Episode 14 with Corey Jacobsen and the winner of the Elk101 hunt giveaway. 65 year old Tommy from Texas was not prepared for hunting elk at 8600 ft. in Idaho. Poor guy barely made it back to the truck at the end of the day without passing out.
He told the guys back at the truck he would like to report an attempted murder as Corey and Donnie tried to kill him! lol! Sounds like he'll be sitting water on day 2.
I wish the best for the guy but, dang, if you win a hunt with Corey Jacobsen, get in the best shape possible! Holy crap, they were in the bulls!
LOL! Yes I watched it as well, I too felt sorry for the ole boy, funny thing is I bet ole Tommy thought he was in shape! (grin) So many do not understand what being in 'Elk Shape' means, especially when hunting demanding terrain! I too hope he scores, he seems like a good guy!
My brother thought he was in shape when he came to Alaska on a grizzly hunt because he had lost 15lbs and was running five miles for days a week. When he came off the hunt he had lost another 16lbs and said “now I’m ready for a bear hunt.”
My wife is in the hospital for an emergency surgery.. she’s now in recovery so I’m staying in the room with her.. the hospital (in denver) has both Born and Raised, and Destination Elk YouTube videos blocked on their internet!
Being from the south I have only hunted as high as 11,000 feet. I was in what most would consider decent shape, but definitely not great shape and in my mid 30's. Not sure what could prepare you for the lack of oxygen other than acclimation and 2 or 3 days did not do it for me, but what I did notice was that having my legs in good shape from years of crossfit allowed me to stop and catch my breath and then go again. I never had soreness and my legs never really gave out even going straight up. I just have to have a few more lung breaks;)
Bob yes. #1 Issue is their chosen Setups -- #2 Is forcing shots through branches/limbs that are 50/50 at best for a clean kill, so far they are on the wrong end! Also, unconfirmed distances & not doing well on judging distances when rangefinder cannot be utilized.
I've missed bulls & wounded bulls too, it's a tough deal so am not casting stones. These days I do my best to stay patient & wait for a higher percentage shot, guess what, it usually does happen! (grin) Again, their setups are poor!
Just an evaluation & am enjoying it, I wish them the best as the series continues! Cmon Tom you can do it, show these guys up!!!! (grin)
While in many situations, Tom's lack of speed might prevent them from getting a shot, but on the other hand it could help since they're not blasting up the mountain past elk...to get into other elk. Mach 1 in the mountains doesn't always equate to a punched tag.
Every year I enjoy the role of being the caller for a variety of elk hunters, some new & some older students of the game. It's not easy to have guys setup as an encounter arises. I know what Corey's going through, he's doing his darndest to direct the bull in or passed the shooter & cameraman. He needs to know the wind & the shooters effective range, even then he may say go up ahead to that tree or island of trees & I'll bring the bull on by. Next thing he sees is the shooter doesn't go to the right spot, instead he's covered up or has little to no shooting lane or he's setup in a spot where obstruction will hinder the bull to pass very close by. As the caller you're thinking NO not there, I meant to get on other side or????? This happens more than we think yet as the caller you still do your best to bring that bull in! In most encounters there's no time to try to get shooters attention to re-position.
Corey can only do so much, the shooter has to do his part & stay reasonably calm as the bull approaches, he needs to know certain distances & monitor the wind so he knows where he will be winded. The bull may even choose a course that neither thought he would so shooter must act quickly to move & re-position before the bull shows up for his best shot opportunity.
You can bet your rear that when a bull is missed or wounded it's very tough on the caller, it's not just the shooter. I know I take it personal even though there's not much I can do when arrow is released or not released. Being the Caller is a hoot, It's not all roses though when the bull doesn't show, everyone looks at you like what's up with that man!!! (grin)
Yes, the Caller is the Quarterback of elk hunting!
Shiloh, you said it, acclimation. For me that happens somewhere around day 5. If I were to win a hunt with someone living in the mountains I would arrive 5-7 days early and do some light hiking each day. I know not everyone can afford that much vacation but it’s not every day you draw a hunt with Corey Jacobson or Randy Newberg.
Ohh and being in the best shape of your adult life wouldn’t hurt.
I did get choked up. I did pretty good until Mr. Jacobson got emotional.
I found a lot of inspiration after watching those two this year. I assumed by their words they were believers. Both brothers confirmed that with their prayers. What a great bunch of people coming together to make that kids wishes come true. What an elk too. :^)