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    Learned a tough lesson this last year.
    Don't mix skittles and m&m's in the trail mix if it is never going to get above freezing.
    They look the same but the skittles freeze as hard as bbs and you'll break your tooth if you bite one thinking it is an m&m.

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    don't pee on your boots to thaw them out on a cold morning...
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    I wish I had know about "Arctic Panic".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    don't pee on your boots to thaw them out on a cold morning...
    ...unless your tongue is frozen to them and it's your only means of getting unstuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    ...unless your tongue is frozen to them and it's your only means of getting unstuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Milo View Post
    This post is worthless without photos...

    HA!!!!!


    Back to the topic.


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    Don't leave the keys in the wrong vehicle. Keep them on your person.

    Oh, and make sure you have the straps to hold the raft to the frame.

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    Head nets...


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    What parts would break on my vehicle.

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    Just because the Sag doesn't look deep, ( Splooch ) It is & its cold & hard to get back out of with a pack on.
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    Know who your hunting partners are and know their capabilities and gear that they are bringing. Their lackluster planning and cheap gear will quickly become your problem to deal with
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    What Mountain House does to you stomach after about 7-8 days.

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    Then there are those hunting partners who drink tequila and spend all night night Howling at the Wolves, and make coffee with grounds floating in it.


    Quote Originally Posted by mjm316 View Post
    Know who your hunting partners are and know their capabilities and gear that they are bringing. Their lackluster planning and cheap gear will quickly become your problem to deal with

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjm316 View Post
    Know who your hunting partners are and know their capabilities and gear that they are bringing. Their lackluster planning and cheap gear will quickly become your problem to deal with
    VERY good advice here!

    I have a couple that most have heard already:
    - Two is one, and one is none (take two compasses, two methods of fire starter, and a map w/ your GPS)
    - Cotton kills.
    - Only take boots that have been thoroughly broken in.
    - Choose your hunting partners carefully (like the quote above).
    - Use and become familiar with "all" of your gear before taking any of it into the bush.
    - Try to have all electronic devices use the same battery type.
    - Plan on being grounded at least two days every week.
    - Its hunting, not killing.

    Be Safe and Have Fun!

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    Bummer about the skittles, Bfish.

    FYI, we had to medevac a Yukon Quest musher some years ago off the trail. Because of M&Ms trail mix. No skittles.

    Even M&Ms are hard to chew at forty below. So this guy kinda tried to chew them but swallowed them mostly whole. The result was not pleasant. Not as bad as drinking forty-below (liquid) alcohol, but still not recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushrat View Post
    Not as bad as drinking forty-below (liquid) alcohol, but still not recommended.
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    Cool pic Dave! 80 proof will get slushy or freeze in real cold temps ... 101 or 151 though ... it's liquid death at -40.

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    Wet wipes!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushrat View Post
    Cool pic Dave! 80 proof will get slushy or freeze in real cold temps ... 101 or 151 though ... it's liquid death at -40.
    Can't say I've ever tried it, and at this time really have no desire to.....lol
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