Secret to Your Elk Success

trophyhill

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we all know that if something doesn't work we don't do it again. what makes you a successful elk killer year in year out?
 

Darren Best

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1. Two most important hours of the day, first and last, be out there for them every chance you get.
2. Don't hunt dead ground, if no elk, move.
3. Realistic practice, practice practice until it's second nature, once your bow or rifle is dialed in and tuned, get your practice in the mountains.
4. Hunt with the wind in your favor, always, the little puffer bottles are so cheap and easy to use.
5. Eat plenty of good food and drink enough clean water.
6. Sleep good.
7. Stay dry.
8. Stay in mountain shape all year round.
9. Only take enough gear that allows you to do all of the above, leave the rest at home, or better yet, don't buy it to begin with.
10. Be persistent.
 

RUTTIN

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NEVER GIVE UP! Even if I don't punch a tag at least I know I gave it my all until the end.
 

justin davis

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Don't waste time waiting in an area that you think elk will be. Move until you find them.
Be aggressive in tactics
Don't call..this isn't a Primos video
 
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Ethan S.

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I think one of the reasons I have had success is because I don't limit myself in how I hunt elk or what I try while hunting. Just because something did not work in the past that does not mean it will never work. Every situation is different. Also, just because something did work before, that does not mean it will work every time.
 

Hunt'nFish

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I've hunted the same area for 30yrs. Kinda know it & the elk pretty well.
Course packing mules into the wilderness helps. (wink)
Hunt'nFish

 

Z Barebow

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Right. All it takes is one opportunity and it can happen at any time if you are working at it.

Excellent point. Even if I am not seeing elk, I remind myself that it only takes one elk to make a good grip and grin picture!
 
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trophyhill

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you may want to try something else Will. if you only go elk hunting every other year it's not working :)
 

dryflyguy

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I've found that there is an elevation band that I like to stay in. Knowing the terrain features within that band, in conjunction with the thermals, helps me determine my approaches and set ups. I prefer silence until I am inside the circling satellite bulls that are looking to peel off a cow.

Probably no big trade secrets given there, but maybe it will help someone else. Oh, and if you can be within range of a bedded cow when the herd bull is checking on his cows during their afternoon snooze, that is a good thing.
 
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