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    Default That one item......

    O.K., you're going on a ten day remote fly in float moose hunt. You have a strict weight limit. What is the one (maybe unusual) item you don't go without. I've asked a few people I know and heard everything from a come-a-long to a machete to a chain saw filled with vegatable oil instead of bar oil (for quartering moose).

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    I may take tons of matches, and lighters too.....but I will never go without my fire starter in my pack......
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    I may take tons of matches, and lighters too.....but I will never go without my fire starter in my pack......
    Best advice can't stay warm without fire!

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    A small packet of spices for tenderloin over the fire. The survival stuff is obvious - think what would make a great hunt just that much better.

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    erotic pictures of your significant other.....you will come home alive after missing one leg and one arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    .....The survival stuff is obvious....
    Really?.........for some maybe, but not for all.......
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Really?.........for some maybe, but not for all.......
    I wasn't criticizing your post. My point is that "that one item" could very well start at a tent, then boots, then a lighter, etc. etc. etc. There are things that no sane person should go into the Alaskan wilderness without, and then there are those handful of things that make life just a little sweeter when out there. A nip of bourbon around the flickering fire, a bit of cajun rub on fresh tenderloin, a cup of quality coffee while the first light filters through the foggy river bottom - these are the things that make the heart warm when wet, cold, and tired. Maybe I'm missing the point of the thread, but those are my "that one item" items - the survival stuff is like saying remember to breathe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Maybe I'm missing the point of the thread, but those are my "that one item" items - the survival stuff is like saying remember to breathe.
    No, I'm sure you're not missing the point of the thread, and I agree with the spices as well. I just posted the fire starter because personally I've seen many that think because they have lots of matches and lighters they are good to go. Not everybody thinks of a back up fire starter. It was only a reminder to those that don't.......
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Fire number one,all else is gravy
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    For exactly the hunt you describe: I never go in without a 4' x 8' piece of white Tyvek which I can use as a ground cloth or a tarp. It's waterproof and can be used as an emergency shelter in downpours. Throw it over your gear if needed. Great for butchering; lay the boned meat or quarters on it before bagging. Use it to cover the carcass if you have to return later. If you hang meat bags, Tyvek makes a great reflective shade tarp to keep sun off. You can wash it and reuse it. A piece that size folds up very small and weighs just ounces in the bottom of my pack. The best part is the cost. I had a partial roll left from a project and have been making my own tarps from it for years.

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    Prescribed Medication and a bottle of Motrin

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    A weapon can't cook anything if you don't kill it first.

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    aside from the personal safety gear...

    something to SIT on... 10 days on the ground or your heals... gets sore after awhile.. a buckt or a light chair.. anything
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    Quote Originally Posted by K Dill View Post
    For exactly the hunt you describe: I never go in without a 4' x 8' piece of white Tyvek which I can use as a ground cloth or a tarp. It's waterproof and can be used as an emergency shelter in downpours. Throw it over your gear if needed. Great for butchering; lay the boned meat or quarters on it before bagging. Use it to cover the carcass if you have to return later. If you hang meat bags, Tyvek makes a great reflective shade tarp to keep sun off. You can wash it and reuse it. A piece that size folds up very small and weighs just ounces in the bottom of my pack. The best part is the cost. I had a partial roll left from a project and have been making my own tarps from it for years.
    Great idea...!!!
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Fire starter ranks first for me, followed by a couple rolls of good electrical tape and a spool of heavy braided fishing line. Always handy to hang stuff or lash stuff down with and very lightweight...
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    Rubber gloves to protect your hands when your butchering an animal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Great idea...!!!
    That is a great idea! Thanks.

    Paperback book for when waiting out weather in the tent. It can be progressively cut down for both fire starter and if the TP runs out.

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    This thread needs to keep going, great ideas being thrown out. They tyvek one is going to become standard packing now.

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    I second the bucket idea. If you have to go 10 or 12 days with no sort of elevated seat, it's something you'll appreciate. I buy a brand new 5 gallon paint bucket with snap-down gasketed lid every year. Into the bucket goes all my Mountain House, oatmeal, coffee, etc. I pack that dude high and tight, then it goes on the Super Cub. In camp the bucket has many uses: Food storage. Seat. Bathtub. Water bucket. Clothes washer. Emergency pooper. Bear hazer/bongo drum. The list goes on. It's a great trash can for bringing out all those non-burnables for disposable. Try one and you'll likely never go in without it again.

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    Coffee.

    Plain n simple. A fresh, kickass cup of java coupled with a healthy dose of Carolannes.
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