'20- What Worked, What Didn't?

JLS

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A couple of late additions:

Outdoor Research Cirque II pants - two thumbs up. I've had these for a few weeks and love them. I waited for some Timberlines to come back into stock for months and finally gave up. These are a GREAT hiking/upland hunting pant. I wear them snowshoeing and chukar hunting. Very well thought out with a nice fit.

Zamberlan Baltoro Lite boots - One thumb up, one thumb sideways, trending up. I really like the narrow fit. The third day I wore them I used a heavier sock and ended up with a blister the size of a half dollar. I've worn them about a half dozen times since with no issues (different lacing technique and different sock). They are a little more flexible than what I'm used to, but so far they are working well. We'll see how they hold up over the next year.
 

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Bought my 2021 hunting license today so I’m finally accepting that the 2020 hunting season has ended. I’ll round off my list of what else worked, and didn’t.

Worked:
-Late season scouting. Found a ridiculous amount of deer sign including some large buck prints near one of my public spots. Even better is only 1 of 3 stands of other hunters from 3 years ago were still in use this season. I may go all in trying to find big hank there next bow season.
-new Instapot as a Christmas gift. I’ve made shredded shoulder for tacos, BBQ deer ribs, and osso bucco with wild rice so far. Loving it.
-Excessive scouting and a thoughtfully crafted hunt plan for gun deer turned up 2 tagged bucks in 3 days of public hunting. That was my most efficient season ever.
-Hunting from the ground. I climbed a stand to hunt just 2 times this year. Hunting from the ground without a blind sharpened my skills a lot.
-Zero scent control and limited camo. I forced myself to honor thermals, shadows, and other rudimentary stalking tactics to encounter game.

Didn’t
-Buck fever. I missed 14 times this year. Granted, I did fill 8/10 tags, with the two unfilled turkey tags accounting for 7 of those misses. When I miss I miss big so no wound loss that I knew of.
-Set down my $380 brand new rangefinder in the woods somewhere. Ouch. I’m buying a tether for my AGC harness to try and prevent this from happening again.
-OnX 3D toggle button. This is supremely annoying as I bumped it maybe 35 times when afield.
 

Rzrbk

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Worked Well:
Bakcou Mule E-bike w/ game trailer & panier bags
antelope buck/doe 2D decoys
Vortex HD 4X16, 30mm
Big Agnes Copper Spur 4-person
Kuiu Venture 1800 daypack with bow/gun holder
Mountain House Pro Packs Solo Meals
Mountain House - Chicken & Dumplings for 2

Didn't work well:
Ghostblind - I still have hope it might be useful for archery antelope on a waterhole.
 

JLS

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Update: the Cirque II pants are absolutely two thumbs up. They would be a little noisy for big game.

The Baltoro Lites are very comfortable, but I’ve already worn through some stitching on the heel. I’ve opened a warranty claim and will likely ask for a refund, as i think I’ll continue to have the same problem, even after replacement.
 

JLS

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The Baltoro Lites are very comfortable, but I’ve already worn through some stitching on the heel. I’ve opened a warranty claim and will likely ask for a refund, as i think I’ll continue to have the same problem, even after replacement.
Ugh, after two weeks of trying to get someone to call me back, I called my credit card company yesterday and disputed the charge. I explained to them the boots were coming apart after five weeks of use, and I had tried to contact Zamberlan eight different times over a two week period, to include emails, voicemails, Facebook messages, and online messages. The canceled payment and I'm now shopping for new boots. :confused:
 

Muleys32

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Didn’t work: Sig Kilo 2000 (only 3 years old) when trying to range elk across a canyon. I had a hard time ranging anything much over 100 yards. Now to start the search for a new rangefinder... Anyone tried the Leica 2400R?
Maybe this was mentioned already but did you try replacing the battery?
 

CowboyLeroy

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Worked:

First lite brooks sweater. I could live in this thing, and practically did during my mule deer hunt

Crispi summit boots. The most expensive boots I've ever owned, and I didn't want to buy them but I did and I don't think ill ever hunt in anything else.

Vortex viper 2.5-10x44. holy cow is it a great scope for the money.

Barnes expander mz sabots. Like pouring blood out of a bucket.

What didnt:

Blackovis merino longjohns. Not made for a man with a big tail.

Trigger sticks. Clumsy. Heavy. Loud.

The aforementioned big tail. I've GOT to find a way to get in better climbing shape

Alps inflatable sleeping pad. It was comfortable until it wasn't. Somehow the brass fitting leaks air.
 

ImBillT

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My application strategy worked wonderfully.

My hunting and shooting was a disaster.

This year appears to be off to the opposite start at best.
 
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