Sorry for the delay, I was in Ottawa looking for a place to live. Moving day is 25 Aug so far.
I don't think they were ranked in any particular order; I think they just asked a bunch of outdoor writers/guides to submit 5-10 ideas. For what it's worth the top 10 were:
1: Catch the brookie of your wildest dreams;
2: Know how to land a float plane
3: Learn how to use GPS
4: Remember how to use a compass
5: Master the diaphragm turkey call
6: Take up bowhunting
7: Make a fire the old-fashioned way
8: Learn how to fly-fish
9: Figure out all those damn knots
10: Go fishing with Bob Izumi (or whoever your angling idol may be)
I thought the last 2 were pretty interesting:
100: Snorkel alone with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef;
101: Be ready to die a good death (see above).
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...