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Offline boneaddict

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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2017, 01:16:47 PM »
Its hard to give advice because everyone has their own preferences on where to cut corners, what is safe, and what their creature comfort level is.   For instance, I see three knives.  To me, one is plenty.  I don't pack a pillow.  Are you hunting or are you filming.  You have what looks like three cameras.  You carry two headlamps with backup batteries.   Now every item can be justified plus 100 more you didn't list.   Its up to you what you want to carry.   Having spent a lot of time in the mountains I can tell you your pack is going to limit you. 

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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #26 on: July 21, 2017, 01:32:05 PM »
leave the multi tool, the sunglasses, the 2way.
take 1 good black garbage bag, no more than 25ft cord. list looks good to me overall. that pack will not be happy loaded with a critter, let alone critter and camp..

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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #27 on: July 21, 2017, 01:53:29 PM »
Cutting suggestions:
Leatherman.
One of the knives
GoPro
Two way radio.

That's a few pounds total.  Maybe only take one of the optics, that would save more. 

My best advice is to learn the gutless de-boning method.  You can save a significant amount of weight on the pack out compared to packing out quarters.  And it's a cleaner field dressing method. 

That and train hard.  Good luck.

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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2017, 02:27:12 PM »
Its hard to give advice because everyone has their own preferences on where to cut corners, what is safe, and what their creature comfort level is.   For instance, I see three knives.  To me, one is plenty.  I don't pack a pillow.  Are you hunting or are you filming.  You have what looks like three cameras.  You carry two headlamps with backup batteries.   Now every item can be justified plus 100 more you didn't list.   Its up to you what you want to carry.   Having spent a lot of time in the mountains I can tell you your pack is going to limit you.
I'll have to think about the knives.  I could easily drop the pocket knife, but somehow feel naked in the wilderness without a multitool. 

3 cameras?  Besides my phone, I'm only carrying the GoPro (a gift from my family in Alabama with the sole demand that I film my outdoor adventures).  I could think about leaving that behind as well. 

I think you guys have convinced me not to even think about the 2-way. 

I'm thinking hard about the tent vs hammock vs tarp issue.  My tent isn't fancy, and while it's solid quality it's also heavy, weighing in at about 5.5lbs.  I don't doubt the utility of a tent, especially if it's raining, but still...


And keep your dirty hands off my pillow  :chuckle:

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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2017, 02:36:30 PM »
here's my take on your list.  I deleted what I thought you didn't need and listed it below.  You want to rethink your jackets and hats.  Take enough of a jacket to stay warm down to 25 degrees.  You won't see temps below that but you may see rain and/or snow.  You will need light rain gear of some sort.

Weigh your gear and binoculars and list the total.  It better come to 50 lbs.  Better if it's lighter.



Rifle system:
- Savage 16 LWH in 7mm-08
- sling
- Nikon Prostaff 5 2.5-10x40mm

My baseline camp/food system is the same I use for backpacking:
- Osprey Atmos 50 AG pack (brand new after being replaced on warranty for a creaking suspension)
- Hennessy hammock OR marmot 2p tent OR just the hammock's fly and ground cloth, depending on how I feel after the scouting trip on which I will take the hammock.
- 20 down mtn hardwear sleeping bag
- 3/4 length thermarest pro-lite
- JetBoil Titanium cook system
- mountain house for dinners, oatmeal + trail mix for breakfast, various bars or sausage or jerky or sandwiches/wraps for lunch and snacks
- coffee
- 2.5L hydration pack
- 1L collapsible bottle for use in camp
- MSR water filter
- pack towel (sometimes I leave this at home)
- goretex rain jacket
- mid-layer jacket AND/OR puffy down jacket depending on temp
- Lowa Arco GTX boots
- gloves and beanie depending on temp

Tools and misc:
- Gerber Vital skinning/cleaning knife
- CRKT pocket knife
- 3mm accessory cord
- nitrile gloves
- fire starter
- butane lighter
- aforementioned optics
- personal kit (glasses and contacts stuff, toiletries, etc.)
- first aid kit (~8oz and a story for another time)
- sunglasses and hat
- toilet paper
- headlamp and backup and batteries
- game bags and trash bags
- map



stuff to either leave home or leave in the car/truck:

- Sea-to-summit backcountry pillow
- extra pants, socks, undies
- sunscreen and bugspray
- Leatherman multitool
- SPOT gps beacon
- 2-way radio
- trekking poles
- GoPro and a few accessories
- extra battery pack to charge my phone
- small gear repair kit




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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #30 on: July 21, 2017, 09:52:40 PM »
5.5 lbs is monster for a tent.  Look in your house for stuff you don't need, sell it and buy a new 1-man that is 1-2 pounds.


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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #31 on: July 21, 2017, 09:56:38 PM »
5.5 lbs is monster for a tent.  Look in your house for stuff you don't need, sell it and buy a new 1-man that is 1-2 pounds.


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This^^ but I would grab a 2man at 3lbs


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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #32 on: July 21, 2017, 10:46:36 PM »
Bill W, you are CLEARLY not a ginger like me, saying I should leave my sunscreen behind  :chuckle:

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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #33 on: July 22, 2017, 07:04:43 AM »
Bill W, you are CLEARLY not a ginger like me, saying I should leave my sunscreen behind  :chuckle:

I don't think you are going to be sitting out in the sunshine if you are hunting deer.  You should be sitting in the shade of a tree or rock so you don't stick out.

5.5 lbs for a tent is doable but not ideal.  I used to have a 4 lb kelty that was quick to set up.  Sold a lot of my backpacking gear that was hunting related and donated the rest to the boy scouts.   If you are hunting with someone share common gear.  We used to coordinate among our group for who brought what.

I always carried in an onion and a pound of bacon.  That was for a later meal of liver and onions.

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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #34 on: July 22, 2017, 07:26:13 AM »
My 8 man tent weighs less than yours - I would save 3# there and ditch the leatherman and radio.

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Re: Critique my high hunt strategy, please :)
« Reply #35 on: July 22, 2017, 07:29:28 AM »
I burn pretty easy and quit taking sunscreen or only take the tiniest amount after not using it on multiple trips. Heck it rains or snows more often then not it seems like.

Clothing, food and redundancies are what weigh me down. Two years ago i ended up with 4 knives and 4 ways to make fire.

I hear you on the pillow. It's mere ounces and really helps with sleep. Like bone said, its all about your level of comfort.

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