- 08/09/2011, 11:16AM ET
UnBiasedPerspective said 08/09, 11:16 AM
BM Came up with a great topic for this round. I'm picking a week long trip to the mountains of Colorado. The time frame will fall, nice days, very cool nights & is the best time of year for what I'll be doing, which will be almost all outdoor activities.
First I'll be setting up camp at a central location on a river. Morning activities, up before dawn, hook up with a local guide to hunt for Antelope, Deer or Elk. Late morning head back to camp, grab the fishing tackle and head to the river to catch some trout for lunch. Stick a six pack in the river to enjoy a few cold ones while I fish. Take the catch back to camp, pan sear over an open fire with some butter, lemon and shallots. Nothing like simple cooking outdoors!
After lunch, hike along the river & into the mountains. So relaxing listening to the water, birds & critters. No cell, PC or anyone to interrupt the tranquility. Head back to camp, hop in the Tahoe & meet the guide for an afternoon hunt. Head into town & drop the whitetail for processing. Nice 10 point for a good mount and about 80 lbs of meat.
Head back to camp, cook over the fire & crawl into my down bag & sleep like a baby! Just day 1! More to come,
CuntryBlumpkin said 08/09, 07:10 PM
My ideal week of outdoors would be camping out by the Etowah River here in Georgia in the early Spring.
Load up the truck, get some good friends, put some 4 wheelers on the trailer, and take off.
Let's say you arrive on Sunday morning, get camp set up, then cook up some steaks over an open fire, then when dark comes, crack open a handle of Jack D, sit on the riverbank, and catch some catfish.
Dinner will consist of the fish you caught.
Also in early Spring, turkey season is getting started, and the Etowah River is a popular hangout for wild turkeys. Spend your mornings hunting turkeys, and your nights fishing and drinking.
During the day camping, you tend to run into a lot of down time. This is where the 4 wheelers come into play. In the early spring, there is enough rain mixed with the melting of winter snow where there are a lot of good muddy places to have fun on a 4 wheeler.
For my ultimate outdoors experience, I don't see a need to travel far. All I want are some of my good friends, and mornings filled with hunting, days with raising hell on a 4 wheeler and nights of drinking and fishing is my choice.
Good luck UBP
UnBiasedPerspective said 08/09, 09:03 PM
Sounds like a good weekend, maybe even a long weekend. But Ultimate, well let's just say it leaves something to be desired. So I'll break it down.
I'm going to be bringing home trophies, some combination of Big Horn, Black Bear, Mule & or White Tail, Elk, Mountain Goat & Prong Horn. I got the $ & time, so I'll fill my limit with pro guides.
Next, I'm going to fill my camp pot with Geese, Grouse, Prairie Chickens & Waskly Wabbits! Along with some of the best tasting fresh fish caught just a few feet from my campsite. All of it fresh & dressed right here.
I didn't see the need to travel far either, but for the Ultimate, I'm not going to my usual stomping grounds. I'm going to make it count.
And although Hunting and fishing fills a primal need, I also need to reconnect with nature. Best way to do that, just walking, listening, maybe a camera & leaving as small a footprint behind as possible. My 2 legs will do just fine to get me where I'm going, & a lot quieter. This is my time to commune with nature. Am I taking game, yes, and I'll be eating all I took. But I'm also enjoying all the supreme being put here for our sustenance.
That my friend is the ultimate!
CuntryBlumpkin said 08/09, 09:30 PM
Why would you want a guide? Guides are expensive, and it takes the fun and the challenge out of hunting.
If you want some easy kills, and to spend a lot of money, there are places you can go and pay to hunt over stocked, tame big bucks. I don't see the fun or the sport in that.
I've never hunted with a guide, and I don't plan on starting. I can find my way through the woods and find my game myself.
This is my ultimate week in the outdoors, and for my ultimate week, I want to be on some land and terrain that I'm familiar with. I want some good buddies around, I want plenty of whiskey and plenty of beer, and I want some 4 wheelers.
Your trip isn't bad if you ignore the guide part and the fact that you didn't bring any alcohol with you.
But, my week is a lot more fun.
What more could you want? Tracking gobblers, mudding on a 4-wheeler, catching some catfish and getting your drink on with some friends.
I did forget to mention, I'm bringing a radio and a deck of cards.
I wouldn't mind going on your trip, but my week is more fun, and far less expensive.
UnBiasedPerspective said 08/09, 10:19 PM
Well little buddy, you have some serious misconceptions! #1) I already had my beer iced down in the river wile I was fishing. & I don't go anywhere without a bottle of Tequila and a shot glass. That goes without saying.
And I've stalked, hunted stands, baited, tracked and hunted just about any way you can imagine. But for the ultimate, I'm using all the tools in the drawer. Including guides. And if I'm going for trophy fish, I'm getting a guide.
Now if I just want to play with my homies on the tired out local turf, fine, I'll hang with you. But the premise wasn't what do you do several times a year, but the ULTIMATE! and if you want that, I showed you the way.
Now the argument comes down to this, do what you do more times than you can remember, or do something you'll never forget! I'll take something I'll never forget! And I'll have trophies, meat picks and memories to last me a lifetime. Not just a replay from 2 weekends ago.
And regarding $, this is the Ultimate, not the ultimate on a budget. So hells to the yeah, spend for the memories! It's a TD, not reality.
Now back to my Ultimate Outdoots Adventure!
Thanks for the TD UH!
CuntryBlumpkin said 08/10, 05:23 PM
Your trip would be better suited for older individuals(You are showing your age my friend), but for the younger crowd like me, your trip is nice, but it lacks in some areas.
There are two reasons that hunt, the obvious reason is for the meat, the other reason is for bragging rights. Hunting with a guide completely takes away any bragging rights you would have gotten by killing the animal on your own.
The guide is the biggest issue I have with your trip. It takes the fun and the sport of of hunting.
I'd rather be in a blind at day break calling in turkeys, and killing one with a big beard.
Also the fishing in Colorado is pretty lacking, especially in the mountains. Your only real option is trout, and trout are considered bait fish where I come from.
I'd rather fish for catfish all night, and maybe even get lucky and hook a big striper or gar.
What do you plan on doing in the middle of the day?
Because I've got 4-wheelers with muddy trails to ride them on.
Your trip is relaxing, my trip is fun.
And for the ultimate trip, I don't want to venture too far from home.
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