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Unit 6A ML elk hunt

After 4 years of trying I finally got picked up for AZ elk, needless to say I'm more than a little excited and thinking about this hunt really helped me through my Uncle Sam sponsored trip to the sandbox for the last 4 months. I'm heading over from Louisiana (moved with the AF) 9 Nov to scout before the hunt 14-20 Nov. I've never hunted elk so I'd really appreciate any pointers that you have. I plan on getting out there and scouting as much as I can, will the bulls be bugling still during mid-November?

Thanks for the help
Daniel

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Unit 6A ML elk hunt

Get yourself in good shape,.. lots of leg and cardio work comes as a natural part of Wapiti hunting.

A GOOD cow call would b another suggestion,.. you'll be able to stop that big fella' right in his tracks with one and those extra few moments of him standing there COULD be all you need to make your shot.

I'm personally not familiar with Arizona hunting wise but both suggestions above work for you in any Wapiti hunt. Thumbs up

GOOD luck to you! Yes

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Terry,
Thanks for the advice, working out was one thing that we could do a lot of while I was deployed this summer. I've been doing a lot of working out in the pool as well to try to get my lungs in shape.

Daniel

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djumann wrote:
Terry,
Thanks for the advice, working out was one thing that we could do a lot of while I was deployed this summer. I've been doing a lot of working out in the pool as well to try to get my lungs in shape.

Daniel

Dan,... I'm not quite sure what type of terrain your going to be experiencing in your quest BUT,.. I can speak from experience regarding Idaho and Montana.

IF your accustomed to lower elevations as I am being from Michigan (my average norm of 200 - 1000 ft) it's going to take you about 2-3 days to get yourself used to the 5,000 - 12,000 foot elevations. Start out slow and get used to your new environment.

Also,... the hillsides you might have to experience can be pretty treacherous and quite wearing on you. The best way to condition yourself for the up and downhill climbing you could very well experience would be to find yourself a good length of staircases and go up and down as many times as you can. When to start to get tired,.... keep on doing them! After a few weeks start doing them with a backpack on with about 30-40 lbs. in it. It's the BEST way to get yourself prepared for mountain style hunting

TRUST me ! Yes

I've go a 80 acre farm here at home, and I thought by wearing a backpack with 60-80 lbs in it and walking the property perimeter every day for 4 months it would do the trick. I'm sure it did help me in some ways but it didn't condition the proper leg muscles for climbing up and down,... and that's about the only way I can explain it. If your hunting mountain terrain this is the only way to go.

Staircases,... high school bleachers, etc.

If there's any questions you might have that you think I might be able to answer for you feel free to ask them and I'll try my best to answer the best way I can.

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6A ML hunt

I live here in Arizona and I'll be helping a buddy of mine on his ML hunt in 6A. If you would like I could point you in some areas. PM me

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