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Old October 16, 2013, 06:26 PM   #26
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Another thing is I use foam ear plug to plug my muzzle to keep water/snow/mud/dirt out
DANG !!! Why haven't I ever thought of that? This what I love about THR, I just learned something, THANK YOU!
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Old December 22, 2013, 01:47 PM   #27
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Great List

This is a well thought out list. I've been here in Montana for the past 19 years and also spent several years in Alaska...Good job.

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Old January 27, 2014, 03:42 PM   #28
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welcome to THR, Glenn


Greg, the gloves link in the OP is broken/expired. can you repost?

I have been wearing kennetrek for long time and absolutely love them. i will definitely try the schnees!

foam ear plug in the muzzle is a fantastic idea! thanks!
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Old February 5, 2014, 06:09 PM   #29
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Taliv,

Here is the glove but it looks like they are being discontinued.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cloth...3Bcat104128380

I went to Cabelas today and their replacement/upgrade appears to be a glove called the Pinnacle. And they are almost twice the price at $99.00 but they looked like seriously warm well designed gloves. I'll hang on to my old Dry Plus gloves until they die then will look real hard at the Pinnacle gloves.
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Old February 5, 2014, 06:20 PM   #30
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The Schnee Hunter IIs are awesome. With all the snow we've had mine have been getting some good usage.
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Old February 6, 2014, 12:11 AM   #31
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Robert I've gotten 6 + years of hard winter use out if mine. They are still in great shape, warm and waterproof as ever. In fact I wore them all day today in -0 temps and my feet were toasty. I started the day off watering horses and hacking ice balls out of their feet, Schnees has my undying devotion as long as they don't change a thing about their hunting pack boots! They are the best serious hard winter condition hunting boots ever made.
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Old February 6, 2014, 08:20 AM   #32
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i ordered a set in january. they said 10 days to ship
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Old February 6, 2014, 09:19 AM   #33
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definitely need a packhorse to help haul all that stuff. Wow. If you wear glasses, bring a spare pair, and a strap to keep them on you. Especially when on horseback or on slippery slopes. They tend to break if you fall on your face, knock them off flailing for balance, etc. If you seriously need them and have no spare, there went your hunt, right there.
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Old February 26, 2014, 11:25 PM   #34
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schnees arrived yesterday. perfect fit.

what does it normally take to break them in?
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Old February 27, 2014, 12:32 AM   #35
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Mine were action ready the first time I put them on. No break in needed.
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Old February 27, 2014, 07:17 AM   #36
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Good list only differnce I do is is WWII shooters mittens instead of the gloves. It was 10 degrees F my late season and without the mittens my fingers would have been numb.
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Old August 1, 2015, 09:52 AM   #37
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definitely need a packhorse to help haul all that stuff. Wow. If you wear glasses, bring a spare pair, and a strap to keep them on you. Especially when on horseback or on slippery slopes. They tend to break if you fall on your face, knock them off flailing for balance, etc. If you seriously need them and have no spare, there went your hunt, right there.
Spare glasses are a must. Thanks for the reminder.

Also in regards to all that stuff. Remember this is a drive in/ride in base camp list.
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Old August 8, 2015, 09:07 AM   #38
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Nice information H&H. When I first started elk hunting back in 2001 I carried a lot on me to make up for being overly cautious of trudging in the mountains. It's just I carried way too much of things I still carry when I started out. Served me well as I wouldn't have gotten far from the roads if I didn't think I had survival contingencies well covered. And not getting very far from the roads wouldn't have gotten me elk.

Now, I've cut down an awful lot of weight to aid in mobility as we might put a good 7-10 miles a day in. We cover a lot of ground until we hit them. We hunt a lot of true wilderness areas that require leg power to access. It's just the way my partner and I like to hunt - private!

Having said that I use a few cheap waterproof match holders for a few things, just not matches:

1) I too carry petroleum jelly soaked cotton balls in my survival kit. I can pack enough in that little holder to last far longer than I think I could ever stay lost in the mountains, especially if following the stay put rule. No worry of that jelly leaking and getting on anything.

2) I carry aspirin, ibuprofen, and 2 wrapped cough drops in one. I pack the aspirin in first, Ibuprofen next, followed by the 2 cough drops. I top all this with a cotton ball to keep them immobile where they'd start coming apart and powdering if I didn't. The aspirin is for heart attack emergencies. Have heart issue hiking those deep tall mtns and chewing an aspirin is your best shot of survival. The ibuprofen is for daily headache, muscle soreness, joint pains, etc...treatment. You can carry enough of these in that holder to last you well over a day. Just replenish back at camp at the end of the day if you use any. And the cough drops are for obvious coughing reasons. Elk can hear a long way up in those mnts when all else is dead quiet and you all of a sudden get that tickle.

The cough drops are on top even though used less. When ibuprofen is needed I'd rather dump those 2 wrapped drops in my dirty hand than bare meds when I need the cough drops.

3) I get heartburn, sometimes a short bout and sometimes my body just keeps producing. So I put in a few acid blockers like OTC Pepcid and put Rolaids or Tums stacked on top. Antacids stack just right in a column in that holder. As with the aspirin bottle, I put a cotton ball on top to keep things tightly immobile.

I use a simple permanent marker to indicate what's in each so I don't have to be opening to find out. FS=fire starter, IB=Meds, AA=antacid type stuff. These take little room, keep the contents in needed good condition, air tight & dry, and easy to find in the bottom of my pack.

I too carry a spark striker and a lighter as my 2 forms of fire start.

This year I'd better start carrying a spare set of reading glasses....

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Old August 9, 2015, 10:18 PM   #39
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Elk Hunting Checklist

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Carry items
Hunting license and taqs
Randall Knife
GPS
Maps
Compass
Binoculars
Extra cartridges
FRS Radio
Flashlight
Whistle
Muzzle tape
Flip-up scope protectors
Rifle
Canteen

Pack items
Gerber Saw
25’ rope
Fire starter
Cleaning Rod
Matches
Down vest
Foam pad
Space blanket
Lens paper
Toilet paper
Trash bags
Spare batteries
Flagging tape

Clothing
Gore-Tex Parka
Waffle weave underwear
Flannel shirt
Battle Dress trousers
Heavy socks (4 pr)
Gore-tex socks
Thinsulate liners
Insulated boots
Stocking caps (3)
Orange vest
Wool gloves
Mittens -- big enough to wear over the gloves
I operate on two theories:

1. A comfortable hunter is a good hunter -- and you have to be warm to be comfortable.

2. You can't count on getting down off the mountain and may have to spend the night there.
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Old September 4, 2015, 09:32 AM   #40
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A small tent you can sleep in by yourself to get away from your snoring hunting buddies is the best thing I ever bought.
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Old December 20, 2015, 11:40 PM   #41
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I wear White caulked pacs with felt liners. They elimonate falling in tough environments. I have walking clothes and horse clothes to control my temperature and sweating. Air force surplus arctic mitts make a huge difference on a long ride at -20F. Hemp rope (1/2") trail/arber saw. A good lariat to tow stuck horses out of the mud or bogs. A handgun for backup.
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Old December 24, 2015, 11:53 AM   #42
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Since this is about a ride in hunt, lets not forget we have to take care of our horses. I don't ride out west but I do about 100 miles worth of trail rides here every year and here is what I've put together as a saddle bag sized first aid kit for the horses. I carry these quantities for 2-3 horses, may add more bute or another roll of vetwrap if I had more horses out.

6 tabs of bute (anti inflammatory)
12 inches of half inch rubber hose (to administer the bute)
5 large gauze pads (roughly 4"x4")
1 roll of cling gauze
1 tube triple antibiotic ointment
2 rolls of vet wrap
1 roll waterproof athletic tape
1 hoof pick

I keep all this in 2 small dry boxes. Keeps it dry and keeps it from getting crushed. Smashed vetwrap is almost impossible to unroll (especially in the cold on the side of a hill with a bleeding horse)

I can't find the exact boxes I use but I think this is close
http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Produc...PBMXSQ09QYSG01

The tube is used to administer the bute. I crush the bute into powder, pour it into the tube, and then blow it into their mouth dry. I would prefer to crush it up in grain, or use a syringe to make a paste, but the dry method here is sure fire in an emergency when you can't have to horse refusing to eat it or spitting it out instead of swallowing it. If I'm not risking being stranded with a lame horse in the middle of nowhere I don't use this method. Just try not to blow it in so hard they end up inhaling it.

The cling gauze, pads and vetwrap let me bandage legs to minimize swelling or stop bleeding and the waterproof athletic tape keeps the vet wrap from coming loose if you get into water or brush etc. A lot of times when a horse bangs a leg against a log or something, getting a compression wrap on and some anti inflammatories in them immediately can mean the difference between riding out or walking them out on three legs.

Of course leg wraps can do as much harm as they do good. I wouldn't recommend wrapping legs unless you know the proper way so that you don't cut off circulation or bow tendons. There are lots of good videos online and you could always ask your vet or somebody to show you how.

Back at the trailer/camp I keep:
Standing wraps
A large roll of pillow gauze/quilting
more vet wrap
can of antiseptic meant for horses
wound spray for the minor stuff
liniment
more bute
Nippers
rasp
hoof knife

I have only needed this stuff on the trail once but we were 5 miles from a road and I was dang glad I had it. I'm pretty sure smokey was glad we had it too
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Old March 23, 2016, 07:53 AM   #43
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I picked up a pair of the Kuiu Attack pants the other day and am fairly impressed. Wore them outside during a really cold windy day and they blocked the wind really well. Now to get the heavier guide pants for late seasons...
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Old March 24, 2016, 05:52 PM   #44
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Just picked up a new pair of guide pants. Awesome.....
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Old April 22, 2016, 11:31 AM   #45
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Past few years, I've shot several multi-day matches in some pretty harsh weather. Last weekend it was winds at 30 gusting to 45mph. Temps just above freezing with rain and sleet, then dropping below freezing and turning to snow/rain/sleet mix. I've not had any severe issues, but I wanted to go into more details about what has worked and what needs improvement

one thing that i didn't see mentioned was goggles. I actually keep a set in my pack and wore them last weekend until i broke the band and they wouldn't stay on my head. after that, getting pelted in the eyeball with sleet was not fun. Basically, there were several periods of the day when i could not look towards the north. even so, while i was wearing them, if you don't manage your temperature, it's easy to get fogged up. some friends who were issued these suggest cutting some holes in the top/bottom to improve air flow.



another is the gloves mentioned above. I am totally in love with the under armor glove liners. they are very thin and did not affect my ability to manipulate any small objects or even operate my iphone, except i did have to cut a hole in the thumb so i could do the fingerprint touch ID. And they have some traction/texture things embedded on the palm side of the fingers that help you hold things. That's all good because they are really hard to get off and on due to the long compression tube around the wrist. i wore them under swany ski gloves which provided all the warmth i needed even when wet, but they were thoroughly soaked inside and out by day 2, so having the glove liners was important.



I also tried the underarmor cold gear base layer (mostly because I accidentally left my silks at home) and it did the job. Not sure which I like better though. I think the silks are warmer and thinner. anyone have any experience with that beyond the 2nd day?
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Old April 26, 2016, 02:24 PM   #46
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High country & late season don't go together. The elk are down or coming down in late season . you need a travel lane during late season because most of the time they are transitioning at that time
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Old April 26, 2016, 05:34 PM   #47
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So lets change the term "late season" and lets call it cold weather. That is the intent of this thread.
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