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    Camp up high or down low?

    Rookie question here, but with the thermals pushing down in the early AM, are you better off camping low and hunting up in the morning? Or on the flipside, are you better starting the morning up high glassing and waiting until the thermals switch before hunting down? Heading out on my first backpack hunt this fall and would be great to hear some experiences or advice.

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    Thermals generally rise in the morning and settle in the eve. Sometimes it is better to glass from afar and figure out your best time of day for an approach. Thermals are a very vital part of it but not all that you should consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sioux33 View Post
    Rookie question here, but with the thermals pushing down in the early AM, are you better off camping low and hunting up in the morning? Or on the flipside, are you better starting the morning up high glassing and waiting until the thermals switch before hunting down? Heading out on my first backpack hunt this fall and would be great to hear some experiences or advice.
    Without regard to thermals, animals, wind or weather- Always camp low. The walk back in the dark when your tired is always a bit easier downhill. At the end of a long hunt day, the last thing I want to do is climb the mountain to go to bed.

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    I've hunted areas where it would have been beneficial to camp relatively high, but drinking water would be an issue. It depends on the terrain where you hunt. Once you learn the animals' movement patterns, then pick a campsite.
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    It changes based on the situation. Last year I camped high because that's where I was at last light and where I wanted to be at first light. There were also springs nearby. But I didn't cook any food or coffee so smell was at a "minimum".

    I don't like to have to climb a mountain first thing in the morning, so why not camp at the top?

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    I am glassing from my camp here. I spotted 3 bucks pushing 180 this trip, you can tell based on elevation where I prefer to camp.

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    I like to camp near where i want to be glassing at first light. I do like to be down a bit from the top no matter what in case there is a thunder storm, rain, snow, or alot of wind. I look for a good fairly sheltered place for camp thats pretty easy to get where I want to glass from, or a good central location from several places I want to glass from. I wouldnt worry about thermals when selecting a place to camp.
    "Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I fee. One is the colors that fly high and proud The red, the white, the blue. The other one's got a rattlesnake With a simple statement made "Don't tread on me" is what it says and I'll take that to my grave. Because this is me. I'm proud to be American and strong in my beliefs. And I've said it before but I'll say it again 'Cause my family's always fought and died to save this land. And a country boy is all I'll ever be."

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    Good info, guys. If planning for the hunt is this addicting, I can't imagine what it's gonna be come September. Thanks for the pointers.

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    I've always prefer to camp high. Glass the tops of the mountains down. You can read the wind and make a fairly easy move to the other side or a canyon that the thermals are what your looking for. Most big bucks in the high country are from the top to a 1/4 down.
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    I really like a high camp but tend to move around some. I don't like to get to close to the animals I hunt but want to be able to get to them fairly easy.

 

 

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