Would like to thank everyone for thier advice on Elk hunting. My sons and I had a great time hunting the fourth rifle near Durango Co. I would also like to thank Mangus 5 Outfitters for all thier help in making it the Elk hunt I dreamed of.
I'll try to keep it short. Booked a drop camp hunt around first of the year. Had no idea what I was doing, still don't but got on here and other forums and stsrting asking questions. So finally it's time. My two son's and I and a loaded down truck leave Ga. Drove 1500 miles, stayed two nights in Durango then left to meet our outfitter. Everything went great,got to camp on Missionary Ridge and was blown away by the beauty of the country. Opening morning we went seperate ways. About 12:20 I was glassing a ridge and there it was steadely heading toward a deep hole. Made the decision it was a shooter. Dropped my pack, never used my new rangefinder or shooting stix. Got on my knees propped against a tree and shot, he turned and started back up the ridge I shot again and he went rolling about 15 feet.I could not belive it.Opening day and had an Elk down. Called my sons to come help skin and quarter it. Got back to camp around 7:00.We were totally exhausted. Thanks for all the advice and well wishes. Hope to do it again one day.
Every year many hunters and outdoorsman and women come out west from the midwest and east coast to hunt the prized mulies and elk. One topic that comes up often is altitude sickness. My advice for flatlanders is to get into the best possible shape. Start months before your hunt, usually really ramping up my cardio around March or April.
I run 5-10 miles 3 times a week, and also go for walks carrying my pack with about 50lbs to simulate what could be on my back. Another useful tip is to drink A...