Just spent 13 days hunting elk with my brother on his AZ archery tag. Every day was up at 2:30 am and climbng some incredibly steep canyons up and down. We had a small 5 point at 27 yards on the second day of hunting but he elected to pass. Hd several other close encounters but no shooters. The giant bull was bugling from across the meadow but would not come in closer than 97 yards.
Unfortunately he did not fill his tag since he was holding out for a big one, he still has meat from last years bull.
The getting in shape routine I started way back in April really paid off, I could really tell the difference from previous years when I didn't have the time to work out for such an extended period. My legs felt strong for the entire 13 days and never felt sore and my back and shoulders while carrying a pack felt good too.
I guess you can never be in too good of shape for elk hunting.
That is good news!1 I always start back training after season is over in January. If you keep it up all year you will always feel pretty good and its easier to stay in shape.
DIY Public land Elk hunts are not for everyone but everyone should try it at least once in their lifetime. And for all those younger guys that say I don't have the time, I don't have the money, I'm out of shape or I don't have the experience to do a trip. I only have a few things to say. Take the time to make a experience, Save the money to make the trip, Get in shape so you will enjoy the hunt and the only way to get the experience is to go and make it happen. Hunt on Mark!!
yes, it does, I was grateful for all the hard work Monday night when, I was pedaling out in the dark, tired and bloody.
Preparation for that kid nd of hunt is priceless. It always make the hunt more fun when your in good shape physically and mentally.
I don't Break the rules, I Modify them.
I train year-around; just cut back a bit during the season. First and foremost, we want to be healthy. ;-)
Plan, Prepare, Hunt, Learn, Repeat
I'm working on/hoping to get there, but always thought it would be awesome to elk hunt with 2 guys, ie 1 buddy and both of you are in amazing shape and could just move and cover some ground quickly.
I've lost about 15lbs just eating right/cleaner, but need to up the cardio.
Progress, Not Perfection!