As long as that means I can find KUIU gear on Ebay and barely used bows on Craigslist then Im cool with this.Elk hunting has a revolving door. We recruit new hunters every year. And every year rookies walk away. It’s not for everyone. The ones who like it love it. The ones who don’t are never coming back!
Man that was perfect. Coming from a first time elk hunter makes your words interesting. It shows that you are obviously one of us.As long as that means I can find KUIU gear on Ebay and barely used bows on Craigslist then Im cool with this.
Personally, I had my first hunt in Colorado this fall (OTC archery elk) and it was a brutal 5 day experience waking up at 4:00am ang being out until dark each day. We got hailed on at 12,000 ft, rained on, stuck in deadfall labyrinths with the sun going down, soaked in Aspen groves that felt like jungles and sat at a beaver dam for 8 hours in the sun. We saw a lot of sign but never saw or heard an elk.
In any case, it was the most fun I had for years and I am already preparing for next year. There is just something about hunting that gets to you. Every minute you are out there and decision you make is deliberate and works to a goal. Any luxury that takes away from the goal is shunned. Something about being cold, hungry and worn down by the mountains but persevering just makes you feel ALIVE.
I’m with you on a good partner. For me it makes all the difference. We’ve both helped each other when it inevitably gets tough and the other is getting down. We also spend time talking about more than just the hunt we’re on. I personally would not do well solo.I’ve got 3 kids at home under 6 and it can be hard sticking it out when I know the wife is struggling with bedtime and other kid stuff. Sometimes the garmin with unlimited texting is a blessing and sometimes it’s a curse. I’ve pretty much given up on solo hunting in the back country. The inner voice starts to worry about the family and if I’m not seeing game, the drive to hunt starts to take a nose dive. I never felt that way before the kids. Hunting with others seems to help this more than anything else for me.
Hunting in the mountains is a mental game for sure, and comes easier to some than others. I think the first step is looking inward and figuring out what makes you leave hunts early and learn to combat that. Positive self talk and positive talk between hunting partners makes a big difference. Just my 2 cents.
You hear guys like Randy Newberg talk about how modern clothing and gear help you hunt longer more comfortably, which is probably why gear junkies bite onto that ..... but that older generation of hunters prove that mental toughness trumps fancy clothing and gear.