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alaska bears, archery bear hunting, archery bears, baiting bears, bear camp, bear hunter, bear hunting, bear hunting idaho -

Spring is hopefully arriving where you live and perhaps you're like me; wanting to get a big game hunt done this spring. Personally, I love hunting bears where I live, and chances are there are some bears in your neck of the woods as well. Not a lot of states offer over-the-counter spring bear hunting, but some do. If you have the resources and time, you might look into Canada (you'll have to hire an outfitter) or head up to Alaska. You can spot and stalk them, bait them, and use hounds depending on the regulations of the ground you're...

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conditioning for elk hunting, elkshape prep, fitness -

The days are winding down to the opener, banked vacation hours sit on the shelf, and you're doing your best to stay focused on last minute provisions. Your new gear has been tested, your scouting trips completed, and all your cameras await you with memory cards swollen with intelligence. Your bow is super tuned, strings have settled, and your broadheads fly the same as your field points. Your confidence is strong, you know that separation is in the preparation, but deep down you're aware that there's a missing component.  While a lot of bowhunters focus on shooting prep, a good...

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athlete, elk, elkshape, fitness, hunt, hunter -

Hunt like an athlete sounds a hell of a lot better than hunt like a couch potato. An athlete is fit for the mountains and conditioned to excel at the sport of hunting. The essence of hunting is becoming a formidable predator. A predator enters the woods prepared for any and all eventuality and gladly welcomes adversity. In order to hunt like an athlete, you have to train like an athlete. Stop. I didn’t say you had to run ultra-marathons, shoot everyday, nor did I say you had to be an extremist. But there is definitely a rising tide of...

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backcountry athlete, crossfit, elk fit, elkshape, mountain shape, training -

EHM Issue 1 Published WesternHunter on May 23, 2012   “Dude, I need a breather,” I shamefully murmured to my hunting partner. I was struggling to hike the last load of loose meat and bull bone. Soggy feet, busted boots, and a Badlands Ox clung to my blood and sweat-soiled shirt. My water bottle was empty, we were ten miles from the nearest road, this was the fourth elk I had packed out in the last ten days, and it just about broke me. I was whittled down to five-step intervals followed by a long, bent-over rest. How could a...

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big bulls, bull elk, calling herd bulls, elk hunting, elk hunting tactics, herd bull tips, herd bulls, mature bulls -

Big bull tactics start and end with your ability to find elk to hunt. You can't kill a big bull where big bulls don't live. When I think of a big bull, I'm talking the herd bull variety; the loner bull that establishes its dominance mid August when pecking orders are solidified. A bull that has had survived long winters, numerous predators, and has quite a few years under his belt. These big bulls are often call shy, determined to maintain their herd, and in my experience are lovers not fighters. There's many ways to hunt these timorous wonders, but...

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