That’s odd. Everytime I’ve cared to ask, they’ve given me a cell number if he or she wasn’t in the officeHow can u get the biologist name for an area. When I asked the cpw people who I talked to, they would not give it to me. Said it would flood them and they wouldn’t do anything but answer question from people like me. I understood and wasn’t upset but it would be nice to be able to ask one of the locale guys some questions.
This is Sweet! Thanks for sharing this!If it is of interest to any newcomers, I drew up a workout plan below based on what I did last year. I'm not an expert, and everyone's body is different, but this worked really well for me. It's not a beach body workout but I lost 16 pounds and felt as strong as I have in years. I'm 36 and had only done enough in the gym recently to keep high blood pressure at bay.
The only equipment you need are dumbbells and your pack. The goal of it is to get you ready for a basecamp-style hunt, with a balanced approach to expanding aerobic capacity and building up your lower body and core strength. Some key points to keep in mind:
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- This is a 6-month program, so it kicks off in March or April, depending on your hunt date. If you aren't working out right now, start jogging and throwing in some lunges and pushups so you limber up before it begins.
- This is designed for 5 days a week. Break it up along the week as you like. If you are getting too sore or feel like you are going to injure something, back down and take a week off. It's better to do that than get sidelined for several weeks.
- For pack weight, I filled a roll-top dry bag with sand and weighed it with a luggage scale.
- Dumbbells are hard to find right now, but see what you can do with Craigslist and garage sales. As the program moves along you'll need to bump up the weight you're using for different exercises.
- If you don't know what the exercise is, look it up on YouTube.
- For the stretch sessions, find a program that works best for you. YouTube is your friend.
BA Gobesr. Planning first hunt may end up solo. Reinforced I may be on the right track. Thanks for your time in posting
Totally agree. Like I said in another comment, even I had a hard time staying upbeat after a few days. Part of that was having not been away from home for this long since having kids. We never had bad weather to compound things (just one super cold night/morning that zapped our energy) but the mental grind is very real. After four days of pretty hard charging we slept in and went fishing one day. It really livened things up and we felt better heading out later that afternoon.Good write up Gobears. I'll add my .02 of the most important things to me:
1)A hunting partner with a good positive attitude especially when the hunting gets tough. Nothing will deteriorate your own attitude faster than a partner who complains about everything. If you did 99% of the planning and all they do is bitch about the amount of hunters, warm weather, lack of camping spots, etc it taxes you pretty quick. I've hunted solo, with partners and with my wife. Honestly the wife has been the best. I knew she'd be upbeat and positive the whole time.
2)Be sure your own mental state is in good shape. Make sure everything back home is set for your time gone, be prepared for the worst hunting experience, give yourself a day off in the middle of the hunt to recharge.....maybe get a hotel and good meal somewhere or visit a national park for a day. Killing something sure helps but it's not everything. Enjoy you time out in the mountains
Thank you for the information! I'm going to be elk hunting for the first time this year and I'm soaking up all the information I can find.
Where did you come from and what was it like getting used to the altitude?
Good tip on the sleeping, I hadn't considered that. I'm also planning on splitting up my drive, but from IL its 2 days no matter how I cut it and I don't think where I'd be stopping will be very high in elevation. I think I'll keep the running/walking anecdote in my head as well. thanks!
Between training, an overnight stay at altitude, and hydration, you can adapt pretty quickly. I don’t know if the supplements made a difference or not. They are expensive, too. It’s hard falling and staying asleep at high altitude so I took Advil PM every night. Maybe not the healthiest thing but it definitely helped.
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