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Backcountry, Elk Hunting, Hunting Gear, Hunting Panniers -

One of the most common questions I get from novices is ‘how should I prepare for my first hunt in the backcountry?’ Hunting for elk and other big game in what can be a dangerous and unwelcoming environment is no small task, but I think I can help make it a little easier for you by sharing some of my backcountry hunting essentials. These are a handful of tips based on my experience as a backcountry hunter that could be valuable to novices and seasoned adventurers alike. Before you head out on your next excursion to remote areas, take my...

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Packing Tips -

I meet a lot of folks at my shows and I hear even more stories. I always pay attention because there is much to be learned, especially when the story involves broken bones. A couple of years ago when I was at an expo in Salt Lake City, UT there was a gentleman at my booth admiring my saddle bags. He liked my design but wanted to make sure there was a way to tie them down. He proceeded to tell me a story of how his horse did not do well with floppy saddlebags. He said he was on...

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My hunting buddy and I were packing up. We were about to head back to the trailhead after a week in the backcountry. I was loading and weighing the panniers while John was saddling the pack burros when a couple of out-of-state, neophyte bow hunters who were camped up the valley walked into camp. They looked concerned. They began to explain when they returned from their morning hunt they discovered that cattle had wandered into camp. The alfalfa pellets that were left on the ground had been eaten. It was all they had for their horse. Plus, the cattle had...

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Pack Animals -

There are many reasons why people choose to use long-eared critters. It seems that donkeys are becoming more and more popular. They are being utilized as farm companions, they're great under saddle or as pack animals, and folks even compete in halter class and other arena events with them. Donkeys have many positive attributes. If you ever ask a donkey owner why they like them, chances are you'll get an earful. As a packer, one of the positive things about utilizing donkeys and mules is their ability to survive on lower quality forage and less water than a horse. It...

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Hunting Equipment, Hunting Gear, Hunting Panniers, MRG, Pack Animals, Pack Mule, Pack Saddle, Packing Equipment, Packing Supplies, Packing Tips, Panniers, Rockies -

Many skills are required to properly haul loads with equines. Knowledge of proper lashings and hitches seems to be a lost art. I've seen some crazy stuff when it comes to inexperienced people tying down loads. Whether it’s a box hitch, diamond hitch or squaw hitch, folks who regularly pack with broom tails will always have their favorite method. An old packer once commented about the controversy of which hitch is best: "If you get from the trailhead to camp without losing any packing gear or injuring humans or your animals, then you probably did something right." Although this has...

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