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Bivy hunting elk.

Hey all new here and I like what I see !

 

I have been bow hunting the Flat Tops since 1995 by still water resivor and we hunt from a base camp sometimes stay out for a night or 2 but I would like to stay out for 3 to 4 days . What kind of bivy gear do you all use.

 

 

 

 

SP  check would be nice Wink

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bag that dude

Welcome to BGH, I'm of the opinion that if you've got a camp you may as well stay in it.  No sense packing in two camps.  If you want to backcountry camp, go for it, if you want to be based from a truck, do it.  But don't do both.  I think you waste time going back and forth unless you have a long season.

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Well said I 2nd that

Well said I 2nd that

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Yeah thats true but somtimes

Yeah thats true but somtimes I can find the elk close to the road and somtimes not. I have killed elk 300yds off the road to 6 miles off the road(all with bow) . The camp depends on elk activity .Being from the flat lands and hunting for two weeks saving a few trips in out saves on some energy.

Plus 2 guys I hunt with are a little long in the tooth and Im going to have a camp close to the road anyway.

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When my son and I go this

When my son and I go this year We hope to spike camp I was planning to set a tent up and our start point with extra sleeping gear in case we pack one elk out in the evening we would not have to set up or hike back in the dark to our spike camp to sleep.Rather spend the night eat and head back in the a.m. Nothing crazy, just basically a place to sleep and take care of our game. Of course this is all tentative on weather and hunting skill and a lot of luck.

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Without the support of a

Without the support of a horse I find it difficult, but not impossible, to put in a multi-night camp several miles in.  The weight multiplied by the distance makes it tough.

I like having a comfortable base camp.  Usually that means having my camper at a trailhead.
From there I've found I can push in a pretty deep spike camp by carrying a much lighter overnight pack.  Instead of an expedition setup it is more like a super-alpine configuration.  Bivy sack, dehydrated food, light sleeping bag, carry a water purifier instead of water.  And then I usually stay in only 1 or 2 nights.  That method has worked well for me and killed a nice bull that way last year.

My camper seems luxurious when I come back out after that.

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Years ago we use to sleep

Years ago we use to sleep with the elk on the night before the opening.  All we would pack in was a couple of small tarps for a ground cover and our sleeping bags.  The tarps could also be used to make a lean-too if it was going to be bad weather.  As far as food we would use dehydrated fruit and vegitables along with some jerky.  We usually had enough supplies to last us a couple of nights at least. 

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Bivy sack and ultralight fly

Bivy sack and ultralight fly are all I use. I don't cook and just carry fruit and dry food. I carry my gear in a small pack lashed to my pack frame. 

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bivy camp

If you just want to stay out for one night as I do some times I take a down bag,3/4 long thin foam pad,and one of those orange plastic tube tent that are strung between two trees.(wall mart about 1 pound) I usualy don't cook but if I want some thing hot like instant soup or coffee I just take a 1# coffee can and a large plastic cup and make a SMALL fire. Keep it light and simple ,waking up with the elk is very cool for shure. good luck have fun! 

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This is a little Cabelas one

This is a little Cabelas one man tent that I used for a few nights during last years hunt.

I put it under a tree for a little additional canopy to help keep some snow off.   It worked OK.

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Great Pic!! Thanks for

Great Pic!! Thanks for sharing!  What kind of sleeping bag did you use ?

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