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Knots For Elk Hunting And Survival Situations

In all survival situations, knowledge is more important than the fanciest survival tool. You can have the best equipment that money can buy but without the knowledge of how to use the equipment it is useless.

Knot Tying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Knowledge of how to tie a few basic knots is very important. I started out learning to tie knots while in the Boy Scouts. I was fascinated with the prospect of things I could build with my new found skills.

I remember seeing a swinging bridge built with rope and wood from the forest at a local scout jamboree. That bridge inspired me to learn the knot tying skills that have served me over the years. There are so many things that you can build with rope, knowledge and imagination.

Every year my family would camp for a week on the river swamp in central Alabama. My job was to help set up camp and make it comfortable for our stay. I started off by digging a latrine and then I would lash a sapling with a back to sit on while doing our business.

 Next, I would lash together a kitchen table between two trees to hold our camp stove and to provide a work space. My next project was a gun rack that would hold all of our guns.

As you can see, learning to tie knots and to lash provided us with useful camp furniture and creature comforts. Later in life I learned specialized knots that I would use to secure packs on pack animals and build hunting camps while guiding for elk in the Rocky Mountains.

Knots are used for many camp chores, making of snares, security around your camp site, securing loads and tying animals four legged and two. Knots are also used to save lives in rescue situations.

 Because knot tying is so important, I have included instruction on a few of the most important basic knots that a person should learn.

 

 

Terminology:

The running end of a rope is the free or working end of a rope.

The standing end is the balance of the rope, excluding the running end.

 

 

The Square Knot

This knot is used to tie two ropes of equal diameter together.

To tie a square knot, hold each end of the rope in your hands with a tail on each one. Cross over the rope in your left hand with the rope in your right hand.

Now take the tail that you crossed over the left from the underside and cross it over the tail in your right side and through the loop created. When you pull it tight, it will appear that there are two loops with the ends of the rope coming out of the same side of the loops.

 

See illustration below:

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I always said right over left, left over right to tie this knot. If you do right over right or left over left however, you have tied a granny knot that will come apart.

 

The Bowline Knot

This is one of the most secure knots when tied correctly. It is also called the rescue knot.

To tie the bowline, make a loop in the rope (1), then the running end of the rope passes around the object to be secured. Run the end of the rope through the loop (2), around the standing end of the rope(3), and back through the loop and draw it tight(4).

See illustration below:

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The old saying used to tie this knot is “the rabbit came out of the hole, ran around the stump and went back into the hole”.

 

The Clove Hitch

This is a very useful knot used to attach a rope to a pole. You can also use this knot when lashing poles together.

To tie the clove hitch at the end of a rope, the rope is passed around the pole in two turns so that the first turn crosses the standing part and the running end comes up under itself on the second turn.

See Illustration below:

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The Half Hitch

This is useful for tying things to trees or posts.

The running end of the rope is passed around the tree or pole. The running end is brought around the standing part and back through the loop created.

Repeat the process for two half hitches.

See illustration below of two half hitches:

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Shear Lashing

Lashing can be used to build shelters, furniture, bridges and many other useful things.

The shear lash can be used to make an “A” frame to support a ridge pole that can be used to support tarps or shelters.

You can use three poles to form a tripod for many uses.

Put up the desired number of poles. Usually two or three parallel to one another and the lash is started with a clove hitch on an outer pole.

The poles are wrapped with seven or eight turns loosely. The running end is then wrapped around the loops of rope between the poles and finished off with another clove hitch.

See illustration below:

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Square Lashing

This type of lashing is used to attach a pole horizontally to trees or vertical poles.

Start the lash with a clove hitch placed under the horizontal pole. Wrap the rope over the horizontal pole, around the back of the vertical pole, back over the horizontal pole and around the vertical at the bottom.

Four wraps are enough. Now make three wraps around the ropes between the poles, draw tight and finish with a clove hitch on the top vertical pole.

See illustration below:

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Hopefully these knots will serve you and others well in any future elk hunting or survival situation. For more helpful and indepth tips on elk hunting visit http://rockymountainelkguide.com/guide

 

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Must Know Tips On Survival Fishing

In any wilderness survival situation, priorities are hydration, shelter/warmth and food. In this article, I want to concentrate on fish as a food source. All survival activities drain your body of strength and energy. Finding a source of water, building a warm dry shelter and fire making are a few of the things that burn lots of calories in the process.

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A person is limited in the amount of food that can be carried in a pack and often, people that are caught in a survival situation, had not planned on being caught out in the wilderness overnight. So many times folks think they are out for just a short day hike and they find themselves having to survive for days before rescue.

While hunting elk during Colorado’s archery season, I found myself in need of a warm meal. The weather in September was raining and 40 to 50 degrees and even though I had a tent, I shivered through the night. The next morning, I fashioned a fishing pole and managed to catch a few brook trout for breakfast. The warm meal gave me the energy and encouragement I needed and helped ward off hypothermia that can set in during these conditions.

I have always tried to be prepared for emergencies and as part of my preparations, I carry a small survival kit with me wherever I go. My wife has gotten used to that but sometimes others think I’m crazy. In my kit, I always have what I need to catch fresh fish.

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I normally carry two fly fishing tippets. Tippets are tapered monofilament leaders that are normally attached to a fly line. The tapering allows you to tie a fly or hook to the end and helps with a natural presentation to the fish.

I use a 7-1/2 ft, 2 lb test tippet. Next I have several black ant and mosquito imitation flies in my kit. Most fish will hit insects that fall on the top of water. Trout out west love these and bream and sunfish in the eastern parts of the U.S. will eat them as well. Have a few small hooks that you can use for live bait like worms, grubs, grasshoppers or crickets. It is also good to have on hand a few small lead weights that you can squeeze on your line for deeper fishing. You can make bobbers out of reeds, light pieces of wood, or bamboo.

Use willow, bamboo or a straight, flexible wooden pole for your fishing pole. In moving streams, try to fish from downstream. Fish feed facing upstream waiting for bugs and food to come by them. If you fish from downstream it is harder for them to see you and you can present your bait naturally from upstream.

Try to avoid letting your bait drag in the water because it looks unnatural to the fish. Always approach your fishing area low to avoid being seen by the fish. When fishing in still water like ponds, fish around structures that hold fish. The structure can be a fallen tree, rocks, or lily pads.

 

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Now that you have caught your fish, you can use a boot lace, 550 cord or a cut stick with a fork to transport it back to camp. Your fish should be cooked to avoid any parasites it may be carrying.

Fish can be cooked on a forked green stick, a flat rock or split and hung over the fire on a spit. The fish is done when the meat is white and flaky. Fish is high in essential oils and protein making it a great survival meal.

This small fishing kit is great insurance for your survival and I never leave home without it. Don’t just survive, thrive!

 

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Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

 

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When hunting elk, a day in the field means that you are going to need to find a safe source of drinking water. I used to carry a water bottle that had a built in water purification filter that you had to drink through.

The filter worked but was so hard to drink through that you felt like your head was going to cave in. Not only was it hard to use, but it made it difficult to get enough water to meet my requirements for proper hydration.

I believe that most people know the importance of water. A person can survive weeks without food but without water, you only have 3 to 5 days. Water has to be your greatest concern when preparing for survival.

Because carrying enough water to sustain you and your family is impossible, learning how to purify your drinking water is a necessity. Water can be made safe for drinking in several ways.

You can boil water, use chlorine, iodine tablets, and by using a filtration system. Because your water source may contain sediment, pre filtration is a must. This can be accomplished by using cloth or even paper to catch the suspended particles, you can even use coffee filters.

Care should be made to collect the cleanest water you can so scouting upstream for contaminators like dead animals and feces is a must.

I had an elk hunt cut short by drinking water from a spring that had been contaminated by free ranging cattle. It took weeks of high powered antibiotics before I recovered. No one had ever gotten sick from that spring before.

You will not catch me drinking untreated or unfiltered water again. I recently found the  best portable water filter for elk hunting that I am very impressed with. It's called LifeStraw and it makes it easy to drink clean safe water so there are no excuses. It's small and light weight so you can even carry it in your pocket.

The Lifestraw filters up to 1,000 liters of water or 264 gallons. It removes 99.9999% of water born bacteria including E-Coli and 99.9% of waterborn protozoan parasites including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. The filter contains no chemicals, has a very high flow rate and can be stored indefinitely. I wish I had known about this when I got so sick. Oh well, I guess we learn the hard way sometimes.

Lifestraw even has a family filter that can supply your entire family with safe drinking water. This filter works on a gravity feed method and filters up to 18,000 liters of water, (4,750 gallons). It will supply a family of five safe drinking water for up to 3 years.

When you get one of these you're insured that you and your loved ones have safe drinking water in any emergency situation. It will definitely give you peace of mind and that is priceless. It is a small investment that will give you a huge return. I plan on adding the Lifestraw family filter to my arsenal as well. The last thing I want is to be caught without clean drinking water………..no matter what situation I or my family is in.

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Arctic Oven Tent Review……..Defy The Cold!

It’s definitely no secret how fond I am of a canvas wall tent. I still am, but in researching I have found another style tent that gives you much of the advantages of a wall tent with easier set up, less weight and the technology of new fabrics.

If you're looking for the best cold weather tent, Alaska Tent and Tarp has developed what is known as the Arctic Oven . But don’t let the name fool you. Even though it is most likely the finest tent that money can buy for extreme cold weather, it is considered a four season tent.

The tent is made with special materials that eliminate condensation inside the tent and that’s definitely a big deal. This means you and your gear stay warmer and drier. This cold weather survival shelter is built with stove pipe openings that allows you to use a sheepherders stove in them. Special ventilation tubes are standard so that you can regulate the flow of fresh air in and out of the tent.

 

AA vestibuleThe rain fly also serves as the vestibule, giving you extra space to store your gear or fire wood outside the tent. The rain fly extends to the ground and even a little more to insure that no snow or rain blows under it.

This lightweight, extreme cold weather shelter weighs around 78 pounds which makes it packable on horse, vehicle or atvs. The down side of the Arctic Oven is that it weighs too much to be backpacked in.

 

 

The 12’4” foot version has 152 square feet in the tent and 46 square feet in the vestibule area. The Arctic Oven is easy to set up and has aluminum poles that are shock corded. Set up is 10 minutes or less which helps when you arrive at a campsite late.

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The 12’4” will sleep four to five people with a stove and the peak height is 7’2” which gives you plenty of head space. The walls are pulled outward by the rain fly which gives you a lot of useable space. Cots can be put closer to the walls which gives you more floor space for the stove, firewood and gear bags.

 

 

The inside of the tent has a large ventilation window in the front door and the back of the tent. Loops have been sewn into the inside corners so that you can attach 550 cord and use it as a clothes line to dry your wet gear. That’s definitely a big plus when it comes to keeping your clothes dry. The floor is a heavy duty tub style to keep out the water.

 

2 arctic ovensThe Arctic Oven comes in several sizes depending on your needs and is made with high visible yellow or camo material.

Be sure to check out  these two videos  to get an idea of just how awesome these tents are. Definitely worth the investment.

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Love This Camp Stove For Wall Tent

wall tentsI’ll have to admit that I am a canvas wall tent junkie. I know, with modern technology, there are probably better tents out there but there is just something that I love about the wall tent. I can remember thinking about setting a wall tent up in my office, complete with a cylinder stove, because I missed being in camp.

 

Our camps were so comfortable that my wife enjoyed staying in the wall tent before hunting season started. The thing that made it so comfortable was a good cylinder wood stove. The stove was used for a variety of uses. The obvious was to provide heat to keep the inside of the tent cozy. It was a clothes dryer, cook stove and water heater. After a day hiking around in the snow, the stove was a welcomed friend.

 

By its warmth, we ate, played cards and planned the next day’s hunting strategy and spun tall tales until it was time to turn in for the night. We cooked mainly over propane stoves but we also used the top of the cylinder stove for some of our meals. Because the stove had a stainless steel water reservoir on the side, we had hot water on tap to clean up the dishes.

 

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The Colorado Cylinder Stoves Alpine Stove Package is the stove you want. It is 28”x18”x15’ and is 25” tall with screw on legs. These stoves are designed for the parts to store inside the stove. The stove is very portable and fits inside panniers. Awesome stove to keep you snug in your wall tent.

 

We would leave our stove at our base camp site hidden up in a tree. We would spray the stove with cooking spray to prevent rust, wrap it in an old pack tarp and host it up into a tree until the next hunting season.

 

Personally, I would take it back home. I heard of two guys that use them at home on their patios to sit by the fire and cook on when it’s not hunting season. See, I’m not crazy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mora Clipper MG……………..I Like This Knife!

 

mora knife with sheathAll outdoorsman would agree that a good knife is one of the most important tools you can own. I am always researching new knives and equipment that can make my stay in the great outdoors better.

My wife would probably say that I have enough knives and related outdoor equipment but she is gracious enough to let me continue my “research”.

I recently purchased a knife that has been getting a lot of publicity from the survivalist, woodcraft crowd. This knife is really not new but has stood the test of time. It is a great all around blade that can handle most outdoor jobs with flying colors.

 

The company that makes the knife is Mora Of Sweden and is in my opinion one of the best values in knives to be found.

The knife, a Mora Clipper MG, has a comfortable rubber handle and very good steel in the blade. The blade is four inches long with a Scandinavian grind and is high carbon or stainless steel. The high carbon steel is my favorite but can rust if not lubricated or you can force a patina on the blade for protection.

 It comes razor sharp and remains that way with reasonable care and sharpening. The scandi  grind is a little unusual to sharpen but well worth mastering. This knife also comes in the traditional wood handle but the rubber handle is more of a sure grip with less chance of slipping in your hand.

The sheath is a hard plastic composite with a built in belt clip that can also be attached to a large button on jackets or clothing and belt. Many people add parachute cord and carry them as a neck knife.

I chose this blade as an all around blade to be used for cutting rope and cordage, wood, skinning and cleaning game of all sizes and fish. It also meets the challenge of food prep as well as most outdoor chores.

I really believe that this is one of the best values in a knife and because the price is right, you can own more than one, keeping them in multiple locations like packs or vehicles.

If you are looking for a great knife at a great value, Get the Mora Knife Here

 

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Best Elk Hunting Ammunition For 7mm mag, .300 WSM and 30-06

What is the best ammo for a .300 WSM, 7mm mag, and 30-06, when it comes to hunting elk?

This question can be so subjective but I will try to answer by picking the ammo that I personally use. Let’s look at each caliber separately starting with the .300 Winchester Short Magnum.

 

The .300 Winchester Short Magnum is the caliber that I hunt elk with. This choice came after hunting elk with a .270 caliber rifle for years and with great success. I never lost an elk that I had shot with the .270 using the 150 grain bullet. What made me change my rifle was having to let really good bulls walk because they were at 200 yards plus range. Most all my elk were taken at 100 yards or closer with the .270.

 

Good choices for .300 WSM ammo would be in the 150 and 180 grain bullets. The 150’s shoot a little flatter and the 180 has more velocity and energy out at 300 yards. It is a tradeoff it seems. The 150 has an energy of 1861 ft-lbs at 300 yards and the 180 has 2382 ft –lbs at 300 yards. Trajectory shows that the heavier bullet drops no more than an inch more than the 150 grain bullet at 300 yards. So my choice would be the 180 grain bullet.

 

The bottom line is to choose your ammo and practice , practice , practice. These long shots are hard to make and it isn’t fair to these magnificent animals to take a chance on wounding them.

 

Next we will look at the 7mm Magnum. Good choices for 7mm mag ammo would be the 150 grain and 175 grain bullet. The same is true of 7mm mag ammo and .300 WSM ammo. The 150 grain bullet will be flatter shooting but at 300 yards it beats the 175 grain bullet by 1 inch. The 175 retains more energy and velocity than the 150 grain bullet. Again, I would go for the heavier grain bullet.

 

Last the 30-06.  The 30-06 is one of the most versatile rifle calibers out there. It doesn’t shoot quite as flat as the .300 WSM or 7mm mag. For this reason I would choose the following ammo…….. 165 grain Accutip boat tail by Remington. This will give you enough bullet weight retention, energy and velocity and be flatter shooting.

 

Some people really get hung up on the ammo and go into reloading. That can have its advantages but I stick to factory loads and my favorite brands would be Remington and Hornaday. Boat tail bullets are flat shooting and Nosler partitions are good for lighter gains because they hold together for greater impact upon striking the target.

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Elk Hunting Rain Gear……..Don’t Let The Weather Come Between You And Your Elk!

 

Whatever you do, don’t let the weather come between you and your Elk.  Elk hunting rain gear is a must have in my opinion.

Because we can’t control the weather, you always need to pack rain gear in your day pack. If you make sure that you are prepared for rain or snow your chances for getting your elk greatly increase.


Hunting rain gear is a really hard item to choose. Rain gear can be found in so many styles and materials it becomes hard to make a decision on which one to choose.


Many suits claim to be water proof and breathable and aren’t. Those that are can be like wrapping yourself in plastic. Some are made out of fabrics that are quiet while others are sure to give you away.


Make sure that any rain gear that you buy is taped at all seams with rain flaps over zippers and a hood. Many folks like the jacket and pants combination because it gives a fair amount of freedom of movement. Some like poncho style rain wear that gives the user options to cover extra gear with the ample cut.


Rain gear can be very expensive depending on the brand, style and quality of the suit. I have been using a very inexpensive suit lately with great results. It is made by a company called Frogg Toggs. These suits are extremely light, waterproof and breathable.


The material will throw you off because it looks disposable, almost like paper. These suits are surprisingly durable. They are very quiet and hide your movement. The best thing is that they are priced under $50. I think Sportsman’s Guide even has them on sale right now.


I recently went deer hunting during a tornado watch. I know, I’m crazy. The rain was blowing sideways but I was warm and dry. I have never stalk hunted in this rain gear because I didn’t know how it would hold up.


My strategy was to move so slowly that I wouldn’t tear my rain gear. Slowly I moved through the rain soaked woods and in a very short time, I harvested a deer. To my delight, my suit held up without any tears.


You can spend a lot of money on rain gear but if you’re looking for something reasonably priced, I think Frogg Toggs is a great choice. Frogg Toggs also makes a poncho that sells for around $10.00 that I keep in my pack at all times.


It has saved me from getting soaked several times. I even had it with me when our family went to Disney World and it was a life saver. When you’re hunting you always want to be prepared, so remember, don’t forget your elk hunting rain gear!


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Shooting Sticks For Elk Hunting Sure Do Come In Handy


Now that elk season is over and the great memories remain, I turn my attention to hunting whitetail in Alabama. As I mentioned in the Rocky Mountain Elk Guide, whitetail hunting keeps a hunters skills honed and besides, it’s just fun. I don’t know about you but I have found that I need all the help I can get to make sure that I make an accurate shot on an elk or whitetail.


 Over the last few seasons, I have started using a shooting stick. Shooting sticks are nothing new, actually they started with the beginning of firearms. I still remember pictures of the early Spanish and English explorers resting their blunderbust rifles on a forked shooting stick. They didn’t use them for accuracy but to hold the weight of the firearm.


A shooting stick can be fashioned from a small sapling with a fork in it or you can buy one from many sporting good stores. The sticks that you purchase at a sporting goods store often are telescoping to adjust to your height. This also allows them to be easily stored in a hunting backpack.


Another advantage that I have found of this type stick is that it doubles as a walking stick. When hunting in elk country, you are constantly climbing up and down slopes. The shooting stick will make you more stable and less prone to falls or twisting your ankles or knees.


There are several models to choose from…There are single shooting sticks (1 leg), bipod shooting sticks (2 legs) and tripod shooting sticks (3 legs) . You just need to decide which one is right for your needs.


Now is a good time to purchase your shooting stick and what better time to practice using it than during whitetail season. Good luck and happy hunting.

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Best Cheap Hunting Binoculars For Under Fifty Dollars………. Really?

I know that you probably think I’m crazy but I have found and used a pair of binoculars for under fifty dollars. I know that in my book, The Rocky Mountain Elk Guide, I recommend the purchase of a good pair of binoculars and I still stick by that advice.

Recently I was in my local Bass Pro Shop and found a really good pair of binos for under fifty dollars. Of course they were on sale and usually sold for about $149.99. But still, at regular price, that's a pretty darn good deal.

I pulled a pair out of the box and glassed around the store, which is cool because you can spot whitetail, wild hogs, turkey and just about every other species of game animals found in the United States. After day dreaming that I was out on the hunt, I decided to give them a try.

The binoculars are Redheads, a Bass Pro brand. The pair I tested are 10×42, waterproof and fog proof. The manufacture did a great job in the design by making them easy to grip, fairly light weight 20 oz, and armored with a rubber coating.

Field of view at 1000 yards is 304 feet. They feature twist up and down eye pieces for those of us who wear eyeglasses are nitrogen purged with fully coated lens.

So the real question you want to know is, how did they do on the hunt? Well, they were very clear in low light conditions. Focus was smooth and extremely clear. I spotted a doe and yearling walking up a ridge a good one third mile away, squirrels playing in an oak tree at 200 yards and plus other wildlife in the area.

I harvested my first deer of the season ( I’m down in Alabama right now) using these binoculars on the same trip. All of this to say that I love em and will keep using them. If you are in the market for a great pair of binoculars that don't break the bank, I would definitely recommend  taking a look at Bass Pro.

 

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Gamehide Review…….Great Quality And Innovation

Choosing the right outer wear for hunting is crucial to a comfortable, enjoyable and successful hunt. There are so many things to consider when buying hunting clothes.

 

Warmth, comfort, quietness and function are at the top of my list. Recently I found myself going around and around in choosing what type of jacket to buy. I kept looking at a parka with a hood. It was windproof, waterproof and insulated. The jacket had a plush lining that felt like you were wearing your sleeping bag to the stand.

 

But how often does it get cold enough to wear a jacket like this in my area? Also the jacket would be too hot to wear on my walk to my stand so I would have to store it in my backpack. This would then mean that I would have to wear a lighter jacket in route.

 

I have always been a believer in layering so I went with a lighter jacket that can be worn under an outer coat and would be just right for stalk hunting or traveling to my stands.

 

I found a performance fleece jacket that would work for bow season, winter and spring turkey season as well. The jacket is light weight, made with bonded fleece and treated to bead water making it windproof, water resistant and quick drying. The sleeves on this jacket are designed in the arms up position. This allows total freedom in arm movement.

 

The other quality that I like about this jacket is that it is almost totally silent. You feel like you are in stealth mode when you wear it. The makers included hand warmer pockets, a slash zippered pocket for easy access. The jacket is tailored to be longer in the back covering most of your rear end. The bottom hem has two drawstrings to close out any unwanted breezes

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It is the attention to all of the mentioned details that impressed me with a hunting wear company called Gamehide. Gamehide only makes clothing for hunting using the finest of materials and innovation. I believe that if you are interested in quality hunting garments, Gamehide is your best bet and value for years to come. 

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Elk Hunting Drop Camp……….Haste Can Make Waste

 

 

campfire cookingJust wanted to remind everyone that haste can make waste in elk camp. If you are like me, you like to eat well in camp so food is very important. My son in law and I got in a hurry to get into the woods one day and we left some of our food sitting out. Luckily it was still there when we got back to camp.

It’s really easy to get excited (especially if you are hearing a bull elk bugling in the distance:-) and leave camp with your grub sitting out. This is really a problem in bear country.

Be sure to clean up your mess and properly store your food before you leave camp. If you fail to do that, you may find yourself on an unwelcomed diet, the leftovers!

Food left out also attracts small creatures like rodents and flies. These carry diseases and can contaminate your food. So take a few minutes to clean up BEFORE you head out for the hunt………..you’ll be glad you did!

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Elk Hunting Checklist…………Do I Have Everything?

Elk Hunting Checklist………..Do I have everything?

This is a question that I always find myself asking before I go on an elk hunting trip. Three times I have reached into my hunting pack and couldn’t find a flashlight after hunts. On one of those times I was bow hunting for elk near Stagecoach Lake, Colorado.

To make matters even worse, I had passed by several muddy spots in the trail with fresh bear tracks. That was the most un- nerving hikes back out of the woods I have had to make. No light, with an arrow in my hand to defend myself against a bear attack.

Fortunately, the bear didn’t show up. I had learned a valuable lesson to make a checklist and go over it before I leave camp or vehicle on the way to hunt.

I now make sure that I have checked my pack using my elk hunting checklist for such important things as a flashlight, first aid kit, food and something to start a fire with to name a few.

These are just a few of the important items that should be on your elk hunting gear checklist. Believe me, you won't catch me going to the woods without going over my checklist.

 With everything that we have on our minds today, it is really easy to forget what is needed. Take a tip from someone who has made the mistake and learned from it. Being prepared for an elk hunt can literally save your life as the mountains are not very forgiving.

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Where To Hunt Elk In Colorado

Many hunters planning a hunt want to know where to hunt elk in Colorado. Colorado is known to have one of the largest elk populations in the country.

 

There are estimates of at least 292,000 elk in the state according to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. So is there a "best" place to hunt elk?  Well, it depends on several things.

If you're planning an elk hunting trip to Colorado, you need to ask yourself a couple questions. First, when do you plan to go? And secondly, what type of hunting will you be doing ? Will you be elk archery hunting, muzzleloading, or hunting elk with a rifle?   All this will dictate where to hunt elk in Colorado.

 

If you are going in the earlier part of the elk hunting season, which is usally archery and muzzleloading, you will want to hunt at higher altitudes. Most elk will stay at higher altitudes until snow starts to set in.

 

Once the snow has accumulated and its harder to find food, which is usually in the later part of the season (Mid October into November) they will begin to migrate to lower altitude and settle in to the valleys.

 

Unfortunately, much of the valley property is privately owned land and will require special permission to hunt on them. If you're hunting during rifle season, my two favorite seasons to hunt are first and second season. The weather is still pretty darn good and you might even hear an elk bugle or two. There will be some snow,  but usually not too much, plus,  it's great for helping you track your elk.

 

But no matter what season you hunt, with a little advanced planning, you have a good chance of seeing some elk.

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