1. Just don’t get a crossbow and still call yourself a bowhunter. I’ll take the downvotes, I don’t care, it’s the truth.

  2. Ugh, this old debate. I really don’t want to go down this rabbit hole, but in my opinion, I feel the same as I do about crossbows. When you eliminate a majority of the challenges from something, you don’t get to call it the same thing. It is something else by definition.

  3. I'm with you...I was just stirring the pot because we've all had this debate.

  4. Im with you. Late season MA muzzleloader bucks hit different.

  5. It’s more specific to saddle hunting, but my rappel kit is the most useful luxury tool I have in the woods. It’s about 40’ of 8mm RescTech with a figure 8, carabiner, and auto lock. All fits in a mesh paracord bag, weighs less than 2 lbs. It just makes getting down the tree so much faster, safer, and easier than using a linesman’s rope and climbing down the steps.

  6. Essentially the same for me but I use a Madrock Safeguard and 40' of Sterling Oplux.

  7. Yeah being like 6-7 years old only weighed 200 not gutted

  8. A few years ago in MN we had an older deer hunter shoot a horse. While a little girl was riding it. For reals.

  9. Honestly we should sack of this 15s nonsense and start playing 8s

  10. I run a single SHIKAR. Strap it to the side of my pack and it doesn't bounce of my platform while walking.

  11. How long are you running for every morning?

  12. Where I am, 2 days is nothing without seeing a deer - totally common. You didn't mention wind direction or your approach with differing winds. Always be cognizant of the wind... all the de-scent products and camo in the world will never beat a deer's nose.

  13. "Stalking" is when you see an animal and attempt to close the gap and kill it. "Still hunting" is moving while hunting before you see anything. When still hunting, pick wetter windier days and walk like a cat.

  14. I have a Leupold VX 3×9 40mm, was like $300, thing is bulletproof and lifetime warranty. Also consider getting flip up lens caps, they are super nice. I hunt in NE and often times shooting no more than 100 yards in thick woods

  15. My understanding is that it’s actually better ballistically than a .308 but with lighter recoil this, probably, easier to shoot. Sounds like a win-win to me

  16. Round count before replacement on 6.5 barrels is surprisingly low.

  17. I’m not 100% sure what you mean when you say Kirkland brand trail socks so we might be talking about the same thing but several times a year Costco will have Kirkland brand Moreno wool socks (Moreno is a type of sheep, not brand name). Generally like 3-4 bucks a pair which is a great price for what you are getting

  18. I was 32 when I first got into it. I also got my first deer, a buck, on day 2. Welcome to the addiction.

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