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#7058798 - 01/30/18 01:49 PM Let's talk accessories and gear
jskin Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 5578
Loc: McKinney/Van Alstyne
Gonna upgrade a bunch of my stuff and have a big hunt coming this year. Looking for recommendations on the following

Gun case- double
Shooting sticks
Hiking/hunting boots
Binos
Spotting scope
Backpack

Thanks
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#7058806 - 01/30/18 01:52 PM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
Texasteach Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/05/16
Posts: 394
Loc: Ector County
Where are you hunting? What is the terrain? What time of year? What weather conditions are expected?
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#7058816 - 01/30/18 01:58 PM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
jskin Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 5578
Loc: McKinney/Van Alstyne
December hunt, desert mountains of far west TX
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#7060575 - 01/31/18 03:25 PM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
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Registered: 01/04/15
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Aoudad? You will have a blast. I like Pelican cases and Bogpods. I used the Badlands Superday and it's plenty of pack for day hunts. Boots will be a personal thing, just make sure they are broken in before the hunt. You will be doing plenty of uphill and downhill walking. I wasn't really expecting the really loose rock that seemed everywhere on one hunt. I would spend the money on the binos and boots. What's your budget for binos? I didn't really use my spotter that much. The guide will have a good one. If you want one, by all means go for it but the really good ones don't come cheap.


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#7060581 - 01/31/18 03:28 PM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: TxHunter80]
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Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 5118
Loc: BenBrook Texas
Originally Posted By: TxHunter80
Aoudad? You will have a blast. I like Pelican cases and Bogpods. I used the Badlands Superday and it's plenty of pack for day hunts. Boots will be a personal thing, just make sure they are broken in before the hunt. You will be doing plenty of uphill and downhill walking. I wasn't really expecting the really loose rock that seemed everywhere on one hunt. I would spend the money on the binos and boots. What's your budget for binos? I didn't really use my spotter that much. The guide will have a good one. If you want one, by all means go for it but the really good ones don't come cheap.

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#7072773 - 02/09/18 08:23 PM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
hookemhorns Offline
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Registered: 01/10/06
Posts: 688
Loc: Forney, TX
Schnees boots
Alps backpack. High quality lower cost than most.
Vortex Binoís. The key is to get a good bino harness.
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#7074035 - 02/11/18 01:50 AM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
Fitzwho Offline
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Registered: 07/27/07
Posts: 243
Loc: Midland, TX
Since I canít sleep...


Gun case- double - Pelican, SKB, Cabelaís, Plano, whatevs really
Shooting sticks - BogPod, or since youíre looking at a spotting scope, add a Shooting rest attachment to whatever Carbon fiber tripod you will use for that (BogPod has QD attachments for all of this)
Hiking/hunting boots - Iím running Meindlís or Zamberlan Vioz GTX depending on terrain
Binos - if you have a decent pair already, I would look at some 15x56ís to run on a tripod in lieu of the spotting scope
Spotting scope - Vortex Razor HD is hard to beat at the price point. Easy to spend twice the money though.
Backpack - any decent daypack will get you by. If you plan on doing more adventure type hunts in years to come, an external frame pack might be worth a look, especially if youíll be packing out animals (Kuiu, Kifaru, Mystery Ranch, Stone Glacier, etc). I just switched to a Mystery Ranch pack that I feel will fit my style of hunting, but havenít had it in the field yet.

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#7076587 - 02/13/18 07:59 AM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
Lone Ranger Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 1354
Loc: Irving, Texas
Tuff Pak gun case (best ever for airline travel)
Primos trigger stick, either monopod or tripod version
Irish Setter elk tracker boots
Zeiss Conquest 10x42 binoculars
Badlands Super Day backpack
I don't use a spotting scope, just quality binos!

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#7077372 - 02/13/18 05:02 PM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 547
Loc: West TX
Gun case- double - SKB or Pelican
Shooting sticks - Bogpod over Primos (I have both and bogpod is lighter)
Hiking/hunting boots - Uninsulated version: Zamberlan, Soloman, Lowa, Kenetrek; Insulated Kenetrek or Meindls
Binos - best you can afford in 10x42 (Vortex, Swaro, Zeiss, Leica)
Spotting scope - waste of weight unless you are going unguided then Vortex 65mm or bigger
Backpack - wonít need anything large. B/w 1500 - 3,000 cu ft. Badlands, Eberlestock, Sitka, Kuiu, etc

If hunting aoudad, take a tough pair of gloves because the rock out west will destroy your hands if not covered.

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#7080636 - 02/15/18 09:43 PM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
duckhunter175 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 356
Loc: DFW
Gun case- Pelican

Shooting sticks-- I'll break from the crowd here--- buy a damn good tripod-- use it for your binos/spotter and then use the Outdoorsmans shooting 'V' for when you are ready to take your shot. It saves you from doubling down on a tripod AND sticks.

Tripod- Slik 624cf-- GET A TRIPOD REGARDLESS OF WHAT MAGNIFICATION BINOS YOU RUN-- It will literally change the way you hunt.
Head- Outdoorsmans Micro-pan

With quality 10x42 binos on a tripod you won't need a spotter. Even consider 12x50s for the terrain way out west.

Binos- Swaro EL 10x42 or 12x50 are the best out there period. Next step down in budget is Vortex Razors.

Spotter- Not a necessity in my mind but if you are counting inches you may want one. Then it depends on weight-- The new lightweight Kowa is supposed to be awesome. Vortex Razor is a good choice, I had one and sold it-- once you spend time behind Swaros it will be hard to use anything else.

Backpack-- Get something with an integrated meat shelf (Kuiu, Exo, Kifaru)

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#7305184 - 10/04/18 01:56 PM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
jskin Offline
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Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 5578
Loc: McKinney/Van Alstyne
Back up
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#7305845 - 10/05/18 11:48 AM Re: Let's talk accessories and gear [Re: jskin]
Greg Z Offline
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Registered: 02/01/05
Posts: 1123
Loc: TX, Rockwall
I bought a pair of Redwing boots a few years back and love them. I would rather walk all day in them over my tennis shoes.
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