Hey guys, new here. My buddy and I were thinking about doing our first DIY hunt this fall in colorado and I am looking for some tips. What are some good resources for first timers. Such as what to bring, scouting tips, what to expect...you know, all the stuff you need to know to do a DIY hunt. Thanks!
Get Cameron Hanes, Mike Eastman or David Long books. They are a great start. I have a gear list that i can send you. It's sorted by weight and you can remove and add items to your liking. let me know if you want it.
Ya that would be awesome. Ill PM you with my email address
+1 on the above books.
David Long's Public Land Mulies - The Bottom Line should be required reading for any DIY hunter.
Tip#1 buy the lightest gear that is out there. If you think you'll save a few bucks by buying mediocre stuff you won't because you'll end up buying again.
Tip#2 get in shape.
Tip #3 practice steep angled shots.
Tip #4 be prepared for rain.
Tip #5 take sunblock for glassing all day in the open terrain if that's where you'll be hunting.
I would say buy the above mentioned books first, second get in the best shape that you can. You don't need to be in great shape to hunt DIY in the back country, but to enjoy it.....you better get in good shape. Good luck and have fun.
Agreed. You dont have to run marathons to make it work. But the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy it.
Originally Posted by RUTTIN
IN my opinion, the experience of a back country hunt depends on two things:
1) Being in shape, I mean in good shape, cardio and endurance
2) Staying dry.
If you can cover those two things you will be fine. Just get the above mentioned gear list and you will be set.
Words of wisdom, Robinhood! Dry is happy. Leave the cotton at home.
Ya, take advantage of all the great gear coming out these days to make things easier and more enjoyable, not saying you need to spend thousands to have a good time, but ultimatly the better your gear is at doing what its supposed to ie: keeping you warm, or dry, etc. the less you have to worry about that and can focus on the hunting, likewise the better shape your in, the less huffing and puffing you will do and the steadier you will be when that time comes to pull the trigger
Take a couple scouting trips in to get used to the area. Nothing will kill a DIY backcountry hunt faster than that little voice in the back of your head telling you to go home. Unfamiliar terrain, bad weather, sore muscles, fear, and uncertainty will have you back in your truck faster than anything else your first times out. If you know the area well and are more comfortable with your surroundings you can calm your nerves better and stick it out.
Make a promise to yourself to stay in until your out of food or out of tags. Packing out early will hurt your future hunts before they start.