Accepting the Challenge of Western Hunting
By Justin Smith, Rokslide Member & Guest Writer

It was the afternoon on the third day of a seven-day hunt. Day one and two proved elk were in the area, but the post rut nature of the beast had them seeking shelter in the dark timber through most of the day. A blanket of snow lightly covered the ground in most of the high country; and the crisp, cool air seemed to cut like a knife in the strong wind gusts.



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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.


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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.


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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!).


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