What gear are you going to ditch (or ditched)?

540-Virginian

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What are 1-3 things you thought you needed on any kind of hunt that were a serious waste of time and weight and then ditched? Or something you replaced with an upgrade. This is a counter post to ‘what do you wish you carried sooner.’

Me:
1-Saddle platform when using sticks (I just use the top steps to rest my feet).
2-Shitty binos. I am up to a $300 pair now, cant imagine what the more expensive ones are like. i refuse to try them as I’m imagining its like trying any other added luxury.
 

Fatcamp

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Basemap, going back to OnX
12x Meopta instead of 8x and 15x
 

.204smokechaser

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Ditched the rangefinder this year in my normal hunting areas. Un-needed weight as I know the distance of the hillsides and cuts I glass from and frankly haven’t used a rangefinder on my last 5 kills.

Upgraded my binos and spotter over the last few years from cheapo to midline and have noticed a big difference. Goal is to upgrade binos again in the next 3 years.

oh yeah, ditched 2 more hunting buddies that flaked on me this year
 

ThisIsMyHandle

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I’m ditching my XOP climbing sticks after this season because they’re boat anchors. I’m still debating ditching my lone wolf treestand and switching to a saddle. Also debating ditching my rx1 for a brand new model.


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chutinlead

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Basemap, going back to OnX
12x Meopta instead of 8x and 15x
I tried basemap for a month and just couldn't do it for this season. Emailed them saying I tried it honestly for a month and it just wasn't there yet. Went back to OnX too. Curious as to the attempt of 12x as I have been using a set of 12x Razors.
 

Fatcamp

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I tried basemap for a month and just couldn't do it for this season. Emailed them saying I tried it honestly for a month and it just wasn't there yet. Went back to OnX too. Curious as to the attempt of 12x as I have been using a set of 12x Razors.

Been carrying 8x and 15x Meopta. Too much weight. Gonna do just 12x Meopta.

Basemap has some things I just do not like. Laptop version is small. MVUM and trails shows way too much stuff that shouldn't be there. Small details missing in some critical areas.
 

erfle

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Ditched lower quality binos…moved to 10.5x Kowa and happy with the decision.
 

roadrunner

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*GPS. Cell phones with a mapping app work well, and we all know we can't survive without our cell phones.

*Game bags. Only carry one now for an after the kill initial pack out.

*70 something oz water bladder. Chug 32 oz before heading out, better to piss like a racehorse for a couple of hours than dehydrate carrying extra water.

*Knives. Only need one really. If you're worried about cross contamination from skinning to boning, carry a handful of alcohol wipes to clean the blade.
 

ThisIsMyHandle

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Havalon Piranta……..doesn’t hold an edge and is a safety issue waiting to happen in the field. Rather use my Outdoor edge swing blade or Argali and resharpen when necessary.

I’ve been eyeballing a piranta. What is the safety issue?


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zacattack

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Knives and multi tool. Now it’s a replaceable blade and the ultralight esee, whatever it’s called…ivulan maybe?
Ditched my vortex binos for some kowa’s.
 

Antares

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2-Shitty binos. I am up to a $300 pair now, cant imagine what the more expensive ones are like. i refuse to try them as I’m imagining its like trying any other added luxury.

Yeah, don’t do it. Last year I upgraded from an $800 pair to a $1300 pair. It was so good now I’m like “what’s next”?
 
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