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What to buy?

Man, I hate this.  I have a $50 to Bass Pro, and I have no clue what to buy.  It is a decent amount, that i don't want to waste, however, it's not like it's a couple hundred.  If it was more, I would get something nice like another gun, bow, something.  However, these mid-range amounts frustrate me.

I stopped by there with the family the other day, had about 45 minutes.  Well, by the time my son played his shooting games, and we bought some popcorn, I ended up only having 10 minutes and found nothing.

I am what I call an economical hunter.  I have all the gear, just not "the best".  I buy stuff that will basically "just do the job". I have one set of camo that I use for archery, and also for rifle under my orange.  I have new binos I bought last fall, and have won 2 more pair here.  I also have a backpack that I won on here, and a flashlight.  So, none of those or needed.

I do need a rangefinder, but I'd have to drop a little of my own money on one.  I also could use a box or 2 of all-copper ammo, since I live in this wonderful state where they have banned lead in all "condor zones".

Anyway, any suggestions?

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I always use the full amount

No sense in leaving a little on the card.  Figure out what you want and take $50 off it.  What do you need for your hunt next year in Colorado?  Cold weather clothes?  How about a reloading kit?  New boots?  Meat pack?  Camping gear?  Tent heater?  Knife upgrade?  Hatchet?  Ammo is always good.

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exbiologist wrote:

No sense in leaving a little on the card.  Figure out what you want and take $50 off it.  What do you need for your hunt next year in Colorado?  Cold weather clothes?  How about a reloading kit?  New boots?  Meat pack?  Camping gear?  Tent heater?  Knife upgrade?  Hatchet?  Ammo is always good.

I will for sure need a little bit of cold weather stuff.  Not sure about where I am going to stay, camp, whatever.  My buddy's father lives right in the middle of Unit 62, so I may just use his place as a base camp, so to speak.  And I would walk into my hunting area each morning.  Don't reload.  I get a couple of pairs of Danners each year at work for free, so no need there.  Could use a knife set or a hatchet.  And, on the off chance I actually kill an animal, let alone 2, I would need game bags, cooler, etc. 

I guess if I think hard enough I can find something.  Maybe I need to hit the store again without my son, so i can focus on looking around.

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The quickest and easiest way

The quickest and easiest way to get rid of it is just to buy yourself a couple of boxes of the lead free ammo.  You'll quite possibly have to add a few bucks to the final total but then it is done. 

I received a $50.00 gift card to a local lumber yard one year and it took me over 3 hours in the store to figure out what I could buy to use that card up.  In my personal opinion it was one of the worse gifts that I have ever received. 

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A couple of boxes?  Geez, i

A couple of boxes?  Geez, i just priced Barnes, which is around $42 for a box, or the Remington Copper-Solid, wich is just over $50..... Whistling

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Lead free ammo

Don't bother buying lead free...buy lead ammo and stockpile it because it'll be worth more once people can't buy it any more.  You can store it next to the incandescent light bulbs.

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I went through the same thing

I went through the same thing last year with a 25 dollar card on my birthday. It's surprising how hard it can be to find something as it seems like everything we want is far more expensive but we still want to use it on something memorable. I ended up using mine on ear plugs but all the suggestions are good ones. Bullets are always a safe bet as you will always need more. You could always use it to start a layaway for the rangefinder you'd like to get.

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don't wast the gas

i live 10 min. from there just send it to me and i'l get rid of it for you it's gona take 60 $ in gas to drive up here from SD smile

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What To Buy?

I got a Gift Card for a similar amount last year. While I was wanting a lot of things that cost more I decided to look at the amount of the card as a "Freebie" and buy something I wouldn't normally buy. What I did was go to the "Bargain Bin" online and found three shirts that I liked and bought them for fifty dollars. The things I had already decided I needed I had already bugeted for.

I will go to dinner tonight in one of the shirts I bought as they are more "dressy" than hunting clothes but not as formal as my suit.

 

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What to buy?

Go in and ask them if they sell Cabela's gift cards.   Evil!

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reloading supplies

If you are not set up to reload, this is perfect for buying a small press or Lee Load All for shotgun reloading.  If you are set up to load, then a couple pounds of powder and some primers will eat it up pretty quickly.