I occasionally invite guests to the Rok Blog who I think can benefit you subscribers.  Jared Bloomgren is an accomplished hunter and writer.  He lives in South Dakota but hunts all over the West for a variety of species with a variety of weapon types successfully.  Like most Rokslide prostaff, Jared is also a gear nut constantly putting it all to the test in the field (see Cold Weather Layering.)  He is also a member of Kryptek’s prostaff which is reserved for only the very serious hunter.  

Jared sent me a good article on how to plan for a Western elk hunt.  He covers everything for everyone who’d like to pursue elk anywhere in the West.  If you’ve got elk on the brain, I think you’ll enjoy his article…Take it away Jared. 



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!). 

The following are tips and tactics that have worked great for me in the past on various hunts. It all starts with homework! You may be thinking, “I hate homework!” Right? Well this type of homework can bring you a lot of satisfaction!

The process starts with thinking from big to small: State —> Area in the state —> mountain range —> sections

read the entire article here Planning a Western Elk Hunt, by Jared Bloomgren.


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Jared Bloomgren
Jared was raised to appreciate the outdoors and everything that Mother Nature has to offer. He strives to better himself in the hunting community and to also help those that are looking for the insight that they wish to acquire when it comes to hunting. He plans all his own hunts and is very proud of being a "Do It Yourself" hunter who hunts mostly puclic land. Jared is fortunate to have gained the support of various companies in the hunting industry. While he enjoys various styles of hunting, 90% of his hunting is done by spot and stalk. Jared says "Spot & stalk really pits your knowledge and experience against that of your prey on their terms. It levels the playing field more than any other style of hunting." He takes extreme pride in the knowledge and experience that he has gained over the years. As a freelance writer, he enjoys reliving hunts and passing on tips and tactics information in prose to readers. He is the proud father of two, Emmalynn and Jackson. He will teach them many of the same things that he was lucky enough to learn from his late father.