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General Elk Hunting / Colorado or Oregon
« on: March 02, 2021, 07:58:55 AM »
I archery hunted Oregon last season in the OTC Imnaha Unit. There was significant hunting pressure.
Hunters riding around on trucks/ATVs calling all day and into the night.
The trailheads that I checked out that led into the Eagle Caps had tons of horse trailers parked bumper to bumper.
IMO archery opening weekend is your best shot in OTC hunts in NE Oregon. 
My hunting partner and I hunted CO 3rd season rifle elk recently and killed a 5 point. Hunting pressure was minimal.

Hunting Gear / Re: Battery Powered Trail Bikes
« on: February 19, 2021, 09:44:57 AM »
If you're in an area with a lot of old logging roads they'd be awesome. Here in CO there is no point, besides they're being limited on trails all over.

Someone posted up a video on Archery talk about a year ago with "real world" examples of hunting off bike, it was a husband and wife duo,. Long story short, they hated it and didn't even make it as far as if they hiked.

Yeah, I think you need to be hunting a specific area that would really benefit from a bike.  I first started down the road of hunting off a bike when the USFS gated a road I used to be able to drive up to the edge of the wilderness.  So it was a nice road to bike up and still allowed mountain bike traffic from the gate to the wilderness boundary.  Saved me 5 miles of hiking with all my gear and was awesome to be able to hop on the bike and fly back to the truck to grab something and be back at my spike camp in no time.  Over the years the road got overgrown and covered with blow down, and then it wasn't worth the hassle anymore.

Yes sir. Blowdowns are a what stopped me from MTB biking more often on closed logging roads in my hunting areas. I did buy a few fire service maps that show roads that are maintained for forest fire equipment access. They are usually locked gate roads but clear of blowdowns most of the time...not always.

Hunting Gear / Battery Powered Trail Bikes
« on: February 16, 2021, 12:56:24 PM »
Corey and Donnie were using BAKCOU bikes to access backcountry elk hunting areas in Idaho last season. Are many of you all using bikes, whether electric or not?

Physical Conditioning / Exercise Elk Hunting
« on: February 05, 2021, 10:01:42 AM »
At present I walk daily for 4.5 miles at 3.0 mph over a pretty flat route as measured by a pedometer. I also sprinkle in long bike rides @12-14 MPH, weather allowing throughout the year. Due to Covid restrictions (no gym open) I have put together a home workout set up; kettle balls, free weights and bands. I believe I can maintain a solid basic fitness level using this strategy.

Several years ago my hunting partner and I had a drop camp tent 3rd season OTC at 11,000 ft in CO. Hunted up to 12,000 ft. No special physical preparation. We were there 9 days. Never hunted CO in the past. Killed a nice 5 point. My home in Coastal NC is at 11 ft elevation.

We were both near 65 at the time.

MY go-to exercises for strength building for elk hunting are: pulls ups, chin ups, and farmers carries.

Physical Conditioning / Re: physical conditioning: navy seal workout
« on: July 11, 2020, 12:29:41 PM »
Impressive workout. I always do the one core exercise that all SEALS must master...the pull up...slow going up...chin over bar.....slow going down..I have a weight belt to add plates as needed to incrementally increase my strength.....

Physical Conditioning / Re: Jail-house workouts
« on: January 19, 2020, 04:47:04 PM »
At home I do exercises like push ups, planks, elastic bands, and kettle balls. I have also built a pull up/chin up station. Since I live in a milder climate zone I ride my bike often on long rides for basic endurance and fun. That said i do go to the fitness center regularly.

Scouting / Trail Cameras / Exodus Trail Cameras
« on: December 13, 2019, 07:05:53 AM »
Anyone have experience with the Exodus company's trail camera products? Thank you.

Archery / Re: How heavy are your arrows for your trad bows?
« on: December 09, 2019, 05:21:04 PM »
I shoot a 53 pound recurve bow with 28.5 inch long carbon arrows, 100 grain insert, 140 grain broadhead. My total weight is 530 grains.

General Elk Hunting / Re: First ever elk hunt ends with a goose egg!
« on: December 09, 2019, 05:12:58 PM »
Nice work on your hunt in Wyoming. You saw and heard elk. Experienced first hand the rigors of elk hunting. Idaho does have quite a few OTC tags.
Their website has a lot of information on each unit. Idaho is a non-preference point state. Good fortune on your future elk hunts.

Physical Conditioning / Re: Age and elk hunting
« on: December 08, 2019, 06:21:54 PM »
I am 72. I am still chasing elk. I keep fit everyday by either lifting weights, cycling, swimming, hiking etc. 
I do not wait until July 1st to start.
The one exercise I never leave out are dead hang pull ups. 10 sets 5 reps each.
Pull ups strengthen my back for the rigors of a long day hunt. They also increase grip strength.                                                               

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