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    A book, when i'm calf hunting it means long sits on stand with not a whole lot of action.

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    This seems to be the general consensus....just curious why are the calves so hard to find...you would think if there is a cow around they wouldnt be too far away. Its all a learning curve for me, never done moose hunting but I am sure pumped to learn and take it all in.




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    A book, when i'm calf hunting it means long sits on stand with not a whole lot of action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twostroke View Post
    This seems to be the general consensus....just curious why are the calves so hard to find...you would think if there is a cow around they wouldnt be too far away. Its all a learning curve for me, never done moose hunting but I am sure pumped to learn and take it all in.
    In our area, cows have pretty much lost their calves to predation already. If they do have a calf, they will try to keep the calf hidden in the timber. You may catch them on the move from their feeding areas to bedding areas early in the morning. Don't forget a Thermacell or head net at the very least. As said previously, good rain gear, good boots for walking and swamping. Early season in the north can go from warm to cold and snow in the matter of hours. Never leave camp without a compass or two.

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    I've had a few years to collect these invaluable items and due to the fact that we sit for the entire day out on the stand, it's saved my .

    1) Never underestimate the value of technical clothing (Base Layers)
    - Under Armour Skin Tight Base Layer
    - Under Armour Base Layer 3.0 or 4.0 (depending on how cold it is)
    - Breathable, wicking sweaters
    and on the cold days, I have a North Face down jacket that can collapse into a small ball, I love it and am so happy that I have it. You put that on and do a couple push-ups or squats and to generate body heat and the down jacket does the rest. It's simply a must in cold weather combined with very little movement.

    2) Non-scented pre-packaged wet wipes
    - For your hands (if you want to eat lunch with some what of clean hands)
    - For your .
    It comes in small package, easily packable and if it rains, it doesn't get soaked like TP would sitting in your bag.
    3) Sunflower seeds (or chewing tobacco)

    4) Some guys may complain about this but I have a small MSR Pocket Rocket Stove (http://www.basspro.com/MSR-PocketRoc...product/45441/), I can run it on the lowest setting and it makes no sound and will slowly warm up a soup or chilli for lunch. Or, a fresh cup of tea before you get ready for the evening push.

    Lastly, nothing beats a cellphone that has 3G or 4G access... If you have it than a Mophie battery power station will become your best friend. I have one that can charge my phone 3 times.

    Hope this helps.

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    Rain gear,TP,foldable ammo case(quiet) small hatchet and shovel,knife,compass (good one),2 Bic lighters,ziploc bag of dryer lint (it can burn down your house,so,it's awesome firestarter) folding camp chair,9x12 tarp with rope (umbrella over your watch),waterproof flashlight with extra batteries. All of this can go into a single hunting backpack....no fuss,no muss.
    Sometimes,Karma sends an ex back into your life to see if you're still stupid.

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    Crazy glue has come in handy, if you need to fix something minor or you slice yourself open.

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    I'd take with me some good maps, aerial scouting and plan experience of where I scouted and found sign before the hunt. If you remember that and a gun that shoots straight.

    You our might be able to get by without under armour base layers n goretex outer layers if you haven't watched too many hunting shows.

    Ps if you can't do the first thing then listen too the most experienced guy in your group.

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    Sorry to interject, I have a 30-32 , I am going Moose hunting for the first time this year. I can get the loan of a .308 for the week. The question is, should I grab the .308 because the 30-32 may not be enough? Should -may- could, I stick with Grandpas gun? Why? I think I will bring both with me, but, what others say on here may help me make up my mind as to what I take into the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishermccann View Post
    Sorry to interject, I have a 30-32 , I am going Moose hunting for the first time this year. I can get the loan of a .308 for the week. The question is, should I grab the .308 because the 30-32 may not be enough? Should -may- could, I stick with Grandpas gun? Why? I think I will bring both with me, but, what others say on here may help me make up my mind as to what I take into the woods.
    Take both. Always have a back up.

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    If you had to shoot to kill, as always, the good old boy you know well or the new bigger faster.

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