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The Art of Hunting Cow Elk (Feature Article)
rather_be_huntin wrote:
Cowgal you are absolutely right however in places like Utah you have to draw 100% of rifle cow tags. Meaning only so many people get the "premium" tags and the rest are forced to hunt heavily hunted land with low elk density. You can scout your guts out in these areas and the elk can very simply move on by the time the hunt rolls around. I can at anytime go to the right area and see elk everywhere but good luck getting those tags every year.

I'm not trying to start a debate with you, I just think that to if Joe hunter goes on the average elk hunt he shouldn't expect to see what the author of the article described.

Oh I agree. Living in an area with elk (or any game) has its advantages. To us it looks like they're everywhere all the time, but that is not the case at all. During hunting season with lots of pressure, they do move around a lot and its hard to predict where they'll be or if they'll even be in a specific unit. In CO we have both OTC tags & draw tags for trophy units. The non-trophy units have lots of pressure & few trophy elk, but they are excellent for cow elk.

You're probably right that the article is a bit misleading, especially for the fall seasons. The author should have specified that this is more likely very late in the year. In CO we have some very late cow elk seasons, in December.

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The Art of Hunting Cow Elk (Feature Article)

Not only should he have specified late seasons, but also only in certain areas. It may be like that where you live, but it isn't everywhere. This article makes it sound like anywhere you can hunt elk, anytime of year, if you aren't stumbling over cows just a few yards from the road then you're no kind of hunter at all.

Like I said, all in all I think this is a good article. I just found that one aspect of it kind of misleading.

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The Art of Hunting Cow Elk (Feature Article)

Don must have something against outfitters???????????

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The Art of Hunting Cow Elk (Feature Article)

Up in Washington it's all in the timing. These Roosevelts are always on the move. I see cows, spikes and forks just about every outing. Last season I was standing in a cluster of trees and watched a herd of cows about 75 yds. from me snorting and stomping at a hunter moving up behind them off a paved access just off a mountain hwy. It's a matter of scouting the area and learning the movement of the heard. Those cows never saw me. We pulled a 6x6 out of there and it wasn't but a few hundred yds. off the asphalt.

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The Art of Hunting Cow Elk (Feature Article)

cow elk hunting is nowhere near as easy as he states. at least not in north idaho.

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The Art of Hunting Cow Elk (Feature Article)

Most hunters who talk about how easy it is for them to find and kill elk seem to forget about all the unsuccsesful outings,there are days where we find elk from the road but those are rare.During rifle season here in MT the elk get smart real quik and you have to get as far away from the roads as possible,during our bow season I can locate elk by bugling from the road but that dosnt mean they are easy to kill.Anyone who hunts elk on public land knows how hard it usually is.

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Interesting article. Keep them coming.

Kurt

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open season??

Is there an open season for roosevelt elk over there in washington USA. I live over on Vancover Island and there is no open season for elk hear,,there are only LEH permits given out and if your lucky enough you might get picked,i have been putting in for 25 years hear on the island and got picked only one time in 1988. The population of elk on the island is 4000. I got a good one in 1988,,it scored 365 points,,hunter.

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The Art of Hunting Cow Elk (Feature Article)

In Washington we pick the east or west side if the mountain and hunt in any unit on that side. These units are typically open for 7 to 9 days for each method of which you get your choice. Either Archery, Muzzleloader or modern rifle. There are also areas withdraw permits only.
I usually end up in units that are 3 point or better.
The majority of the larger bulls are taken during the early archery and muzzleloader seasons. As it is now, muzzleloader is during the rut.
I would like to try my hand at a cow now and then. I see them practically every outing and usually in an area that would be a lot easier to transport the meat.

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I recommended that this article me made into a seminar for the annual RMEF elk camp.

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