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Big Game Hunting => Elk Hunting => Topic started by: WapitiTalk1 on June 27, 2020, 08:23:44 PM

Title: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on June 27, 2020, 08:23:44 PM
Yes, there’s a LOT more to successful elk hunting than one tip or trick, much..much more. But, if you were to share a single “pearl” with a newer elk hunter to help them down the path, what would it be?  Let’s here em’  ;)
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: MADMAX on June 27, 2020, 08:29:14 PM
Don’t lose focus
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: HntnFsh on June 27, 2020, 08:50:06 PM
Follow the tracks.
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Post by: Pinetar on June 27, 2020, 08:57:15 PM
Keep the wind in your face
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: BeerBugler on June 27, 2020, 09:42:44 PM
Hunt close to home. The more days you spend glassing the first and last 45 minutes of each day and the more trail cams you can run, the better. You can live in a horrible elk area and achieve greater success their than traveling to a great area you know nothing about.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: bigdub257 on June 27, 2020, 09:44:49 PM
Perseverance.
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Post by: Archry on June 27, 2020, 10:15:25 PM
You have to go after them. Don't wait for them to come to you
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: Shawn Ryan on June 27, 2020, 11:24:58 PM
Don't quit the hunt too soon. They are very patient.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: buglebrush on June 28, 2020, 02:18:50 AM
Make noise when calling.  Break sticks, roll rocks, rake trees, etc...  IMO too many elk hunters are way too silent. 
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: Bigshooter on June 28, 2020, 05:10:05 AM
Hunt where there are elk. 
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: NW SURVEYOR on June 28, 2020, 06:37:00 AM
Get in good shape, get away from the road early in the morning before first light.
Bring your lunch and don't come out till dark, have a flashlight or three.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: dilleytech on June 28, 2020, 06:37:14 AM
Hunt all day. Many elk die at noon.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: Bullkllr on June 28, 2020, 07:56:50 AM
Elk are about 1000% easier to kill when they don't know they're being hunted.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: vandeman17 on June 28, 2020, 07:57:01 AM
You don’t have to be 10 miles in to the back country to find elk.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: MADMAX on June 28, 2020, 08:06:19 AM

Don’t drive up and shut off the truck and 2 seconds later bugle from the road/truck
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: blackveltbowhunter on June 28, 2020, 08:21:57 AM
For every pearl there is one elk that will defy it.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: Rainstorm Hunter on June 28, 2020, 10:20:35 AM
Don't get stuck hunting the same spot because you saw elk there a couple weeks ago when you were scouting or deer hunting. The elk move around a lot. That being said, they will tend to frequent some of the same areas year in and out. But don't stay in the same spot if you aren't finding elk or fresh elk sign.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: pianoman9701 on June 28, 2020, 10:32:21 AM
Drive the roads at night. Stop and bugle every few hundred yards and listen where you've seen sign during the day or while scouting. If you get a response, they'll normally be in the same spot or close the next day.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: snarkybull on July 04, 2020, 09:08:55 AM
Take all your scent products, especially that eliminator spray, and throw them in the trash can
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: STIKNSTRINGBOW on July 04, 2020, 04:39:58 PM
When the wind is wrong, take a nap
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: STIKNSTRINGBOW on July 04, 2020, 04:41:27 PM
They will hear you 3 times, see you twice, but only smell you once
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: AL WORRELLS KID on July 04, 2020, 09:06:13 PM
Keep your Knife razor sharp.... you never know when a Big Bull might Commit Suicide right out in front!  :chuckle:
Doug

Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: JTSmith3 on July 05, 2020, 08:26:40 AM
Don't chase elk going away. Even at their slowest they are a lot faster than you. You'll just end up tired.
If they aren't responding to calls shut up and stalk silently.
Elk are noisy when they walk through the woods. Don't let foot placement slow you down.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: jstone on July 05, 2020, 09:40:01 AM
Crazy video
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Post by: jeffro on July 05, 2020, 12:49:39 PM
It all comes down to:

Right place, right time.

If you trueLy known an area, you’ll know where they “disappear” to when they get pushed by the pumpkin squad.

Be there
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: tritt007 on July 05, 2020, 03:52:56 PM
Never leave elk to find elk .
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Post by: WSU on July 05, 2020, 04:14:47 PM
Number one piece of advice is persistence.  Everyone I know that consistently kills elk hunts hard and the whole season. Those that show up for opening weekend and spend time in camp during the daylight are the reasons our success rates are low. Lots of people kill elk every year or damn close to it. A lot of that is being in the woods more than everyone else.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: jstone on July 05, 2020, 04:19:44 PM
The only time I go back to camp is when it is dark.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: str8meat on July 05, 2020, 07:38:34 PM
Spend time watching and listening to them. The better you recognize their habits the easier they are to hunt. For instance there’s a certain canyon we hunt in September, you cannot beat them in their in the morning, but it’s a play ground in the afternoon. Killed 4 cows and if big bulls were open we would have 6. Learn your quarry they learn you.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: Lumpy Taters on July 11, 2020, 07:21:10 PM
When you find them don't rush to get the shot.  Take your time and get set up.   A solo bull is a lot easier to sneak up on versus an entire herd.   Elk noses are spectacular at finding your scent.   
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: kisfish on July 11, 2020, 07:53:00 PM
Hunt slower. Went you think your sneaking along at the right speed,  go just a little slower.
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: scoutdog346 on July 14, 2020, 04:20:17 AM
Allways make yourself think it's about to happen every second at all times around every corner so u will be ready when  The opportunity comes. Glass a lot.  Walk slow. Stop looking at the tracks on the ground unless ur actively tracking (keep ur eyes looking up)
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: scoutdog346 on July 14, 2020, 04:22:24 AM
Don't bugle in ur truck
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: CackleBird98 on July 14, 2020, 04:41:33 AM
Do stuff other people won't.  You know the elk are hanging out in a canyon 5 miles from the truck?  Be there at daybreak every day of the season.  But have a plan to get him out when you get him.  Good buddies on speed dial who will come pack when you call are invaluable.  But do the same for them when they need it. 
Title: Re: Elk Hunting “Pearls”
Post by: Rob on July 14, 2020, 05:35:18 AM
Avoid major human trails/closed roads when possible.  Instead walk 20 yards to the right or left of them.  You will often find a game trail they are using.