Stashing water.

InDeepShip

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What's the thought on stashing water? I'm assuming a ton of people do it but what is the legality of it? What are you guys using for your jugs? I'd assume everyone puts it into another container and not just use the jugs of water you can get at the store.

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What's the thought on stashing water? I'm assuming a ton of people do it but what is the legality of it? What are you guys using for your jugs? I'd assume everyone puts it into another container and not just use the jugs of water you can get at the store.

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If you put clear plastic jugs where they will be exposed to UV light day after day you’ll get chemicals leaching into the water. I put the jugs in heavy duty black contractor bags and try and put it somewhere where it will have as little exposure to light as possible. I have stored water for months like this with no issues.
 

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If you put clear plastic jugs where they will be exposed to UV light day after day you’ll get chemicals leaching into the water. I put the jugs in heavy duty black contractor bags and try and put it somewhere where it will have as little exposure to light as possible. I have stored water for months like this with no issues.
What about moving it to something like this where light isn't really a factor. Or will the temp going up and down effect it.


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What about moving it to something like this where light isn't really a factor. Or will the temp going up and down effect it.


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I have no idea. But I do like that plastic jugs smash down to nothing and weigh basically nothing. When I kill a deer I can pack out everything with basically no space or weight penalty.
 

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Haven't done it much but when I have... I've just tossed the grocery store water bottles in a cheap roll top dry bag to keep em out of the sun
 
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A good budy of mine used to pack into the Trinity Alps pre-season to scout AND to stash water . He would bury the bottles. In the area that he hunted , he said that he couldnt find any water for over 2 miles . He could not figure out why there were so many quality bucks there with little to no water . I think that they get a lot of water from their forage . Anyhow , in almost 40 years of hunting , I have gotten my water supply from high mountain creeks and streams or springs . I have never stashed it . Occasionally I would drop a tablet into the canteen if the water was questionable ( Range cattle nearby, small mountain lake ) . I got Giardia one time back in my late 20s from a small back country creek. It was not fun . I spent most of that night laying on my side in the pine needles with stuff spewing out of my body from both main orifices. The next day I found the reason why. I found a dead fawn in the creek upstream from where I drew water . To this day I still usually drink straight from mountain springs . Its a small risk that I take . Call me stupid, I think its good for my soul and my gizzard.

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InDeepShip

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A good budy of mine used to pack into the Trinity Alps pre-season to scout AND to stash water . He would bury the bottles. In the area that he hunted , he said that he couldnt find any water for over 2 miles . He could not figure out why there were so many quality bucks there with little to no water . I think that they get a lot of water from their forage . Anyhow , in almost 4 years of hunting , I have gotten my water supply from high mountain creeks and stream . I have never stashed it . Occasionally I would drop a tablet into the canteen if the water was questionable ( Range cattle nearby, small mountain lake ) . I got Giardia one time back in my late 20s from a small back country creek. It was not fun . I spent most of the night laying on my side in the pine needles with stuff spewing out of my body from both main orifices. The next day I found the reason why. I found a dead fawn in the creek upstream from where I drew water . To this day I still usually drink straight from mountain springs . Its a small risk that I take . Call me stupid, I think its good for my soul and my gizzard.

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Why not use a filter?

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Why not use a filter?

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Yes , you are right . I still don't have one and they are a good idea. The guy who I have packed with the last couple of times always brings one so sometimes I have used it. I'd say its the best way to go . Its hard to kick my old school methods . I'm just stubborn at times ; ) Plus the fact that I had knee replacement almost 2 years ago and the other knee is now going south . I may not have the choice to pack anymore .... I am not sure yet . Enjoy your body to the hilt while you can ! Things WILL wear out when you demand a lot from them.

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If you put clear plastic jugs where they will be exposed to UV light day after day you’ll get chemicals leaching into the water. I put the jugs in heavy duty black contractor bags and try and put it somewhere where it will have as little exposure to light as possible. I have stored water for months like this with no issues.
Have you ever heard, if Nalgene has that issue?
 
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Have you ever heard, if Nalgene has that issue?
I am not sure but if you give it enough time sunlight will destroy anything. Nalgene bottles are probably more stable than disposable bottles because they are designed to last forever vs single use plastic jugs.
 

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I stash water at a couple remote spots.. works great. I buy the cheap 1 or 2 gallon plain jugs from Walmart then hike them up while off season scouting. I'll stash them under a rock outcropping where they're protected from sun, etc. Longest I've left them there is a couple seasons and they're still fine.

Regarding Nalgene, the rumor was that they do leach plastic chemicals when subjected to heat, which is why the reusable bottles trended to the stainless steel and glass. But now it seems everyone's coming back to Nalgene because they're cheap and light for day hikes. For that reason I've ditched the heavy Hydroflasks in favor of Nalgenes lately.
 

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I have stashed water multiple times in the 16

Buy 2 of the "clear" plastic gallon water bottles, get a 20" long rope put a knot in each end, then zip tie the rope to the rim of the bottles put them over your neck now your traveling like a real border crosser!

I then hang them up in a tree where I need them

I also reuse these bottles by filtering water into them or if they have been filtered and hanging for a year I hit them with a chem tab and your good in a few hours.

Remember a gallon of water weighs 8lbs.
 
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Dude..I have a hard time putting binos around my neck...that's enough work for me!! Now packing out empty water bottles after a murder in the canyon?? I'll do..I'm an environmentalist...and a giver.
 
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