High Altitude Wilderness Hunting Physical Preparation

Every year guests ask us about physical fitness and our high elevation wilderness hunts. It’s an easy question to answer. Hiking a minimum of several miles a day, dealing with inclement weather, and coming to 11,000 ft. from sea level will present a challenge. Physical preparation for that challenge is the most important of all…

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Judging Mature Mule Deer

Do you really care if you can tell the difference between a 190″ and a 215″ deer? Me neither. In those situations, I just shoot it! It is more useful when hunting public land to know how to judge a 2-3 year old deer from a 4+ year old mature deer. This is usually the…

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Packing in The Wilderness on Horses and Mules

One of the highlights of any wilderness hunting trip is packing in on our four legged friends, horses and mules. The Native Americans, Spanish, Mongols, and early Americans, tamed and conquered the uncharted nooks and crannies of our planet by being expert packers and horsemen. Your wilderness hunt gives you the opportunity to experience this…

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Making a Healthy Wild Game Jerky with the Kids

Do you have elk or deer in the freezer from last year? The year before? Pull it all out right now, get your kids or grand kids, and begin the journey to making the manliest snack of them all, jerky! This is our mule deer and elk jerky method. Guys that praise their smoker and…

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Gear Lists for Colorado Elk and Mule Deer Hunting

I just finished up on our 2015 hunting gear lists. Our updated lists are always kept HERE at Flat Tops Wilderness Guides. Keep in mind that over the years thousands of elk and mule deer have been harvested by hunters in Carhartt vests and blue jeans with lever action 30-30s. You don’t have to have…

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Outfitted Wilderness Hunting. Elements of a Good Trip.

No ATV’s, no hoards of road hunters, clean mountain air and bulls bugling across a high alpine meadow. Wilderness hunts are truly hunts of a lifetime. However, these hunts are a different beast so you have to understand what you are getting into, what your expectations should be, and how to choose the right outfitter…

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