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Cheap Stuff that Gets the Job Done

AKMonkey

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And it's time for the wet blanket, and forgive me if this was already mentioned, but how much of this cheap stuff that works comes from China?
We gotta get off of our addiction of buying stuff from them.
Not being holier than thou. I have lots of Chinese crap. But I now think twice about what I buy. Time to wean.

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Gerber is an Oregon, USA, company, but I don't know where their STL knife is made. Rapala is a Finnish company, I think. Again, not sure where their light, wood-handled fillet knives are made.
 

Allegheny Tom

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Gerber is an Oregon, USA, company, but I don't know where their STL knife is made. Rapala is a Finnish company, I think. Again, not sure where their light, wood-handled fillet knives are made.
We just try to do the best we can.

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boyne bowhunter

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This is the gear hanger I'm going with this year. In the past I have used a Amsteel daisy chain that I girth hitch to the tree and weight with my pack (which serves double duty as my knee pad). The issue I've had in the past is that I need to have the pack on the daisy chain for it to support the weight of the bow. That means I have to lower the bow before I put my pack on or take my pack off my back before I can bring up my bow.

I decided to try the Cable Cuff as advertised by the always resourceful @always89y ($1.25 at Home Depot).

To attach I simply ran a length of paracord through the eye where the screw was removed. To that paracord I added two paracord prusiks, one to provide the adjustable girth hitch using a keychain carabiner and the other to support my pack which has another keychain carabiner on the handle loop.

The pluses: Small and light, Cinches to the tree without needing to be weighted, Provides an infinite adjustment for my pack height (daisy chain sometimes was either just slightly too low of slightly to height), plastic hook is quiet, CHEAP and Simple.

The minus: I need to remember to hook the keychain carabiner through both prusiks so they don't unravel and fall off when not in use.

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always89y

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This is the gear hanger I'm going with this year. In the past I have used a Amsteel daisy chain that I girth hitch to the tree and weight with my pack (which serves double duty as my knee pad). The issue I've had in the past is that I need to have the pack on the daisy chain for it to support the weight of the bow. That means I have to lower the bow before I put my pack on or take my pack off my back before I can bring up my bow.

I decided to try the Cable Cuff as advertised by the always resourceful @always89y ($1.25 at Home Depot).

To attach I simply ran a length of paracord through the eye where the screw was removed. To that paracord I added two paracord prusiks, one to provide the adjustable girth hitch using a keychain carabiner and the other to support my pack which has another keychain carabiner on the handle loop.

The pluses: Small and light, Cinches to the tree without needing to be weighted, Provides an infinite adjustment for my pack height (daisy chain sometimes was either just slightly too low of slightly to height), plastic hook is quiet, CHEAP and Simple.

The minus: I need to remember to hook the keychain carabiner through both prusiks so they don't unravel and fall off when not in use.

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The prussiks are genius!

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BackSpasm

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This is the gear hanger I'm going with this year. In the past I have used a Amsteel daisy chain that I girth hitch to the tree and weight with my pack (which serves double duty as my knee pad). The issue I've had in the past is that I need to have the pack on the daisy chain for it to support the weight of the bow. That means I have to lower the bow before I put my pack on or take my pack off my back before I can bring up my bow.

I decided to try the Cable Cuff as advertised by the always resourceful @always89y ($1.25 at Home Depot).

To attach I simply ran a length of paracord through the eye where the screw was removed. To that paracord I added two paracord prusiks, one to provide the adjustable girth hitch using a keychain carabiner and the other to support my pack which has another keychain carabiner on the handle loop.

The pluses: Small and light, Cinches to the tree without needing to be weighted, Provides an infinite adjustment for my pack height (daisy chain sometimes was either just slightly too low of slightly to height), plastic hook is quiet, CHEAP and Simple.

The minus: I need to remember to hook the keychain carabiner through both prusiks so they don't unravel and fall off when not in use.

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I like this a lot. How about running a small (and maybe stealth stripped) biner on each prussic so you dont have to worry about rehooking them both. It looks like you already have a second one to attach your pack anyway
 

Jay_Disarray

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i almost forgot about the single most important cheap item i possess, my hand muffs. let me keep my hands together and out of the weather while allowing me to only wear a pair of light gloves in whatever the weather throws at me in the cold Minnesota December hunts.
 

Jmarzey

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I know the Walmart wrangler flex pants have been mentioned a few times in this thread.

A couple of you boys are like me and blessed with a few extra lbs, and couldn’t find your size. Went to academy yesterday and they have their brand that are lighter, thinner, and stretchier than the wranglers! Had every color and just about every size.

They’re 8 dollars more than the wranglers but man, they’re worth it!!


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Flee

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One of my cheap ideas is with clothing. A good jacket and pants are worth it but I skimp with other things. I buy some things cheap and get several and wash often. I buy a 12pk of digital camo hats From amazon and wear them for a half day and wash them with other hunting clothes. I buy cheap stretchy gloves and use hand warmers with a muff. A while back I bought like 10 Cabela winter hats with the mini visor, ugly as hell but I love those. I have a few eBay ugly down vests for cold weather and layering. You can’t beat down for warmth. I’m currently looking at military surplus down pants for layering. I have several champion gear under armor knock off mock neck shirts for base layers.
I am looking to spend a little on decent rain pants. And considering a first lite jacket but I can’t make myself do it at the moment.

Also what’s your secret to keep a mora from rusting?
 

Jay_Disarray

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Never been able to get it to work correctly. Went back to the chemical hand warmers. Welcome to any tips.
They are a bit of a PITA, make sure they are full of fluid and lit, what problem were you having?
 

Jay_Disarray

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Did you ever have a problem with the smell? I got one for Christmas and it worked great but smelled like fuel.
not really, it smelled slightly like fluid, but it wasnt ever bad for me. are you over filling it?
i tend to only put 8hrs of fluid from the little measuring thing instead of the full 12hrs, knowing i wont be out for more than like 4-5 if its that cold out that i need it. I also keep my hand warmers inside of my hand muff, so it hides the smell a bit in there too.
 

Aaronpaul14

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not really, it smelled slightly like fluid, but it wasnt ever bad for me. are you over filling it?
i tend to only put 8hrs of fluid from the little measuring thing instead of the full 12hrs, knowing i wont be out for more than like 4-5 if its that cold out that i need it. I also keep my hand warmers inside of my hand muff, so it hides the smell a bit in there too.
I think I had did the 12 hours. Might have been it. Mine was in the muff so blocked a lot until I pulled my hands out and got a whiff. I used it for doe season so didn’t need them too close lol.
 

dt0957

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Not sure if this one was covered yet, but I just picked up a pair of those Wrangle Outdoor cargo pants at Walley World for $21. Haven't put them through the test yet, but so far they've exceeded my expectations for the hyde I've heard.
 
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