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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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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 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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ELK vs. Man This article first appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Elk Hunter Magazine. Crisp mountain air, deteriorating daylight, frozen ground, and the rip-roaring bugle of a would-be suitor. Elk hunting is magical and the annual elk rut can never come soon enough. If you have been blessed enough to kiss the elk mountains, then you know challenges that await you every fall. Elk hunting was never meant to be easy, but that’s part of the allure. There are some considerations that must be made before the next elk season approaches. I say must, not should. I want...

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I can now say that I have successfully archery hunted on the island of Maui. I killed one goat and one pig. Looking back, I am still confused on how the hell to hunt Maui on public land. I have hunted all over the U.S. including Alaska, so I am accustomed to reading each state's regulations or proclamations. When I first started doing research for the hunt I quickly became confused and irritated with the Hawaiian state hunting website. Much of their information is convoluted and vague, so to get real answers you almost have to visit the island and...

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