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Cliff on Pack In

Got a Hill to Climb?  You Better Be Ready Flatlander!!!


So you’ve got a mountain hunt planned but you live on a table top of topography.  The clock is ticking and you’ve got to be able to reach that high ridge in time to cut the approaching elk off.  What can you do to be ready?  While there are a million ways to train I wanted to share a couple cheap options that anyone can have access to.  If you live in a vertically challenged environment then take a look at these and consider adding them to your training regimen. Continue Reading…


There Are Few Experiences as Memorable as Riding a Pack String into Elk Camp (Photo Courtesy of Kenny Barnes)


I wanted to share the story below that my great friend and hunting partner Kenny Barnes and I co-authored together.  It details a recent unguided, public land hunt for elk in Colorado.  If you’ve never done it be careful because once you do you’ll be hooked for life.  If you have chased Wapiti in the Rockies, then you already know exactly what I’m talking about.  I hope you enjoy! Continue Reading…

Hunting Fit in Bugle!

December 2, 2016 — 4 Comments

Pictured is the Cover of the Nov/Dec 2016 Bugle, the Official Magazine of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  You’ll Definitely Want to Check Out the Ethics Article on Page 111!

It’s been out for a few weeks now but I am excited to share with you all that Hunting Fit made it into Bugle Magazine.  For those of you unfamiliar with the publication it is the official magazine of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  To say I’m honored to be in it’s pages is an understatement.
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Article Title Page Successful Hunter

If you’re into backcountry hunting (which I know you are!) be sure to check out the latest issue of Successful Hunter Magazine.  I have a feature article detailing my DIY, public land, backpack, elk hunt!  Continue Reading…


I just found out last night that one of my articles was published in The Journal of Mountain Hunting this month!  The story details how “An Elk Addiction Was Born”!  Take a read and let me know what you think!?!




I have been hunting for nearly 20 years. I have learned a ton of lessons (most have come by learning the hard way) and I have had a lot of great experiences. When my brother-in-law, Cody, drew a cow elk tag in Arizona and asked me if I would want to go with him, I was both excited and conflicted. On the one hand, I was excited to be able to be a part of Cody’s first elk hunt and hopefully help him get a chance to fill his tag. On the other hand, I was conflicted because I had never gone on a hunt in which I did not hold a tag and I did not know what to expect in terms of how I would feel. Would I be disappointed? Would I be jealous? Would it be fun? Only time would tell. Continue Reading…

Photo Credit: First Lite

Photo Credit: First Lite

In Part I of this test, we discussed the importance of understanding the science behind camouflage. By way of review, camo is intended to help one “blend in” with his or her surroundings by reducing the appearance of the human silhouette. This is accomplished through one of two pattern options: macro/micro patterns and photo-realistic patterns. Macro and micro patterns (Fusion, ASAT, Vias, Verde, Optifade, etc.) are build on the same basic principal: no discernible pattern means less identifiable shape. The use of asymmetrical design aids in breaking up the human silhouette and helps you go undetected (theoretically). Photo-realistic patterns (Mossy Oak, Realtree, Kings Camo, etc.) use multi-layered images to simulate the forested background in which you are hunting. Continue Reading…


Anyone who has been hunting elk for even a short amount of time knows that elk hunting is hard work. You often cover miles of rugged terrain in less than ideal conditions. You are constantly exhausted, carrying a pack full of gear along with your weapon. You work extremely hard before finally having the opportunity to take aim at your target and finally getting a change to put an elk on the ground. Then, once the excitement begins to subside, you consider the overwhelming size of the animal before you and say, “This is going to take a lot of work.”
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Photo Credit: Steve Barker

Photo Credit: Steve Barker

Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote for

Now is the time to start planning every meticulous detail of your elk hunting season, whether it is over-the-counter or draw tags. During your planning and excitement, make sure to not overlook one crucial detail: your fitness.

Hunting elk is different from hunting any other animal. Elk are typically found in areas that are difficult to get to and, to make matters worse, they do not like to stay put. Elk are a nomadic species, covering large amounts of ground in relatively short amounts of time. This means that as a hunter you have to be able to cover quite a bit of ground in steep country — all while carrying a pack, bow or firearm, water and the rest of your supplies! If this were not challenging enough, there is what I like to call “the inevitable sprint” that occurs on nearly every elk hunt: that small window of opportunity in which you have to cover a lot of ground very quickly in order to get a shot. Oh, and by the way, all of this takes place at high altitude where there is less oxygen. If you want to hunt elk and have a decent chance at success, you must be in “Elk Shape.”

For the rest of the article, please click here to go to the goHUNT website