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#235302 - 11/09/11 03:17 AM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: ironraven]
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Originally Posted By: ironraven
... a spare blaze vest for the deer, and some surveyor's tape.
Excellent idea to bring a vest for the deer. Some surveyor's tape on the antlers should clear things up for any bleary eyed hunters.

Question on the chem lights/light sticks. I stopped carrying them because they generally have a short shelf life. Any brands out there with year+ shelf lives?

HJ
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#235304 - 11/09/11 03:33 AM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: Hikin_Jim]
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I've mostly stopped for that reason to, but I do still keep some around becuase they are zero-spark and utterly waterproof. And then I throw them into jackle lanterns at halloween- radioactive green is kinda cool to me, and the landlord appreciates the no candles. But I EDC a Garrity light stick, not the most robust light I have but it is on par with a normal Cylume for brightness, lasts longer, and can be turned off. Or set to strobe, and then if you swing it like a bullroarer, yeah, that's obvious at night.
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#235309 - 11/09/11 04:22 AM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: ironraven]
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Originally Posted By: ironraven
I've mostly stopped for that reason to, but I do still keep some around becuase they are zero-spark and utterly waterproof. And then I throw them into jackle lanterns at halloween- radioactive green is kinda cool to me, and the landlord appreciates the no candles. But I EDC a Garrity light stick, not the most robust light I have but it is on par with a normal Cylume for brightness, lasts longer, and can be turned off. Or set to strobe, and then if you swing it like a bullroarer, yeah, that's obvious at night.
Exactly. The Garrity might be good way to go. I used to carry a life jacket type USCG approved strobe but finally gave it up as too heavy. I keep it in my car kit now.

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#235311 - 11/09/11 04:27 AM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: ironraven]
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Originally Posted By: ironraven
I'd start with my Core 15:
Knife, Firestarters (2 kinds), water carrier and purification, metal pot/cup/bottle, signals (cell, active audiable and visual- you should have passive visual with your blaze orange already, PLB if you can swing it), cordage, navigation (compass, map, gps), flashlight (with batteries), fak, tools (pliers and a SAK or a multi), socks, ID, some small food, and rain gear and/or thermal layer, in a small pack. Oh, wait, that's my EDC- so I'll add a little more.

For hunting, I'd add a tarp or sportsmans blanket (maybe a wool blanket, to), gauntlets, guts bag, a couple chemlights or a light stick, some thermal packs, minimal cleaning kit, and a spare blaze vest for the deer, and some surveyor's tape.

Oh, and a partner. I don't do big game alone, deer or bear. Easier to carry out with two. smile
How does he feel about the inside of your pack? wink

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#235312 - 11/09/11 04:30 AM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: TeacherRO]
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A bright orange fleece or merino wool Balaclava,w/ an xtra large wool watchcap(beanie)to go over that,good mittens w/ shooting finger,a frisbee to sit on,dig snow with,eat off of,organize tinder,etc.,etc.Waterproof gaiters & A Doug Ritter PSK hanging around your neck or in a shirt pocket.

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#235316 - 11/09/11 05:41 AM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: Hikin_Jim]
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Originally Posted By: Hikin_Jim

Question on the chem lights/light sticks. I stopped carrying them because they generally have a short shelf life. Any brands out there with year+ shelf lives?

HJ


My experience is that the typical chem lights are worthless since they more often than not are dark when you need them. The exception are chem lights made for PFS's. They are packaged in a tough plastic capsule that does protect them properly. Look for a USCG approval.
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#235322 - 11/09/11 12:27 PM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: TeacherRO]
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Loc: Appalachians
One of the big problems with winter survival is starting a fire in a cold wet windy environment. Carrying a bic lighter and some vaseline coated cotton balls may not be enough. You might want to tuck a road flare and/or a small can of zippo fuel in your pack for that ultimate wet wood fire starting capability. Might save your life if you suddenly find yourself soaking wet.

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#235323 - 11/09/11 12:56 PM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: NuggetHoarder]
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Originally Posted By: NuggetHoarder
One of the big problems with winter survival is starting a fire in a cold wet windy environment. Carrying a bic lighter and some vaseline coated cotton balls may not be enough. You might want to tuck a road flare and/or a small can of zippo fuel in your pack for that ultimate wet wood fire starting capability. Might save your life if you suddenly find yourself soaking wet.


+1. I like to think I'm pretty handy with firecraft but winter here is challenging. We can get extended sub-zero temps. Humidity isn't usually an issue but of course we get cold and wet, too. I've been keeping some vacuum sealed Esbit/Hexamine tabs for emergencies...once it gets bad out I'll test them in the wet & cold.
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#235324 - 11/09/11 01:44 PM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: TeacherRO]
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It's hard to beat an Esbit tab for a firestarter.

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#235337 - 11/09/11 04:18 PM Re: Hunter's pack [Re: NightHiker]
clearwater Offline
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Registered: 03/19/05
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Loc: Channeled Scablands
I like to carry a small medicine bottle stuffed with cotton balls/vasaline and big chucks of pine pitch.

A tiny squeeze bottle with chalk line chalk in a bright color
to test wind direction and as another method for marking a blood
trail if grid ribbon runs out.

Sometimes a 6 foot piece of tubular climbing webbing to make a
drag harness out of.

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