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I fear that ECU has us all

I fear that ECU has us all beat.

He sounds like he spreads himself fairly thin - and that is said in a good way... no doubt!

Like i have said before, I long for the day I can go on a hunt out west.

I need a good reason to purchase a 10 or 12 power binocular and spotting scope anyway - which we do not need on the east coast (except for maybe at the rifle range while looking at 200 yard groups).

Oh, a frame type backpack, too!

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Before you rush out and buy

Before you rush out and buy some new equipment figure out what and where you'll hunt.  If you're just hunting pronghorn antelope in WY you really don't need a frame pack.  More than likely you'll be able to drive up to or close to the antelope and load it up. 

Binos are a must regardless of where you hunt.  A spotting scope?  It depends.  If you're hunting pronghorn and plan to be very selective and only take a record book trophy then I'd say yes.  If you just want a representative buck then you can usually figure that out with the binos.  If you save money on the spotting scope then you buy better binos.

I have an eberlestock internal frame pack that I love and it can pack a lot so don't rule out internal frame packs.

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I'll tell you what, Jim. If

I'll tell you what, Jim. If you decide to go out west next year, you can borrow my spotting scope and bachpack. I have a used Leica spotting scope with tripod and a hardly used eberlestock backpack. Both will get the job done.
Yea, I do have it bad. Any excuse to be in the outdoors. Hunting during deer season does get tiring because I go so much during the week also.
If I can get 15 minutes of hunting in, especially during the rut, I'll go.
It's my way of relaxing. I don't play golf or have any more hobbies, although I do like to build woodworking projects every once in a while.
But I love to be in the woods hunting.

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Which eberlestock back pack

Which eberlestock back pack do you have?  I love mine and it is super comfortable.  I can wear it and it feels like I hve nothing on.

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CVC, I have two of the

CVC, I have two of the eberlestock packs. I have the X1A1 that I use around here for all my hunting needs. It is always loaded with everything I need so I can pick it up and head to the stand. I can't find any faults with it, but I think I'm going to upgrade to the new X1E. I have a buddy who wants to buy my pack plus the X1E has a little more room.

The other pack is the Just One J107 pack. I also purchased the super spike duffel to go along with it, so I could pack the kitchen sink....:lol:  But seriously, I like the pack and can fit more than I need into it. I roll the spike duffel up and stuff it inside. When I shoot something and need extra space, I break it out to carry camping gear in while the meat packs in the main part of the pack.

Which one do you have?

 

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I have the J107 too.  It is

I have the J107 too.  It is amazing how much stuff I can put into it.  I used it to pack my mountain goat down the mountain this past Sept. and it was great.  It is super comfortable and I don't even feel it.  No pressure on my shoulders or anywhere else for that matter.

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Wow!

What a great and kind offer, ECU, I appreciate that greatly!!

Leica I know - Eberlestock I do not but I think they have a reputation for high quality gear - so that is an offer on the use of some truly "good stuff"!

I do not think that 2011 will be my year to go out west - I have done no research and it is probably not in my short term budget...

I have the new SC lease and that will require a lot of time - and I will do a 10 day Midwest bow trip (I have to...) and that will be my plan.

I am ging to do only one trip this coming year - probably again to Illinois - but bow only - particularly if I am on public land again.

I have not ruled out a Midwest lease yet - and if I went that route, I would shotgun hunt again.

Thank you very much for your kind offer!!!

Hunt 'em up....

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