Elk Hunting Season………….A Much Overlooked Priority In Planning Your Hunt
It’s hard to believe a new elk season is arriving and another is behind us. On a personal note, I welcomed in one of the newest generation of elk hunters right before Christmas……… My first grandson! What an exciting time. My son in law even went to Bass Pro and bought him a camouflage outfit (baby size of course). So he’s definitely ready for elk season to start!
Elk season will be here before you know it. If you’re planning a trip to the Rocky Mountain high country, it’s never too early to get ready. Getting the right gear for hunting elk, scheduling the hunt location, and contacting the elk guide are definitely priorities. But don’t overlook what I believe is the MOST important priority……………getting in shape and being prepared for the demands of hunting elk at high altitude.
When considering how to get in shape for elk hunting in the Rocky Mountains, don’t forget the challenges of high altitude. Altitude sickness is a very serious condition that has been known to lead to deaths in some cases. Believe me, it’s not something you want to experience. So it makes sense to plan ahead and be prepared.
If you need to get rid of a few unwanted pounds, begin now. Consistent exercise each day and a diet of healthy, whole foods is always a good starting place. This needs to be started months prior to the hunt itself. Being in good physical condition and keeping properly hydrated with plenty of water is part of the prevention once you arrive for the hunt .
Drink eight glasses a day of water and stay away from alcohol because it dries you out. Get plenty of rest each day and give your body a chance to acclimate to the higher altitude before your hunt. Remember the air at altitude is thinner so pace yourself. Oxygen saturation will be depleted by about 15% at 7500 feet.
So as you can see knowing how to get in shape for elk hunting is something that should be taken seriously by all hunters heading to the high country. I’ve included many other helpful tips and suggestions in my book, “The Rocky Mountain Elk Guide” that can make your trip run much more smoothly and efficiently.
Enjoy the upcoming season……………it will definitely be here before you know it!
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