Schulz Outfitters provides professionally guided big game hunts in Arizona. We offer many different types of big game hunts designed to your specific needs.
At Schulz Outfitters we believe the key to any successful hunt is preparation, intense scouting, a passion for the outdoors, and great respect for the game we pursue.
***Whether you choose Fully Outfitted or Guided Only, you are responsible for your transportation to and from Phoenix, AZ. You are also responsible for shipping your game meat and trophy, as well as your AZ hunting license and game permit.***
“What should we expect when we come out west for one of your hunts and how physically demanding will it be?”
This is one of the most asked questions we get from clients and potential clients. Well, here is a bit of information pertaining to that question, as well as a few suggestions of how best to prepare for a western big game hunt with us.
The simple answer is, your hunt will be what YOU make of it. Western hunting whether it be high country hunts, desert hunts, with a rifle, a bow, a muzzleloader, for elk, mule deer, antelope, coues deer, or even javelina, is NOT leisurely stroll in the park.
Mature animals are rarely taken while obliviously feeding 100 yards off of the road. That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen occasionally, because it does. However, if you want to have consistent opportunities at a mature animal you’ll need to be prepared to get in deep where smarter, more mature animals often call home.
The key word here is “MATURE”. If coming out west and taking an average or younger class animal suites you, being in top physical condition is not as crucial.
Regardless of what your standards are as far as the type of animal you take while hunting with us, I would still suggest being in at least decent physical condition. You ARE after all taking the time and spending the money, so why not make the most out of it, get yourself prepared, and have a more enjoyable experience!
It’s not that difficult folks, you already have the motivation, so add a bit of discipline and determination and get on it now while you have plenty of time to ease yourself into it.
Pull on the boots you’ll be hunting in, get your pack, add a bit of weight to it (start off light, work up to heavier), if you have nearby hills or small mountains, start climbing!
Personally, I’m lucky enough to have a small mountain nearby, so, at least 5 days a week for 30-40 minutes a day, I’ll throw on my pack, climb 400-500 ft, jog down, then turn around and do it again as many times as my body can take it.
If you don’t have anything with elevation to climb, just start walking. Increase your distance as much and as fast as possible. You’ll be shocked at how fast you’ll be able to cover 4-6 miles per day with a weighted pack.
One more thing... I’ve personally been down that road of hitting the gym and weights like a maniac 6-7 times a week, and though there is nothing wrong with adding a bit of strength training to your routine, trust me, bulky muscles WILL DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO HELP YOU when your 8 miles deep with 50-60 + lbs on your back. Your best bet is to eat as healthy as possible and hike. Get your body use to weight on your shoulders, get your ankles, feet, and legs prepared for abuse in unforgiving country. Start out doing it a couple times a week, and work your way into 4-5 times per week.
LUCK IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY!
Hope this helps a few of you out there, see y’all in the field!