Perhaps I worded that a little wrong. I don't plan on proving anything necessarily to anyone and I know there are a lot of guys who have already done what I'm doing. The point I was trying to get across was based on the large number of forums out there that get over run with the " don't buy that save your money until you can afford the best most expensive gear" comments that don't actually offer any help to a guy who asks about products he can afford that will get him in the field. This site doesn't seem to be that way and thats why I posted this here. If someone posts in here to find out who makes the best spotter for under $100 he probably already knows what quality he will get and doesn't need to hear who makes the best one. I have been that guy and if I could have found a place like this I would have known that even the Trekker spotter is better than nothing but the Simons would have been a better choice.
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T43, i am on a similiar path. although I have hunted my entire life, I have avoided archery because i really like guns and because of the low success rate many archers experience. Well a few years ago I was given a Martin recurve and I have began shooting it this summer. Im kind of getting hooked. it is facinating to me how the brain knows how to aim when shooting by feel. I am nervous to take thistraditional set up into the field though. I am killing vital size targets with consistancy at 30 yards, but still nervous. I am however going muzzy hunting for the first time this year. This whole switch for me from rifle is the fact that I have very limited time in october for the next three years and that is the rifle season here in CO.
I cant wait to hear about your experience.
As far as gear, my budget is small as yours. I recently upgraded to a real hunting pack-the eberlestock Just one. I was interestd in the Blue widow, but I figured most of the time the pack will be in compression state and I can suffer alittle on the meat end of the deal. I leave my big Gregory in trck for the second load. I always hunt alone and end up pulling my elk out by myself in several trips.
I have a great pair of Brunton binos and when I had to purchase a spotting scope with limited funds I went with the Redfield Rampage. honestly my Bruntons are better most of the time. The Redfield is great at 25 power and decent at 45 power, but at 60 power it goes to hell. Oh well. I think in this department it is "buy cheap, buy twice".
Im using my old North Face mountain tent that has been with me for 14 years. It weighs in at 12 pounds with the fly and other goodies, but it is a bomb shelter. I still have a strong back and legs at 39 so this tent will have to do for the next couple of years.
Good luck and keep at it with updates!
I'm headed out for a scouting trip Tuesday with my new Eberlestock Dragonfly. I was a little sad selling the X2 to help pay for it but I think I'll get over it. In fact I may be over it on Tuesday as the guy I sold it to will be going with me. I picked up a Eureka tent for about $60. It's about 5 lbs and should work perfectly for September. I still need a spotter and I think it will probably be a put off until next year deal. I have the trekker piece of garbage and it will have to do for now. I've been watching the classifieds for used ones but nothing has materialized. I talked to the local game warden and the regional biologist about the area I'm looking at. both were encouraging. I won't be far from where I have always hunted but it will be far enough that I figured I would at least take the time to make the calls and I'm glad I did. I'm headed to Boise next week and figure I'll pick up a few Mountain house meals, some new game bags and a new set of base layers that don't rub like 80 grit haynes long johns. Other than that I'm set. My vacation is scheduled for the 9th through the 21st of September. If nothing else I'm going to have a great time.