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Elk Hunting In Colorado - Tips For Getting In Shape For Your Hunt
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Elk Hunting In Colorado - Tips For Getting In Shape For Your Hunt

Elk season will be here before you know it and it’s never too early to get prepared. Pre planning is so important, especially if you are planning an elk hunt in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

There are so many things to think about such as where you will be hunting, what gear you will need, and whether you will be going on a guided elk hunt or doing one on your own (also known as a self guided or DIY elk hunt).

Many hunters spend a great deal of time and energy in preparing for their hunt, but unfortunately, they can overlook the one most important thing for a successful elk hunt…….getting in shape. The demands their body will require hunting elk at high altitudes cannot be overstated.

High Altitude Elk Hunting

I’ll never forget what a shock it was when I first moved to the Colorado Rocky Mountains and came face to face with high altitude! I had lived at sea level for many years so it was quite the experience to be introduced to thin air and rugged mountain terrain! High altitude elk hunting definitely means getting in shape BEFORE the actual hunt takes place.

If you need to rid yourself of unwanted pounds, start now. Get in a routine of consistent exercise, preferably 3-5 days a week. Including a diet of healthy foods along with exercise will get you started on the right path. Also start getting into a routine of drinking plenty of water each day. Remember, this all needs to take place months before your actual elk hunt is scheduled to take place.

Elk Hunting And Altitude Sickness

All this preparation will be key in helping to prevent what is known as “altitude sickness”. This condition can happen when you go from low altitude (or sea level) to high altitude. It really can be a serious condition and one that you don’t want to experience, believe me.

With altitude sickness you can experience severe headaches, nausea and vomiting. I have seen it ruin many an elk hunt for hunters who were not prepared for it. The solution? Drink lots of water before, during and after your trip.

Here’s my best tip……….. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day (or as close as you can to that) and don’t drink excessive alcohol while on your hunt as it can dehydrate you even more.Try to arrive a couple of days early and let your body rest and relax. This will help tremendously. With high altitude elk hunting, remember that the air will be much thinner so pace yourself when you first arrive and also during your hunt.

Getting in shape for elk hunting in Colorado should be your #1 priority and should not be taken lightly. Hopefully these tips will help you get prepared physically so you can enjoy the upcoming elk season.

Best of luck on your elk hunt!


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