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Idaho OTC Elk, Part II: Tips on Finding Elk

By Ron Wright, Rokslide Member

In Part I, I talked about quality, licensing, and expectations (you can read that article here). So let's now assume you have struck out in the points game in other states and are now planning a hunt in Idaho to fall back on. Maybe you even just skipped the points game all together and want to get some experience under your belt before you start spending those expensive points all over the West. In this article, I'm going to take the info to the next level with a real world example on finding elk in an OTC zone I had never set foot in.


Read more: Idaho OTC Elk, Part II

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Idaho OTC Elk, Part I

By Ron Wright, Rokslide Member

There is an increasing interest in DIY elk hunting in Idaho. With the economy better across the country, elk hunting improving in Idaho, and point creep in other states, there is no reason why this trend won't continue. I live and hunt in South-central Idaho and will share some personal insight on DIY Idaho elk hunts based on my scouting and hunting experience. This artilce is geared towards helping you narrow down the options, get you started, and give you an idea of what the average hunter can expect.


Read more: Idaho OTC Elk, Part I

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Planning a Western Elk Hunt

By Jared Bloomgren, Rokslide Prostaff

One of the most sought after hunts in the United States today is in the pursuit of the Rocky Mountain Elk.  Planning a Western elk hunt can be very confusing at best when you stop to think about the whole picture. I am going to take an approach on ways to help you plan a hunt like this, but I am not going to hold your hand on it completely or give you areas in which you should go. I cannot pinpoint that for you. That needs to be up to you (and is the fun part!).


Read more: Planning a Western Elk Hunt

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The Bulls of Horseshoe Mountain, Part II

By Les Welch, Rokslide Prostaff

(Missed Part I? click here)

Upon hearing the elk jump from its bed and crash downhill, I signaled Mike to stop and listen. His extreme elation immediately changed to extreme concern. How could this bull still be alive after such a great shot? I was thinking to myself that it wasn't possible, even though the huge blood-filled beds were empty. I stood there processing Mike's shot, the extremely heavy blood trail and was thinking it can't be, when Mike yelled "HOLY CRAP THERE HE IS!" To other hunters and even other elk hunters it is impossible to describe the emotions that hit us, Mike especially.


Read more: The Bulls Horseshoe Mountain, Part II