The Guadalupe River, or just "Guad," is one of Texas' most popular rivers for recreational fishing, from fly fishing for rainbows and trout to the many other species available including the state fish of Texas, Guadalupe Bass. We joined up with folks from Orvis for an all public access, no guide needed trip and we lay it out so that you can replicate this trip if in the area complete with GPS waypoints and fly box selection!
Ever since I can remember, my Dad, brothers, and I have loaded up the truck and made the 4.5-hour drive to Eastern Washington for the September 1st Opener. This year I was able to bring my son along on our annual trip. I guess I should specify what species. We make the nearly 300-mile drive for… Grouse! Yes, you heard that correctly. We spend a day’s travel in hopes of bagging a handful of chicken sized fowl. But to us, its well worth the price of gas, and I’ll try and capture why.
For travelers and tourists, the shoulder season is a time of year that is off-peak for certain destinations and therefore a cheaper and less crowded time to visit. For a bowhunter with a painful shoulder, shoulder season has a whole different meaning.
The mound of stuff had been growing for days, which wasn’t unusual leading up to a big hunting trip. The content of the pile, however, was unusual. Coolers, camo clothes, elk calls, fire blackened cookware, all the standards of elk camp. Interspersed was vibrant baby gear; bright red backpack carrier, neon green high chair, electric blue baby swing, you get the idea. To say that we had some trepidation about managing a ten-month old baby in camp is an understatement. Welcome to Elk Camp Day Care.
Whether you are someone who trains all year, or the seasonal hunter, you should have some health-oriented strategies to keep your body safe and functional during hunting season. I coach hunters during season in many of the same ways I would approach any athlete as they transition into season play. I’ve identified three major components that stand out to best reduce risk of injury in the field. Injury prevention can come in many forms out in the outdoors, so it needs to be something you think about while out hunting. Afterall, if you get injured not only is your season done, but potentially many more depending on the seriousness. These three components are Recovery in the field and Joint Stability/Strength training when not in the field.