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Title: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Littlefeather on December 01, 2004, 03:26:00 PM
I've read lots of "whats in your pack" and "what do you take hunting" threads but I thought that since most guys season is winding down we could share some knowledge from this years experiences.

Preparation for hunting trips seem to be nerve racking and endless. I spend weeks pouring over equipment, supplies, comfort ammenities(toilet paper), and check lists. Seems that no matter the countless hours spent, there is always some small item that goes overlooked till you are well into the trip(toothbrush, socks, etc.). These items plague my thoughts leading into the trip and never surprise me when they rear their head to show me I've forgotten them. So, with this all said, what is the item(s) that got left behind on your trip(s) this season?

I'll start: Came home with one sleeve missing AGAIN. Forgot to replentish the essential T.P.....

Got wet again because Id taken my poncho out of my pack....Remember the list   :readit:   . CK

p.s. By the time this thread winds down we can compile one big "Trad Hunters official checklist".
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Al Snow on December 01, 2004, 03:37:00 PM
Camping trips:

I finally remembered them this year, but I'm bad about forgetting trash bags, grocery bags for dirty clothes, eye drops (allergies, campfire smoke), wet wipes, paper towels....

Day hunts:

TP, enough water, enough snacks.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Jeff Strubberg on December 01, 2004, 04:10:00 PM
Seems like every year I take less with me into the woods.  I used to haul everything I "thought" I would use, now I shoot for those things I KNOW I will need.

My biggest problem with packing for an extended trip is that I usually haul about four times the food I actually need.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: JC on December 01, 2004, 04:24:00 PM
I've been rolling the dice lately...going into the woods for a day hunt with only my bow, quiver of arrows, a knife, necessary clothes, and a bottle of water. For a guy who loves to overpack a pack like me, it's been liberating to say the least. I still love my pack full of gear, but unless I'm hunting away from home, I'm trying hard to take only the barest necessities.

Now that I got that hogwash out of the way  :D  , one item I've found makes a great trip, specially for someone who gets cold easy like me, is the chemical heat packs like the hot hands brand.  I can wear less clothes which means I can shoot more accurately and still stay warm/still with a couple of these. It's hell when you're packin light and forget em though!
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: mich-mtnman on December 01, 2004, 04:29:00 PM
me too, ill be doing that in the morning.
 my back quiver , bow , knife , drag rope.
im trying to go in light too. for as many deer i shoot compared to the hours/days spent carrying junk around..ill chance it.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: the Ferret on December 01, 2004, 04:42:00 PM
Oh, this is good because I have to pack for a trip to AZ to spend a week in the desert. Now around the midwest I only need essentials, or what I consider essentials. My bow, 1 arrow, small headlamp, neck knife, bic lighter and a small 3 cornered stool

Making out the list of what I'll need in AZ and I know it'll be quite a bit larger than that.You guys can give me some good ideas.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Jason Lester on December 01, 2004, 04:48:00 PM
I figure I could live for a week or two with all the crap I used to take. Now I have steamlined it a bit. But it always seems to amaze me what all I have collected, by the end of season, in my pack.

The #1 thing I try not to forget is scent free baby wipes, so you don't loose a sleeve or sock etc.  :)  

A knife. Field dressing a deer with a broadhead is a bit of a challenge.

An empty bottle. (you can figure out why) Just make sure its a different shape than your water bottle. If not the results could be bad.   "[dntthnk]"  

Then water and snacks.  

BTW did I mention the different shaped bottles? LOL
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: kyle on December 01, 2004, 04:54:00 PM
I'm a quintessential overpacker and this year forced myself to go out a few times with just bow, two arrows (can't get down to one yet Mickey) my knife and wind check powder (I'm kinda likin this stuff).  Everything else I left in the truck and it's close enough that I don't worry about getting into a bind or anything.  It was a bit unnerving at first but I liked it enough to do it more.  It's helped me not worry when I do forget things in my pack.  

In response to this thread tho, the worst thing I've forgotten this year would be my grunt call one morning when the BOSS BUCK cruised by at about 80 yards.  I sure would have liked to have had my grunt call to see if he'd come in to it.  that was a BIG buck boys.

Mickey, when you go to AZ, please dear GOD take more than one arrow with you!  LOL.  Have fun man.  I love my camelbak pack when I know I'm going to need to stay hydrated.  It keeps your agua cold, conveinent and QUIET.

Kyle
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Killdeer on December 01, 2004, 05:14:00 PM
I thought to myself, "Dang, Curtis, that's why the leaves fell in Octember!" but then I remembered that you're a Texican, and your leaves aren't necessarily as friendly as the ones I know and love.  :eek:  

Killdeer
(I always have a plastic bag in my pack with some paper towels in it, just in case I accidentally kill something which requires emptying out and making a mess.)
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: don s on December 01, 2004, 05:21:00 PM
when my wife and i go camping. a lot of our stuff is packed in rubbermaid bins. one bin is for things that need to be replenished and another is for stuff that doesn't need to be unpacked. under the lid on each bin i make a list in black marker, what goes in the bin. this way you always have your list handy and you can add to it if needed. it really speeds up the packing and they stack nice.
                            don
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: kyle on December 01, 2004, 05:27:00 PM
Why heck don, don't that make it too simple?   There you go a-thinkin again.  See what you gone an did?  (btw-thanks for the great tip).

Kyle
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Dirteater on December 01, 2004, 05:29:00 PM
Clint, you are right about the socks.  If a guy or gal ain't never tromped back home from the woods with only one sock, then he/she hasn't spent too much time in the woods.  ;)  Either that or they are alot tougher than me.  :D  

Killdeer, them leaves that have already fallen to the ground are NOT very dependable.  :scared:
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: the Ferret on December 01, 2004, 05:36:00 PM
Kyle...what's a camelback pack? Description? Pic?

Glad to hear you are enjoying some "ultra-lite" bowhunting. So how often did you use both your arrows?
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: albertakid on December 01, 2004, 05:37:00 PM
I used to pack enough stuff that it took two men and a small child to pack it around. I have been slowly trying to use smaller and smaller packs so I limit the amount I can carry, but if you give me a big pack I can fill it up in a hurry. hope to be into a small outfitter or fanny pack by next year, but I haven't figured out where to put the kitchen sink yet!!!
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: flrecurve on December 01, 2004, 05:54:00 PM
for me the trusty GPS with 2 extra AA batteries, 12ft of rope for  dragging/hanging game, 35mm film cassette filled with waterproof matches, rubber wash gloves, plastic fold up poncho, spare knife, a few sheets of newspaper for doing #2, mosquito repellant, thermacell with a few extra pads and butane, hunting license, 1 or 2 extra BH and a few field tips for just incast I want to practice on a trail. Over the years my pack  has been getting smaller and smaller.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: clintopher on December 01, 2004, 06:08:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by the Ferret:
Kyle...what's a camelback pack? Description? Pic?

Glad to hear you are enjoying some "ultra-lite" bowhunting. So how often did you use both your arrows?
It's a backpak built around a water bladder.  There's several different sizes and styles.
Here's a    link (http://www.camelbak.com/rec/recreation.cfm) to their recreational packs.

Clint
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: the Ferret on December 01, 2004, 07:00:00 PM
Thanks for the link Clint, those are sumpthin!
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Hoodoo Arrow on December 01, 2004, 07:41:00 PM
sleeves and socks! Now that just ain't frugal.  Dad imposed a 2 square limit on us growing up therefore, when the good stuff is forgotten, you use a shirt pocket... and just the part that buttons down, not the part that holds stuff.

In order to keep from forgetting anything, I just make sure I take my pickup and not somebody elses.  Everything I need is in there......somewhere.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Bill Carlsen on December 01, 2004, 09:25:00 PM
Last Christmas my best bowhunting buddy gave a Russell neck knife. It is small and, well you know what a neck knife is, don't you? Well, what a surprise that little knife is. The deer I managed to kill this year was dressed in no time and that little blade found its way around the deer in record time, for me. I killed a bunch of squirrels this fall and the neck knife has been wonderful for them. I guess I discovered that I do not need a large blade to take care of large  game. I also found that when dressing a deer in the near dark by yourself requires a third had to hold the flashlihght.  So, this Christmas I got my wife, Laura, her own headlamp so I could get mine back. She discovered hunting this year so she has been borrowing all my extra stuff so she can go sit in the stands I set up for her behind our pond. The one time I forgot toilet paper I needed it, and it wasn't for marking a blood trail! I bought a pair of Nikon binos for a caribou hunt and have found them invaluable at times as  well as the bino chest strap. When the season started and the weather was warmer, I found that the Camel back day pack I got from the classifieds was a welcome addition to my hunts. Not to mention the Thermacell mosquito repeller. It worked so well I had to get Laura one. Like  Hoodoo Arrow, as long as I drove my own vehicle everything I needed was not far away but I never seem to have enough hooks to hang stuff on.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: BOFF on December 01, 2004, 10:24:00 PM
Been cutting back alot this year. Used to have a Uhaul in the tree/hunt with me. Now since time is limited, usually bow, arrows, knife, flashlight. Don't get to hunt all day, so food, and water is left in truck. I tend to eat and drink if it's available, and movement is not too good to get deer in close. What have I forgot this year. Let's see -a flashlight, gloves, watch, and rope.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Joseph on December 02, 2004, 03:24:00 AM
I only forgot the TP once and it ain't ever happened again!  Several pair of latex gloves are handy if you have to empty something out then just take off the gloves inside out and you have clean hands, must be the nurse in me coming out.  I also never go anywhere without a compass.  I learned land navigation the old fashioned way in the Army, I also just haven't gotten around to buying a GPS yet.  Also a firm believer in always have a backup.  Spare bowstring and I usually have 8 arrows with me and there have been times when I have used 7 of them shooting at grouse.  Joseph
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: cjones on December 02, 2004, 05:02:00 AM
Mickey, if ya need a good sized pack with a built in water bladder let me know. I have one that is brand new and never been used. You more than welcome to borrow it for your trip.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Huntrdfk@Work on December 02, 2004, 06:47:00 AM
I try to keep it as light as possible, no packs, so everything must fit in pockets or around my neck. Bow, arrows, back quivers, knife, broadhead pro sharpener, mini mag light, compass, haul rope for getting bow up to the stand, binoculars, digital camera, grunt call, and some type of face mask.
Now, if I really, really want to kill something, I forget everything except bow and arrows, so that when I do shoot something I have to walk back out to the truck to get my stuff to take pics, knife to field dress, rope to drag..... you get the picture.  (Some days I purposely forget those things, it has actually worked!!)


David
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Chad Edgar on December 02, 2004, 07:27:00 AM
I forgot my hearing aids on a couple of hunts this year.  50% hearing loss in both ears makes for a lousy hunt.
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Jason Lester on December 02, 2004, 07:46:00 AM
Chad,  
  If its plaid you might not get it back from Mickey LOL.

I've seen the bladders at walmart that you just slip in a pack. I've thought about getting one but I don't get to hunt as long and figure I can survive a couple hours on a smaller bottle.  :)
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: kyle on December 02, 2004, 09:01:00 AM
Mickey, I guess you got the link for the Camelbaks.  They are great.  There's lots of the same types of packs out there but I've looked at most of them and keep coming back to the Camelbaks.  I figure if our boys are going into battle with them, they are good enough for me.  The military ones on their websites are top shelf stuff.  There's a US Cav store here that supplies our fighting boys in the 101st and I've seen some of those packs.  They're NIIIIICE.  I personally use a H.A.W.G. (Holds Alot of Water and Gear) in black and have pinned a fleece camo cover over it to keep it a bit quieter and covered when I set it down.  The way the bladder pocket is designed, you can use it like a back quiver too (with broadheads you'd HAVE to have covers on them).  I have used it for 3-d shoots in hot weather and forgone my side quiver.  

And to answer your other question Mickey, I used 5 arrows when I got my first two deer in the same evening (i posted the story on here) and I've had three other instances where I've gotten second shots off with my trad equipment.  This stuff is so quiet that I'm much more optimistic about second shots than I ever was with wheelie bows.  That's why I can't bring myself to carry just one arrow yet.  It's that WHAT IF factor.  That and my dad used to say when packing for camping/hunting trips "I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it"

Kyle
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: kyle on December 03, 2004, 11:53:00 AM
i used to forget my glove or tab but since I served my string with dental floss, its soft enough now that I don't need a glove unless I'm going to shoot a bunch.

kyle
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Huntschool on December 03, 2004, 02:48:00 PM
I don't know.  Perhaps I am being an old fart or something but I do not take much to the woods with me. Never did, even in Maine, Up state New York, NJ, or today here in S. IL

I am usually within a short jaunt(drive or walk) of my home or truck so TP, Snickers(power food), knife, and canteen, half a binocular, lighter and accessories(cigs, yes, I will take a smoke break in the woods)and oh yea, My bow and some arras.

All my personal shooting stuff is in my pants and jacket.  Stays there............
Title: Re: The unseen and overlooked
Post by: Tom Leemans on December 03, 2004, 02:56:00 PM
Compass, topo map, sharp knife, cordage, way to make fire and your huntin' stuff/clothes. Walking alot? take extra socks.

I did forget my deer stand one year. Had to borrow a ladder stand that made me feel like I was in the cheap seats.