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AZ elk help
Posted: 08 April 2015 06:37 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I drew an AZ elk tag and wasn’t ready for it.  It was supposed to take 10 years and it took 4.  I was hoping a fellow flatlander who has done this before could give me a list of stuff I need.  Never hunted elk before but have all the whitetail stuff.  Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Posted: 08 April 2015 09:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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what unit and weapon?

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Posted: 08 April 2015 09:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Man thats awesome jcurri!!!Good luck buddy.

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Posted: 08 April 2015 09:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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3b archery

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Posted: 09 April 2015 08:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Jcurri that is awesome news, Congrats…......you will need a little different gear, if you go back in my FLATLANDER blog archives and you’ll see ELK HUNT series you can see some gear reviews, I have about 6-8 buddies that go annually and I go when I can, most gear choices are agreed upon, some differ for personal taste, the three things I wouldn’t go without were really really good boots, Irish Setter Grizzley Tracker, i’d put them against any Danner or other brand out there, they are 2.2 lbs. which is really important and feel great even at the end of a day packing meat.  Next a good pack is gold, if you have a pack that doesn’t fit well or ride well and carry 60-100 lbs. well your just screwed, I used Tenzing’s biggesst back and it adjusts to every torso length, Eberlestock are quality too, just not as adjustable…......also a Steri-pen for getting clean safe drinking water is a real plus, they were $120 at the time, now Meijer has them for $39 no reason to not own one…......

last tip, own a bull bugle call but plan on not using it unless you have to, own at least three cow calls and master them…....always keeping one close to your mouth…....lastly get in shape far better than you think you’ll need to and it will just barely be enough if you pack one out!!

Enjoy!!!

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Posted: 10 April 2015 08:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’m not familiar with 3b.  Flatlander has some great advice and I will stress the same: do not cheap out on boots.  A lot of guys swear by Danner Pronghorns.  I am partial to Lowa’s (http://www.lowaboots.com/).  I have the renegades and tibets.  I’d guess the renegades might be more suited for your hunt.  I use an Eberlestock pack and it is fine; just a little on the heavy side compared to high end packs such as Kuiu and Kifaru.  I use a Katadyn hiker pro for water.  It is a pump system and it works.

I’m assuming you will going public land DIY.  If so, I would recommend getting a vehicle map for the natiional forest you are hunting.  A really good map to have is from MyTopo (http://www.mytopo.com/products/hunt-area-unit.cfm?state=AZ&species=ALL&gmu=3B).  You can order maps based on the unit you are hunting so it will have the unit boundary marked.  I also highly recommend the gps maps from onXmaps (http://www.huntinggpsmaps.com/).  These maps have unit boundaries and distinguish between private and public ground.  They make the software for garmin gps systems and cell phones but my experience with their maps is with a garmin oregon 550.  If buying new, I would suggest the smartphone route if you already have one.

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Posted: 10 April 2015 11:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thanks for the advice.  I am an avid hiker so I’m set on boots (Lowa Tibets) and I have a Kuiu back which should work fine.  Not trying to put the cart before the horse but what size/type of coolers do you use?

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Posted: 10 April 2015 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I always take a a small chest freezer.  It works great for dry storage and is locakable if you stay somewhere on your trip to/from the mountains.  When I get out west, I’ll stop at the local walmart or meat packer and buy 2 blocks of dry ice.  I put the dry ice in a small insulated cooler and put it into the chest freezer.  It will easily last a week and you don’t have to worry about running to town for ice or the water mess.  If i’m lucky I put the meat in the freezer, and take the dry ice from the small cooler out.  Really works well.

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