Elk Hunting Tips!!!
The challenge of hunting down a large elk is both physical and mental. To have a more enjoyable elk hunting experience, follow these tips to make your elk hunt easier and more comfortable.
To begin with, know your area. Understand the country you are hunting your bull in, or have a knowledgeable guide. Being familiar with the lay of the land makes you more comfortable getting around in it. Improve your level of comfort with the area by:
- Selecting the right equipment. This may mean checking the weather forecast, or bringing extra hunting gear in case the weather turns rough.
- Study your maps. Hunting area officials or suppliers should have maps of the area you want to hunt in. Know them well, and determine several possible entrance and exit points. Even if you have hired a guide experienced with elk hunts, know where you are going and how to get out in case something happens to him.
- Before you go, make a choice on whether you will only settle for a bull elk, or either a bull or cow. Any elk can make a great day, however; so do not miss a shot because it is not the bull you were hoping for.
- Bow or Rifle? For experienced bow hunters possessing the skill to get close enough for a clean kill, bow hunting poses few problems, especially before rifle season begins. The incidence of wounding an elk with an arrow is actually lower than rifle wounds, as well. The skill it takes to get any shot with a bow is usually in the hands of someone who can place the arrow in the right spot.
Bow hunting requires additional care to mask the human scent, and extensive practice moving with stealth. Because the bowhunter has to get close, proper camouflage is also required.
Elk can be an elusive animal, and a bow hunter needs to have all of these skills, and apply them without fail when they finally encounter their prey. Even skilled bow hunters can lose the animal by making a nervous twitch or unintended noise at the wrong moment.
Using a rifle offers many advantages. The largest one is the distance a shot can be made from. Although the elk nose can pick up your scent from quite a distance, the rifle puts enough distance between you and your prey to make this more difficult. This also means you have less chance of spooking the elk by getting too close. Large bulls are less abundant during rifle season, however, and the larger number of rifle hunters on the grounds contributes to the scarcity.
For trophy elk hunting trips, when only the best bull will do, patience is the best policy. It may take several seasons to down the elk for your wall. With the right resources, an elk hunter may find more opportunity out of state, or in another country such as New Zealand, where fewer hunters and more elk mean better trophies.
I hope you enjoyed my elk hunting tips, and remember, to maximize opportunities and save time looking for the best hunting spots, good elk hunting outfitters are an invaluable resource.