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My thought of "hunting" is that he is getting in shape for an extensive elk hunt where he may have to pack several hundred pounds of meat a few miles back to a road. he may be preparing to drag a 200 lb field dressed deer 2 miles to the road. He may be getting ready to walk 20 miles in a day for pheasants. Or he may be preparing for duck season where he may lug 60 plus decoys with anchors, a 10 lb shotgun, and loaded down with shells while in waders for 3 or so miles to a secluded hot spot.
Yes, I have done all of the above except for the elk hunting. He may be just preparing to hunt this fall and winter.