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Unread 05-04-2014, 07:48 PM
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Re: Would you go on a high country hunt with your best friends or buy yourself

Originally Posted by Andy Backus View Post
For me it comes down to - Does your friend "want it" as bad as you do? High country hunts are tough and there always seem to be a few moments during them when it's hard not to let your mind wander and start thinking of all the other fun, easy things you could be doing right then rather than kicking your own butt relentlessly. I've hunted with guys where I could tell they were having those thoughts a lot more often than I was and it ended up slowing me down and causing me to not work as hard as I normally would. That's a recipe for tag soup.

On the other hand, when I hunt with partners who want it just as bad as I do, I have those negative thoughts way less often because they help me stay positive and get through the tough times with a smile. Plus there's nothing like celebrating success with a great buddy!
andy nailed it! You have to hunt with guys that are like minded in hunting style and goals. If not, You will regret it. They have to be in similer shape as you as to not slow each other down, they have to want you to tag out as well as you have to want them to tag out. You have to be on the same page or it wont work.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 11:06 PM
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Re: Would you go on a high country hunt with your best friends or buy yourself

I like and agree with Andy's comments. I guess if I have the guy along I like having someone around to share the experience with. But if I'm someone with a different idea about the hunting process and about the amount of effort to put into the then it can have a negative impact on the success of the hunt and it can effect my attitude as well. I hunt different personalities all the time when guiding and a lot of effort goes into making the hunt enjoyable, fun and successful for the client. When I am in the backcountry with a tag of my own the last thing I want is to worry about what my partner wants to do.
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Unread 05-06-2014, 10:32 AM
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Re: Would you go on a high country hunt with your best friends or buy yourself

The other thing I would mention is that high altitude affects people differently. One person may hardly be bothered at all while his partner really struggles. If you're bringing someone to the high country for the first time, you may be disappointed to find that they just can't do much without feeling sick.

I took my wife along on a high country summer scouting trip one summer. We acclimated for 3 nights at 8000 feet in a hotel and she seemed fine. Then we drove up to 11,000 to camp. She was pretty lethargic that afternoon and evening and by the next morning she was really struggling. She could barely walk around camp for longer than 5 minutes without sitting down for a rest. She quickly developed a wet cough so I packed up camp and drove us down to stay overnight in a motel at 5000 feet. She still was struggling the next day so we just decided to head all the way down and home.

Last year I brought a buddy out to CO for his first elk hunt. He really struggled with the altitude too. We skipped one entire day of hunting so I could drive him down to lower elevation and spend the day, which really helped, but he still struggled the rest of the trip. We were seeing elk up high on the South facing slopes, but there was no way he was going to make it up there.
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