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posted 2 months ago
This is long but I hope it will help those who are new to DIY Western hunting. I've also watched a lot of Randy Newberg on DIY: I've been to Colorado about four times. I like to go in September, so to be less likely to encounter snow. I know, I've just been lucky. I camp in a road-serviced campground - 8 to 10 miles up the mountain - on the edge of designated wilderness where I can walk in 2-3 miles and run into elk. I stocked up on - lots of em - Mountain House meals when they were still $4.97. I bought my Pocket Rocket for cooking years ago. I have a Katadyn Hiker ($50) + a LifeStraw ($22) for water purification and for drinking straight out of the streams. I back that up by carrying H20 purification in the event my Katadyn fails or is contaminated (has never happened). I use miniature candy bars, I break down microwavable mac/cheese and oatmeal, use dried fruit, raisins, single-serving peanut butter, etc., on the trail but will supplement with a couple of ham sandwiches out of camp on the first day. My wife now fixes - then freezes - BBQ and other easy to warm servings in very small tupperware containers. Those will keep frozen in an iced cooler in camp for several days while altitude acclimating, etc., or stay safe a day or so in cooler weather. You guys are right - I don't waste my time and money on expensive camo clothing. Instead, I waited for a King's Camo sale and bought some nice pieces. I also wait for sales on any-brand nylon long sleeve camo "tech" Ts ($15-$20), Columbia 6pocket muted color nylon pants ($22-$29), three different thicknesses of perspiration wicking long underwear ($25-$45 per top/per bottom), solid earth-tone color lightweight /packable nylon vest or jacket ($29-$39), nylon/cotton blend muted color gator (for sitting/glassing) lightweight wool, nylon, spandex blend socks ($12-$29 p/pair - sometimes can pick up a 2-3 pak bundle for $29) any name brand lightweight H20 proof hiker boot ($89-$139), a lightweight full-face balaclava ($12-$29), sock cap, wide-brimmed boonie/rain hat, and gloves of your choice (they are very affordable). I also carry a lightweight, H20 proof storm parka with a decent hood and closures. I carry a lightweight backpack tent ($135), a packable mummy sleeping bag ($90), the typical first aid stuff, a plastic tarp, etc., a SPOT emergency beacon (I can check-in / provide my gps location on Google Earth or similar satellite and map service to my wife and up to 5 other people any time I want. It goes to their phones or computers via text and/or email addresses.) It puts my wife to ease - and keeps my self-confidence propped up since it will also summon rescue. I upgraded to a handheld GPS with downloaded maps - I haven't yet bought an IPHONE / SMARTPHONE I spray H20 proof on my gloves and outer clothing each season. My biggest problem, being 63, a solo hunter, and mounting orthopedic issues...is how to get the elk out on my back. THAT will be this year's major obstacle. 3miles in + 3 miles out = 6 miles x 4 trips = 24 miles. I'm exploring putting an outfitter / wrangler on standby for pack-out but that may be expensive. I do this solo hunt for about $1,500. The big kicker is, my wife and I are retired, so my wife accompanies me to Colorado, we rent a condo, and she stays in the condo and quilts while I'm hunting. You can rent a nice condo, etc., in September for about $90-$100 p/night for 14 nights - less if you rent it for a longer period. That $ is in addition to the $1500 spent on the hunt, tag and gasoline. They would rather rent for less than to have the property sit vacant. Most of these are also in ski areas so no snow = off seaon for rentals. You can also do this if you want to day hunt and return "home" each night. That is not very realistic unless you find lodging very close to your hunt area. If you do - you will probably have lots of company on the trail. A final word to the wise: Get past the first drainage if you can. A DOW biologist told me that the first year I went on an OTC October Rifle elk hunt. I hunted USFS non-wilderness, with a campground and hiking trails running throughout. I failed to heed his advice, though I did walk in about a mile. I sat all day in that "first drainage", saw an illegal (small) bull elk, a moose...21 hunters and one hiker + his dog. Thereafter, I switched to wilderness. Good Luck! RCS / IL
SECOND SHOT - A Wyoming Rifle Elk Hunt -
posted 3 months ago
Way to stick with it and make it happen. You should both be proud. You earned him.
Battle Pass Outfitting -
posted 2 years ago
I just read my own post. I should have proofed my below post of 10-03-2017 to ensure I was accurate. Credit where credit is due: My wife accompanied me on day one of the hunt and walked a total of approximately 6 miles with Tony and I. She was a Trooper, and I believe, the first woman in camp to do that. HB - XOXO RDBD The remainder is accurate and we both recommend Tony and Trish at Battle Pass Outfitting.
BC ends grizzly hunts indefinitely -
posted 2 years ago
Well, there ya go. BC has also bowed to the preservationists, and without even being forced into litigation. Their PR announcement is so contradictory in and of itself re "wildlife management" it would be laughable if not such a serious topic. Prepare for an increase in bear / human conflicts. I also found it ironic that the decision does not include First Nations. I guess they have a louder voice than the preservationists. The icing on the cake is that the author of the release is, "Minister of Environment and CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY." That's a contradiction in terms in and of itself - and probably an underlying catalyst for the decision. I feel badly for my brothers and sisters north of the border. I thought we had it bad under Barack Hussein Obama. In five days of South East BC elk hunting in 2014, I was treated to three separate grizzly sightings and all were different bears. There was also prolific grizzly sign.
No wolf reintroduction for Colorado -
posted 2 years ago
Remember this: There is no "natural balance" when game animals are managed...but wolves are allowed to proliferate at rates far above what educated biologists recommended - and what all the "stake holders" had agreed upon. Enter, the preservationists, who base their beliefs on emotion, NOT on science. They want unfettered proliferation - not "science based" management. As one of the posters stated, give them an inch and they will take a mile and more, stopping only after expensive and long-term litigation.
Kristen A. Schmitt