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I am 71 and planning my next elk hunt. I started bowhunting in Ohio at 20 years old. I have shot many different bows in my lifetime and won many tournaments including Ohio state target archery. I now live in Colorado and have taken a handful of elk with my bow and have packed some on my own. I am still good physical shape, never overweight, and can still shoot straight. I even climbed Pagosa Peak a few days ago, which is almost 13,000.
Is anyone else still elk hunting in their 70's?
Yea, last year solo elk hunted for 25 days in the Flat Tops at the age of 77. Will be out there again this season but a year older. Seventy eight is the NEW Fifty. Well it is to me.
Glad you see you out there getting it done. my best, Paul
My hero, Paul Navarre! 78 I believe and his story is very similar to yours!
Looks like we were posting at the same time, Paul. Hope to see you in a couple weeks!
I'll bring a little smoother whiskey this time. :-)
Hey NIck, and we are both from Ohio. Must be something in the water. my best, Paul
PS, I hear you will be in Ft. Collins shortly, and might be joining us for a local elk fest.
You guys give me hope! inspirational to this 63 year-old elk hunter! LaGriz
Paul is always an inspiration!
I plan to be in another 13 years!
This will be my first elk hunt at 70 I have two hunts lined up a Montana Breaks hunt and a unit 6b hunt in Az
72 in 2017 AZ bull.
I have three friends (age 75) from different back grounds who are 10 years older than me and still at it. I follow their lead as to staying in the game via their diet, exercise and training regiments. Most of it revolves around staying fit by reducing your weight a few pounds each year. No hard impact stuff any more, just walk up and down hills.
Staying on the porch when the youngins leave for the hunt is an event I'm going to fight as long as possible.
That said sometimes I think I hunt to avoid doing something worthwhile with my life:)
I agree Charlie, Yesterday I mt. biked 22 miles and then today hiked in the foot hills with a 25# back pack for 3 miles. Tomorrow is my day off but I am going kayak trout fishing and then the next day, do a mt hike to find elk. My weight is 10 more pounds than playing foot ball HS, in 1958. --now 185#.
My advise is stay strong and then keep moving forward, one foot at a time. (ok, throw in a large amount of passion for the out of doors) my best, Paul
PS. Good for all you guys and are maturing faster than you ever thought, 20 years ago.
One other ingredient is having an understanding wife with an appetite for wild game.
Oh, by the way, don’t smoke don’t drink.
Last year at 73 I shot a P&Y mule deer and a decent elk in Nevada. My wife also shot a P&Y mule deer. Followed that up with an unsuccessful Sitka blacktail hunt in Alaska. My wife and I always have annual physical exams. This year our doctor retired and the new one wanted a good baseline for all of our tests. As a result of a stress test they found an artery that was severely blocked. Two stents later I'm doing fine. The doctor said no heart damage, so I was very fortunate and thankful to God for that. The bottom line is get your annual checkups so you can keep on chasing those bulls.
you guys give me hope, 13 years to go
Be 72 in November heading to Az in September looking forward to it.This after cardiac ablation in June anytime I feel a little rough working out I think ?? of Paul Good luck get a big one and enjoy Lewis
I I am right there with you guys....75 and NOT counting !!...I must admit I do look forward to water hole/wallow blinds more than before !!
and only 500 yards to the truck on flat ground
and only 500 yards to the truck on flat ground
Joe, I am with you,always looking forward to setting quietly on the ground or in a tree stand in Nebraska for WT after busting my butt during the Colorado elk season.
First of all, awesome bull, Terry! Second of all, Paul, you are an inspiration and I enjoy your stories! I'll be pushing 72 hard this coming elk season. Will have the whole season to play. I hunt solo and live in a spike camp for the month eating and traveling light. been doing this for many years. Actually, I agreed to guide for two hunts this year. Something for variety. Work out regular back here in Minnesota. Climb hills for a couple miles 4 or 5 days a week at a local ski hill. Get knee or hip injections on occasion. Not yet a candidate for replacement. Always busy. Live for my Fall in the mountains of Colorado. Actually out there 3 or 4 times a year. Just livin the dream since I retired a little over 12 years ago. Oh, and I have no bad habits, other than one little one - I lie a little.
I will be 71 early this September. I sure plan to be out on my birthday and beyond. I have to work harder at 70 than I did at 50 to stay in shape. Some things don't work as well, but it is not a big problem.
Great Work! You are all an inspiration to this old 50 year old!
Very impressive guys! I wish you all good health and success this fall!
Great to see! Paul is a finely-tuned machine. He is what everyone hopes to be at 65, a decade and a half past that. Yikes!
Be 73 this October. Planning on going along on bow hunt with friend. Have Oct hunt for deer and elk. On a banana but loving it.
Nice! you guys are setting the bar for the rest of us slackers... 62 this year and I figured I would start spending my hard saved $$$ on guided hunts after 70, but you have me rethinking that. I hope I feel as good as you guys look at 70+...
Paul, As stated you are an inspiration. How do you get your pack on with the recurve strapped along side?
I think if a person maintain your work outs, eat well, do not do anything in excess like booze ect Age turns into just another number.
Enjoy and live smart.
Good for you Paul
Awesome stuff. Great work guys!
Not yet, but sure hope I am!
Yes sir, I love seeing threads as this especially as I get older, I hope I can follow right behind you guys, congrats on still putting in your time & getting it done!
Stoved up this year with surgery. Hope to be in Idaho, next season.
Just a youngster at 75 :^}
Approaching 71 and have a couple elk hunts planned but nothing like what Paul does. It's the packing that's getting to be a problem. Packed half of one and a quarter of the other last fall and it wasn't too bad but I limit my range.
Hip on one side and knee on the other are issues. Turned down a chance to guide a young guy last fall. Just didn't seem right to be hobbled by your guide.
Paul looks like a young 50.
Inspirational. Good to see this thread. Loved hearing Paul on kifarucast. If you haven't heard it yet you should check it out.
You guys are badasses for keeping at it.
as others have said, you older guys are an inspiration to us younger guys. i'm 57 and just hope i'm still able to chase whitetails and turkeys at 70.
Last year was my only time out, the doctors had to fix my heart, but back at it..... I am 68 this year, and plan on hunting a long time. The burn in the belly, will always be there
This is the stuff I like to read or listen to. My dad used to tell me when I was a kid that you'll learn more from listening than talking. You guys still getting it done, congratulations and keep coming with the tips and your experiences. Happy Hunting!
I am planning on being in Colorado next year. I am retiring in May 2019. That will be the end of school at the university. My only problem is the wife. But, I have been showing her the SPOT. She has been reading up on it. She likes it. Not sure if I should get the SPOT or the SPOT X. I do know this, as we get older. We tend to do things with a purpose, not run and gun.
I ain't an elk hunter, but Paul is still my hero. There's enough of him to go around. Congrats to all you guys my age that still elk hunt. I ain't fit to hold your beer !
Glad I read this thread. 53 with 2 fresh stents, one in widow maker, and wondering what the future holds. Elk hunting has meant so much to me, and the thought of never hunting the high country has been awful. You, who are still at it past 70, are an inspiration.
Anyone over 70 hunting elk is an inspiration. Lot of guys give it up and turn to fishing or golf!
I suck at golf but can still fish decent but elk brings a lot to the table in more ways than one good luck ?? all Lewis
You guys are amazing great inspiration!!
lewis and I will be the old guys in 6B this year
I will be 70 next and have a Ca Antelope tag, 2 CA deer tags, An AZ Archery tag, a CO Deer tag in my pocket. I was lucky in the draws this year and I'm trying to figure out timing for an OTC Deer hunt in Idaho. I ride my fat tire bike for my cardio and living in the Sierras gives my legs a workout. Do it while you can, tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Great thread. I'm half the age of most posters on this thread, yet somehow I can't help but think a number would put me to shame on the mountain. Here's to many more years for you guys!
On another note, it was raining this morning, so I didn't go on my early Sunday morning pack hike. I decided to make a cup of coffee, and get on Bowsite instead. Even worse, it was a lazy man's cup of coffee on the Keurig. ;^) Something makes me think a guy like Paul would have just gone ahead and got it done.
Bowboy, lol, so true!
Good luck Lewis & Danny!
Corey, one of my favorite sayings is "If I'd known I was going to live this damn long I'd have taken a lot better care of myself".
Corey, interesting insight about getting it done. Here it is Sunday morning at 7:18 am and I am trying to figure if I should peddle the bike two miles to the gym (opens at 8 ), work out and then bike back home OR just go for a 5 mile hike with Chase the wonder dog. One thing I have noticed over the many years, is that my body NEEDS and DEMANDS exercise and I feel real guilty when I do not do it on a very regular/daily basic. Almost like a drug, I got to have it /do it!
When I move to Colorado (age 51) I knew I had at least 20 years of elk hunting guaranteed. ( a huge part and a huge incentive in my life) Well that 20 years went very fast and was over 7 years ago, so now I take one year at a time and try to keep in the best mental and physical shape I can so I can still continue to elk hunt ( deer, pronghorn, turkey, ducks, geese, fish, etc) and be a good member of my family.
I have been losing too many of my friends lately, many younger than me, and if that is not a great incentive to keep living/breathing, and enjoying life, I do not know what it is.
This is a very good thread and I can only hope it might open a few eyes on the importance of life and the many challenges that will be thrown one's way. Staying in good shape will surely help one to navigate the path.
The Bike/Gym it is. my best, Paul
Great examples for all of us! I will be lucky to be walking at 70, but plan to go as long as possible. Switching to NM from the NW has helped (can't do big mountains anymore). Good luck to all.
Franzen, For some reason I imagine Paul drinks his coffee differently than most of us. I think he put some coffee beans in his mouth, chewes them up real fine and then washes it all down with warm water.
Actually the only coffee I may drink is a decaf coffee mocha from Starbucks once a week, extra pump, no foam, no whip cream, extra hot. I take a book to read and then watch out for Yoga Pants. Hey, I can look, can't I ? :) So yea, "drinks his coffee differently than most of us". It is all about the journey ,------- well, sort of like elk hunting or just like, life in general.
Elk hunting the high country at 70 is badass....just left the beach at Lake Huron (Michigan) sad how many are fat, I mean real fat. From my travels out west seems people there are the fittest for sure.
I can see myself still hunting beyond 70 - just few years to go. I can also see a lot more elk walking away from the encounters. It's just the best time of my life, still. As so many say - the hunting part is fun, but the harvesting part can really suck. I recall a former partner taking a big bull about 5 miles in, the day I went home to see my son's first football game. It was an exceptionally hot year. It took him 3-4 days to get it out, by himself. By the smell of it when he got back home, the last two days were wasted. I helped him cut it up, but politely declined to take any of the meat ;). That smell still haunts me... There ain't enough seasoning in the world to cover THAT up!
ColoBull. I'm not disappointed at all when I come home empty handed. Actually, I'm a little relieved that I don't have to deal with a dead animal. I'm disappointed when I don't have multiple close encounters. Getting that heart rate up is where I am at.
Paul you sir gets my upmost respect your discipline speaks volumes I salute you now if I can get my ducks in a row which I have been doing pretty good by the way hopefully I’ll be keeping on close to what you are achieving.Good luck all Lewis
Great inspiration guys! And here I am worrying already that I’m running out of time at 45!
Paul, my lab is named "Chase"..... he is only 62lbs, but he is a grouse and woodcock machine, but gets to hunt all the time......
The difference with the age at 70, is we are all retired, no hurry on the hunt, when I feel like taking a nap, I take one...... I am a year away from that age,,,, ha ha
I also take precautions on where I hunt, how the game is coming out, and arrangements made when necessary,,,,, we owe to the game we kill.............
I am very satisfied with a nice fat cow, and good meat,,,,,,