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    Campfire when hunting backcountry?

    Do you build a fire in your back country camp? I know Mike Eastman said in his book that he wouldn't build a fire when coyoting out. I've also heard that smoke can be used a cover scent.

    My personal opinion is the lower the impact the better. And Ive never found a cover scent that works, playing the wind is the only way I go.

    Looking forward to hearing from all of you who are much more experienced than me.

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    I do, if I'm not to tired at the end of the day. Also its not a Friday night high school party fire either, very small.

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    Depends. Wind direction, altitude, weather pattern predicted. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

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    A campfire can be quite nice when you are far away from the hassle of everyday life.

    I have enjoyed a toddy quite often near a campfire when the only ones that I am sharing it with is a select few friends and the stars.

    After watching how animals react to fires and smoke I don't worry too much about it but the fire is kept to the small size.
    If you don't care where you are, you are not lost....

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    I have done both. Killed both ways.
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    depends how dry the country is.
    if fire danger high . never !
    if wet out ,maybe.
    truth is , usually by the time I get back to camp, the only thing on my mind is sleep.
    AS GOES THE CHURCH, SO GOES THE NATION

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    As long as it is safe...ALWAYS!
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    Always have one ready to go, just in case of emergency,or I harvest an animal.You never know when the weather is going to change for the worst.

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    I love having a fire after we're tagged out or headed off the mountain the next morning. I never have a fire until then when I am coyoteing out. Click image for larger version. 

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    After posting the picture of tenderloins on the grill in the above post, I saw that the fire appears to be surrounded by dry grass. Actually, we had been tent-bound in a snow/fog weather pattern and it had only melted that day. The ground was actually slushy to walk on. I was a firefighter for 24 years, and a wildland firefighter for 10 years and I am well aware of the dangers involved. Click image for larger version. 

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