There are a lot of posts on here regarding what is needed to do a backcountry archery camp around the forum, with a lot of good info. Just do some searching for key words and you’ll find what you’re looking for. You can get a lot of the gear in the classifieds here as well. I was in the same boat as you last year, so I know it’s a lot to tackle. Get out and do it though whatever you decide on.Probably archery. Backcountry camp.
I don't mind waiting a year. Still looking into Oregon.
Dont count out that truck camping just yet, especially on your first go round, you will want to be mobile until you find elk. Getting back 8 miles and finding 5 other hunting camps and zero elk for miles around sucks. Truck camping also requires a whole heck of a lot less gear. I have some back country hunting spots but man... i'll tell you what... i sure do sleep a lot better on a mattress in the back of my truck at my truck hunting locations... wake up refreshed and ready to walk up mountains.Will do, thank you for the response. I've slept in my truck more than once on a few hunts. This time I really want to start looking into the back country stuff. Like I said above, just starting the journey.
Nice! good on you for helping out. As just about anyone around here will tell you when it comes to hunting OTC units... there is no such thing as "go deeper to get away from hunters". I took my elk last year above a trailhead, no joke, walked straight up the mountain. I cant count how many hunters i welcome and talked to headed 8-miles back to hunt elk the day before season opened. There were so many trucks and horse trailers parked there they were parking down the road because the 20+ vehicle limit in the parking area had filled. All those people werent hunting with me so they all headed down the trail....That happened the last time I hunted in WI. Chose to go public land that year, and walked up on two different campsites. I had a lot of experience in the area, but had not realized people we starting to reach out further in the woods. A little bummed, but I turned it into a success story. Helped a younger hunter onto a good buck.