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Hunting without a Vest

Post by Splittoe » February 29th, 2012, 3:35 pm

When I started turkey hunting with my grandpa back in the mid nineties, all I carried was a gun, 5 shells, a box call and a face mask. No gloves, no vest or seat. I remember the first vest had just two big pockets in the front and seat about 1/16" thick. I thought it was awesome. Of course now I have a vest full of pot calls, diaphrams, and locator calls.

Did anyone else start off hunting vestless?

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Turkey Talker » February 29th, 2012, 4:11 pm

I started hunting with camo shirt, camo shirt for a facemask, shotgun(enough shells for gun only),dark brown khacki pants, a diaphragm mouth call and that's all. I used the moon to guide me through fields, and I didn't drink water till end of day. Now I can't go anywhere without my camelbak!
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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Stinky J Picklestein » February 29th, 2012, 4:53 pm

Yep...I was able to carry a few calls and shells in my camo coveralls. Of course, I was a teenager back then, so sitting on the ground was never uncomfortable.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Hognutz » February 29th, 2012, 5:15 pm

I don't use a vest now.. I use a belt with a fanny pack and assorted pouches that hold my stuff. When I get to my set-up, I take it off and have it all at my finger tips.
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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by guesswho » February 29th, 2012, 5:32 pm

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Hobie » February 29th, 2012, 9:14 pm

guesswho wrote:I have evolved from this
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And am regressing each year back more and more to how I started.
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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by ICDEDTURKES » March 1st, 2012, 8:47 am

I have not used a vest for a couple a years now. I hunt the Beard Buster Run and Gun belt with additional Beard Buster slate holder on other side.. I dont carry alot of calls.. 2 pots, 3 strikers, owl in my belt.. The box call holder is used for water bottles and it has a nice pouch where thermacell fits. I have my mouth calls in my pocket with a trumpet and tube around my neck and my crow is tethered in my old tom shirt.
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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Hobie » March 1st, 2012, 6:56 pm

ICDEDTURKES wrote:I have not used a vest for a couple a years now. I hunt the Beard Buster Run and Gun belt with additional Beard Buster slate holder on other side.. I dont carry alot of calls.. 2 pots, 3 strikers, owl in my belt.. The box call holder is used for water bottles and it has a nice pouch where thermacell fits. I have my mouth calls in my pocket with a trumpet and tube around my neck and my crow is tethered in my old tom shirt.
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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by redarrow » March 1st, 2012, 7:29 pm

After 3 or 4 days im usually leaving the vest behind.
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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Gobblerstopper » March 1st, 2012, 7:43 pm

I still use a vest, but mainly because I like the seat

I started vest less too. All I took was a gun and a cousin that knew how to turkey hunt.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Magnumdood » March 16th, 2012, 7:02 am

I started with a vest mainly for the seat. I carry a box call, a couple of diaphragm calls, some water, a snake bite kit and a trauma pack.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by mossy835 » June 21st, 2012, 11:53 am

I started with a vest probably because of my quail hunting on the desert in my youth. I followed my dad with his vest chasing quail through the sand dunes and mesquite clumps. Dad used a 20 GA pump and I packed the shells water and quail he shot so a vest came natural to me. I do only pack what I need now (due to the weight) but I like having the vest and seat for the wet weather we have up here.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Gobbler » June 21st, 2012, 12:03 pm

Well its a great feeling shoving a gobbler into the back of a vest and walking out. :D :mrgreen: :thumbup:

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by mossy835 » June 21st, 2012, 1:02 pm

Gobbler wrote:Well its a great feeling shoving a gobbler into the back of a vest and walking out. :D :mrgreen: :thumbup:

Oh yeah it is!!!! :struttin: :struttin:

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by 2ounce6s » June 21st, 2012, 2:44 pm

Didn't get a vest till I was old enough to have made money to buy my own. It was a treebark vest with thin shoulder straps and the stiches popped and needed repair if you carried a heavy tom out in it. Never hunted without a vest since unless it was raining. On rainy days I just put a trumpet around my neck and a mouth call in my jaw. Sure you don't need all the trappings but you don't really need more than one shell either......

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by MKW » June 21st, 2012, 9:47 pm

I've been hunting without a vest for a while. I make good use of beltloops and d-rings. My facemask is in my hat, I don't wear gloves, and I don't take many calls.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by ICDEDTURKES » June 22nd, 2012, 8:40 am

I basically dumped the mentioned belt this year.. I wear the Ol Tom Dura lite camo and the pocket design truly warrants vestless hunting..
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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Splittoe » June 22nd, 2012, 9:22 am

On my hunting trip in the mountains, I ditched my vest. It was nice going lightweight, not so nice sitting on rocks and slopes without a cushion. It did make me reconsider the vest when I hunt here in Louisiana (ground is a little softer than the Rockies).

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by HuntnMa » June 23rd, 2012, 6:21 pm

I started off with no vest...I think this was the first year I actually brought my vest everyday...as long as I'm out there it doesn't matter if I have it or not, all I need is my facemask or a burnt tree , shells and a gun...I still don't wear gloves, unless I'm out west ( it's cold lol)...hell, I'd wear blue jeans if had to...
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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by Grumpy » June 24th, 2012, 5:33 pm

No vest here, needless weight on the dragstrip.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by GLS » June 24th, 2012, 8:14 pm

In 36 seasons, I've never owned a vest; I carry wingbone on a lanyard which has a soft pouch which holds several diaphragms, a slate and striker in a shirtpocket, 3 20 gauge shells in gun, gloves in pocket and facemask which drops down from ballcap. Small foam pad clipped to belt with carabiner. Thermocell when needed in cargo pocket of pants. Compass on wrist. Decoys? Not for me.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by dirt road ninja » June 29th, 2012, 2:34 pm

I went to a fanny pack this year with a gobbler lounger. I hunt pretty slow, so I dont feel like a vest does anything for me at home, but add an extra layer of clothes and it's pretty warm down here. I carry dekes in a decoy bag with a shoulder strap when I use them, but they spend most of the season in the jeep. If I were to go with somebody else, I bring both and see what the want to do. I found I kill way more birds staying put instead of walking all over.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by gophert » June 29th, 2012, 3:45 pm

Let's see...I carry gun, decoys, calls (mouth, pot, box), tripod, camera, portable blind, extra cushion seat and a vest...oh and there's a beautiful 11 year old little girl following my every step. As long as she's with me, I'd carry a house if I had to. When it's just me..it's just the vest and gun.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by DMP » June 30th, 2012, 7:40 am

Im a self taught turkey hunter so at first I got caught up in the outdoor channel way of hunting and all the new gadgets that I thought I needed. After the first few years of trial and error I figured out real quick that you don't need half the junk that tv and other outlets try to make you think you need. I do still hunt with a vest but when it gets hot the vest is the first thing to go.

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Re: Hunting without a Vest

Post by N2deer » July 4th, 2012, 1:19 pm

No vest here.

Gun, shells, mask, gloves, mouth calls, and two pots that I carry in a pouch on the belt.

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