pack camp locations

Tejasbow

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you guys that pack in and hunt. Do you attempt to try and stay away from the heavy elk sign, the draws etc when you are laying you head down? I am talking no fire cooking with jetboil etc.

If you do. How much room do you give?
 

oldgoat

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You can camp closer than you think and I don't believe campfires have any effect on elk. People shoot deer and elk from camps on a regular basis. I wouldn't put it right in the middle of an travel/feeding corridor though
 

Bubblehide

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I am a firm believer in being comfortable. Part of that is enjoying my meals, despite them being backing type meals. And, a hot meal, hot coffee... does a whole lot for my mental/emotional outlook, as does a heated tent. Packers are required to have their clients in specified locations. If I pack in on my own, I can select the location that best suits me and my impact on the animals. I prefer having a minimal impact on the animals. As such, I try to find a location that meets my comfort needs (out of the wind), while also having a minimal impact on the wildlife.

How much room do I give. That all depends on the location. In one area I regularly hunt, I am back a couple hundred yards in the thick brush. The prevailing winds carry our scent, cooking and all, away from the hunt area. So as long as we are quite, we have minimal impact on the wildlife, with exception of the bears. I've had two instances of bears getting into my camps when we were out/not there. Considering the amount of time I've spent in the back country over the years, two instances isn't that bad when setting up camp in known bear country. In another area, I have a similar set up for our camp. The camp in in the bottom of a canyon tucked in an out of the spot.
 

theleo91386

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Looking at a map, where I camp ends up about 1/2 mile from my nearest hunting spots. One such spot has a wallow towards the top of the draw an .5 mile down at the bottom is a corral that is common to have 10-15 head of stock in it. I can hear the mules sounding off in the corral when somebody goes by near the camp and I'm hunting that wallow.
 

rayporter

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the closest i have killed to camp is 168 yd by the GPS[ with a fire burning and full view of the tent from the carcass.]

but i would still prefer a tad further from their home. i have had them in camp after dark with a fire still burning.
 

Bulldawg

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We've had clients kill elk from the flap of the wall tent in our drop camps


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