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Motivations: My elk + deer season opens in 2 weeks

By Andrew Skurka / October 3, 2015 / 15 Comments

Two weeks from yesterday is the start of Colorado’s second rifle season, for which my hunting partner Noel and I both have cow elk and buck deer tags for GMU 29, which encompasses the southern Indian Peaks Wilderness and Boulder’s foothills. I recognize that hunting is not supported by some fraction of my readers, most of…

MYOG: Bipod shooting sticks for hunting using trekking poles

By Andrew Skurka / October 27, 2014 / 13 Comments

Background I never go on a serious hike without trekking poles. With them, my arms can help propel me forward and upward, and brake on descents, rather than my legs bearing all of the load. Also, poles give me extra stability on rocky, rooty, sandy, muddy, icy, and snowy ground. Needless to say, my backpack…

Elk 1, Skurka 0: Lessons Learned and Relearned

By Andrew Skurka / October 16, 2014 / 19 Comments

What lessons did I learn and relearn on my Colorado elk hunt last week? Here are the big three: 1. In order to shoot them, you must find them It’s called “hunting” for a reason — it’s not as simple as just shooting and processing. While many hunters have filled their tags on the first…

Trip Report: First Season Elk “Hunt,” if I dare call it that

By Andrew Skurka / October 14, 2014 / 13 Comments

I returned to Boulder on Sunday evening, a mere 48 hours after leaving for my long-awaited and much talked about Colorado elk hunt, and still with 3 days left to go in the season. Ouch. I’m fine, just emotionally deflated. More on that later. Here, I’ll just recap the events. Pre-Season On Friday evening Noel…

Backpack Hunt Gear List || Colorado Big Game (elk, deer)

By Andrew Skurka / August 27, 2014 / 45 Comments

Introduction Before scrolling any further down this page, first read prefacing remarks about my gear lists. In mid-October I’ll return to GMU 371 in Colorado’s Gore Range for the First Rifle elk season. Other hunters would describe me as a “backpack hunter,” in that I’m entirely self-sufficient and have a mobile camp; I don’t day-hike out of…

Backpacking training: Three top picks

By Andrew Skurka / July 15, 2014 / 10 Comments

For the first time since March, I’ve been home for an entire month straight. It’s been awesome, with much more time to spend with Amanda, to take care of the business’s backend, and to run and hike in Boulder’s open space. In specific regards to the latter, I’ve been climbing Green Mountain (8,144′) several times…

Hunter Education Course Review: a wasted opportunity for CPW to meaningfully educate a first-time hunter

By Andrew Skurka / May 7, 2013 / 37 Comments

Last month my friend Rob and I took a Hunter Education Course offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). This course is a prerequisite to applying for or buying a hunting license, and it’s taught by volunteer instructors that are trained and certified by CPW. The twelve hours of instruction were split over a Saturday…