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I had a couple of decent

I had a couple of decent sleeping bags and was only chilly one night.  The problem is getting up at 4:30am and putting on cold clothes and trying to make breakfast and organized when its 20 degrees out.  It is possible, but a nice warm canvas tent or hotel room would sure be better.

Did I hear someone say there are leftover tags for elk we can pick up if we didn't shoot anything up to this point?  I wouldn't mind going back in while there is snow on the ground.

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Remington, If your tag was

Remington,

If your tag was from the "A" list than you can still get a "B" list tag for 3rd or even 4th season if avaliable. When I camped in a tent we had a nice little heater that made getting up and dressed allot more comfortable. Hooked it up to a standard BBQ gas tank and used it for getting dressed and warming up the plac at night. I know you said you ran out od propane but guessing you used those small bottles. Try the bigger tank.  

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Sorry about not getting your

Sorry about not getting your fill but glad you found some sign.

The first two nights I was out were right around 30-32 degrees. Just cold enough for light film of ice on small ponds/puddles of water and to cause the moisture in my one man tent to condense and freeze. I was in a 0 deg mummy bag, tshirt and skivies, and stayed warm until I had to get up. And then a nice pair of polypros made it bearable. Even on the last 2 nights, when it was 20 and 18 degrees respectively, I stayed warm in that bag albeit I was in my truck because of the lateness of getting to the areas I wanted to be in come first light. You know the heavy frost one normally has to scrape from the outside of a windshield on those cold mornings?? I had that on the inside!! LOL. I'm telling you, it was a process getting up! Grab the stocking hat, climb back in the bag and get warm, put on the polypro top, climb back in the bag and get warm, put on the socks and polypro bottoms, climb back in the bag and get warm, put on the top shirt, climb back in and get warm, put on the pants... you get the point. It would take 20 minutes to get dressed!! Really reminded me of my Army days when we were too lazy to post a fire guard so we'd let the heater burn out at lights out when we were on an FTX.

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There's a way to keep your

There's a way to keep your clothes warm, and be comfortable when you get up.

 

Sleep in your clothes. Mountain man style. Yes

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cold?

How old are you guys and why are you complaining about the cold? That is part of hunting and you should be able to deal with it.I camped at 9600 and had the same weather monday morning but i heard nothing of being to cold in our camp just a bunch of excitement to get out and hunt with the coming of the new weather, we thought it might stir things up a bit.We are lucky just to get out and go hunting.Oh yea,we had a wood stove in our tent Dancing

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I like the cold weather to

I like the cold weather to hunt in.  anything below 40 degrees is perfect for me.  I don't like to sit too much, I would rather still hunt through areas.

Staying out in the cold for 72 hours or more begins to wear on me.  A warm room and shower was sounding good by Monday!

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 I know, i was just rubbin

 I know, i was just rubbin you guys a bit lol

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Sorry to hear you came up

Sorry to hear you came up empty, but it sounds like you went up a heck of a learning curve.  Besides getting into some animals, you also found out a lot about what you need out of your elk camp in order for you to be successful.  This year, I hunted with my oldest brother and his friend.  They camp much more frequently than I do, and they are very good at it.  Everything about the camp was comfortable and easy, which made it easier to focus my energy on hunting.  Even though we came home empty-handed, in the future, I do not think I will under estimate how important a good camp can be to enable a successful hunt.  

Also, I am right with you on already planning next year's hunt.  While we were driving home from this year's hunt, I was already planning next year's elk hunt.  

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We had my fiance in camp the

We had my fiance in camp the first 2 days and it was great.  She had breakfast made when we got up at 5am and Dinner started with a warm fire by the time we returned at dark.  Unfortunately she had to work during the week and headed home Sunday.  That left us guys to fend for ourselves ahahahah. 

I agree, a comfortable camp will allow you to concentrate on the hunt more. I am leaning towards a muzzleloader hunt next season.  Warmer and hopefully in the rut! Although from what I have heard the rut has been later the last few years. 

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Keep in mind you have to use

Keep in mind you have to use open sights during ML season.

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