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    How have you test your new gear before hitting the trail?

    The son and I picked up some new 4.5Lb negitive 20 degree bags the other day and gave them a go! We leveled the snow in the yard, pitched the tent and hoped for low temps. Well....that night we hit -10 and stayed quite warm. How have you tested your gear before you hit the backcountry?
    Christian/Father/Husband/Hunter/NRA Life Benefactor /GOA Life Member/American/USAF NCO

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    I'm like you, I set up a mock camp in the back yard to try out what ever new gear it might be, the kids think it's a blast to camp in the back yard!
    Shoot STR8

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    Back yard or short summer trips.

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    Scoutnig trips, or just shoot from the hip, and hope for the best. It doesn't work out so well sometimes.

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    My favorite is ground chucking with new archery equipment and finding any noise with my bow. Other items I just take packing and camping.

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    Tested our Sitka Nimbus rain gear by standing in the shower on full force before we took it to Alaska. Figured 5-10 min in there was a pretty good test. I doubt I'll be somewhere where it's raining that hard and direct on me. My wife thought I had lost my last marble.....but hey it worked.

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    I hit the Backcountry for some preseason scouting and take my Emmrod fishingpole and do some fishing while I'm at it.
    Can you handle the challenge.... hunt hard but safe!!

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    Rain gear gets the 30 min shower test!! If it holds out the water its a keeper, if it leaks I send it back.
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    A month ago I bought the badlands monster pack. I used it to go looking for sheds. I cannot wait to use it for archery this year.

 

 

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