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Old 09-08-2017, 08:45 AM   #101
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Must have missed it but which unit are you hunting and which outfitter? I live in NM and have hunted in the Gila the last 2 yrs and looking like I will again this year!
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:59 AM   #102
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Just read entire post, I'm in. Praying the good Lord blesses you with a safe and successful trip!


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Old 09-08-2017, 09:18 AM   #103
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Must have missed it but which unit are you hunting and which outfitter? I live in NM and have hunted in the Gila the last 2 yrs and looking like I will again this year!


I didn't say what unit because it's not one of the "popular" Gila tags. So if the hunt turns out awesome I don't want to send more applications it's way ha. The outfitter I used was Kiowa hunting. But like I said they literally didn't even provide me with any info on the unit.


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Old 09-08-2017, 10:39 AM   #104
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Haha no worries...small world. I will be guiding some this year for Kiowa. Sent you a PM.
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Old 09-09-2017, 01:21 PM   #105
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Went over to ccr this morning to shoot the elk a few times. I shot out to 70. My sight tape is dialed perfect and I'm finally shooting good. Here are my last 5 arrows from 30 yards.


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Old 09-09-2017, 01:42 PM   #106
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Old 09-09-2017, 04:30 PM   #107
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Ok guys here is the biggest dilemma I have left. What broadhead I'm shooting. This would be a non issue except for how bad *** the new rage trypan is. It literally cut my antelopes spine in half. That said the iron will blew through a big pig I shot earlier in the year and is flying good to at least 60 yards. I will have 2 of the iron will and 3 of the trypan in my quiver. So it may just come down to how I'm feeling at the moment




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Old 09-09-2017, 05:38 PM   #108
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Earlier you said you were shooting for your daypack of being about 15#, did i read that correctly? Just curious if you ever got a final weight on it, and what it turned out to be? And was that with water?

Just curious because when i hunted Australia I could hardly get my day pack below 20# with a full water bladder. I can barely get my daughters diaper bag down to 15!
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Old 09-09-2017, 06:02 PM   #109
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Also can you hunt elk with mechanicals in NM? I know some states still don't allow it.
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Old 09-09-2017, 06:19 PM   #110
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Earlier you said you were shooting for your daypack of being about 15#, did i read that correctly? Just curious if you ever got a final weight on it, and what it turned out to be? And was that with water?

Just curious because when i hunted Australia I could hardly get my day pack below 20# with a full water bladder. I can barely get my daughters diaper bag down to 15!


No I haven't weighed it yet. I will get you a weight tomorrow.


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Old 09-09-2017, 06:20 PM   #111
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Also can you hunt elk with mechanicals in NM? I know some states still don't allow it.


Yes you can hunt them with a mechanical in NM. Idaho you can't. There may be more but that's the only one l know of.


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Old 09-09-2017, 07:28 PM   #112
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I vote trypan. Would like to see how they hold up on a bigger animal
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:48 PM   #113
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I vote trypan. Would like to see how they hold up on a bigger animal


The only reason I will probably shoot the iron will
Is the fact that it is flying so good past 50. If I have a bull feeding at 70-80 broadside I will nock the trypan but most calling situations I'll nock the iron will



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Old 09-09-2017, 08:53 PM   #114
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I vote trypan. I love em. But I have always been a rage believer. Dont want to turn this into a broadhead thread but thats my 2 cents.


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Old 09-09-2017, 10:07 PM   #115
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I put a follow up shot in a bull a few days ago with a trypan. Not good penetration at all. Head held up well with only one blade bent. My slick trick went through the hard part of the front shoulder. Also the trypan is not a good option when stalking through thick brush. The new shock colar they have is not the best imo.
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:10 PM   #116
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I put a follow up shot in a bull a few days ago with a trypan. Not good penetration at all. Head held up well with only one blade bent. My slick trick went through the hard part of the front shoulder. Also the trypan is not a good option when stalking through thick brush. The new shock colar they have is not the best imo.
Thats good info there. Ya I will shoot the Iron Will and have the trypan for follow up shots.
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:19 PM   #117
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I don't understand shooting a weak expandable when there are so many better options available
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:22 PM   #118
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I don't understand shooting a weak expandable when there are so many better options available
The trypan is FAR from a weak expandable. In my opinion its the strongest mechanical ever made
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Old 09-09-2017, 10:31 PM   #119
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My trypans rattled like crazy which drives me crazy. None of my other Rage heads have done that as I recall.

That iron will looks bad *** and if you're spending that money and they fly right id not be putting a rage in my quiver.


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Old 09-09-2017, 10:56 PM   #120
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Might want to along a shovel, grubbing hoe, loppers for around camp. Did not see those on your list.
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Old 09-09-2017, 11:54 PM   #121
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The trypan is FAR from a weak expandable. In my opinion its the strongest mechanical ever made
Ok but it's still only a 100-125 gr head spread over a large cutting service. Not really "strong" considering the competition. Regardless, it'll likely work great. Good luck
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Old 09-10-2017, 07:42 AM   #122
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Are you hunting unit 21a and 21b? I'll be hunting muleys there in November.
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:39 PM   #123
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So TexAg, just curious what broadhead you would shoot for elk?
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:47 PM   #124
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So TexAg, just curious what broadhead you would shoot for elk?
I didn't mean to side track the thread. I'm looking forward to his recap when he gets one down.

I think the Iron Will he mentioned would be great. I just got back from an elk hunt and had 125 gr Viper Tricks screwed in. I've used standard Slick Tricks in Africa and had great results.
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:53 PM   #125
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Good luck on the hunt. From your photo by the elk I just realized who you are. We used to shoot against each other at cowtown from time to time when we were kids.

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Old 09-10-2017, 02:12 PM   #126
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Thanks for including us. Tuning in and hoping your are successful on a monster bull!
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:36 PM   #127
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Just made one last WalMart run. I think I have everything I need. I got 20 gallons of water for 10 days.


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Old 09-11-2017, 09:37 PM   #128
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Good luck! I'm looking forward to following along.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:14 PM   #129
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The only bull I have ever lost was with a mechanical. Not going to mention the name cause I don't want people freaking out on me. I love them and still use them for deer and pigs. Elk is a different deal. I know people have done it. To me it would be like hunting deer with a 22 when you have a 7 mag. I would not shoot out to 70 or 80 either. Not saying you can't hit them I just don't see getting enough pennitration at that distance. My 2 cents. Good luck.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:25 PM   #130
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The only bull I have ever lost was with a mechanical. Not going to mention the name cause I don't want people freaking out on me. I love them and still use them for deer and pigs. Elk is a different deal. I know people have done it. To me it would be like hunting deer with a 22 when you have a 7 mag. I would not shoot out to 70 or 80 either. Not saying you can't hit them I just don't see getting enough pennitration at that distance. My 2 cents. Good luck.


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Old 09-12-2017, 09:05 AM   #131
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love the solid broadheads. they are exspensive but worth every penny. I have shipped several back to manufacturer and they send brand new ones back. you talk about flying good at greater distances this is the broadhead. your fixed blades look a lot like them. good luck on your hunt. just telling what has worked for me
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:08 AM   #132
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love the solid broadheads. they are exspensive but worth every penny. I have shipped several back to manufacturer and they send brand new ones back. you talk about flying good at greater distances this is the broadhead. your fixed blades look a lot like them. good luck on your hunt. just telling what has worked for me


Ya the solids fly better than any head I've ever shot. I've broke to many in targets to trust them. The iron will is basically a better built version. Titanium ferrule and no weak spot where the bleeders are.


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Old 09-12-2017, 11:09 AM   #133
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:36 AM   #134
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you must have 40 gallons of whiskey going if there's that much water!!

Hope you rented a team of mules!
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:48 AM   #135
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:59 AM   #136
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:56 PM   #137
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Man I have so much to do before leaving tomorrow but the days are still dragging on.


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Old 09-12-2017, 08:24 PM   #138
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:02 PM   #139
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Well I am pretty much all packed up.. I will run to the house for lunch tomorrow and load the truck..

I have noticed one thing the last few years when I get ready to go, even on a short trip... It stresses me out. I feel guilty leaving my wife and kiddos for so many days. I told my little girl I was going hunting and she gave me the saddest look and started crying telling me not to go yesterday.. Its a tough thing. I also feel like I can never get all the crap done at work that I need to before I leave. However, everything always seems to work out.

I am not sure how long I will have service once I get into New Mexico but I will update while I can. I also have my delorme Inreach so I will txt some buddys who can update on here.

So here is the schedule
Wednesday: Drive to El Paso
Thursday: Meet Guide in Winston, Set up Camp, Scout
Friday: Season Opens
September 24 Season Closes.
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Well I am pretty much all packed up.. I will run to the house for lunch tomorrow and load the truck..

I have noticed one thing the last few years when I get ready to go, even on a short trip... It stresses me out. I feel guilty leaving my wife and kiddos for so many days. I told my little girl I was going hunting and she gave me the saddest look and started crying telling me not to go yesterday.. Its a tough thing. I also feel like I can never get all the crap done at work that I need to before I leave. However, everything always seems to work out.

I am not sure how long I will have service once I get into New Mexico but I will update while I can. I also have my delorme Inreach so I will txt some buddys who can update on here.

So here is the schedule
Wednesday: Drive to El Paso
Thursday: Meet Guide in Winston, Set up Camp, Scout
Friday: Season Opens
September 24 Season Closes.


I feel your pain. I've deferred many hunts because it just didn't feel "right." In the next few years, though, my bride and I will be making up for "lost" time! . Good luck!


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Old 09-13-2017, 05:27 AM   #141
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:45 AM   #142
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:11 AM   #143
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:20 AM   #144
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:22 AM   #145
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:10 AM   #146
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:27 AM   #147
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:37 AM   #148
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Best of luck. Just returned from Northern NM and they were getting fired up. Timing should be great


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Old 09-13-2017, 08:39 AM   #149
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Awesome. That's good to hear. Talked to a few guys that hunted my unit the first hunt and it sounds like it was pretty tough. Hoping we hit the timing perfect and they are talking.


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Old 09-13-2017, 08:41 AM   #150
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