Outfitters Suppliers Elgin IL
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Dick's Sporting Goods(847) 960-7700
Dick's Sporting Goods(630) 351-0823
328 West Army Trail Rd
Dick's Sporting Goods(847) 577-1283
401 E. Palatine Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
Arlington Heights, IL
Ochoa Sporting Goods(847) 931-8150
13 S Spring St
Keeney's Sporting Goods Incorporated(847) 742-4880
19 Douglas Ave
Dick's Sporting Goods(630) 943-4100
Geneva Commons Mall
Dick's Sporting Goods(847) 550-1527
21830 West Long Grove Rd.
Deer Park, IL
Deer Park, IL
Dick's Sporting Goods(630) 548-1476
Springbrook Prairie Pavillion
Deportes Guerrero(847) 289-1630
1060 Dundee Ave
Nepsco Industries(847) 289-1541
Are You Mountain Ready?
As I approached turning 50, I contemplated doing an African hunt. I started researching and talking to outfitters about hunting in Africa. I narrowed it down to two very well-respected African outfitters who offered bow hunting safaris. I was close to pulling the trigger, figuratively at least, when I stumbled upon a hunter perched precariously on a mountain ledge near a small tent.
I read about his story about mountain goat hunting and the challenges it offered. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I needed to do a goat hunt before I got old. Africa would be a nice hunt later in life when I slowed down some, but for now I needed a challenge.
I scrapped my Africa plans and started researching mountain goat hunting. There was one reoccurring bit of advice – get in shape. Fortunately for me, I heeded that advice, but somehow, I missed the part about “mountain” in “mountain goat.” I guess it just didn’t sink in that we’d be climbing to the top of the mountain everyday. The top was at 8,000 feet and it would take about 2 -2 ½ hours of climbing to get to the point where we could begin glassing and hunting.
As it turns out, I was in good enough shape to complete the hunt, but I learned a lot about conditioning for mountain hunting. I think what I learned can probably be applied to other types of hunts, especially those at elevation.
For me, the key to getting in shape was finding “carrots” to keep me motivated. The carrots I found were running races. The idea of competing in a race kept me off the couch and motivated to go out and run. I ended up doing a half-marathon on an extremely hilly course in Kansas City, Missouri that is rated as one of the toughest in the nation.
While I’d like to report to say I smoked it, I can’t – it was hot and humid and the race kicked my butt. Still, I finished and got a half-marathon under my belt. The physical conditioning I gained from the race was helpful, but not near as much as the mental conditioning. I had to muster up an inner strength to keep running after mile 12 and that inner strength helped me when my quads started to burn on the climb up or across the mountain.
The running helped my overall conditioning and to build a good base, but I added hiking with a back pack filled with lead bags bringing the weight of my back pack to about 60 pounds. This is the training that was most beneficial for me. The ability to maximize oxygen is important, but leg strength is just as important. I did find that I should have focused on this part more, but as the hunt progressed my leg strength gained quickly and I was able to climb longer without breaks.
In addition to the hiking I did walks on the treadmill with the back pack and the elevation setting on maximum incline. I would do 30 minutes at 3 mph, but in hindsight, I really have done at least an hour each session.
I was in shape to complete the hunt, but in reality I wish I was in better shape so it wouldn’t have hurt as much a...
For the Traveling Sportsman
Every year thousands of hunters across the continent book outfitted hunts. Some are booked in their home state or province; others require considerable travel by air. For those with the means, exotic trips abroad are a unique privilege. But regardless of where a hunter goes, the research, booking and travel aspects are imminent. Simple or complex, logistics are a part of the game. I've seen it more than once with first time traveling sportsmen. An excited client fails to do his/her research and ends up with a world of headaches in the way of missing paperwork, packing the wrong gear, and in the worst case scenarios they get hooked up with an unsavory outfitter who doesn't have a clue how to provide the service promised. Trust me, it happens too often. As both an outdoors writer and a professional outfitter/guide I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Unless taught otherwise, most of us bump through our first few traveling adventures, learning along the way. On a positive note, I bring good news. I can save you a bunch of hassle. Booking the trip itself is but a small, albeit important, part of the whole package. Let me share with you some of the things I've learned along the way. I'll begin with a recent example illustrating how one single consideration potentially saved my hunt in northern Quebec.
Shoulder to shoulder, the Kuujjuaq airport was packed with hunters; all waiting for luggage to be belched out onto the conveyor belt. As bags, gun and bow cases trickled out hunters eagerly claimed their gear and vanished. With the crowd thinning, the dull roar of voices mellowed. On one hand it allowed my wife Heather, and I, to converse at a reasonable decibel, but more to the point it allowed us to hear what was really going on behind the scenes. Let me tell you, it made my stomach turn. Behind the walls, it sounded like the baggage handlers were making every effort to destroy what gear remained. I'm not talking about just rough baggage handling; I mean it sounded like there was an all out brawl going on back there! From where we stood, it sounded like they were tossing each item as hard and fast as was humanly possible. "Thud... crash" ... those of us still waiting on our bags swapped stares thinking the obvious, "I hope that wasn't my gun or bow!" Thank goodness, we'd invested in quality cases! I hate to think what might have happened, had we not been using high-end travel cases.
Traveling to hunt or fish isn't what it used to be. Times have changed and so have regulations and the equipment we use. In many respects, regulations have become complicated making it nearly impossible to think of everything. Planning ahead and using checklists can help minimize surprises. From preparatory paperwork to understanding airline regulations, compliance with hunting and fishing regulations at your destination, packing for your trip, protecting your gear in transport, understanding cultural etiquette, budgeting for gratuities, and preparing for the ret...
How To Select a Guide and Outfitter
We get many questions by email. The one we receive most frequently is how to locate a good outfitter in a specific state or country. We ourselves are located in northwest Colorado, so its impossible for us to be familiar with all guides & outfitters in all areas. However, we have compiled some tips that might help you in locating an outfitter in your area.