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#6294541 - 03/15/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: jockc]
docdb Offline
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Registered: 01/26/03
Posts: 2491
1) just cause the twigs snapped when you breaking them, doesn't mean they will fire up in a kifaru stove.....water soaked frozen wood don't burn
2) if it took a GPS to get your azz in, it'll take one to get it out (fresh batterys, don't drop GPS into a snow bank)
3) good idea to top off the tank before heading into the woods
4) DO NOT share a tent with a dog that may have eaten chocolate
5) Never climb into a treestand that you didn't put up, and never fail to use a harness
6) never head light a string of half wild tied up pack ponies when you leave the tent for natures call in the night, that outfitter is still cussing me
7)Account for every round of ammo BEFORE you attempt to board a plane home after a hunt, TSA has NO sense of humor
8)drying out boots or socks by campfire is tricky, likely to result in destruction of said items
9)if you are fishing ANYWHERE in ALASKA, the game cops are watching you, read that whole damn book including footnotes
More will come to me,
Don

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#6294597 - 03/15/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: docdb]
sreekers Offline
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Registered: 02/11/12
Posts: 392
If you carry a mountain house and stove, don't forget the necessary stove to boil the water. Cold mountain houses are great.

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#6295197 - 03/15/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: GreBb]
KC Offline
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Registered: 03/22/01
Posts: 4387
Loc: Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
Originally Posted By: BBerg
Never leave your backpack behind. It costed me my Dall sheep ram two years ago. Never again.


BBerg:

I'll go you one better on that. NEVER LET YOUR BACKPACK GET OUT OF YOUR SIGHT. There are many situations where the gear in that pack, or lack thereof, can mean the difference between life and death or more commonly the difference between a casual-comfortable outing and a miserable experience. For the same reason, I always carry minimum survival gear in the pockets of my pants; fire stuff, Swiss Army knife, foil survival blanket, etc. , and I never leave camp without rain gear.

KC
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Wind in my hair, Sun on my face, I gazed at the wide open spaces, And I was at home.



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#6295221 - 03/15/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: superdave]
KC Offline
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Registered: 03/22/01
Posts: 4387
Loc: Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
Originally Posted By: superdave

Definitely don't forget to look for cactus before you sit down.


+1

or put your hand down on the ground, or crawl through the grass on a stalk.

I wonder how many times I've regretfully forgotten that?

KC
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Wind in my hair, Sun on my face, I gazed at the wide open spaces, And I was at home.



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#6299677 - 03/16/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: rob p]
stantdm Offline
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Registered: 01/23/12
Posts: 1402
Loc: South Dakota
Originally Posted By: rob p
Don't try to crap in bibs. Spend the time and take them off first. All you have to do is land a turd in them once, and pull them back on to get the idea you should never do it again.


I just went and threw all my bib overalls in the trash. ROFLMAO

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#6299955 - 03/17/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: sreekers]
Maverick940 Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 1973
Loc: Alaska
Don't set-up your backpacker tent next to a corridor that's being used by generation after generation after generation of bears that have never been hunted. Tim Treadwell and Amie Huguenard can attest to that.

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#6300277 - 03/17/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: sreekers]
ironbender Offline
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Registered: 12/08/03
Posts: 44339
Loc: In the shadow of the Kenai Mtn...
Don't grab Devil's Club.

It's better to fall 100s of feet than arrest yourself with DC.
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If you take the time it takes, it takes less time.
--Pat Parelli

American by birth; Alaskan by choice.


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#6300414 - 03/17/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: ironbender]
pointer Online   content
Campfire Outfitter

Registered: 02/08/02
Posts: 9717
Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: ironbender
Don't grab Devil's Club.

It's better to fall 100s of feet than arrest yourself with DC.
Laffin'! My first experience with the stuff was in a self arrest. I agree! smile

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#6300586 - 03/17/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: pointer]
ironbender Offline
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Registered: 12/08/03
Posts: 44339
Loc: In the shadow of the Kenai Mtn...
Panic will do that!
lol....
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--Pat Parelli

American by birth; Alaskan by choice.


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#6300611 - 03/17/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: pointer]
Jcubed Offline
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Registered: 06/22/10
Posts: 2383
Always have a backup to your water filtration. On a trip in Arizona over the fourth of July my pump broke miles back in a wilderness area. What was supposed to be a relaxing trip turned into trying to boil sludge green water with a jetboil two cups at a time with a small canister of fuel. Needless to say it worked and I made it out... Lesson learned.

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#6301034 - 03/17/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: ironbender]
Maverick940 Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 1973
Loc: Alaska
Originally Posted By: ironbender
Panic will do that!
lol....


Yeah, isn't it funny how panic kind of ruins a guy's day? Ditto with me on the devils club experience. I hate that stuff. Not even the cholla patches of Sonoran compare with the jungle cluster of devils club distributed among dense alder.

There's a canyon in Unit 7 that used to hold some huge Dall rams and probably still does, and the whole way in to there is a literal jungle of alder and devils club with only bear trails for access. Horrible hike, that one is.

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#6305393 - 03/18/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: Maverick940]
NM_elk_chaser Offline
Member

Registered: 12/13/08
Posts: 29
Don't assume that other people understand that once you hook a winch to them they stay hooked up.

I ran into a kid stuck down a snowy road 50 feet from pavement. He had been digging for a while and was eager to get out before someone spotted him I guess. I hooked up to him and pulled him back to the road. I'm about to get out and unhook him when he decides that he has traction now and takes off down the road, still tied to my winch, with me honking and hollering trying to get him to stop. At least I was able to get the Jeep out of park and into neutral before he hit the end of the cable.

I now have a little more discussion with folks before I pull cable.

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#6307123 - 03/19/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: NM_elk_chaser]
bbright Offline
Member

Registered: 10/08/07
Posts: 25
Really secure water to your backpack. I made it ~ 2/3 up them moutain with 6L of water on a high country mule deer hunt where water would be an issue. Very disappointing to take the pack off at the end of the brutal hike and realize our for-sure water source was gone. No idea how I didn't hear that thud. Scraped old snow off the ground in the shade on the north slopes for drinking water - lots of extra grit and work required. Not recommended.

When the oil service truck driver that runs the soggy forest service road everyday tells you to bring out your chains, you really need to put them on(make sure you have a set). Things are about to get ugly on the road and 4WD won't save you.

When the lines are close on the topo map, the terrain is steep. Hunting new units every year to date, my scouting is done primarily from afar. The initial hike in always sucks as I relearn map reading 101. The silver lining is I usually don't see other (idiots) hunting near me.

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#6307550 - 03/19/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: bbright]
varmintsinc Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 06/25/04
Posts: 4686
Loc: Nomad
Bring both boots.

a .270 and a .280 are not interchangable no matter how far you have driven or hiked.

Make sure any connectors needed for anything are actually there, especially gas stoves.

When your cheap azz range finder starts to slide off of a rock and over a steep cliff a 20foot fall is not worth saving it.

When you do chase your range finder over the cliff a loaded Kifaru pack does a great job at cushioning your fall, plus its comforting to know you can still eat lunch when it takes you three hours to figure out a way back up the cliff.

Check your emergency baby wipes to make sure they are not dehydrated.

Dont eat a whole bunch of mountain house meals without drinking a ton of water, your colon will thank you later.

Sleeping like a burrito in a tight bivy tent sucks.

Surgical gloves left in the pack for a year or two will totally shred when you pull them on.

Pigs may not actually be dead despite not moving for several minutes, they might just be saving themselves until you pull out the camera and grab the head to pose them.
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Hunt hard, kill clean, waste nothing and offer no apologies.

"In rifle work, group size is of some interest...but it is well to remember that a rifleman does not shoot groups, he shoots shots." Jeff Cooper


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#6307553 - 03/19/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: bbright]
IslandAlpine Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
Posts: 5
Dont leave your clip at home (that second shot you wont get could miss you your best muley to date)

Learn to shoot on steep uphill/downhill (the first shot might not go over the back of said "best muley to date")

Dont forget your raingear when hunting the West Coast

Check for cactus around "groin" level when gettin prone for shot

If your goto knife has a camo handle, dont put it down in the dark

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#6308106 - 03/19/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: IslandAlpine]
gt50 Offline
Member

Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 231
Loc: Georgia
Don't hold on to a hemlock for stability when taking a dump in steep terrain. The sap superglues the toilet paper to hour hand.

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#6309261 - 03/19/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: gt50]
snubbie Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 10/30/11
Posts: 2213
Loc: Western North Carolina Mtns
Remember to take your rifle with you on your pre-daylight hike in to your stand site carrying all your gear. It is a critical piece of gear and won't work left back in the car.


Also, breathable raingear doesn't.........breath that is. At least not on a 2 mile hike UP the mountain. It will rain INSIDE the raingear.

Don't pee right where you're getting ready to sit on the ground. Yeah, I know, Duh...


Edited by snubbie (03/19/12)
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Originally Posted By: Calvin
As far as gear goes.. The poorer (or cheaper) you are, the tougher you need to be.




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#6309308 - 03/19/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: snubbie]
arffdog875 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 521
Loc: Grand Junction, CO
Don't Guesstimate yardage on the only elk you have seen all day, take the extra 2.5 seconds, pull rangefinder out, and use it! Just sayin...

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#6309843 - 03/19/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: arffdog875]
sollybug Offline
Member

Registered: 05/03/07
Posts: 243
Loc: Soldotna, Alaska
Helps to read this thread where others are as brilliant as I am. Like last year where I liked twenty miles into a glacier and found the only canister I carried for my stove was empty. Another time I drove two days to my hunting grounds to find I forgot..... the tent? still dont know how that happened. This year I shot a caribou and pulled out my game saw to find out it was missing a bolt to hold the blade on and wouldnt work. Thankfully I had a small sawblade on my skinner that I managed to use. Never have forgot the TP though. Some things are just to important to forget...

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#6310548 - 03/20/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: sollybug]
sreekers Offline
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Registered: 02/11/12
Posts: 392
This thread has been a fun one for sure.

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#6310627 - 03/20/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: sollybug]
Maverick940 Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 1973
Loc: Alaska
Originally Posted By: sollybug
Helps to read this thread where others are as brilliant as I am. Like last year where I liked twenty miles into a glacier and found the only canister I carried for my stove was empty. Another time I drove two days to my hunting grounds to find I forgot..... the tent? still dont know how that happened. This year I shot a caribou and pulled out my game saw to find out it was missing a bolt to hold the blade on and wouldnt work. Thankfully I had a small sawblade on my skinner that I managed to use. Never have forgot the TP though. Some things are just to important to forget...


Back in the early 70's my brother and I packed into Icicle Creek and after struggling the entire day from the old Homestead Lodge at the end of Eagle River Road - where the visitor center now sits - to a little shelf in the alders right alongside upper Icicle Creek, and we discovered that my brother had forgot to tie his sleeping bag to the bottom of his packframe. Even still, we toughed it out for 16 days while trying to kill a couple of B&C rams that were hanging in the cliffs above Icicle Glacier.

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#6317696 - 03/21/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: sreekers]
Walker6 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 11/11/11
Posts: 364
Loc: South Texas
Don't buy the mittens that have the little magnets that hold the finger flaps back just because they are quieter than the velcro ones. It turns out that while handheld GPS units use satellites to determine your location, they evidently are equipped with magnetic compasses to determine your direction. I was not aware of this. Knowing your exact location on earth without knowing which way is which is a very special way to get lost. I figured it out about the time the sun came up. Later that day, after the sun went down, I learned that my GPS unit's compass, much like a regular compass, also doesn't work properly if you hold it out in front of you pointing up. Like when the batteries get low so the backlight shuts off to conserve power so you hold it up high in front of your headlamp which is partially obscurred by the bill of your ball cap which you put on to keep the snow out your eyes. Long day. Moral of the story is that it's ok to trust your GPS, just know its limitations. And make sure you choose a hunting partner that is good with directions.

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#6318283 - 03/21/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: elkhunter_241]
elkhunter130 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 494
Loc: Grants Pass, Oregon
Originally Posted By: elkhunter_241
During archery season dont leave your sidearm at camp, no matter how heavy it is.

I only did this twice in a 20 year span and as luck would have it, I ran into a bear both times, the second one got the point across REAL well, it was a grizzly at 15 feet.


I cannot agree more. Same thing happened to me. Now I never leave camp without it, not even for number two at night. Last time I got bluff charged
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"A .358 Norma Mag is not for everyone but then again Bear hunting isn't either."

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#6323911 - 03/23/12 Re: What not to do..... [Re: snubbie]
AB2506 Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 07/31/07
Posts: 3727
Loc: Calgary Alberta, Canada
Snubbie Said: "Don't butcher your deer in the field, put in game bags, put game bags in PLASTIC bags to keep pack clean, then seal it all tightly while hiking out, then load closed pack in car and drive home...

...without first cooling the meat and/or taking the meat out of the pack upon arrival at the car.

I now keep a cooler in the car when hunting. Also probably a good idea to bypass the plastic bag and just wash the pack out later, especially if it's warm. Don't seal up that heat!"

Excellent advice Snubbie!


Edited by AB2506 (03/23/12)

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