Setting Up the Campsite
NOTE: Tim Hooey, the host of "North American Fish and Game Outdoor Magazine,"
has hunted avidly since childhood. One of the lucky ones, he's turned
his love for hunting into a 10-year career. His show runs in syndication
in several cities and the Outdoor Channel runs his show on cable on Tuesdays
at 8 p.m. EST.
In September 2000, Tim Hooey took a monster elk with
his bow in New Mexico. Viewers will have the opportunity to see the hunt
on the next season of Hooey's show. This week, he gives visitors to Mossy
Oak's website the inside scoop on how he took this elk.
You were telling us that on this hunt you set up a spike camp away from
the other hunters. What is a spike camp?
ANSWER: A main campsite has big wall tents, and for a few miles
around the main camp will be smaller camps with smaller tents. Our smaller
tent had a rain fly tarp. We also created an awning from a tarp to protect
us from the rain that we had. I put my Boy Scout Pioneer badge to use
by making a clothes-drying rack out of twigs and twine. I had only brought
one set of clothes with me and that was the only way I could keep them
dry. I was at the spike camp for seven days. We had no direct communication
with anyone at the main camp. Just my cameraman and I were in the thick
of the wilderness alone. Although we could hear cougars and bears in the
area, we only had our bows with us and no guns for protection. We really
were roughing it. We ate MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) and had to ration our
water consumption. I lost about 14 pounds in those few days.
Where were Tom and Abe at this time?
ANSWER: Actually, Tom and Abe scouted the area out for me ahead
of time, but they didn't stay at the site with us. Tom was guiding another
hunter. He knew the area well and was confident we'd find some big bulls.
Abe was also with another hunter, Cory.
Did they know about the elk you bagged while there?
ANSWER: Word of the big elk traveled the old-fashioned way ...
by word of mouth. But Abe and Tom didn't even hear about my taking the
elk until the next day.
Tomorrow: Setting Up the Hunt