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I've taken several nice by my

I've taken several nice by my standards deer and antelope but have never done very well on elk with only a couple of small bulls. I live in good elk country but just don't put the needed time in chasing them.

Although I enjoy hunting them I just don't have the passion most guys do for elk and put most of my efforts in to deer hunting.

I would have had many good chances but like others have said I stepped down for my kids. My daughter has taken as many as I have and my 18 year old son has taken one twice as big as my best. The feeling of watching your kids success is better than your own.

The only thing I have been totally skunked at so far is getting a bear.

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Of all the animals I've taken

Of all the animals I've taken over many years since I started hunting in 1953 I've only put a tape on one mulie and one antelope.  Neither made B&C, but that isn't the reason I go out on hunts and if more people quit worrying about scores and went out for the enjoyment of the trip IMHO hunting would be a lot better off than the way the "industry" on TV has made it nowadays!  Just my opinion, but a lot of people have forgotten why we go out on adventures!

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I agree with you Topgun all

I agree with you Topgun all im saying is im not that bad of a hunter but elk hunting has sure been tough hunt for me.

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My post wasn't intended to

My post wasn't intended to call you out or anything like that and I apologize if you took it that way.  It's just that I'm on several sites where guys are pissing and moaning about not getting opportunities at 400" elk and 200" mulies every year and it gets old when to me taking the animal is the culmination of an adventure and not the "have to get one" to have a good time like it seems the direction so many people are heading nowadays.  May I ask where you are hunting to have such poor luck on elk if you have been pretty successful on other big game animals.  The reason I ask is that no matter how good you are, if there aren't a decent number of animals where you are hunting, then you are at a huge disadvantage being a nonresident with no opportunity for any on-the-ground scouting before the season.  Knowledge of the area you're hunting, especially when it comes to elk because of the large area they will cover in a short amount of time, is critical to having success on a routine basis.  Take a look in the "Trophy Galleries" section and check out the 357 3/8" bull I helped my buddy take last year out in Wyoming.  By knowing the country we were hunting on an intimate basis we were able to take that bull at daylight on opening morning of the rifle season in October after not having much success during the almost nonexistent rut hunt we did there in September.

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Topgun that might be my

Topgun that might be my problem I have hunted on holy cross, the flat tops, montrose area and south of lizard head.  Plus Ive gone to montana once and once to new mexico. I should find a good area and keep hunting it. I have done guided, drop camp and hunted on my own,with bow rifle and muzzleloader. My problem is I have to hunt sept or last season in november because of work.

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Okay.  That helps a lot

Okay.  That helps a lot because it sounds like you may be going all over the place "hoping to score" instead of picking one decent spot, sticking with it and learning it like the elk themselves know it.  Since you bow hunt I would strongly suggest that you find that area and strictly concentrate on the september season and hunt it as many days as you can.  Even though you cut the distance down tremendously when you use a bow when compared to a rifle, I can guarantee you that you will have much better luck finding and sealing the deal on ANY bull in September when they are bugling in the rut than a late season hunt.  I hope that helps you a little bit.  I have attached another picture of a fellow I met on the net who had only been elk hunting once in his life.  We got to know each other and in 2009 he drew the tag I told him to put in for where I hunt after he had 3 Preference Points.  I took him out there and we were into elk every day and he tagged that bull the third night and it was only about 300 yards from where we got that big bull last Fall.  Learn an area well and stick to it and you'll get the job done!!!  PS:  This bull scored 285" and he got a P&Y Certificate for it and did his own taxidermy shoulder mount and it turned out great.

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Nice bull, wish i could get

Nice bull, wish i could get that lucky,very interesting country, pretty much wide open and no trees.

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Actually those pictures of

Actually those pictures of the bulls are very deceiving as far as the country.  There are deep, heavy canyons out where we hunt and we hunt over top of them morning and evenings when the elk and deer come out into the meadows above them to feed.  During the day we slip along the canyon rims looking down into the canyons for bedded animals to either do a spot and stalk at that time or to set up on in the evening when they get up to feed.  There are a bunch of pictures posted in the photo gallery, but here is one of the views and you can see what I'm talking about with this wide open view of the country.

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i know alot of guys that go

i know alot of guys that go 10 years between elk.  elk are not whitetails in the midwest.  they are just a different animal.  One piece of advice that made all the difference for me is:   elk are where you find them.  not where you want them.   go find that tough to get into area and hunt it year after year.

also mike eastmansbook on elk hunting is very good.  i read it every year before elk season. 

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24 th Elk with a bow 2010

I took my 24th elk with a bow last year. Been hooked for over 30 years. Never hunted them with a gun, on private land or guided hunt. Wore out a lot of hunting boots and spent a lot of money on gas makeing the trip from Calif. Sure it was a lot easier 20+ years ago, but getting deep in canyons away from roads has worked well for me. Knowing how to call and what to say at the right time is very important with call shy elk.Thumbs up I have been fortunate to take several book mule deer, blacktail deer, bear, goats, pigs and sheep with a bow, but by far I enjoy hunting elk more than all the others put together.

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