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Elk hunting tips

This is my first year hunting Elk in the Colorado Mountains. I've been deer hunting for last couple years and I really love to do that! I was wondering if i could get some tips on hunting elk because I haven't been around it before

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BGOOD, Welcome to BGH. Thumbs up

Go to http://www.eastmans.com and order Elk Hunting the West the Eastmans way. Great read.

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The Eastmen's tip is a good one. There's is the only Hunting show I get excited to watch and make sure I catch every week.

My humble tips would be:

1. Be in top physical condition because the most successful public land elk hunters get away from other hunters by going as far away from them as possible where the elk feel safe.

2. Have a quality pair of binoculars because you often find elk by getting to a high vantage point and glassing hard until you find them three miles away and plan to make your move on them. Hence the being in shape part.

See you might have to hike in three or more miles to get to a good area to glass for them and then have to go another two or three miles to get a shot once their found.

Those are the two main ones off the top of my head. If I think of more I will post them.

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Good tips, also check any book by Curtis and Jay Houston has good advice, and of course check RMEF Bugle and you will be an elkoholic like us!

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The only tip I have is don't underestimate the size of elk. Deer are fine for a one man hunt. Shoot it, drag it, etc.

Elk on the other hand really can only be drug down hill by one man. Unless perhaps your an NFL linebacker and even then I think it would still be a helluva work out in the brush with no snow.

Anyway if your hunting alone, plan to bring along the tools (knife or two, quarter bags, some sort of pack) and know the process for quartering out your kill. That or bring someone (the more the merrier) to help you drag out your game.

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I know I'm new to this forum, I agree with bitmasher. The first elk I shot was a calf. She slid about thirty feet down a steep hill. After gutting her, it took me,two good sized guys and twenty minutes to get her back up the hill on flat land. If you shoot a good sized bull you'll probably have to quarter it or hoist it, into a tree. Either way its going to be a challenge.

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bitmasher wrote:
The only tip I have is don't underestimate the size of elk. Deer are fine for a one man hunt. Shoot it, drag it, etc.

Elk on the other hand really can only be drug down hill by one man. Unless perhaps your an NFL linebacker and even then I think it would still be a helluva work out in the brush with no snow.

Anyway if your hunting alone, plan to bring along the tools (knife or two, quarter bags, some sort of pack) and know the process for quartering out your kill. That or bring someone (the more the merrier) to help you drag out your game.

Quoted for truth. Unless you are in an area (I don't like these areas) where you're lucky enough to drive an ATV to your kill or if in a non motorized area, but have horses that elk will be coming out on your back in quarters. If you are in deep and it's later in the day, hell even if it's early, you likely will get your elk quartered and hung and be back at camp for the evening meal and making plans to see who's gonna hike back with you the next morning with pack frames to get it out. If you hunt alone then plan on two or three trips to get it out.

Like Bitmasher said a minimum of two good knives and game bags and rope in your daypack. I also pack a flashlight, cigarette lighter, and some protein bars and water.

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WORD!, Quotes from Bit and SoCal. DON'T underestimate , be prepared , with backup if possible. I try and figure it all out and usually end up with plan c or d. And that's with a deer out of Sierras, my elk in NM Wilderness will be harder than that by far. Most successful elk hunters know this and plan way more , to be successfull.

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Thanks for all the tips!!!! I've had to quarter deer in the woods and I know it be quite a task but this year were hunting in steep terrain and I'm sure If we do get a Bull it will be quite a process!

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i elk hunt alone. LAst years bull was 3 miles from the truck. It took me 5 trips and all day to get it out. But a solo hunter who is up to the challenge can get an elk out by themselves. just plan on working hard all day long and than some.

tim

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BGood,

I posted a previous message in response to your summer request for elk hunting tips, but it got removed. I posted my website on the message, not realizing it was against the rules.

I write extensively on the topic. I agree with others that responded that it is easier to bone out an elk instead of trying to haul it out whole. Dragging it is the most dangerous and inefficient way to move an elk. I talked to a chiropractor before a presentation on the topic that I gave last week and he told me it really sets people up for a disc injury.

I hope you get the chance to haul one out this year!

Dave

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