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  1. #16
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    Colorado's law was and still maybe simply so many square inches of hunter orange be worn and a cheap vest over your clothing and a ball cap was more than enough to cover it when I was still going there.

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    Color isn't what spooks deer, movement and scent are. I've never seen deer to be affected by me wearing orange as long as I'm still and down wind. I'd rather be safe than dead.

    I have, however, heard that deer see blue really well. Another good reason not to hunt them while wearing blue jeans.

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    Something about Whitetail deer y'all need to know. My grandmother had a pet buck that we fed plantain leaves picked from the yard. He would come every day or so but we never saw him again after hunting season opened. There's a bunch of Whitetails that hang out at the nuclear plant...folks hand feed them as well. They're pets! These deer I speak of were born in the wild but chose to make friends with people. I'm writing this to tell deer hunters what to wear and that is to simply wear what you want to...the deer don't care. Stay safe and stay legal!

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    Two does came out in the front yard today. They ate grass for a while and then lay down. They guy down the road I call "Double Tap Man" was carrying on with his target practice as he often does for hours. It was extremely loud, but the deer didn't mind a bit. When My wife and I went out for a walk, we tried to stay out of sight as we left, but they saw us. One got up but we were soon down the road. When we came back, they were still laying there. We went inside and looked out. They were joined by a third and two were licking each other.

    We have a bobcat that frequents the area and one very large bear and some coyotes. Maybe that's why the deer prefer to sleep on the lawn in front of the house. A guy up the road says the bear sleeps in his flower bed.

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    Don't know what I would do if I had a bear sleeping in my flower bed...if I had a flower bed.

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    Growing up my Aunt's Brother rescued a Fawn, raised and cared for it until it passed of old age. It was a Buck and it debunked the thought process of how they go from a spike to a forked horn to a three pointer and then a four etc. never happened. It would simply change randomly from one year to the next so it was pretty much a surprise to what the next year might bring and it was always feed good.

    JLouis

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    Lou

    Where I used to live big Blacktails with large forks were called Pacific's. We assumed they had reached their peak and were on the downhill side.

    On the subject of clothing I loved Gortex when it first came out.

    Mort
    Last edited by dmort; 10-03-2018 at 06:34 PM.

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    Thank You for all of your kind words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alinwa View Post
    This is an OPINION!!

    Wool IS best..... GOOD wool like Filson......, but you couldn't get it in that budget. Not near.

    I've found satisfaction in Cabela's Guide Gear.

    Spray yourself down with vanilla as cover scent

    This oughtta' at least get an argument going....
    Then can you let me know how much the budget is good for the dress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamhoward View Post
    Then can you let me know how much the budget is good for the dress?
    OK..... so I lived in central Minnesota from 9yrs to 22yrs of age. I've experienced cold. On a small farm.

    We didn't have heated cabs..... we didn't have cabs.

    We didn't have heated water tanks, we unrolled and rolled hundreds of feet of water hose at 35 below.

    We weren't "snowmachine outsiders" we worked outside......Working outside means the clothes have to work sweaty and setting both.

    And I bowhunted the high country for a number of years wherein we'd stay in for days, even weeks living out of our backpacks. I've tried most things from silk to cotton, fleece to down to Therma-loft to flannel. Basically for many years the budget was WEIGHT, not cost. Spending dollars to save ounces was just a way of life. And staying warm wasn't an option, when you're 18 miles from the truck which is at the end-of-the-end of the last logging path and you're cold and wet from 3 days of rain and your gear is soaked and it snows for one more day before it clears up........ and supposed to get down to zero...... well, it gets real, very very real.

    I'm the only person I know who, outside of military training with doctors standing by has actually been incapacitated by hypothermia 3 times.

    But I could never afford wool back then. Period, was not an option. Not even a little bit.

    And we got dirty, dirty dirty.... and we worried about scent.

    So I/we learned to layer.

    To layer properly you need a pack. So IMO the single most important clothing item is a pack. My friends backpack actually, literally probably saved my brother's life.

    For day hunts a fanny pack will work. To carry clothing. You must be able to put on/take off as needed and once that's accomplished the choice of material becomes less important. I hunted absolutely EXTREME conditions using mainly cotton clothing (deadly according to popular culture) and this can only be accomplished using a real pack. This too is a huge topic but let me just opine that if you're going out for actual days you must spend time choosing the pack.

    A super light nylon "windbreaker" and a pair of "wind pants"must be packed into the very bottom of any pack of clothes. You can't hunt in it because you sound like a huge pair of scissors walking thru the woods. But it'll save your life for 6oz weight.

    And polar fleece.... WA where I live is The Land Of Polar Fleece. I found it when I moved here. Now I don't travel without it.

    My next step was buying better and more watertight clothing and IMO Cabela's Guide Gear line of clothing is the best, the most field-tested and cost-effective line having tried them all. (Actually.... with 30 people I'll call "hunting buddies" even though I haven't been in the woods with some of them..... it ain't "I've tried 'em all" it's a little more than my opinion)


    Now, I'm old enough that I'm finally buying some of my "Dream Clothing." I went down and paid $550.00 recently for my absolute first-ever woolen Mackinaw. From Filson. I drove over an hour to this store to buy it outright. https://www.filson.com/our-company/s...re%20locations


    And it felt good but that's another story entirely

    Good wool is retarted expensive..... a SHIRT from these guys will run from 75 for a pullover to 350.00+ so unless you get a government job like fireman or outdoor biologist or researcher where they give them out like candy.....Wool is a tough sell.


    So, for me, when I was actually HUNTING, i just worked with proper planning and a pack.


    Now that my pockets are deeper I have some truly awesome clothing but I'm too peckin' lazy to go spend the energy required to really use it. That said, for the mild daily stuff I do now??? I'm NEVER COLD!!!

    I left all that back in my youth.

    I swore off cold.


    AND..... it must be said. My uncle was a logger and woodsman and his kids inherited 20-30-40 yr-old clothing that looks better now then a normal shirt looks brand new.

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