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Most Challenging Hunt???

What in your opinion is your or any most challenging hunt?  Dont include price an option.  Just the challenge both mentally and physically?? 

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San Diego county mule deer,

San Diego county mule deer, with a bow.  Why else would I be going on 8 years without a deer out here? lol

I would think, although I have not done it, that an archery hunt for lopes would be the toughest mentally.  They have killer eyesight, and just the thought of trying to get within 40-50 yards for a shot would rack my brain.

Physically, I would have to say either mule deer or elk in the rockies.  Hunting anywhere and everywhere from 5,000 up to 12,000 feet, and back down again.  Day, after day, after day.  Lots of walking, lots of blisters, lots of leg cramps, etc.

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hunting anything  on public

hunting anything  on public lands in florida lol... sorry i couldn't resist. Whistling

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Whole-Heartedly agree

Alpine_Archer wrote:

hunting anything  on public lands in florida lol... sorry i couldn't resist. Whistling

 

 

I don't know how I missed this earlier but I could not agree more with you on that Alpine !!

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I would agree anything where

I would agree anything where you stalk throughout the mountians has to have a toll on you physically.  However I could imagine that hunting in extream cold i.e alaska would have to have a toll as well.  I have only hunted eastern NC for white tail so no real physical challenge unless you spend the day ankle deep in swamp bogs that is killer on the legs.  Just about all game takes a physical toll on hunters.  Seeing all the big deer grow during the summer and then simply vanish once the season starts.  Or seeing them during the season and they just don't present a shot, staying just in shooting range or behind brush.  Moving the stand to try and predict where he will move next and low and behold he walks right past where the stand was before you moved it.  Not to mention when you are patient enough to hold off a month before moving the stand then the very week you move it, is when he decides he likes a different trail.  Im not bitter or anything, im just sure he is smarter than I  ::wacko:   Confused

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Sounds fun

I love a great challenge. I have tried Lope witha rifle and it was difficult then.  I watched this show while home on leave where this guys walks up to Lope behind a horse and they never even seen him or react to him.  It was amazing.  He can get within 50 yards just from using the horse as cover.  Then steps out and shoots.  Unbelievable

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My personal favorite and most

My personal favorite and most challenging hunt is solo backpack archery hunting in the high country for elk. Did it for the first time this year and was lucky to be successful. Something about carrying everything on your back, sleeping in the dirt, and it just being you and the wilderness make it a totally different experience. The mental aspects are quite intense because you have no one to talk to so all you do is think about how to find your quarry. I shouldnt have to say anything about the physicality of this type of hunt to anyone who has backpacked in the rockies much less packed animals out of the rockies.

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Backpacking in the Rockies

It is a wonderful sight to see to say the least. I have backpakced there a time or two when I lived in Colorado Springs.  But I never took the chance to hike in on an elk bow hunt and pack it back out.  That would be a great experience. I would love to give it a whirl.  Definitely on my short list.

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A limit of wild quail in

A limit of wild quail in Georgia. You can a whole lifetime and NEVER get that done.

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For me right at the top would

For me right at the top would be an Muzzle loader Ibex hunt in the Florida Mountains of New Mexico.  The biggest challenge of this hunt so far has been drawing a tag, I just cant get that done.  Cry baby

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Most Challenging Hunt???

Out of all the years that I have been in the Outdoor Industry I would have say the most Challenging Hunt would have to be a hunt that i went on with a friend and tried to film for him.He was doing the hunting but for me as a camera man just keeping up with a guy that was in the coast guard was hard enough.He did manage to tag out on the last day after setting up and make like ground blind.Needless to say we should have done that on the second day instead we waited until day 5 to do so and boy did it pay off.The hunt took place in New Mexico and it was a little hot at the time we went out there.The buck he harvested sure didn't seem to weigh much but they said it scored 112 inches in the pope and young system.Yes it was shot with a bow and i think that was what made it so challenging.The mental time it took to get ready was just so slow.Being patient and taking our time was a big deal and me being able to catch it all on camera made the hunt much more enjoyable. 

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