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stephen s.

Hunting in grizzly bear country: Sidearm vs bear spray - posted 1 month ago

Why would you not carry both. There are situations where one is more effective while there are situations where you would not want to use one... Bear grabs you while you are in your tent - bear spray will be useless... and that is an outright feeding attack - fight for your life. Bear spray would be first line of defense for an open charge or challenge as it should put up a boundary parameter to prevent physical contact. But what are you going to do for the second charge when you are out of spray. Carry both and leave something else at home if you are that weight sensitive.

stephen s.

To bivy or not to bivy? That is the ultimate question - posted 1 month ago

Chris W. - If i really want to go light weight, I would just skip the tent or bivy altogether and just live out of my Sitka Gear GorTex. More than enough if stuck on a mountain while chasing down a trophy. I consider it survival gear that I can use as daily wear on the mountain... I always cary a small tarp that can be made into a leanto style shelter with my hiking poles for long scoping sessions in the rain or snow. Otherwise we use the tarp to cleanly process meat. The tent is a luxury.

stephen s.

To bivy or not to bivy? That is the ultimate question - posted 2 months ago

I am just trying to find the ultimate weight advantage option with all my gear as planning a backcountry (10-day) trip to Montana this year with my son. Just trying to determine if you found something that I missed. For ultimate light weight, I will just find a tree to lean against and stay in my Gore-tex hunting gear.

stephen s.

To bivy or not to bivy? That is the ultimate question - posted 2 months ago

I think the Kuiu tents are still a lighter solution without the need for a couple trees. I had looked into hammocks but wanted one to be about 20' off the ground so that I would be above bear reach. ha ha ha...

stephen s.

APPLICATION STRATEGY 2018: Idaho and Wyoming Grizzly Bear Hunt - posted 2 months ago

If you can't afford to front the $6k nonresident fee, then you likely should not try to draw. This is a once-in-a-lifetime hunt and it is going to cost you even more $$ to be successful AND to properly treat the trophy. Not a hunt you should do on a low budget IMO.