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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