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  1. idahohikker

    Any love for Athlons here?

    Yes it’s the small one at the bottom. Good picture. I have a similar photo in my review.
  2. idahohikker

    Any love for Athlons here?

    The Ares spotter is great. I did a review on it.
  3. idahohikker

    Idaho 2020

    Good point and most kids are happy with any deer unless they've been conditioned to seeking trophies. You might consider a unit that has anterless opportunity and large deer herds. If you talked with fish and game and looked at their materials online, you could find that.
  4. idahohikker

    Idaho 2020

    Be suspicious about unit recommendations posted publicly. Do your own research on fish and game’s website and talking to biologists and you’ll be better for it. In general you’ll find more deer where there’s more hunters. You may or may not be wanting that.
  5. idahohikker

    Colorado high country

    Everyone is willing to hike far these days. Be suspicious if someone posts a unit for you publically. Get researching.
  6. idahohikker

    Idaho Spring Bear

    In general the recommendation from most locals and bios I know is to find an accessible place in May rather than push into June in high country. You’ll be dealing with 20x more country once everything is green in the high country and you’re getting somewhat of the needle in a haystack effect.
  7. idahohikker

    Idaho Spring Bear

    That’s downright optimistic. 7,000 feet in May takes some nerve (and likely shoveling).
  8. idahohikker

    Idaho Spring Bear

    A big nope. You can access the low part. I’d prefer not to name road names. The lower elevation areas are more winter range than hunting season haunts in general.
  9. idahohikker

    Idaho Spring Bear

    Good call with the North Idaho research and hunt planning. If it wasn't so darn far up there for those that live down south, I'd be all over it. They shoot heaps of bears and wolves in the Panhandle. North Idaho is special country, always enjoyed my time spent up there.
  10. idahohikker

    Realistic Expectations for Mule Deer

    It's so funny the evolution of how that works oftentimes. I was so excited for any buck when I was younger. Now I'm not too worked up to eat tags if I don't find something that meets the criteria I'm looking for. The decisions are all very individual.
  11. idahohikker

    Sitka Rant - disappointed

    Is there a reason you had to specifically call me out and attack? That mad at a differing viewpoint? I’ll be sure to ignore your post when you’re asking me for help on Idaho plans like many of your fellow easterners (who are far less prone to personal attacks).
  12. idahohikker

    Sitka Rant - disappointed

    North Face, Arc’teryx, Black Diamond, Mountain Hardware, Patagonia, RAB, OR, Marmot, etc. etc. Many great options. Way more reviews out there than hunting brands, more heavily vetted.
  13. idahohikker

    Sitka Rant - disappointed

    If you twist Sitka’s arm for a number of emails, they may give you more than a patch after the clothes wear out in two weeks without any explanation. That’s comforting to hear about their customer service! No companies out there are better.
  14. idahohikker

    Sitka Rant - disappointed

    Haha the Sitka fanboys who were assuming he has sandpaper in his pockets should be feeling awesome right about now. So the $400 jacket should wear out in a week and not two weeks. That’s too much wear. The 8000 Sitka prostaff are sent one full set of clothes per week so the clothes aren’t...
  15. idahohikker

    Sitka Rant - disappointed

    The outdoor companies that are not hunting related have economies of scale that make returns less impactful and a decades long track record of good customer service. Another reason not to go with the hunting companies. I like most of all the mountaineering companies because they are dealing...
  16. idahohikker

    Sitka Rant - disappointed

    I couldn’t agree more. Non hunting mountaineering gear I’ve owned has always been fantastic quality from the well respected brands. Not so with the hunting companies. The non hunting companies are clearly cheaper than the hunting companies also.
  17. idahohikker

    Sitka Rant - disappointed

    So what the h*** would the user error be? Sandpaper in your pocket? I’ve never had a jacket wear within the first few years unless it was defective because I’ve never done anything with it that would obviously ruin it.
  18. idahohikker

    Sitka Rant - disappointed

    I feel like I’m taking crazy pills hearing people say the jacket shouldn’t be taken care of by the company. It wore out in a couple weeks. Wtf
  19. idahohikker

    Sitka Rant - disappointed

    No excuse for the wear! That is ridiculous, especially with how overpriced their gear is. At those prices it should be absolutely bombproof. What’s the value of the heavily marketed “technical gear” if it wears out in two weeks. So this $400 jacket will work great in the field. Be sure that...
  20. idahohikker

    Idaho Spring Bear - Reduced Price Units

    Some real issues with trying that late. Bears are scattered more and rubber hides. Hit reduced price areas with some reliable road access. Deep wilderness is just going to be a bear to find anything and get around unless you’re a pro backpacker and glasses. The outskirts of the nonresidents and...
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