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I don't travel that light.

I don't travel that light. Just a little humor. I always have a backpack with the normal needs.

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  Great information here.  My

 

Great information here.  My pack is very similar to the others.  I usually have a good supply of parachute cord as well. 

I've always had the ammo and the rifle with me... but... once I was dropped off by boat to do some bear hunting up in Canada.  I left my rifle in the case.  After being dropped off and the boat left I took out my rifle only to see the action lock securely in place... and remembered I left the keys to the lock back at camp.  I never made that mistake again!  lol

 

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case locks

Retired2hunt wrote:

 

Great information here.  My pack is very similar to the others.  I usually have a good supply of parachute cord as well. 

I've always had the ammo and the rifle with me... but... once I was dropped off by boat to do some bear hunting up in Canada.  I left my rifle in the case.  After being dropped off and the boat left I took out my rifle only to see the action lock securely in place... and remembered I left the keys to the lock back at camp.  I never made that mistake again!  lol

 

That's why I don't use locks on guncases when I'm in the field, it's softshell or unlocked hardcases for me.  I've had to loan rifles and shotguns more times to hunting partners in the field all because of case lock issues more than for any other reason.  Some guys forget the keys or combo, or simply have a lock malfunction that fails to unlock the case.  The spare 870 Express I bring along on all waterfowl hunts has been almost exclusively borrowed by hunting partners because of gun case or gun lock issues once arriving in the field.  They didn't figure out until once we got there that they couldn't get their own gun out of it's case or they left their J-lock locked and didn't bring a J-key.  Not sure why they don't deal with these issues before they head into the field, but that stuff happens to the best of us.  lol

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  Excellent idea on the extra

 

Excellent idea on the extra gun on hand.  My snafu was traveling 16 hours to the hunt spot without sleeping anytime 12 hours prior to leaving and then trying to hunt the first opportunity available when we arrived.  I actually brought an extra rifle to last year's elk hunt for the "just in case" situation.  I see your reasoning and I will continue to to bring that extra gun on my hunts.  And any keys to gun locking mechanisms are always with me now - as well as choke wrenches for the shotguns.  Excellent advice!

 

 

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