If you’re a current elk hunter or a hunter who is thinking of trying to hunt elk there are a few important things that you need to know. Obviously the basics such as elk hunting regulations, conditioning and proper equipment are things all hunters touch base on. However, there is one important elk hunting tip that many hunters fail to remember. This is one of the core reasons why hunters aren’t successful on their elk hunts. In fact, most states are showing that only 15-37% of the drawn tags or permits in 2009 for elk are actually harvested. This means on average only 20% of the actual people out their hunting elk will successful harvested on. By using this important tip you’ll be able to make yourself one of the twenty percent and hopefully help educate other elk hunters.
At this point you’re probably wondering “Ok, get on with the tip already!” Well, without further ado; the most important elk hunting tip is don’t be quiet, be elk quiet. Wait, you’re probably thinking what the heck does that mean? Well a lot of hunters tend to believe that they need to be silent when hunting for elk. While it’s true that talking should be eliminated and cell phones turned off you don’t need to worry about simple things. For example, if you’ve ever heard an elk herd moving about you’ll notice they sound like a truck driving through timber. They are big animals and can cover a lot of land in a short period of time.
The area where you need to use the most caution is a bedding area. Elk tend to be more alert in their bedding area and you’ll need to take it slow and easy once you’re near or around an elk bedding area. In fact, you don’t just do this to harvest that trophy elk, but also for your safety. The dominate bull of a herd can and will engage a hunter if they feel threatened. 9 times out of 10 elk will run off if they hear or see you. However, there are those rare moments when the dominate bull will challenge you.
Let’s get back on track with “being as quite as an elk”. Remember, the area where you’ll find elk is generally not easy to access and impossible to get through. Don’t let noise prevent you from reaching these areas because that is where the elk are. Your best bet is to not move fast, but at a steadily rate because elk can cover a lot of ground real fast. Don’t spend so much time worrying about being quiet as you should getting to where the elk actually are!
Elk hunting tips are a dime a dozen. Every single person who has ever hunted elk thinks they have the best tips and tactics. Sadly a lot of the information available on the internet is either false or improperly presented. I wrote this with the idea of taking all the random elk hunting tips, tactics and tricks for elk hunting and bring them all together to make a comprehensive list. I’ll be the first admit this isn’t a complete list of every single tactic you can use hunting elk. However, it is a list of verifiable, proven methods to increase you chance of harvesting an elk on your next hunting trip. Please feel free to share these tips with your fellow hunters.
Educate Your on Elk – I still can’t believe how few hunters actually spend the time and effort to do a little research on elk. In fact, there is a good chance you’re not one of those few. A good way to test that theory is to ask you “what is the scientific name for elk?” If you didn’t answer Cervus Canadensis then you have dove deep enough into educating yourself on elk. By knowing some of the basic scientific facts of elk it can give you an edge when hunting them. Things like preferred food, preferred habitat, mating cycle, etc are all things you can use to successful track and shoot an elk.
Wash off That Stink – So many hunters still fail to use a commercial scent covering product to prevent human and manufactured smells from emitting and giving you away. You should also use unscented soap for washing your cloths and body the day of your hunt. Elk have a very good sense of smell and will detect you before you detect them. Any hunter worth his salt should know how important it is to cover their sent when hunting any animal.
Learn 800-Call-Elk – Learning to use a cow call or bugle horn can really improve your chances of harvesting an elk. Trust me, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to learn to use an elk call. It will just take time and patients to master the art of a calling device. Remember earlier when I said learn as much as you can about elk? Think how powerful a cow call could be during rut season if you spent the time to learn what is and when is rut season!
Those are the best tips that I can give you to help improve your chances of bagging a bull. While many other sites will have countless tips these are the most vital ones you need to know. Obviously you should know the basics of hunting, like the right type of equipment and proper shot placement before you ever go out on an elk hunt.