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Big Game Hunting => Elk Hunting => Topic started by: FreezerFiller on September 27, 2021, 02:40:51 PM

Title: New to Elk hunting
Post by: FreezerFiller on September 27, 2021, 02:40:51 PM
I am a college student over on the east side here, and this is my first time looking into going elk hunting. It is overwhelming looking at the amount of private land out there when trying to find a spot to go hunt for elk. I have zero expectations going into the season aside from learning as much as I can but figured I'd start the learning here.

Does anyone have any tips for a new modern firearm elk hunter like myself? General areas? Calls or no calls? Sit and glass, or walk and stalk?

Any advice is appreciated, thank you!
Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: Bendejo on September 27, 2021, 03:05:06 PM
Don't mind me, I'll just sit and listen here too. New to elk hunting as well


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Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: Stein on September 27, 2021, 03:09:22 PM
You won't need calls.

Check WDFW's site for harvest stats and the regs to see what units have what seasons and how far you are willing to drive.  Scout and hunt, public or nock on doors. WDFW has some sites you can also check, some require a reservation, some require written permission and some are first come, first serve.
Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: FreezerFiller on September 27, 2021, 03:18:52 PM
You won't need calls.

Check WDFW's site for harvest stats and the regs to see what units have what seasons and how far you are willing to drive.  Scout and hunt, public or nock on doors. WDFW has some sites you can also check, some require a reservation, some require written permission and some are first come, first serve.

Appreciate it, I have found some of those WDFW sites in neighboring towns just driving through. Tough part is I've seen just one cow elk in my few years out on the east side, hoping to add to that number!
Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: vandeman17 on September 27, 2021, 03:20:23 PM
Reminder to ALWAYS wear your orange. Modern rifle elk can get a little western so make sure plenty of orange is visible. Have fun and be safe. Let us know how you do
Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: pickardjw on September 27, 2021, 03:27:20 PM
If you don't have OnX get it and it will help you identify public vs private and match up those harvest stats with the actual areas.
Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: GASoline71 on September 28, 2021, 08:18:54 AM
Not sure of what gear you have.  But GOOD waterproof boots are going to be your best friend.  If your feet suffer, you suffer.

By college student, I'm guessing you're attending Central.  The mountains to the north of Ellensburg are home to the Colockum herd.  They are hunted hard.  There will be a lot of hunters up there, if that's where you're looking to go, be prepared for that.

Gary
Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: CascadeCruiser on September 28, 2021, 08:22:47 AM
As stated above, you don't NEED calls but having a good diaphragm for cow calls is definitely a bonus. I would suggest starting with a simple single reed diaphragm and watch as many videos as you can. Practice whenever you have time, watching TV, driving, taking a dump, whatever. Bugle tubes are great and look awesome on youtube but a cow call goes a long way. Good luck out there.

Cascade
Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: FreezerFiller on September 28, 2021, 11:25:45 AM
Not sure of what gear you have.  But GOOD waterproof boots are going to be your best friend.  If your feet suffer, you suffer.

By college student, I'm guessing you're attending Central.  The mountains to the north of Ellensburg are home to the Colockum herd.  They are hunted hard.  There will be a lot of hunters up there, if that's where you're looking to go, be prepared for that.

Gary
I'm at WSU! I have been hunting muleys i the snow since I was about 13, I've learned that the hard way. I have been looking east and south of Ellensburg so far, even at a coupe "True Spike Only" areas, might be hunted less?
Thanks Gary!
Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: FreezerFiller on September 28, 2021, 11:29:02 AM
As stated above, you don't NEED calls but having a good diaphragm for cow calls is definitely a bonus. I would suggest starting with a simple single reed diaphragm and watch as many videos as you can. Practice whenever you have time, watching TV, driving, taking a dump, whatever. Bugle tubes are great and look awesome on youtube but a cow call goes a long way. Good luck out there.

Cascade
Okay, I was going to say, I have heard that calls out of the rut can help cover whatever trail you're blazing as well. I will look into grabbing one ASAP. Thanks for the help man!
Title: Re: New to Elk hunting
Post by: Stein on September 28, 2021, 01:45:50 PM
Reminder to ALWAYS wear your orange. Modern rifle elk can get a little western so make sure plenty of orange is visible. Have fun and be safe. Let us know how you do

 :yeah:

Hat isn't a bad idea and certainly something orange on a your pack if you are wearing one.

I would also be careful calling during general rifle season, chances are pretty good the noise in the brush headed to you only has two legs.
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