Hunting elk in the rut with a rifle

JWP58

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 21, 2013
Messages
1,788
Location
In a van
If you had the chance to hunt elk in the rut with a rifle, but had to deal with grizzlies to do it, would you?
 

Randy Newberg

Senior Member
Rokslide Sponsor
Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
216
I hunt them with a bow during the rut in prime grizzly country. If allowed a rifle, I would do the same thing.
 

Bubblehide

Senior Member
Joined
May 13, 2015
Messages
710
If this is a yes, no question, then yes I would. But I get the feeling your after a but more, I'm just unsure of what.
 
OP
J

JWP58

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 21, 2013
Messages
1,788
Location
In a van
If this is a yes, no question, then yes I would. But I get the feeling your after a but more, I'm just unsure of what.
Nope, not really. Just trying to figure out if the allure of hunting rutting elk with a rifle in grizzly country is worth it.
 

ElkNut1

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 25, 2012
Messages
1,627
Location
Idaho
So what you're saying is you have a deathly fear of Grizzlies. Only you can answer that question, no one can do that for you.

ElkNut1
 
OP
J

JWP58

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 21, 2013
Messages
1,788
Location
In a van
So what you're saying is you have a deathly fear of Grizzlies. Only you can answer that question, no one can do that for you.

ElkNut1
Not a deathly fear, but I can hunt with a bow in non grizz country during the rut. Kinda just wondering if it's worth the headache.

No reason to be a douche.
 

maninthemaze

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2016
Messages
889
Absolutely, I'll be hunting elk, post rut, this year in grizzly country. So I would definitely do it during the rut.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
 

Hayguide

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2016
Messages
107
Location
Hayward Wisconsin
yes-chances are pretty slim you would have an encounter- and you have the gun, you have the gun! I wouldn't be the decoy- meaning bugling - no use drawing attention to the bears if your really worried about it.
 

204guy

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2013
Messages
513
Location
Buffalo, WY
If you have to ask the answer is probably no. The simple fact is hunting with the big bears around is not for everyone, if you won't enjoy yourself, hunt somewhere you will enjoy yourself.
 

Jason Snyder

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 3, 2013
Messages
1,994
Location
Somewhere between here and there
If you have an elk rifle why worry about grizzlies? Keep your camp clean, eyes open for them, give them their space, and you should be just fine.
When you look out of your wall tent at 0200 hours and see beady eyes peering back at you, the 10 feet to your elk rifle can seem like a very long ways. That said, the only time we had issues with Mr. Longtoes, it was 100% our fault. A clean camp serves one well.
 

theleo91386

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 1, 2016
Messages
531
Location
Eastern Washington
When you look out of your wall tent at 0200 hours and see beady eyes peering back at you, the 10 feet to your elk rifle can seem like a very long ways.
Can't say I've ever slept with my rifle that far away. Mine stays in the tent mainly to keep it out of the elements and partly to deal with the 0200 cook tent canvas shredders.
 
Top