Preparing For Your First Elk Hunting Trip – 3 Helpful Tips
I’ve been asked many times ,””What is the best way to prepare for my first elk hunting trip?”” Well, here are a few tips that might help you as you prepare for your hunt.
1. First, be sure and plan your trip well in advance. You will need to choose where you plan to hunt and what season you will hunt. You will also need to find out about licensing in the state, make lodging arrangements and plan many other details for the hunt. Outfitters book up fast so a trip needs to be planned well ahead of time.
2. Next, decide on what type of elk hunt. Outfitters offer guided and self guided hunts. If this is your first hunt, you might want to opt for a guided hunt with a professional outfitter who knows the terrain and where the best elk habitat is in their local area. If a guided hunt is not possible, there are other more economical alternatives that you could discuss with your outfitter.
3. Last but not least, get in shape. I can’t stress that enough. Most good elk hunting areas have some rugged terrain and high altitude so you better be in shape. Most people are use to being at sea level or a little above.
Remember, you could be at altitudes up to 10,000 ft and the air will be much thinner. So don’t come ill prepared. As an outfitter, I’ve seen too many hunters come ill prepared and wind up having a not so memorable trip. Don’t let that be you.