I had my Girlfriend dump me off on the river and pick me. I originally had plans to go approx 6-10 miles and camp 2 nights. The river was high, as we have had nonstop rain for the previous 4 days before this trip was taken. This forced me off of the river bottom and up into the gnarly hog backs and steep ridges, which made for much slower going and wouldn't allow me to have any time to bow hunt. I couldn't get up on the edges and walk, as this is all private land and this would cause me to trespass, so I had some hard going. My pack was BL 2200 and I had it loaded with 65#. It handled the weight and held up well, but after a couple of miles, it was not a pleasure to carry. My left shoulder was the main issue as far as discomfort. I wanted to see what this pack would do over some rugged terrain with a big load and I found out. I made a hasty camp in between two hogbacks in a nice valley, as dark was coming on me quickly. As I dropped my gear, I noticed a few morel mushrooms near my camp, so I gathered them up for dinner. I hastily put my stove together, gathered firewood, and as I was getting my last of the firewood, every time I would break a stick, a roosted tom, not over 60 yds away on a hogback, would gobble at my noise. I fired up the stove as it was cooling down, and he last gobbled at 9:17 pm. I cooked food and enjoyed the warmth of the stove. It got down to 41 degrees and it felt good. The stove I made myself and weighs approx 2.5 lbs. The SL5 shelter weighs approx 3 lbs with stakes. I added 16 more stake down points for a nice tight pitch, then what this sl5 normally comes with. I got up the next am before light, and fired up the stove to get warm, and cooked some more morals for breakfast. I then heard the tom fly down into a private property pasture, before legal shooting hour. I went up to where he had been, and I could hear him gobbling approx 100 yds away. I stayed on the public side, and called him and hunted him for about 45 minutes, and I could hear hens with him. No other toms gobbled, so I decided to go back down to camp and warm up some more and cook. As I was cooking about an hour after I had come down to camp, I heard him gobble about 100 yds behind me up on a different straight behind me. I put out my Dave Smith upright hen(the only deke I brought)8 yds from my shelter, and unzipped the sl5 door, and got the inside of the sl cleared near the rear so I could shoot my bow. I called to him, and here he came. He was gobbling his head off. He came down the hogback ridge and walked within 35 yds, but would not come in any closer, and I could have easily shot him with a gun, from inside my shelter. I had a little hand held camcorder running that didn't pick him up on film, but all you can do is hear him gobbling. I couldn't believe that he walked down to my tipi with a fire goingin the stove, wet wood crackling as it burned, and walked within killing range. He just didn't offer a bow shot and never stood still. He cruised on through, and I could tell by his body language that he didn't like the idea of coming any closer. He walked off and was still gobbling though and never did putt. My GF had texted me late that evening and informed me we had some family stuff we needed to attend to with an ailing uncle of hers, so we planned a rendevous point,and the hunt was cut short. I also had two business calls and as usual, hunting time got put on the back burner. I packed up my gear, and all and all, it was a blast. This was my maiden outing with my new shelter and my home made take down wood burning stove, and it was a success. I am glad that Beendare turned me onto these Go Lite Shangri-la's, and to the other guys for giving me inspiration on how to build a back packable wood burner.
I had a stream with a little water fall by my camp
This is my stove and pipe taken in the dark to show how hot it gets
John 3:16 Lifetime NRA Member/Iowa Bow Hunters Association/"Crackerized"Strother SR-71 "Crackerized" PSE AXE 6 DOWNSIZE ALL GOVERNMENT I SUPPORT ARIZONA
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