUGE! I know yardages well! but out there and with an elk I have been wrong too many times! ( Range him!)

Use a broad head you have confidence in, and works well in the wind and at long yardages.

These are the things that come to mind for me.

Have fun! The hunt is the banana split! If you kill one, That's the cherry on top!

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Old 05-02-2018, 11:03 AM   #33
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To start.....its a trip to Colorado not a Trip to the moon. Most first timers take the advice of folks who have never been there and WAY overpack and over gear.

The HUNTING EQUIPMENT NEEDED IS BASIC

the specialty stuff has to do with camping.

I have a Cabelas Alaskan Frame Pack and fill it with the gear I need for a weeks hunt: Clothes, 1 man sleeping bag, 1 man tent, freeze dried food, GPS, paracord, knives, hatchet, iodine water tablets, etc.

I have a basic day pack I use while actually hunting, the frame is too much to carry day in/day out.

Most places you hunt you will make camp close to a truck.....on some of the units we hunt we can use ATV's which we pull trailers behind them and carry dry boxes/ice chests with additional food and camp kitchen stuff and a canvas tent/bigger tents for a more comfortable base camp. Our space allows for 1 gun/1 bow depending on what season your in.

I use Irish Setter 400 gram Vapor boots...right at 2 lbs a piece. you don't want heavy, insulated boots. I'm really big on saving weight....that will fatigue you more than anything. I carry a pack with binos/rangefinder, knives, food, water and my weapon and that's it. Everything else, leave at camp. Clothing, just basic academy realtree clothing but I do spend money on northface and underarmour base layers. Early season I use thin stuff. Don't want to wear stuff that is too warm and heavy. Wool socks are a must....cotton socks are good for starting fires and that's about it.

September hunts are generally mild but you can get rain....bring a rain suit, although I've never needed one. make sure its light weight if your gonna carry it in your pack. Frog Toggs make a decent one that weighs almost nothing.


the only thing I would recommend as a must have is a GPS. not one on your phone a GPS with replaceable batteries to keep from getting lost.


Have fun, good luck. on the first couple trips don't set your expectations too high, enjoy the mountains and get a feel for western hunting.


another cool accessory but not 100% necessary is a Jet boil. makes cooking 100x's easier.

ill leave in the morning and hunt all day. a mid day lunch/nap out on the mountain is a great treat.



One last thing if I haven't mentioned it enough already.....CUT DOWN ON WEIGHT.

Leave the spotting scopes at home. too much weight and not enough opportunities to use them. elk are always moving and the odds of you spotting one at a distance you couldn't see with bino's and getting over to it are extremely slim. A spotting scope is a great tool in a lot of areas....Colorado high country isn't one of them. A lot of areas you won't be able to see more than 100 yards in any direction anyway. Big Binoculars are another thing to leave at home. a basic 10x42 pair is plenty. if you absolutely must pack a pistol, carry a small one like a M&P shield. A heavy handgun is gonna wear you down. you don't need monster knifes or a huge bone saw....I carry a lightweight knife kit and folding saw. Honestly, you probably own all the gear already necessary to get you 90% of the way there....just a few items, like a jet boil and GPS, are all most need to complete their trip.

Colorado Hunting is amazingly simple and one of the most over-talked about and over-complicated topics around the hunting world.


One last thing....bring a zippo lighter and some firestarters. makes that campfire much, much easier to get going
Pretty much agree with everything except the spotting scope.

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Old 05-02-2018, 11:15 AM   #34
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I've personally never been in a position hunting in Colorado where a spotting scope would have helped me.

In more open country they are a benefit but in the aspens and spruce trees its just dead weight to me.

of course others may have had different experiances
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Old 05-02-2018, 11:20 AM   #35
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Camofire has some Mystery Ranch packs last week. I donít think they sold out so it might be worth watching that site.

Like I mentioned Saturday at CCR, this year is my first elk hunt so Iíll be following along. Weíve been planning this for just over a year to allow time spread out the big ticket items, get into better shape, and really research our options for hunts (and e-scout the specific units we are interested in).

Just finished watching the video, I think you will need to remove the light from your stabilizer. I donít use one, but I think I saw thatís a no-no in the Colorado regs.

Iíll go looking for it and will post a link once I find them.
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Good info! I'll definitely remove the Sniper Light that I'm using as a stabilizer for the hunt.


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I haven't found a need for spotting either. I'm not carry that thing around , to much weight.

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Good stuff!

I do have quite a bit of gear that I've been accumulating and using for camping and yakpacking trips - fuel stoves, tarps, pads, hammocks, range finder, knives, foldable saws, cordage, etc. I also have considerable camo clothing, some of which will probably work.

I think Adam may carry a spotting scope - we used one on a low country muley hunt a couple of seasons ago - but I'm thinking we probably won't need it.

GPS is high on my list of things I'll need! Thanks!


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Good stuff!

I do have quite a bit of gear that I've been accumulating and using for camping and yakpacking trips - fuel stoves, tarps, pads, hammocks, range finder, knives, foldable saws, cordage, etc. I also have considerable camo clothing, some of which will probably work.

I think Adam may carry a spotting scope - we used one on a low country muley hunt a couple of seasons ago - but I'm thinking we probably won't need it.

GPS is high on my list of things I'll need! Thanks!


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We are planning on using the OnX app on our phones for GPS.


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Have you played with a phoneskope Micheal? It wont be something you "need" for that hunt, but us subscribers will appreciate the video you will be able to capture through the spotting scope. If you have the room in the pack for the spotter, it may be worth the weight for the video and pictures alone. I can bring my set up this weekend if you want to play with it.

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Old 05-02-2018, 11:52 AM   #42
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You gonna have the means to charge your phones daily?

I learned the hard way....you want interchangeable battery powered gps in the backcountry
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Old 05-02-2018, 11:53 AM   #43
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Gaiters for sure !! Very important. I use an older model of these.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabe...ter/750453.uts

If you are packing in or even camping at the trail head I would sleep in my hammock with a tarp. Getting off the ground is much more comfortable.

If you want to go more comfortable and camping at the trail head....go wall tent, cots and wood stove. Very comfortable and good rest is of paramount importance.

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My best advice......don't over think the gear deal. I am sure you already have what you need (maybe except for few items) for a great hunt. I know its fun and exciting to get new stuff, but you could leave tomorrow with your current gear and do just fine.

My other best advice....don't over do it on the first day or even the second day. If you over do it you will find out what I am talking about and it will ruin a good portion if not all of your hunt. I have seen guys (including myself) in their excitement hike 10 miles the first day and be messed up for the next 2-3 days. No matter how you train here it will not be sufficient in the mountains. You will realize this in the first 30 minutes of your first hike when you think you brain is going to explode. Take it nice and slow....especially the first few days.

I don't have any videos, but I have a lot of pictures and info from experience in the mountains that I will be glad to post as this thread progresses.

Have fun and best of luck on your hunt !!!

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I learned the hard way....you want interchangeable battery powered gps in the backcountry

Yes, we will. Sure itís another thing or two to carry in, but thatís all a part of the plan.


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One suggestion on boots. The last time I went elk hunting (18 years ago), I actually wore waterproof snake boots. Why do you ask? On the previous hunt, my feet got wet from having to cross streams or even crossing a marshy area that was above my boot height. No bueno! So, I decided to wear my taller waterproof snake boots the next time. Obviously, they need to be well broken in and comfortable like LaCrosse.
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Waterproof boots are a must. Leg gaiters also a must.

If I tried to wear my snake boots my feet would fall off In the first few miles

I normally wear my snake boots out in West Texas. Do a fair amount of walking. Last year wore my Irish setters and really did some walking....I’ll never wear my snake boots there again
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Gaiters for sure !! Very important. I use an older model of these.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabe...ter/750453.uts

If you are packing in or even camping at the trail head I would sleep in my hammock with a tarp. Getting off the ground is much more comfortable.

If you want to go more comfortable and camping at the trail head....go wall tent, cots and wood stove. Very comfortable and good rest is of paramount importance.

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My best advice......don't over think the gear deal. I am sure you already have what you need (maybe except for few items) for a great hunt. I know its fun and exciting to get new stuff, but you could leave tomorrow with your current gear and do just fine.

My other best advice....don't over do it on the first day or even the second day. If you over do it you will find out what I am talking about and it will ruin a good portion if not all of your hunt. I have seen guys (including myself) in their excitement hike 10 miles the first day and be messed up for the next 2-3 days. No matter how you train here it will not be sufficient in the mountains. You will realize this in the first 30 minutes of your first hike when you think you brain is going to explode. Take it nice and slow....especially the first few days.

I don't have any videos, but I have a lot of pictures and info from experience in the mountains that I will be glad to post as this thread progresses.

Have fun and best of luck on your hunt !!!
Thanks! Hopefully my hammock/tarp will be usable there. If not, I'll set up tarp with sleeping pad on the ground.

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Have you played with a phoneskope Micheal? It wont be something you "need" for that hunt, but us subscribers will appreciate the video you will be able to capture through the spotting scope. If you have the room in the pack for the spotter, it may be worth the weight for the video and pictures alone. I can bring my set up this weekend if you want to play with it.

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Good point. We skoped with Adam's setup on the mule deer hunt. I didn't think about it for video...but I will be shooting video!

You have enough to worry about this weekend!


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Waterproof boots are a must. Leg gaiters also a must.

If I tried to wear my snake boots my feet would fall off In the first few miles

I normally wear my snake boots out in West Texas. Do a fair amount of walking. Last year wore my Irish setters and really did some walking....Iíll never wear my snake boots there again
Certainly, Chippewas would not be a good candidate, but the soft sided LaCrosse or Danners or Redhead that break in easy would keep the feet dry when crossing the ever-present streams.
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Old 05-02-2018, 03:07 PM   #49
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To start.....its a trip to Colorado not a Trip to the moon. Most first timers take the advice of folks who have never been there and WAY overpack and over gear.

The HUNTING EQUIPMENT NEEDED IS BASIC

the specialty stuff has to do with camping.

I have a Cabelas Alaskan Frame Pack and fill it with the gear I need for a weeks hunt: Clothes, 1 man sleeping bag, 1 man tent, freeze dried food, GPS, paracord, knives, hatchet, iodine water tablets, etc.

I have a basic day pack I use while actually hunting, the frame is too much to carry day in/day out.

Most places you hunt you will make camp close to a truck.....on some of the units we hunt we can use ATV's which we pull trailers behind them and carry dry boxes/ice chests with additional food and camp kitchen stuff and a canvas tent/bigger tents for a more comfortable base camp. Our space allows for 1 gun/1 bow depending on what season your in.

I use Irish Setter 400 gram Vapor boots...right at 2 lbs a piece. you don't want heavy, insulated boots. I'm really big on saving weight....that will fatigue you more than anything. I carry a pack with binos/rangefinder, knives, food, water and my weapon and that's it. Everything else, leave at camp. Clothing, just basic academy realtree clothing but I do spend money on northface and underarmour base layers. Early season I use thin stuff. Don't want to wear stuff that is too warm and heavy. Wool socks are a must....cotton socks are good for starting fires and that's about it.

September hunts are generally mild but you can get rain....bring a rain suit, although I've never needed one. make sure its light weight if your gonna carry it in your pack. Frog Toggs make a decent one that weighs almost nothing.


the only thing I would recommend as a must have is a GPS. not one on your phone a GPS with replaceable batteries to keep from getting lost.


Have fun, good luck. on the first couple trips don't set your expectations too high, enjoy the mountains and get a feel for western hunting.


another cool accessory but not 100% necessary is a Jet boil. makes cooking 100x's easier.

ill leave in the morning and hunt all day. a mid day lunch/nap out on the mountain is a great treat.



One last thing if I haven't mentioned it enough already.....CUT DOWN ON WEIGHT.

Leave the spotting scopes at home. too much weight and not enough opportunities to use them. elk are always moving and the odds of you spotting one at a distance you couldn't see with bino's and getting over to it are extremely slim. A spotting scope is a great tool in a lot of areas....Colorado high country isn't one of them. A lot of areas you won't be able to see more than 100 yards in any direction anyway. Big Binoculars are another thing to leave at home. a basic 10x42 pair is plenty. if you absolutely must pack a pistol, carry a small one like a M&P shield. A heavy handgun is gonna wear you down. you don't need monster knifes or a huge bone saw....I carry a lightweight knife kit and folding saw. Honestly, you probably own all the gear already necessary to get you 90% of the way there....just a few items, like a jet boil and GPS, are all most need to complete their trip.

Colorado Hunting is amazingly simple and one of the most over-talked about and over-complicated topics around the hunting world.


One last thing....bring a zippo lighter and some firestarters. makes that campfire much, much easier to get going
What do you do for food and such with jetboil?
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