You know the “Dummies” series of books? They were quite the craze several years back. You (the dummy) could learn anything by picking up a copy of “[Whatever you want to know] for Dummies”. Well, this is my version… “Elk Training for Idiots”
A typical wilderness elk hunt will go something like this: Wake up, get dressed, roll out of your tent, eat breakfast, hike, hike, hike, glass, hike, hike, hike, call, hike, hike, call, hike, hike, hike, snack, call, hike, hike, hike, hike, call, hike, hike, hike, hike, dinner, sleep. Repeat for days on end.
The glamour of elk hunting is the calling, the response, the stalking, and the shot. But the reality of DIY wilderness elk hunting is covering ground.
So what’s the best way to train for elk hunting? Yep, you guessed it – hiking; but not just ordinary hiking on some cute little trail. No, the absolute best thing you can do to prepare for elk hunting is lace up your boots, load up your pack with some weight, and start heading up the nastiest climbs you can find. That, my friends, is what elk hunting will be like.
Lifting, running, and cross-training are great, but don’t overlook the simplicity of training in the same way that you’ll be hunting. After all, just because it is simple, doesn’t mean it is easy.