25 July 2010
Greetings All! Thanks for all the calls fellas…and ladies, I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know everyone better and I can sense the excitement in all your voices. As always, it’s great to hear from all our past clients as well! Our time on the mountain will come sooner than you think! While it’s “only summer” and hunting season seems a ways off, hopefully everyone has been preparing both mentally and physically. I’m going to do my best to begin devoting some time here to help answer some of your questions and better enhance our hunter-preparation programs.
There’s been a lot of good questions thrown my way from gear, boots, broadheads and more. I’m glad to hear everyone has been out shooting and putting themselves in realistic hunting situations. This is probably the one area of preparation most of us don’t spend enough time in. While I know we all don’t live out in the country and it’s a task to head out to the range, you’d be surprized what you can accomplish in tuning your instincts to get your mind where it needs to be long before you step foot here in our wild country.
If you’ve already gone through your gear 5 times, chances are you’ve got what you need. Now is the time to start making sure everything you have works and will be an asset to your hunt and not a hinderance. If you plan to use a range finder, practice with it on every shot. Just like a basketball player has a routine at the foul line, a hunter has to develop the same smooth actions. I’d like to caution everyone, there’s become a whole lot of gimmicks and junk out there that will serve more as a distraction to the hunt and the hunter. Don’t buy into any of them, put your time and money where it counts-into yourself.
I’ve not watched many outdoor shows lately. That’s not to say that something can’t be learned from them, but while your watching the show, you might want to be doing up downs, jogging in place or heck, set up a little target range in your living room with a little air gun. Anything you can do to take a few steps closer to getting in the groove will help.
As we age, it takes a great deal longer to get in shape. Your lungs and your legs will either hurt you or help you. Elk hunting is one of those things that is nothing typical, no day is typical, no situation, no moment. Resourcefulness in the field, see it before you do it. Visualize your actions just as you see the well rehearsed scenes on the Outdoor Channel. Remember, there’s no “b-roll", there’s no “pause” in elk country.
Keep the calls coming and keep preparing. I saw 53 cows and 33 calves yesterday. If our elk have learned to survive new predators, you can bet that us two-leggers have our work cut out for us. As I say every week in elk camp-"This is going to hurt a bit".
Check back here often and please share your comments. We work as a team at Dome Mountain with well-thought out plans. This has been one of the many keys to our success. Your comments and past experiences will serve as incredible wisdom for those who are new to this adventure! I’ll be looking forward to it. Take a minute and add this blog to your “Favorites"…yup, up there in the top left…just click on it…you can do it…
See You On the Mountain!
JB Klyap, Outfitter #7843