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Old 04-25-2013, 08:58 AM
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Re: First time elk hunter

you have a rifle, binoculars and a knife??
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:29 PM
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you have a rifle, binoculars and a knife??
Not as yet, I live on a fixed budget so I'm taking this one step at a time.
Once I'm certain I'll need a knife with which to field dress a deer or elk, then I'll look for the right one, in my price range. Same goes for binoculars.
While I'm sure a good pair of binoculars would come in handy, even if I just wanted to watch wildlife from a distance. They can be expensive, at least according to my pocketbook. So I figure I'll wait and get what I need as I go along.
I may go with my friends who already have these items and not need to invest in them until next year.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:57 PM
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Not as yet, I live on a fixed budget so I'm taking this one step at a time.
Once I'm certain I'll need a knife with which to field dress a deer or elk, then I'll look for the right one, in my price range. Same goes for binoculars.
While I'm sure a good pair of binoculars would come in handy, even if I just wanted to watch wildlife from a distance. They can be expensive, at least according to my pocketbook. So I figure I'll wait and get what I need as I go along.
I may go with my friends who already have these items and not need to invest in them until next year.
Always good to find friends with gear However, solid hunting knives and decent binoculars do not have to be crazy expensive. Outdoor Edge makes some very good knives and kits for hunting that include knives and bone saws. These are great and fit easily in a pack. I think they are in the $40-$80 range depending on what you get. Also keep an eye out for sales and deals like Cabelas bargain cave. I got a nice pair of Bushnell binocs last year from the bargain cave for $40.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:13 PM
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Always good to find friends with gear However, solid hunting knives and decent binoculars do not have to be crazy expensive. Outdoor Edge makes some very good knives and kits for hunting that include knives and bone saws. These are great and fit easily in a pack. I think they are in the $40-$80 range depending on what you get. Also keep an eye out for sales and deals like Cabelas bargain cave. I got a nice pair of Bushnell binocs last year from the bargain cave for $40.
Thanks, I'll keep those in mind
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:37 PM
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Re: First time elk hunter

I am. also going for Elk for the first time this next season.. hopefully so I am interested in this information as well. I have the basics, well most of them in the shape of my rifle and a solid knife. I as of yet have any field glasses or a range finder. Is there anything else that is normally overlooked from we 1st time elk hunters.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:14 PM
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I am. also going for Elk for the first time this next season.. hopefully so I am interested in this information as well. I have the basics, well most of them in the shape of my rifle and a solid knife. I as of yet have any field glasses or a range finder. Is there anything else that is normally overlooked from we 1st time elk hunters.
In my particular situation, I'm confident my friends will advise me on most everything I need. (Perm. Disabled)
The one thing, especially for Elk is, how do you carry out 100's of pounds of animal from wherever you will be hunting?
I will always have someone with me so, I'm sure they will be able to pack out the animal but, one product which might easily be passed over is: A MEAT CART with which to assist in carrying out your deer or elk.
The DIY Hunter - Lightweight Game Cart

"How do I get an 800 lb elk out of the mountains by myself."
Game Carts & Carriers and maybe a Game Hoist ?

I don't know if it will make a difference for me but, I qualify for permit to shoot from a vehicle.
Montana Permit To Hunt From A Vehicle

I hope you and I can share stories of our first hunts.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:43 AM
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Re: First time elk hunter

You quarter it into pieces small enough to carry, hind quarter, head and neck, front quarter ect... I guess counting the head that would be 5th's. This is where the work starts my friend. I've packed a 5x6 bull out of the back country alone making 5 trips in and out. You will be thankful you have friends with you to help. Sometimes you'll be lucky enough to drive truck or 4 wheeler close to use it for part of the hauling. You should be able the leave the rib cage just keep evidence of sex the fish cops will need to see that. In Idaho anyway. I'm not sure the rules in Utah. Good luck sounds like you have the basics worked out, you don't have to spend thousands in gear to be successful. The best glass and guns make it a little easier but deff. Not required. Scout a lot and hopefully nobody else your not hunting with shows up to ruin your hunt. So descent shooting gun, good backpack strong enough to haul an elk quarter and your gear, bino's, knife, rangefinder optional you should be able to get close enough it won't matter.snacks and water. Practice a lot with the rifle, scout some more. Mission accomplished. That said if the area your hunting is open enough for shots over 300 yards or so the rangefinder would be a must have, the areas your scouting will answer that. Don't make it to complicated or your pack will weight more then you ha ha. Having fun is more important then sucess you will learn a lot your first trip out.
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