Marking Your Pack?

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by yotefever, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. yotefever

    yotefever Well-Known Member

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    Last year antelope hunting in WY we dropped our packs several times to put the sneak on critters. A few times we had a heck of a time finding our packs,one buck was beamed out of the area by Scotty back to the Enterprise.
    So does anyone have any tips to make them easier to find. I had thought about taking some blaze orange material and putting in on a bush if any or on one of the little metal flag poles diggers hotline use to mark underground pipes.
     
  2. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    Mark their location with a GPS. Most everyone seems to carry one nowdays.
     

  3. LRSickle

    LRSickle Well-Known Member

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    I have also lost my pack and, being a traditional bowhunter, I've lost my boots as well. I now carry some orange surveyor's ribbon to mark the bushes next to my stuff.
    I usually change my socks and put on a heavy pair of wool socks to dampen my sound and cushion my feet against rocks. If I don't have any ribbon with me I'll take my white tube socks and hang them over the bushes above my boots.
     
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Many years ago I decided to camo my 4 wheeler and guess what? (I lost it in the woods and
    had to walk back to the road and back track to find it) I felt pretty dumb as big as it was so I started flagging anything near eye level after that .

    I also have a friend that laid his rifle down in Colorado and found it the next year while hunting.

    The GPS is a good idea and I will do that from now own.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  5. squirrelduster

    squirrelduster Well-Known Member

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    I was bow hunting in the Monitor mountain range in Nevada several years ago and put my pack down to chase a MONSTER mulie. I figured he was in the 33" to 34" spread range with high and heavy beams and 4 very long points. I had never and have never since seen a buck of that caliber, I was a little excited to say the least. I didn't mark the spot where I set my pack down and had a seriously hard time finding it again. Finally found it just before the sun went down. Good thing because it had my sleeping bag and all my other gear for spending a week on the mountain.
    I like the GPS idea.
    Never did see that buck again. I spent all week looking for him.
     
  6. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    We carry our packs to our objective and when close find an ORP. Stage our gear and mark it on a GPS. The key is to lay it next to something easily identifiable and then keep looking back at it because that's the way you will most likely be coming back to grab your gear (we may be running) and things can look a lot different from the opposite direction.
     
  7. LRSickle

    LRSickle Well-Known Member

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    J E CUSTOM lost his 4-wheeler!!! BWWWAHAHAHA. How the hell could he ever.......

    Oh wait, I was going to make fun of J E CUSTOM but I did the same thing. Except I had to walk back to camp in the dark and go find it the next day.
     
  8. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Thanks LR !!!!!

    I don't feel any smarter, But at least I'm not the only one swimming in the shallow end
    of the gene pool. Ha Ha.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  9. LRSickle

    LRSickle Well-Known Member

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    Your right J E, and if the gene pool was the size of a kiddies spash pool, I'd still lose every game of Marco Polo.
     
  10. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    It is good to laugh at ones self occasionally Because it is easier than just feeling stupid
    buy your self.

    I would like to hear some more tails like this.

    I know we are not alone. Only a dozen out of 15,000 ?

    J E CUSTOM
     
  11. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    Years ago I was looking for a trail that showed on a old topo I had that the early miners miner’s had used in the Oxbow drainage in Hells Canyon Idaho. Was horse back on a big timbered hill side and the horses were getting beat so I tied both my saddle horse and the pack horse off in a little pocket and worked up a side canyon on foot thinking that if the trail contoured around the steep little canyon I would see signs of it. It took about 4 hours and when coming back down I misjudged the distance and where I thought I left to horses they were nowhere to be seen. Thank god it was summer time and didn’t get dark till about 9:30 because it was about that when I found them.

    Looking back though it was a pretty fun day.
     
  12. was21

    was21 Well-Known Member

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    Already been covered---GPS and flagging.

    Of course you could also just leave it running.....or get one of those danged chirping alarms!!!! HA!!!

    If you leave anything unattended in my A.O. [ southwest of Patagonia just north of the border from Nogales]......Someone WILL find it and you will never see it again!!!

    Wes in AZ
     
  13. dewiseman

    dewiseman Well-Known Member

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    So then you boobie trap the area and follow the flash and bang back. OOps, thats probably politically incorrect isn't it.