Hunting Elk in the Tetons and how to prepare
While hunting is clearly not for everybody there are those who get extremely excited about the season coming each fall. Most hunters, elk hunters especially consider it to be a lot like Christmas morning when the season finally arrives. While you cannot hunt in Teton National park, you can hunt the edges of it and on the backside of the Tetons in Idaho and around Alpine Wyoming area. There is nothing quite like hiking up a mountain in September trying to get way up there where all the elk are. The anticipation of reaching the aspen covered meadows that the elk frequent is enough to make anybody dance. But there are a few things you need to prepare for before the season.
- Break in your boots before you come! The mountains are no place to try out a pair of boots.
- Buy a good backpack Hauling gear and elk meat is hard enough, make sure you invest in a good backpack that fits properly.
- Buy bear spray and/or carry a large caliber sidearm each year people from the east come the the Tetons area to hunt elk and get attacked by grizzly bears. They are extremely common in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. The whole area surrounding these parks has a high population.
- Get some cross training in, and climb a lot of stairs (with a backpack full of rocks) Elk are not whitetails, and the air out here is thin. Without being in good cardiovascular shape you could really become miserable. Elk don’t live anywhere near roads and are almost always found at high elevations.
Follow these tips and you will have a great hunting experience in the Tetons!