Buddy Hunting

Bowhunting elk for an extended period of time can be a very mentally and physically draining experience. A good hunting partner can make the experience much more tolerable for many reasons.

Eddie Claypool with trophy buckEddie Claypool

Apparently, we human beings are “herd animals,” thus we gain strength from companionship. The simple blessing of having someone to visit with can make a wilderness adventure much more tolerable. When one’s spirits gets down, the partner can lift up the other’s spirits — thus, lifting his up as well.

From the sheer aspect of safety, there is benefit in numbers. A wilderness elk hunt dictates constant opportunity for accidents. Negotiating the terrain and withstanding the elements is a daily chore, with inevitably, the battle being lost at some point. Here is where a partner can mean the difference between life or death.

Finally, from the aspect of calling bull elk into bow range, the buddy system is far more productive than going it alone. Also, needless to say, when your elk hits the ground, a buddy will prove invaluable for the “labor of love” that lies ahead.

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Eddie Claypool provides weekly tips on bowhunting, with an emphasis on whitetails. Over the past dozen years, Claypool has harvested 23 Pope & Young recordbook whitetails. Six of the deer were taken on public ground, with the rest coming from private ground that he accessed through knocking on doors. He has not been guided on a hunt, or hunted on managed properties. He also has hunted many other species of game including elk and mule deer.

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