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    Spotting scope - take it or leave it?

    I'm heading out for an early season high country mule deer hunt and will be packing in 5+ miles to 12,500 feet elevation. This drainage is fairly narrow all the way to the top. The farthest I will be able to see is approximately 1.25 miles. I'm just pondering if I should lug 5 pounds of scope/tripod up the mountain. I'm not going to be counting inches and points. Just want to take a good representative buck. Thoughts?

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    If you have 10x or better binos and a tripod mount for them, I would certainly think about leaving the scope behind. The worst thing that will happen is you need to take a little walk to get a closer look. For just the binos, you can potentially go with a lighter tripod also. Mine is a sit down tripod that is only about 1.5#. To qualify this, I don't have a scope and likely never will.

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    Never leave home without it.
    ... because every picture tells a story

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    ^^^ What he said ^^^

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    My opinion is if you have good glasses then leave it home.

    Just remember 5 miles at that elevation is going to equate out to around 20 from where you are located and anyplace that you can shave weight you should.

    And that is if you are in great shape.
    If you don't care where you are, you are not lost....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    Never leave home without it.
    Yep..saves a lot of walking.

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    Take the spotting scope.

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    Leave home without it... If you aren't counting inches or points as you mentioned I'd leave it at home to save the weight! As mentioned, use your binos on a tripod. I rarely use a spotter anymore. Scouting yes, hunting no. Of course it depends on the hunt.

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    Take it....it sure saves boot soles.

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    No need to backpack in 5+ miles at 12,000' if you're just looking for a "representative" buck. Those can be found most anywhere.
    When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

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