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This is a guest post from Shawn Stafford. Shawn has written for The Journal of Texas Trophy Hunter, North American Whitetail, and Western Elk Hunter. He is a follower of and is passionate about combining fitness and hunting in order to increase success in the field.

Many do not fully understand the rigors of successful hunting. There are times one will get lucky and have his prey drop near a road with a couple of buddies to help load it. I personally would not look a gift horse in the mouth and welcome the luck. However, I have hunted long enough and in various locations to know that this is very seldom true for the adventurous hunter. In most instances a significant amount of effort is required to not only get to your hunting location but also to get your quarry out. Continue Reading…


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: 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

Photo Credit: Outdoor Hub

Photo Credit: Outdoor Hub

Are you in “Elk Shape”?

He is…

If you want to be, the time to start is now. Elk season opens in just 4 months.

Check out some of our training articles to get ideas on how to start training for your upcoming hunt!