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The Highs and Lows of a Week-Long Elk Hunting Adventure

I drew for a New Mexico archery elk tag in March 2015. It was my first elk tag. I worked my tail off in the gym, at the range, and in my garage bow shop, determined to hike into the mountains a predator. It took over 5 months of preparation and a full workweek of high-country hiking, with several tough lessons learned on the job to accomplish the goal...

8 Elk Hunting Lessons Learned the Hard Way

I have spent six years hunting elk on public land. I have learned new lessons on every trip, brought home new experiences each time, and thankfully, I also tagged-out 4 of those years. I am far from an expert, but as a regular do-it-yourself guy, I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned that could benefit other folks, like you, that are learning to hunt elk on public land.

Developing Killer Confidence — A Key to Hunting Success

Confidence is something that is developed over time, by experience. Attempting new things often feels difficult and awkward. But with some experience, these new pursuits become comfortable, and we become confident. You don’t have to think about walking any more, you just do it. Having a conversation with someone is commonplace, and you rarely need to think about finding the right word to convey your thoughts and then strategically try to pronounce that word correctly. Talking just happens. It wasn’t always that way though.

It takes time to develop competence and confidence in all skills, including hunting.

Backpacking, Like Hunting and Shooting, Takes Practice

If all your prep work goes into shooting and fitness without paying any attention to practicing the skills required to backpack, then you’re neglecting half of the skills required for backpack hunting. How many times throughout the year do you focus purely on your efficiency in backpacking?