Winchester Blind Side Waterfowl Load Shotshells
If you are going to the mountains with an outfitter that is hunting National Forrest Service Land, you should be prepared to be able to ride a horse. On my first trip, I went to a riding stable and practiced riding, mounting, and getting off without falling off. This I would recommend. The other concern that would apply to all of the people that live in the flat lands is the altitude. It is so easy to get altitude sickness with low grade nausea and severe headache. Hydrating is the key ingredient to overcome this problem. After I have hunted in the mountains, on my drive out, I drink a liter of Gatorade. Then every morning I drink at least a half a liter of water before we leave, and a liter a day on the trail. I also drink another half a liter at the end of the day, but I might have to get up a couple of times during the night. That is why tenting it anymore is out for me.
Federal Premium Vital-Shok Nosler Partition Centerfire Rifle Cartridges
|This is the round I shoot for Elk, and it is deadly. Click on the link above or the pic to buy from Bass Pro.|
It gets cold in the mountains during the night and it is pitch black unless there is a full moon. The process is to wake up around 2 AM with the urge to find a fire hydrant. I put on my boots, put on my coat, grab a flash light, and grab my pistol. When I shined my flashlight out of the tent, I have seen in the past eyes staring at the light. The outfitters have told me not to worry as it is deer. However, I have seen wolf tracks in camp in the morning and that means one walked through during the night. So, it is a process to take care of mother nature, and if it is raining, it is more work. Oh, to be younger.
I applied this year in Wyoming to hunt in the Big Horns and did not draw a license. When July came around there was nothing in my area so that was out. When I checked at a private ranch in Colorado that features ranching for wildlife, they were booked up.
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When I checked with High Adventure Ranch in the Ozark mountains, they had an opening in November. I took it. There are advantages here. First, it is a guaranteed hunt, and if there is not an animal harvested you pay nothing. Second, it is a one on one guide experience, and I like that. There is nothing like personal attention. I have been teamed up with another hunter on an outing that I did not know. It worked out okay, but having one guide dedicated to you is the best way to go. Third, you sleep inside a nice lodge with a bathroom and a good bed. I have a 20 below sleeping bag, but in this case I don’t have to bring it along. Food is served buffet style in a comfortable dining room. There is also a big lodge setting available so you can lounge around. It is like being at home.
Service is excellent and while you can have your animal processed at the lodge, my preference is to bring it back to my processor. I have about a 10 hour drive and having hunted in January, it was not problem to bring the animal back in total. However, on this trip in November I will have it hung for a day and then de-boned and packed in coolers on ice to keep it cool. Then it goes to my processor. I like my elk cut in a certain way and the burger mixed with 15% pork butt. Everyone has their own tastes, but mine are a little particular.
I leave on November 1st and the hunt starts on November 2nd. There is nothing like elk steak or burger, unless you are fortunate enough to go up north and harvest a caribou.