BALTIMORE, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For most hunters, while there's no denying the thrill of getting a perfect shot and bagging an impressive big game animal, that's not the only scenario that fits the description of a successful hunt. In his book, "Colorado Dreams: Journal of a common man's DIY elk hunt on public land," avid whitetail deer hunter Mac McAlister reveals what hunting is really all about.
A dream hunt for many outdoorsmen is to head west to the Rocky Mountains to hunt elk. This trip had been a dream of Mac's best friend, Darren, for many years. In the spring of 2011, the pair decided it was time to quit dreaming and start planning to make this dream a reality. Deterred by the expensive price tag of a guided hunt, they decided the way to go was a do-it-yourself elk hunt on public lands in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Mac, Darren and Darren's teenage son, Eric, spent the next six months excitedly researching and planning their cross-country trip.
"I was determined to find a way to do this hunt without having to take out a second mortgage," Mac laughs. "I started reading online, ordering books and trying to understand what lay before us and what could be a viable path to make this happen."
Once they decided where to go, how to get there, what necessary supplies and equipment they needed to bring and where they should camp, then the trip dates were set. Labor Day weekend 2011 kicked off the adventure of a lifetime for the trio.
In "Colorado Dreams," Mac walks the reader through their experience, from the planning stages to the trip itself, with lots of full-color pictures included. By sharing their successes and failures, he hopes other hunters can learn a few things along the way that will help them make their own dream trip a reality.
Each year countless hunters spend thousands of dollars for the opportunity to go on a guided hunt for a guaranteed kill, a "trophy" animal. "Hunting shouldn't be about how many points or the size of the animal," Mac explains. "It should be about the adventure, the challenge between yourself and nature, having good friends with whom to share the experience and making memories of a lifetime."
About Mac McAlister
An electrical engineer and whitetail deer hunter from Maryland, Mac McAlister kept a journal of his first cross-country DIY elk hunt in Colorado, a much-anticipated hunt of a lifetime. He decided to self-publish his experience in a book to preserve his memories in a format easily shared with family and friends. Mac hopes his book will inspire other hunters to plan their own dream hunt.
Mac lives with his wife, Allison, and daughter, Devany, in Baltimore, MD.
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