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help with packing list

I am listing a six part pack list for my Elk hunting trip Oct 21-29 near Gunnison, CO. Please list any comments, ideas, additions or subtractions to my list. Or post your own lists as I'm sure other hunters this season can benefit.

I think I've got the personal list down pat as I'm a seasoned backpacker.

I need help with the group list mostly (I feel like I'm leaving things out)

Personal List:
Camping
Sleeping Bag
Compact Pillow
2 man Tent (for spike camps)
Sleeping Pad
Backpack
Fanny Pack/Day Pack
Small or Large Flashlight
Headlamp
Waterproof Matches
2 Water Bottles (Nalgene)
Mess Kit

Clothing
Boots
Hat/ Toboggan
Gloves (no cotton)
Gaiters (optional)
8 Pairs socks (no cotton)
4 Pairs Undies(no cotton)
2 Short Sleeve t-shirts (no cotton)
2 Long Sleeve t-shirts (no cotton)
2 Pairs Pants (no cotton)
2 Pairs of poly-pro (top & bottom)
Waterproof Rain jacket
1 Fleece Jacket
1 Light-weight wool Sweaters (no cotton)
My black North Face LW black jacket

Hunting
Rifle
Sling
20 Rounds Ammo
GPS Unit (optional)
Compass/Map
Extra frame pack for packing out game
5 Game Bags
Blaze orange
Binoculars

Personal
Sunglasses
Pocket Knife
Camera (optional)
Toilet Paper
Tooth Brush/Tooth Paste
Deodorant (optional)
Leather Man Tool
Advil
Epi-pen (if you’re allergic to bees)

Group List
Camp
400 Feet of Rope
Duct Tape
2 Hatchets
First-Aid Kit
2 Stoves and Gas
2 Water Purifiers
2x3 board for camp table
2 Dishpans (dishes & stinky arses)
1 Tarp 8x8

Hunting
Surveyors Tape
Field-dressing kit
Gun Cleaning Kit

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Hey bootytrapper, I'm new to this forum so my opinion probably doesn't mean much to ya', but your list seems REALLY good to me. Your backpacking experience made a nice check list that I'll even be sure to use when packing mine up for this season. (Which I'm waaay behind on the homework for).

A few small things I didn't see listed:
~food is good (be sure to pack some) Yes (I kid! I kid!)
~extra batteries (optional)
~Those emergency blankets that look like aluminum foil (I jam mine in my first aid kit pouch (they might not even do anything. hahaha.))

Also, I saw on your list an extra frame pack. I was curious what that is (a full frame pack? or some sort of collapsible thing?), and where you put that?

Finally, How heavy does your pack end up being? and How long are you planning on living out of it?

That's all I got for right now (GOOD LIST) but the real reason I'm responding is I noticed where and when you are hunting this year.

My father, some of his friends, and I are hunting the same season in Unit 66 (south of gunnison) for Mule deer this year. i've hunted the area before for elk and LOVE it. What unit are you getting ready to tackle?

I'll post more on the backpack list subject when I ACTUALLY lay my stuff out.

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Is there a bonesaw in that field dressing kit? Make sure it is large and sharp. Elk are no small task.
Hank

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HellorHighWater wrote:
A few small things I didn't see listed:
~food is good (be sure to pack some) Yes (I kid! I kid!)
~extra batteries (optional)
~Those emergency blankets that look like aluminum foil (I jam mine in my first aid kit pouch (they might not even do anything. hahaha.))

Also, I saw on your list an extra frame pack. I was curious what that is (a full frame pack? or some sort of collapsible thing?), and where you put that?

Finally, How heavy does your pack end up being? and How long are you planning on living out of it?

That's all I got for right now (GOOD LIST) but the real reason I'm responding is I noticed where and when you are hunting this year.

My father, some of his friends, and I are hunting the same season in Unit 66 (south of gunnison) for Mule deer this year. i've hunted the area before for elk and LOVE it. What unit are you getting ready to tackle?

I'll post more on the backpack list subject when I ACTUALLY lay my stuff out.

Hi HHW, thanks for responding.
I probably should pack one of those space blankets.
as for extra batteries, I'm carrying a mini maglight andTWO headlamps.

The extra frame pack should actually read "external frame pack" this is an external frame stripped down to the bare frame for tying on Elk quarters.

we are going in on four wheelers to base camp and expect to spike camp a lot. Now on an overnight spike camp trip (given the cold weather) I would expect my pack to weight no more than 30 lbs (tent water food and all) hopefully a little less than that.

we are hunting GMU 54 up by soap creek. it's gorgeous up that way...can't wait!!!

gonna do a little fishing TOO!!!! Yes

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h_talbot wrote:
Is there a bonesaw in that field dressing kit? Make sure it is large and sharp. Elk are no small task.
Hank

bonesaw *check*

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I all ways pack about 20 yrds of parachute chord. It may come in handy like hanging meat or replace broken boot laces.

tim
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another plug for parachute cord, and a stocking hat to sleep in, even if you are in a tent.

tim

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Byrdofprey wrote:
I all ways pack about 20 yrds of parachute chord. It may come in handy like hanging meat or replace broken boot laces.

under the group list I have 400 ft of rope, i think this is enough for the three of us

tim wrote:
, and a stocking hat to sleep in, even if you are in a tent.

tim

in the sowf we call dis a Toboggan (don't ask me why, we just do)

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Another good thing

We got tired of packing elk out of canyons in NE. Oregon. We got a 5000 ' spool of 7/8 braided dacron rope from the paper mill. We were able to pull the end of spool down the canyon to the bottom and drag the elk up the side with the truck.
We pulled 4 couws out one Novenber in the snow. It was much easier than cutting and hauling out by foot. Nice to have almost mile of rope handy.

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bootytrapper wrote:
h_talbot wrote:
Is there a bonesaw in that field dressing kit? Make sure it is large and sharp. Elk are no small task.
Hank

bonesaw *check*

You really don't need a bone saw, all you really need is a really good knife. You can cut through the cartilage on the chest cavity, and also joints on legs.

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Update

Well, we are back in NC. We packed up Wednesday night and got out of the woods just before the snow came. Glad we did as it snowed about two feet where we were camped. We hunted on Saturday, Sunday was a rest day b/c one of the guys hunting with us had a mild case of altitude sickness (after a six pack of water he was cured). On Monday we walked up to and along a ridge where I spotted a nice 6 by 6 about 75 yards away chilling on the snowy side of the ridge at about 2:00. My buddy was the only one of us with a bull tag so I ran and got him, showed him the bull and he popped it with a .270, the bull went straight down to his knees stumbled a little and slid down the mountain approx. 50 yards. It took us the rest of the day and all of the next to pack him out. Luckily it was all down hill but still quite strenuous with a 100 lbs on your back.
After all that hard work the remaining two cow tags went unfilled for lack of desire to haul more elk meat out with only one good day of weather left.

Camp elevation was 8000 shot Elk at 9500

A good time had by all!!!

Here's a pic!

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