We can’t stress enough that the more you put into getting ready for this hunt, the more you will get out of it.
- Physical Fitness: Physical conditioning is often times overlooked and we want to see everyone enjoy their experience with us to the fullest! Training that exercises the legs and lungs is most important. Your guide will only hunt you to your ability, so please come in the best shape you possibly can. The most physically demanding terrain usually contains the most trophy animals. We want nothing more than to give all of our hunters every opportunity for success!
- Good Footwear: If we had to pick one thing on the list of items to bring to be the most important, this is it! Buying a quality pair of hunting boots that can withstand walking on side-hills and keep your feet warm and dry.
- Your Backpack:A comfortable backpack is so important! Finding one that is adequate to carry necessary items, yet not so large that it is a problem while riding horses or making the sneak on a trophy animal is the key. We stress that our hunters don’t overload their packs. It’s easy to have more than you need. Our guides carry all of the essential items such as spotting scopes and tripods, tools for processing meat and caping, first aid kits, snacks, firestarter, meat bags and rope. All you need to carry are items such as dry gloves, a water bottle, camera and room for another layer of clothing, etc.
- Practice, Practice, Practice!: Getting familiar with your weapon and being confident to shoot it is mandatory for your success!
ARCHERY HUNTERS: Practice shooting to 50 yards, but be proficient to 40 yards. Most shots are taken from 15-25 yards.
Shoot your bow every day. You are better off shooting a lower poundage bow. This will result in less movement when you draw and this will allow you to hold your draw longer. Concentrate on drawing with the least amount of movement possible--a smooth, easy draw. Practice shooting at different angles. Also practice while wearing backpacks, jackets and gloves that may be worn during your hunt. We require heavy, stiff arrows because penetration is essential. 125 grain broadheads are a minimum.
RIFLE HUNTERS: You should be confident to shoot 300 yards. Our average shots are 150-250 yards. The majority of our shots we take are laying over a back pack. The guides also carry shooting sticks that work well from a sitting position.