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Old 08-05-2019, 07:34 PM
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Default Sheep Hunters (and others), Just How Crazy Are You?

I had hoped that she wouldnít notice.

My wife caught me sneaking back into the house last night after dark with no shoes on. She did an audible facepalm when I explained that I took the dog for a long walk barefoot along the trails behind our mountain home. The reason? To build up calluses on my feet to avoid blisters on my upcoming sheep hunt. She thinks Iím insane. I think Iím dedicated and focused...

What is the weirdest, most oddball thing that youíve done in preparation for a hunt? Anyone cutting toothbrushes in half to save weight? Do you set a reminder on your phone to clip your toenails a week before a backpack hunt? Cut straps off your pack that you think arenít needed, or tags off your shirts? Pound out 2000 vertical feet on the stair master in mountaineering boots?

Go ahead, let the sharing circle begin.

BTW: my feet are sore today.


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Old 08-05-2019, 07:41 PM
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My liver usually takes the most punishment so Iím in my Augustís routinegtting it in tip top shape ...
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:46 PM
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This pic has nothing to do with the thread, but no thread is worth reading unless it has something to look at.

Edith Cavell and the Ramparts (far in the background) from Mt. Aberhart in the Maligne Range. April 2019.




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Old 08-05-2019, 08:35 PM
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Caught in a blizzard 100km wind zone 400 we call it sheep hunting but itís more like a survival skills test.

I am on my fifth set of kenetrek boots.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:28 PM
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Looking for another one of these.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:50 PM
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438 sheep hunt last November was a test among tests. Sitting on the top of a mountain glassing sheep for 8hrs while the wind is blowing 100km plus will put you to the test that hunt sure isnít for the faint of heart.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:57 AM
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Iím no sheep hunter but as the weather gets colder I start to wear less clothing. It helps to acclimatize ourselves to the cold, especially those of us who have indoor jobs.
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:21 AM
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-30 in a wall tent, for a week. Beat that.

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Old 08-06-2019, 07:30 AM
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Axe knife pen lite and sleeping bag n tarp 1 month in the Wilmore in the area of Mt McQueen I think lol

Never again
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:41 AM
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Take all the change out of your pockets, you do not want to carry loonies to top of a mountain. Yes sheep hunters are a bit crazy!
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:48 AM
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-30 in a wall tent, for a week. Beat that.



Grizz


I hunted bison a couple winters ago. In the dead of winter with daytime highs in the -30 range. We stayed in a warm work camp in Zama each night. Gained a few lbs on meals cooked by a sweet crew of Newfie women.

One day, we ran across a couple of (tougher!) fellow hunters. They had a wall tent set up along one of the backroads. They had been there for 2 weeks, and had never seen warmer than minus 25. They had seen one bison for their effort, and had blown the shot.


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Old 08-06-2019, 03:25 PM
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Im down to 40 pounds of gear, plus the 10 pounds for food for our 10 day hunt, our last meeting is August 17 to go over all the gear, we do have have a 2 titanium stoves for our titanium goat tent, and the lite outdoors tent, for the 4 in our group, 2 will be just coming with us to help with everything, then if we tag up, we will be going next year to help the 2 that are just helping us.
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Old 08-06-2019, 03:28 PM
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this is the same for me.

She thinks Iím insane. I think Iím dedicated and focused
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Old 08-06-2019, 03:37 PM
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60lb pack on the treadmill on incline in the winter (dark when I get home)

Walking the coulees for the day with a pack full of water for weight.

Walking around the shop with 100lb sand bag in my arms.

Chopping wood like a mad man or sledge on tractor tire if no wood.

These are all things I regret while doing but feel great after.
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:49 PM
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Lots of stair master on my end. Practising making fires out of the survival kit with the kids at home to make smores

Lots of trigger practise and practising game calls in the house until my wife goes berserk. The elk is her favourite.

Nothing to crazy I guess
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:10 PM
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Buying nothing but a tub of Vaseline and a big bag of cotton balls.
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:54 AM
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Two years ago i started trail running to get in shape for sheep hunting, that turn in to a full time obsession of running all the time. I finished the Canadian Death race this year, and im still not in sheep hunt form.. She keep asking me when im going to take up sheep hunting again.. maybe after i complete a 100 miler lol
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:11 PM
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I have a daily circuit of 10 to 15 km, and once a week a 20 km route. 100 litre pack loaded with 70-90 lbs.
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:24 PM
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I have a daily circuit of 10 to 15 km, and once a week a 20 km route. 100 litre pack loaded with 70-90 lbs.
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:28 PM
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I go to gym 2-3 hours a day throughout the year. I usually only work 2-6 days a month from August to December 1st. Rest is spent sun up to sun down hunting
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Old 08-24-2019, 04:33 PM
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Bear baiting this year there was a fire ban on so couldn't quad into the baits anymore packed bait in on a game cart 6km through swamp holes and across 2 creeks and never did shoot the bear I was after
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