PSE’s Jared Bloomgren Favorite Places to Hunt
By Jared Bloomgren
I have been “blessed” to hunt numerous places over the years that range quite a bit in terrain. The arid dryness of the desert overseas, to the flat or rolling hills and open terrain of the prairie, to the dry, rugged badlands, to the rough, rugged, high elevation and unforgiving terrain of the mountains. I think three of the four are perfect, especially the farther I get away from the road hunters and trail systems. The hunting will just get better for me the farther I press on but often times harder as well but will always make it more rewarding in the end.
So where is my most favorite place to hunt? That can be a hard choice depending on my mood and what I am hunting but I continually find myself drawn to the rough, rugged, high elevation and unforgiving terrain of the mountains. It makes my lungs burn, my legs ache, my head pound because of loss of oxygen and the added thin air, but most of all it makes me feel like a true do it yourself hunter. There are fewer crowds of hunters in these areas and far more less chances of hearing that four wheeler bombing close to your set-up. But with that being said there are also a heck of a lot more dangers from the unknown elements that could be dealt to you at any given time. The wildlife in this area often times could make you out for lunch if they wanted. Not much you could do about it if they decided to either! Hunting in the mountains many miles from any road or trail system can really make you realize how insignificant you really are on this planet. You really are not at the top of the food chain if you stop and think about it. Other things that are very appealing about the high country or back-country is how close you feel you are to the stars. If you have never been above 12,000 feet on a mountain in total darkness with no wind you wouldn’t realize that you can almost touch some of those stars! And the number of stars there are…..oooooh myyyyyyyyyy GOD! Absolutely beautiful!
I like to hunt in places where there is solitude, places that offer such views that are absolutely breathe taking. These areas are often not trekked upon by most hunters because of the strenuous work it takes to get there. Coming home 25 pounds lighter after a 2 week back-country hunt is one heck of a diet as well! Not because I was malnourished, but because I worked my butt off! It is hunts like this that are very rewarding. The harder I work on a hunt, the more rewarding it is! So bring on the mountains every time!
Jared “J-Rod” Bloomgren is a hardcore Do-It-Yourself bowhunter who strives to better himself each year in the outdoor community. As a professional hunter, freelance writer and photographer, he likes to relive his outdoor adventures through written expression and photography making the reader feel as if they were along on the hunt. He attributes much of his success to the vital education he has learned from the various big game animals that he hunts. He is quoted as saying, “In each and every hunt, success or defeat, I learn something from every outing and that I can put in my arsenal of knowledge to use at a later date, a later date that will again put my wits against that of my prey.”