June 8, 2021

#TrueTalkTuesdays 121

I’m channeling Joe Rogan for my next adventure – bow hunting elk!

I have been wanting to go hunting for some time now, especially since I have gotten into eating bison. Here in Nevada though, there isn’t any bison hunting, so the next best thing is elk, which I also find very tasty too.

However, it isn’t as easy as walking into the wild and hunting whatever you want. You have to apply for a tag, which is based on a lottery system based on the type of hunting you are going to do, the animal, and the region. Fortunately, I have a student from my camp in Costa Rica that has been hunting for many years, and he allowed me to join in on his hunting party. My intention was to hunt with a rifle, as I have experience with firearms, but as most people choose to hunt with a rifle, the odds are much worse to win that, so to hedge our bets we put in for bow and muzzle loader hunts as well.

Well, we ended up winning with bow hunting. The last time I did anything with a bow was in 5th grade archery class, which essentially means I know nothing, lol. I also have never hunted before either. Having listened to many JRE episodes, I realize I’m jumping in the deep end of a very deep pool, lol!

From my understanding, this type of hunt is very physically demanding. In that regard, I think I will be ok. I just spent the last 2 weeks in rainforests and cloud forests, hiking up and down mountains, rappelling waterfalls, and zip lining. I threw on a weighted backpack to practice carrying weight during these 2-4 hour hikes. Now that I’m back in Vegas, I got a heavier backpack (35lbs) and walked out for an hour on a rest day to get some conditioning in. I’m in the best shape of my life, so I think I’ll be ok. I’m going to continue doing rucking on hills and mountain sides here in Red Rock Canyon for practice though.

What I’m more concerned about is using the bow itself and the technical skill required. So I just went to an archery range here in Las Vegas yesterday which was fun. I plan on doing private lessons and getting as much practice as I can get. I’m also going to get CPR/First aid training, as well some wilderness survival training too.

So once again, I will become a white belt in many different fields. It’s pretty exciting, and I’m looking forward to the preparations I will need to make in the next 8 weeks.


What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?

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  • Nice!!! Good luck to you David. Its always fun to start as a ‘white belt’ in something new. The best part of any new skill is the journey. I recently started backpacking to get ready to climb Mount Whitney this September and have some friends that are helping me getting ready for it. I have zero experience in backpacking but my friends invited me to train and hike the backcountry with them this summer so I am. Its been fun so far.

    Based on the tilte of the article I thought you were going to mention your match with Palhares. Joe Rogan recently mentioned you in his interview with Craig Jones. Not sure if you listened to that.

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