If I say I'm hunting the backcountry then I got there with camp on my back and hunting from my spike camp because it's too far to day hunt from the road. If I'm hunting from the truck/base camp it's simply day hunting.
Here is a question I have: what are you willing to share with the people you come across?Backcountry is when a couple guys on horses stop and say "wow, you're back here a ways.". I hunt nothing but wilderness, but some of my favorite OR wilderness you can still see and hear the big rigs climbing the mountain pass in the distance. Love the adventure part of it, even if the pack out is brutal. Its all part of the adventure to me. I could care less about how far it is. I just like to get way from the crowd. People you run into when back a few miles tend to be like minded people making a few minutes of great coversation.
Most people that one will encounter in tough to access places aren't looking for a handout. Those that are won't get any game changing information from me but it always pays to be respectful and courteous.Here is a question I have: what are you willing to share with the people you come across?
I started archery hunting six years ago and was fortunate enough that my brother-in-law shared his zone with me before being stationed in AK the year I started hunting. Few people go to this zone and a majority only hunt it for one day. Over the six years, only one duo that I have encountered has been there repeatedly. I’m always friendly with the people I come across but pretty reluctant to give up info about the elk I have seen. Am I the ass?
This year I felt like I was in the backcountry after rolling down the mountain packing out an elk. Tried to stand after rolling and fell over as my ankle was shot. My wife prayed over it and then we discussed how to get me down 2k vertical and 3.5 miles to jeep, then 1.5 hours to pavement and 1.5 hours to hospital.I think accessibility to the area in question is a big (and very broad) factor.
The ease of finding and rescuing a lost or injured person, as well as getting them to hospital afterwards could also probably be a benchmark.
I figured something like that was coming.There’s a group of guys here locally who routinely do these Fatbike/Packraft combo trips to Alaska that are definitely in the “backcountry” and they are using bikes. They probably push and carry them for as many hours as they ride them, but they are off trail and super remote.
I go where the elk are, I also love that I could walk for days on end and not cross private property. To be able to walk in any direction and not worry about looking at onx, that is fuel for my soul.Back country is where a lot of adult onset hunters and instabro’s aspire to be. They seem to find each other more often than not during the quest to “go in deep” and come out with light packs.
I just go places where there’s elk and no people. It could be next to an international airport and I’d be just fine. .
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