Stand Inventory! What do you take?
Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:27 AM
Anyway, I was curious on what predator hunters take on stand. Here is what I take. Note that the butt pad can be switched out with a dove chair when terrain warrants, and of course the firearm of your choice would be included.
Over the years, I've been through all the homemade and store bought decoys, several different types of e-callers and the other things that the hunting industry thinks we should take on stand. Heck, I even designed and built a 360 degree rotational stool with a gun rest that I thought would give me the edge. It's overall weight kept it in the garage after a few hunts. The above photo illustrates what I've paired it all down to. Light and easy to carry.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:42 AM
I agree with Tim...except I'll include pants, shirt and a roll of TP.
Speaking of TP...nobody, and I mean nobody can take a cr*p in the woods faster thanTim. We'd be walking back from a stand and he'd say "I'll be there in a minute, got business to attend to" so I'd keep on walking. I get back to the truck fully expecting to wait a minute or so, but he's only a few steps behind me. I was pretty sure that he just craps his pants without breaking stride...but I haven't smelled anything yet.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:34 AM
I do not like carrying much, and is at least partly why I rarely use decoys. I just do not need or want extra junk. Not too mention I really am not a big fan of decoys anyhow. But that is another story.
Like Tim, I have my stuff at the "ready", in case a suicidal coyote runs out in front of me. I can pull over and just grab my day pack, rifle, shooting stix, and fanny pad and
My day pack contains my e caller, that unlike Tim, I take to every stand, whether I use it or not. Which I use 98%(?) of the time. I like it that much. My pack also contains 3 or 4 hand calls including one small howler, poncho, camera, light rope, very small flashlight, extra batteries, water bottle, granola bars, band-aids, skinning knive(s), TP & small digital scale. I (always) take shooting stix, & the seat pad that is similar to Tims.
I wear a camo boonie hat, and complete camo face net. Someone this butt ugly needs all the help I can get.
Years ago, I would make a dozen stands in a day. 10 minimum. I no longer do that for various reasons, with old age being one of them. HOWEVER, I also no longer need to call in a bunch of coyotes in a day. I am past that. I much enjoy just being out in nature and being lazy, especially if I really like a stand that I am on. Approx 4 or 5 stands in a day is plenty for me now days. 2 or 3 even better, especially if I kill one. Something about just smelling the roses I guess? Who knows, eh?
Good Thread, Tim
Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:42 AM
Lets see, i am still trying out a few things on each stand so my list changes, in general i take the following
1. shooting sticks/ weapon
2. face netting/ calls
3. scent eliminator
4. lunch and water
Depending on the terrain and the wweather i may pack my hunting chair, and decoy.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:46 PM
I think at one time or another I've tried just about everything. When you are sitting at home during the middle of summer thinking of new stuff to use next season you can come up with all kinds of ideas. Some were good, some were dumb and others worked but were too much work to do all day.
A few I can think of.
Decoys. I've made and used a few. Really never thought they made much a difference one way or the other. One stand I'd have one come running in locked on the decoy, the next stand I'd not use it and I'd have the same result with the critter locked on the caller. Not enough difference to keep setting it up. After a few stands it usually got left in the truck.
Camo: to me camo is one of those things that doesn't hurt but it sure isn't necessary. When I first got into calling I made up these aluminum frames that setup in front of you and then spread camo netting on them...it actually worked okay but once I discovered it was totally unnecessary it got left in the garage. I used to camo up head to toe. Got a lot of critters like that. I stopped wearing so much, still got a lot. I don't wear it too much anymore beside a jacket or longsleeve shirt. Since I still like to handcall most of the time I'll bring a facemask for those stands when the suns not at my back. I have noticed a difference there.
What I bring with me now would be, rifle or shotgun and ammo. Calls. Ecaller sometimes. pad or chair, shooting stix, .22lr pistol, camera, tp, pocketknife, glasses/sunglasses, wristwatch (I still time my stands). If it's cold some gloves. Sometimes I'll bring the video camera.
Everything else is in the truck.
Once we get rolling making stands I get out and grab gun, stix , pad/ chair and start walking. Doesn't take long. I've hunted with guys that every time you stop for a stand it was like they had to get all outfitted again. That's a pain.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:14 PM
2. A couple extra rounds
3. E-caller and one hand call
Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:21 PM
Mouth calls X 2
DOJ letter for my rifle (They think it's an assault rifle)
Land owner permission form
Backpack with pictured
I figure for no more than it weighs and as far away from the truck as we might walk, I don't want to wind up like Mr. Paul Nies.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 06:23 PM
Most of the time I am wearing light camo coveralls and have a camo hat with a face mask on it. I have my camera around my neck and the camera is under my coveralls until I get set up at the stand. In wide open country I will take a camo pillow along quite often for shotgun calling.
My binoculars stay in my truck.
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:31 AM
Sometimes I'll also bring a pad to sit on or use as pillow if I'm shotgunning below partner, but not usually. Sometimes bring field bino's.....that seems to be the controversial item...just kidding...sometimes, I bring my 22 pistol to blast some rabbits on way back to truck. Keeps my son motivated....plus it's good to bring something home for dinner.
Everything is in my Fanny pack pretty much so I just grab it, my rifle from gun rack and I'm out quick. I don't like a bunch of crap in my pockets.
Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:19 AM
small bottle of baking soda to check wind
Absolutely... I forgot to mention that one, as I always carry one in my pocket
Posted 23 September 2012 - 11:33 AM
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:15 PM
Broncowilly? Holy smokes. That's what my frame pack looks like for backpack hunts lol. Props. I stay on the light side. The smallest backpack I can find I carry a handcall. Foxpro. Decoy water. Couple crea bullets. Gun and seat. But depending on how far I'm going. I can go from that to more like broncos status:)
Yeah, I know. As bummed up as I am these days I still make it out quite a ways from the truck. I just don't want to take any chances. I keep thinking about Paul Nies, the hunter that died after falling when he got his truck stuck. I know that may not have helped him a bit but it is easier for me to haul all that around and "think" I'm safe than to leave it all behind and something stupid happen to me.
BTW, I went in for my total knee replacement consultation this morning. Wow, this is not going to be fun!
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:33 PM
Thats a sweet portable blind. That would work perfect in the desert by my house. Match the rest of the junk out their.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:35 PM
You must live near Cal-Sh!ty, Victimville or Hysteria!
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:22 PM
All the regular stuff, but I also carry my most prized possesion.
Grant gave me a chair that sits on the ground with a back rest.
With my broken back, it is a life saver.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 11:46 AM
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