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Do not forget to taka along a

Do not forget to taka along a good pair of binoculars. This is a must in any western hunt. Good luck to you! Thumbs up

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I have a shoulder harness

I have a shoulder harness that keeps my binocs tight to my chest so I don't have to dig them out all the time.  I also think the mention of keeping all the weight low and tight is spot on.  It's amazing the difference on your back that can make.  I also like to keep my extra shells on my right hip since I load right handed I don't want to have to be fumbling with shells if I have to reload quickly.  My left hip gets the jerky because I'm usually reaching for that throughout the day and my drink is kept in a bladder.

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There are some really good

There are some really good tips here. I take it you have also not done a lot of backpacking then as well? Many of the same rules apply to a hunting pack that do to a backpacking bag and just differ in how much you'll have along. I can only imagine how daunting it must be to be making your first trip out here from out east. But it must feel pretty exciting too. The things I would stress the most to you is to make sure you can build a fire... even if everything is wet and to work on your orienteering skills. Once the rifle seasons start taking place it is inevitable that we are going to be reading about hunters who are past due and how county search and rescues are on the hunt. Most of these instances are taken care of quickly and were caused just by the party not quite being prepared for what a wilderness hunt can bring. I'm sure you are going to have an awesome time. Just prepare well... which it looks like you are doing and hunt hard. Best of luck to you. I'm looking forward to reading about your success in the coming months.

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You are correct

hawkeye270 wrote:

There are some really good tips here. I take it you have also not done a lot of backpacking then as well? Many of the same rules apply to a hunting pack that do to a backpacking bag and just differ in how much you'll have along. I can only imagine how daunting it must be to be making your first trip out here from out east. But it must feel pretty exciting too. The things I would stress the most to you is to make sure you can build a fire... even if everything is wet and to work on your orienteering skills. Once the rifle seasons start taking place it is inevitable that we are going to be reading about hunters who are past due and how county search and rescues are on the hunt. Most of these instances are taken care of quickly and were caused just by the party not quite being prepared for what a wilderness hunt can bring. I'm sure you are going to have an awesome time. Just prepare well... which it looks like you are doing and hunt hard. Best of luck to you. I'm looking forward to reading about your success in the coming months.

 

you are correct. I have never been much into backpacking, hunts for me have never been with more than a small backpack. The farms we hunt out here, you can usually see your truck from your stand. I am very excited to be coming out, however I am going to be very cautious. I have been reading almost every story on here about hunting in the rockies. Ive pulled numoerous lists off the web of "must have" items and I feel confident I have the right gear. That being said, I realize i am a newbie to all of this and I know you have to respect where you are when your out in the middle of nowhere. I will have 3 different ways to start a fire (waterproof matches, lighter, and a small hand striker) Ive read that is the most important thing. I really appreciate all of your help and I hope I can report back with a good stroy or two. A full camera will be as much of a success as a full freezer.

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It sounds like you're well on

It sounds like you're well on your way to getting squared away. If you have been lurking for a while, there is no doubt you have gathered a ton of information from this site. Do you have the appropriate maps, a GPS or a compass as well as the ability to use them?

The biggest question I have is whether you will be hunting from the road or are you trekking into a wilderness setting? And have you been exercising to build up your cadiovascular capacity? Lack of oxygen has been the biggest surprise to my system when I head west.

I wish you well and hope you are prepared. Good luck and show us some pics of monster. Thumbs up

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good point

ecubackpacker wrote:

It sounds like you're well on your way to getting squared away. If you have been lurking for a while, there is no doubt you have gathered a ton of information from this site. Do you have the appropriate maps, a GPS or a compass as well as the ability to use them?

The biggest question I have is whether you will be hunting from the road or are you trekking into a wilderness setting? And have you been exercising to build up your cadiovascular capacity? Lack of oxygen has been the biggest surprise to my system when I head west.

I wish you well and hope you are prepared. Good luck and show us some pics of monster. Thumbs up

ECU brings up a really good point. It can be a little harder to breath for people that don't live here when you are covering a lot of miles each day. You will notice it even while just climbing a short hill to your camp. One of our group members is from Michigan. He is what I would consider in shape; he power lifts and strength trains. But before his first trip out here he neglected to do much cardiovascular training. He was hurting during his first hike out here at 9,500 feet. He has since changed his training procedure leading him up to his hunts out here and has added a lot of cardiovascular training into his routine. It won't fix everything but if you can get out here early and start to acclimate to the increased elevation, it will help.

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First thing to pack

The first thing to pack and the thing so many forget to pack is COMMON SENSE.

That, some water, a warm change of clothes, waterproofs and at least 3 ways to make fire and you'll be set for pretty much anything.

 

 

p.s. sounds like you've got the common sense covered.

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common sense

maarty, I wouldn't give him too much credit with having the common sense covered :lol:  As far as maps go I'll have copies of them.  i was the only one in the group who has been there before so I have an idea of what to expect although this will be my first multi-day hunt up in Routt.  Come to think of it...they'll be puting a lot of trust in me when I point and give them GPS coordinates...hmmm....this could be interesting.  Anyone have any coordinates for the thickest, nastiest, steepest spot on Black Mountain?  I may need them if these guys give me a hard time on the drive out. lol

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On second thought

I think ill just find a stump to sit on. Next to a ranger station. On a road. Next to Mcdonalds.

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