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A solid hunting partner is so SO important. They can be a huge part of your success or not. They can make a tough time a great time. But like you, they have to be prepared.   In this post, tell us about your hunting buddy or buddies and then tell us what they do to get ready for the season.
I'll start:

Leroy Chavez is 10 years my elder and I am 56. I have called him "Chav" so long that it sounds funny to call him Leroy. Chav and I are married to sisters, so we are family and over the years we have become best friends.
I introduced Chav to bowhunting after my first season here in NM. This year will be our 35th elk archery season of hunting together and we have shared a lifetime of memories and laughs. We have had a few scares along the way and things haven't always gone our way, but our triumphs have WAY outnumbered our defeats.A solid hunting buddy is hard to come by. Somebody that works as hard as you do, that loves hunting as much as you do and sometimes,.. is just as nuts as you are. Chav and I have hunted so long together that we can start out on our morning hunt going in opposite directions and it never fails that we will eventually end up in the same area.He may be 65, but he is in no way getting long in the tooth. I would put him up against any 40 year old when it comes to getting after it in the mountains. I am a very aggressive hunter and he has never missed a beat, going right with me step for step.We have hunted together so long that he knows my every move, strategy and technique. Sometimes I think he knows what I am going to do before I do it.Chav is someone to ride the river with...for sure.
So what does he do to get ready?
I have a pic taken this morning. I was on a 5 mile run on one of our country roads and I looked up to see Chav heading back from his 6 to 8 miles that he does every morning.
Talk about dedicated. He works out year round.
Every morning up at 5 or 5:30 am.
1. Cardio: He changes up his runs or cardio. Always starting with a warm up walk, then he utilizes the following in different mixes; long run, or telephone poles (running hard from one pole to next...recovery walk to the next pole...then hard and so on for so many miles), hiking with weighted pack (sometimes carrying a weight in hand to prep for carrying a bow), to just long walks on recovery days. On bad days he hits the tread or stationary bike.
2. Recovery walk - mile or so
3. Shooting after cardio (more down on his knees than standing)
4. Weight workout - He alternates days and body parts. Chav doesn't work heavy weights. He does more reps and works on endurance (though an increase in weight is a natural progression). He will never be a HEAVY weight guy. He was a collegiate distance runner in his day and still has that antelope frame.

He(we) add hikes and trips into the mountains as well. We live and train at 6500' at the base of the Sangre de Cristos. We can be hiking at 9K to 10k within 30 to 45 minutes.

I have SOOOO many funny, crazy and scary stories from our hunts but that would be a whole different set of posts..lol

Now, tell us about your hunting buddies.

Hunt Planner / NM - Carson National Forest lifts fire ban
« on: July 17, 2018, 03:54:48 PM »
(July 16, 2018) - For Immediate Release. Fire restrictions on the Carson National Forest will be lifted, effective at 8 am on Monday, July 16, 2018.
[/color]The fire restrictions, which covered all districts, are no longer required because fire danger has been reduced to moderate. Due to increased humidity levels and widespread precipitation, campfires, smoking and chainsaw use are now allowed throughout the forest. Target shooting is allowed again in dispersed areas where it can be conducted safely. Fireworks are ALWAYS prohibited on National Forest System Lands.
[/color]The area around the Sardinas Canyon Fire will remain closed due to ongoing fire activities and for public safety. Forest Road 76, off Hwy 518, will be closed, including the La Junta Summer homes and the Duran and Upper La Junta campgrounds. Forest Road 442 at Gallegos Park is also closed. Forest officials will continue to evaluate when these roads can be re-opened for public use after the monsoons.

Hunting Gear / Camofire reviews
« on: June 03, 2018, 10:48:47 PM »
I have purchased items from Camofire. It can be a good spot to find a deal or two or even more. If you shop around, it is a great resource. However , I only have one complaint....
They only post positive reviews. I know because a 3 star review I submitted was never posted. My review basically said that you have to be careful as the picture colors do not always represent the actual product and that if you miss a deal, just wait a few days as they repeat items over and over again. 
Why have reviews if you only post the 5 star ones?
Again, I have purchased from them several times, but their review censorship is a red flag.

Has anyone else experienced tbis?

General Elk Hunting / Can't you see I'm sleeping!
« on: May 01, 2018, 11:34:05 PM »
Some of the best naps are out in the woods during the elk hunt. It can be a little wierd waking up and having to figure out just where in the heck you are at first, but it also makes for some great stories about some of the crazy things that happen. What is your best nap in the woods story??

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