Here are some helpful elk hunting tips to ensure you get the most out of your next hunt:
- Tip 1
Learn how to use a cow call or bugle, and when to use it. This will be key to success.
- Tip 2
It’s important to listen more and speak less.
- Tip 3
Scent kills, so be sure to bring some unscented wipes.
- Tip 4
The kill zone on a mature bull is around 18 inches in diameter, and you want to hit through the heart and lungs.
- Tip 5
To get the bull, you have to beat the cows first. Cows call the shots in the herd, not the bull.
- Tip 6
The volume of the of a bulls bugle may be an indicator of it’s age, but this is not always the case.
- Tip 7
Stay still be patient. Hunters who stay put longer usually end up killing more elk.
- Tip 8
Find a high vantage point and spend as much time as possible spotting your elk. Good areas to look include: water sources, thick wooded areas and saddles.
- Tip 9
Look for bulls higher up the mountain following the rut and before deep snows move into the high country.
- Tip 10
Elk usually bed down within 50 yards of some type of water source, so they are key areas to watch.