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#2914573 - 08/20/12 09:29 PM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: tickweed]
UPSman
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Drink plenty of WATER. Even when you don't think you're thirsty,drink. Hydration will help fend off altitude sickness (headaches and nausea). Walking sticks....they will help take the weight of a full pack off of your knees. Have fun, take pictures. When you come home, make notes on what worked and what didn't. You will think of 50 things that you will need for next year.


New gear rocks..........
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#2914739 - 08/21/12 05:30 AM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: UPSman]
ghosthunter
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Registered: 11/30/04
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Loc: chattanooga

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I've been practicing out to 50 yards. Think I'm gonna step it up to 60 yards this week, but I don' know if I would shoot at one out that far, though practicing at those ranges makes those closer shots easier.

I'm shoot thunderheads 100's. I haven't changed anything on my bow other than my sight and new release.
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#2915131 - 08/21/12 12:01 PM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: ghosthunter]
STEELMAN
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Registered: 10/26/04
Posts: 266
Loc: ARRINGTON, TN

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Good advice by all. I think getting in good shape physically is as important as being confident at 50 yds. After hunting hard from dawn to dusk cooking can be a chore. Bring so MREs if you can find some you can tolerate.
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#2919013 - 08/24/12 02:26 PM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: STEELMAN]
AT Hiker
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Registered: 07/03/11
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Loc: Clarksville, Tennessee

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I have a katadyn hiker pro...REI is my favorite place to purchase these types of itmes, mainly due to their excellent customer service. My filter never failed once in 12 days of backpackIng the AT this early summer. Its worth its weight In gold imo, until this year I always used chemicals. It adds weight but I cut the extra weight because I didnt have to carry as much water at one time, 2 quarts was my capacity when I switched to the filter.
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#2919378 - 08/24/12 08:00 PM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: AT Hiker]
ghosthunter
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I just hate the idea of having to wait 30 minutes for safe water. When I'm thirsty I want it now!
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#2919538 - 08/24/12 10:04 PM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: ghosthunter]
AT Hiker
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Registered: 07/03/11
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Thats one reason I switched to a filter...it takes me 12 minutes from start to finish to get 64 ounces of water using my filter. That includes taking it out of my pack, pumping, and putting everything back together. Plus I can rehydrate while Im pumping, so it is win win imo...

A steri pen is also a good investment in addition to your filter if you are in a very questionable water situation.
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#2919679 - 08/25/12 05:59 AM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: AT Hiker]
ChippewaPartners
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Registered: 08/25/01
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Loc: Pamelot, my farm near Catoosa

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Maybe this has been mentioned previously but try to get some practice in on some very uneven ground. There is nothing flat about elk hunting (usually) and you may want to get some practice in on some steep terrain. It happens fast sometimes when they are coming in. Good luck!
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#2922915 - 08/28/12 06:09 AM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: ghosthunter]
Buzzard Breath
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Registered: 07/31/06
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Loc: East

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A buddy of mine lives just outside Denver and took these pics yesterday. Should get you fired up for the drive out.





Good luck

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#2922959 - 08/28/12 07:09 AM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: ghosthunter]
Relentless
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Registered: 07/24/11
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Loc: Shelby County, TN

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Good luck on your trip. I will be heading to Colorado for the first time in two weeks.
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#2924027 - 08/28/12 08:44 PM Re: First Elk hunt! [Re: Relentless]
ghosthunter
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Registered: 11/30/04
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Thanks buzz! I roll out early Thursday morning.

Did he happen to mention if they were bugling any?
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