Ok, so I know Rusty asked me to share the making of our "Elk Journey" so he could live vicariously through me.
So here's part one of our upcoming Idaho Elk hunt.
Planning started about 8 months ago when I decided that I want to go to Idaho to hunt elk. My brother Andy (Silverhawk94 on here), and my friends Jon, Tom and Dan were all on board.
Dan lives out in Idaho, so he's been our contact to Idaho and our personal "guide" throughout the whole process. Dan was instrumental in every aspect of planning, without him, I don't think the trip would have happened. THANKS DAN!!!!
So the preparation began way back at the start of planning.
Gear had to be bought. Since it's a DIY hunt on public land, lots of gear had to be bought. More than I expected. Basically you don't want to travel 2500 miles to have gear fail, so things are upgraded and spares are purchased.
My brother and I will be hanging in hammocks if it's not frigid cold at night. Everyone else went more conventional and will be using tents. Dan has an outfitter style camp setup for us all as well. So we have a nice base camp to come back to if "hammovouacking" (hammock bivouacking - lol) is not possible.
We each attempted to obtain a greater level of fitness throughout the entire summer. Some did better than others, I really struggled to overcome health issues, but we all made progress.
Hikes were taken up some of the steepest spots we could find in little old New Jersey, but our elevations pale in comparison to what we'll see out there. In any case, I hope we did enough of this to help build up the cardio and legs! At least it put a few miles on new boots.
Seasons are changing!
Almost to the top of this hill. This one is "hands and feet steep". Good practice for what we might encounter out there.
With all that hiking, unorthodox lacing techniques were explored to alleviate foot/boot problems.
Broadhead tipped arrows were shot and shot and shot some more, out to 50 yards. Those Muzzys really start to chew up a target!
Elk Calling and behavior was learned as best as 8 months allows.
And visions of this filled A LOT of dreams, both day and night!
Originally a road-trip was planned between Tom, Andy and myself, but some things changed and everyone is now flying out.
Flights and rental cars are booked. MRE's have been shipped, bows and gear are being shipped.
We'll be gone from the 18th to the 30th, so the rest of the story is almost ready to be written.
With a lot of luck and effort "Part Two" will hopefully include some ear to ear grinning behind some Wapiti.
Good luck to everyone in your adventures! -Matt