Well...went for my first backpack hunting trip. Got skunked, but got hooked. Thought I would post a few pics.
I did the High Buck Hunt here in Washington State. Fore those interested in knowing, my buddy and I hunted in the Buckhorn Wilderness (Olympic NF), near Silver Lake. Apparently we didn't go to a remote enough place, because we saw 7 other hunters hunting the same area as us. Kind of suprising to me, because it was a 5.5 mile hike to the camp site up rediculous terrain (IMO).
Learned alot for next year. A couple of things I would change is....1. Camp Higher than I intend to hunt. 2. Carry extra empty water bottles/blatters. This way when I'm approaching my camp I can fill them and only have to walk down to a water source every couple of days. 3. More time to hunt (Dang you work!). My strategy next year will be to hunt a given area 1 to 2 days and then move to my next area, and have about 4 areas scouted out. 4. Go further out. 5. Consolidate gear with my buddy to help reduce weight. This year with rifle and optics I was carrying about 64 pounds.
Everyone feel free to post your pics, tell your stories, and give some pointers to us new guys.
Thanks for pictures of places I can't get to anymore. Washington has a lot of good hikes. The only advice I'd give is if you're going to work that hard-take on a British Columbia goat hunt, or some of the other states for deer.
1sevenzero---great job in getting out there and i always love the photos. You'll obviously gain alot more experience the more you do it. I am certainly no expert but I think you would be alot more happy if you got you system down to about half of what your pack weighs. 64 pounds is alot of weight. By comparison, my spike camp system is about 25 pounds for two days. It would be more the longer I stay out (food and water) but there is so much quality lightweight equipment out there, you have a multitude of choices.
"Every man has a purpose---------mine is to be behind a rifle.........."
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than be in any city on earth." ---Steve McQueen
HARPERC - I've gotten to Texas for some deer and javelina hunting. Both an excellent time. And as for hunting B.C. I would love to and I hope one day it works out.
mtnwrunner - Most of my gear is name brand backpacking gear. The lightest I could find at the time. My pack, pre rifle and optics, was 44lbs which is still to heavy. I'm guessing it came from the water proof bags I used and my cold weather/rain gear. My rifle and optics came out to around 20 lbs. I know that is crazy heavy for backpack hunting, but I love my rifle and optics.
I know what you mean about BC seeming out of reach. I thought I'd draw a goat tag here years ago, back when I was at least as photogenic as a dead goat. It took me until 50 + plus years, and one weathered out trip. As proud as I am of that goat, and the guides, and friends that made the commitment to get me there. Going younger to hike more distance in different habitats has a lot to offer. In hindsight most of the issues aren't as big looking back. First step sit down and plan it like it was a done deal. You could be closer than you think. Not advice cause your getting it done without my 2 cents, just encouragement cause there are a lot of great hikes out there, some have more game at the end.
If your rain gear is weighing you down I would consider leaving it behind and wearing wool. I have given up trying to stay dry weather it's rain or sweat. I carry a light weight goretex jacket just to put over my down. I am a gear nut myself so I have struggled with lightening my start weight. As you get a few more trips under your belt you will have a lot better idea what is a necessity and what you can leave at home. Depending on the area you might be better served to carry a water filter and only carry a minimum of water. I hope this helps sounds like you are on your way to a lot of great hunts.