by Jarrod Luther
Went on my first elk hunt ever in 2010 in Montana - what a trip. Aside from the fact that I was fortunate enough to harvest a beautiful bull I was able to trek through some of the most beautiful country I have ever seen! I would like to mention that three of us hunted public land and everyone had an opportunity to shoot a bull (two of us connected). If I learned anything from this first trip it was this; report to camp in shape! I had read all the hype about training and being in shape for a trip to the mountains and half-heartedly went about preparing. Not next time (and there will be a next time!)
I want to give a shout out to two people: first of all my hunting buddy Marv. Marv and I have been hunting upland and big game together for the better part of 10 years now. He's that one hunting buddy that we all look a lifetime for and some never find. Second, Marv's cousin Mike who is our elk hunting guru and Marv's cousin.
Great hunt, can't wait to do it again, hopefully 2012. A DIY hunt from start to finish, including the antler mount! Found this site after my trip - would have been nice to have seen it before. Great tips on everything from gear to tactics to field care.
I check in on this site often. Kind of get my elk fix when I start getting the itch - not as good as the real thing but a nice option to have! Good luck to all in 2011!