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Elk shed hunting question
« on: April 19, 2020, 07:24:26 AM »
I have never found an elk shed, but then again I have never really looked that much for them. I have found hundreds of muley sheds however.
So my goal is to find at least 1 fresh elk shed. At 55 i aint getting any younger and the hills are getting harder every year.

So, where do I concentrate looking?
Scenerio; Huge country that elk migrate through from river bottom to 7000'. Put on 5+miles yesterday in what seemed to be perfect area/elevation, just below snowline, lots of sign, couple hundred elk within a 3mile radius, none had antlers, and came home empty handed(except for the ever present ticks,  :chuckle:
Was I too high, too low, do bulls batchelor up in April, or do they stay with cow/calfs?

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Re: Elk shed hunting question
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2020, 08:02:19 AM »
To high.  :twocents:

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Re: Elk shed hunting question
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2020, 11:04:39 AM »
NN, Iím with you. I find elk sheds now and again, but I havenít ďfigured it outĒ yet. I went out the other day in an area Iíve found elk sheds in before and I hiked my butt off. I did 8 miles in very up and down country. Tons of beds, fresh tracks, trails and pooh.. I even found a bunch of really fresh rubs. They had a bunch of hair on them and fresh sap running down the trees. I got skunked.

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Re: Elk shed hunting question
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2020, 11:43:01 AM »
You may have walked right by one.  I have been hiking with friends and scanning the ground as I walk then hear a buddy exclaim "found one!"  One hike I decided to walk to the left of a big bush, my buddy went right and found the biggest elk shed.  Also there might be just antlerless elk using your area.  The area I know best was once a bull mecca,  but now seeing an antlered elk is rare.  I went out there once this year before the state land closure and saw hundreds of cows and only two raghorns and maybe three spikes.  Something changed in that area and I am not sure what.

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Re: Elk shed hunting question
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2020, 11:46:53 AM »
Pics or it never happened!! :chuckle:

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Re: Elk shed hunting question
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2020, 11:57:30 AM »
Three years ago. Last antlers Iíve found.

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Re: Elk shed hunting question
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2020, 11:59:23 AM »
Damn that's a nice LOAD!!! How long did it take you to gather those up?

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Re: Elk shed hunting question
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2020, 12:29:58 PM »
Four antlers one day.  A small group of raghorns were shedding all at once.  A guy searching the lower part of the draw found three or four.  Haven't found any since.

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Re: Elk shed hunting question
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2020, 02:47:15 PM »
Thatís so weird.. I wonder what changed? Beauty of a pack though!

 


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