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    Pack Size

    If your wanting to do 10 day+/- hunt what size of pack should I be looking for? I'm new to this style of hunting so I having a hard time getting a starting point to go with. Any advice, tips, or anything else would be greatly appriecated.

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    I would start at 5000 C.I. (if you go ultralight), and go up from there. 10 days is a long time livin' off your back.

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    I'd go 6k minimum for the fact of 10 days worth of food is going to take more room then one would think. That's my .02 cents that ain't even worth a penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    I would start at 5000 C.I. (if you go ultralight), and go up from there. 10 days is a long time livin' off your back.
    BB is right about 10 days. I have horses and 10 days is a ton of time even with them. Do yourself a favor and plan for 2-4 1/2 day hunts. You will be better off and the day off will recharge the batteries

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKC View Post
    BB is right about 10 days. I have horses and 10 days is a ton of time even with them. Do yourself a favor and plan for 2-4 1/2 day hunts. You will be better off and the day off will recharge the batteries
    Excellent advice, BKC.

    We don't do 10 at a time (very often anyway) when we are heading in on horseback either. "Recharge the batteries" ... I like that.

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    Can't do a short hunt, from what I can tell its going to be at least a week at once maybe two. My buddy and me drew bighorn sheep tags and from what I can tell the best way to do is to fly in, so it will be hard to do the short hunts, we might try to do a base camp also. We've never hunted like this so any tips and/or advice would be great, we've packed in before with horses so we are familiar with it, but we've never done it off our backs.

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    You don't have to fly out to take a break. Rat hole some of your stuff ( food and supplies) close to where you are going in and out. Maybe you will both tag out after the first few days and then you don't have to carry all that weight at once. If you don't tag out then go get more of your rat holed supplies relax a 1/2 day and hit it again. 10 days of food and gear is going to be a chore!

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    BKC,
    That is our main problem at the moment, we don't know how we are going to hunt it. So I'm unsure what is the best way to do, so I'm looking for tips and suggestions.

    When everyone calculates pack size, do they just do it for the stuff they need or do they consider meat as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newguy220 View Post
    BKC,
    That is our main problem at the moment, we don't know how we are going to hunt it. So I'm unsure what is the best way to do, so I'm looking for tips and suggestions.

    When everyone calculates pack size, do they just do it for the stuff they need or do they consider meat as well?

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    newguy220
    I always carry a small back pack or a fanny pack because I am usually around my horses. I use to pack in on my back for only 3 to 4 days at once and whatever I needed usually fit tight in my pack, I didnt allow extra room for meat because I knew I would be making several trips in and out to get my gear and meat out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newguy220 View Post
    Can't do a short hunt, from what I can tell its going to be at least a week at once maybe two. My buddy and me drew bighorn sheep tags and from what I can tell the best way to do is to fly in, so it will be hard to do the short hunts, we might try to do a base camp also. We've never hunted like this so any tips and/or advice would be great, we've packed in before with horses so we are familiar with it, but we've never done it off our backs.

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    Honestly, 10 days is probably to much to just put on your back and go for it especially if it is your first time tackling something like this. Not saying that it isn't doable, but you are going to pay for it with a load like that on your back. Your best bet is to set a base camp and go from there. That is my favorite tactic. Set up a nice base camp with adequate supplies, and then spike out for 2-3 days. When you are feeling worn out or need more supplies, relax at base camp for a spell, re-supply and head back out for another few days. Way better to have an over supplied base camp that you can visit than an under supplied pack because of weight concerns.
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