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  1. #1
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    What should I buy next?

    I'm a newish hunter, I have been at it 5 years, so far have taken 2 deer(one myself, and one with a friend), lots of grouse, and spent lots of time sitting in the woods wondering if I'm anywhere near where I should be. I have found lots of good information online, and in the archives of this site, about what you need to get going, but not much for what to do next. I have friends who hunt, but we all basically started at the same time, so not so much in the way of experience, so we're all kind of aimlessly figuring out what to do next, so that is the question I'm putting up here to see if I can get any insight. I have hunted 2-16, 2-11, 3-32, 3-33, and 5-03 for deer. I plan to narrow it down a bit and focus on hunting 3-32 for mule deer for awhile and see if I can find some success. I like to hike and hunt away from the road wherever practical, so I lean towards gear that is lightweight.

    I also want to hunt Moose in the future, and dream of taking an Elk, and a Sheep one day.

    My question is, what should be my priority to save up and spend my money on this year, budgeting around $1000? Or, just spend it on gas and ammunition to go scouting, and go to the range?

    What I have:
    Savage Mk2 22
    80's era Ruger m77 in 270 win with a Leupold VX2 3-9 x 42
    Vortex Diamondback 10x42 binoculars
    Old Bushnell 18-36x50 spotting scope
    20 year old 65 L MEC backpack
    MEC Camper 2 Person tent
    -12 Western Mountaineering sleeping bag
    Thermarest neo-air venture
    MSR Dragonfly stove
    Cabelas Space Rain jacket
    Black gore-tex rain pants - not sure what brand
    10x12 Sil-tarp
    Crappy tire collapsible saw with wood and bone blades
    Cheap boning knife
    Leatherman Skeletool

    I have been camping and backpacking for years, so I feel I have the basics covered, and I am able to get out into the woods, but I definitely have room to make things better.

    What I'm considering getting next:
    Rangefinder
    Better spotting scope (my Bushnell has a very narrow field of view)
    Radio for my truck for safety and communication on logging roads
    Better rain gear- Unfortunately my Arcteryx jacket is a nicely visible light blue, so not the best for hunting

    I'm definitely getting a better field dressing knife, I just haven't decided what kind yet

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  3. #2
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    Re: What should I buy next?

    I'd sell the bushnell and the vortex and buy a premium set of 10 power binos and run them on a tripod. And get good boots.

  4. #3
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    Re: What should I buy next?

    Looks like you have a pretty good kit. Maybe time for a pack upgrade to something hunting specific. I've got a Mystery Ranch Metcalf. It's a real quality piece of equipment. Other than that, I think you answered your own question with gas, ammo and range time.
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    Re: What should I buy next?

    fuel to go lol

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    Re: What should I buy next?

    Don’t worry about gear it’s over rated

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    Re: What should I buy next?

    A good backpack is a game changer. Look for a frame pack with a meat shelf.
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  8. #7
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    Re: What should I buy next?

    The best thing you have is youth ,,,,,, highly underrated. Ditch that Crappy Tire saw and get a Silky "PocketBoy" folding saw from Amazon.ca

  9. #8
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    Re: What should I buy next?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmckimmi View Post
    A good backpack is a game changer. Look for a frame pack with a meat shelf.
    This I can agree with. A good pack or pack board is important for recovery any distance from the road

    Outside of that you have a weapon, bino’s, and a knife your good to go. I do like to pack calls but that is a species time of year thing. Tree stands and blinds for some species as well

    You seem to have your species of interest build your gear and knowledge around that

  10. #9
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    Re: What should I buy next?

    Better spotting scope (my Bushnell has a very narrow field of view)
    Sentry?
    actually wider than my Swaro

    No need for high end binos if you are using a spotter also

    cheap knife is relative to how sharp it is
    Last edited by boxhitch; 06-11-2018 at 08:51 PM.
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    Re: What should I buy next?

    "I have been camping and backpacking for years, so I feel I have the basics covered, and I am able to get out into the woods, but I definitely have room to make things better."

    then you just need to add in the meat handling
    Never say 'whoa' in the middle of a mud hole.

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