Hunting areas, outfitters, and guides are often judged by high success rates and superior trophy quality…make no mistake, Yukon Stone Outfitters has both. To maintain these standards, it is well understood that clients must be proficient shooters and have the right equipment. However, what is often overlooked is the importance and impact of the clients’ physical preparation and general fitness on success rates and trophy quality. Being physically fit prior to your hunt is one of the most critical things you will do to improve your chances of success in the field as well as simply enjoying the experience of an extreme mountain hunt, while having the ability to stick it out for the duration of your trip. Whether you are hunting Sheep, Moose, Grizzly, or Caribou physical preparation matters to your success and our success.
We are often asked about physical preparation for horseback hunting versus backpack hunting and the answer is always the same… train for both the same way because you never know what you might encounter in the field. Our guides are professionals who will work within your capabilities, but understand that they come prepared for your hunt and so should you. If you have the opportunity to ride horses at home for a couple weeks prior to your hunt, it will get your butt, knees, and balance ready. Keep in mind, that even riding a horse for several hours will take a toll on you and horses won’t get you to the ridge tops to glass or to make a stalk. They will only get you so far and the rest is up to you with your own foot power. On horseback hunts, you should expect to carry a 35 lb pack for 5-6 miles a day up and down hill. While backpacking, expect 55 lbs for up to 10 miles in a day. Remember, that expensive gun or long range scope doesn't get you to your animal...you do.
This brand of hunting may be new to you or you may wish to learn more on how to prepare yourself and maximize your time and the results you achieve since everyone has busy lives. Here are a few suggestions and different levels that you can choose to prepare for your hunt without spending multiple hours every day in the gym.