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First Time Elk Hunter

I will be hunting elk for the first time this fall, and I need any tips I can get from all you seasoned vets out there.

I'm not new to hunting, been hunting muleys (3 B&C qualifiers) since I was 12 years old. I live in Nevada, so the elk hunting opportunities are very limited. This year, after trying to draw for 12 years, I finally drew in Nevada's east-central region. Now, while we don't have a lot of tags like New Mexico or Colorado, our trophy potential is huge, better than 60% of the elk harvested are 6+ points, and many 400+ bulls in the past few years.

The specifics: This is a late season rifle bull hunt that runs Nov 12th-27th. I have 10 days blocked off for this hunt, so time shouldn't matter. The information I'm looking for is methods to hunt. After browsing this forum, I won't even try to get into the caliber debate, I'll be set with a .30-06 shooting 180 gr. Silvertips. Do I need to take calls with me (obviously not bugles, but cow calls)? I learned long ago hunting muleys that you hunt by walking for 5 minutes, then glass for 15, is this also true for elk? Scents necessary? This is after the general rifle season for deer, so I expect the elk will be scared to death. There should only be light pressure, as only 200 tags are given out in this area.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Location: Colorado
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A cow call is and always for me.. As for the style or methods of elk hunting.. I usuall find a could clearing(meadow) or valley(ravine) and sit it out all morning till about 10 or 11, Then I do some serious walking. Make sure when walking to go slow and as quite as possible. Watching where you step is crucial and key to getting closer to the animal before they take off on you. And of course the wind issues.. As for scent A urine waffer or scent stomper spray usuall does the trick.. Let me know if there is anything else. Good luck

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by walking for 5 minutes, then glass for 15, is this also true for elk?

Yup. I'd try to scout out some water holes and regular trails with fresh sign. Then hit and scan those areas heavily dusk and dawn. Watch for cows, then wait for bulls to appear near them or with them.

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Scents necessary?

In my opinion, no; although they don't hurt. Pay attention to wind currents though.

If your hunting alone, you may want to invest in a pack frame, if you don't use one already. It will help to get those quarters out.

Good Luck!

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i cant wait to hunt elk for the first time

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The bulls team up in the early part of nov. Look in your area for that summers rubs,,look for tracks. Elk need lots of water and food,,if you find this,,there should be elk in that area. when you find a bull track,,it is twice the size of a cow elk,,,the bull track in lenth is around 6 inches long,,the average cow track is around4 inches long. I would get hold of some forestry maps of the area you are going to hunt,also talk to the game manigment that are in your area you are going to hunt. Ask them were they think the elk or bull elk are at that time of the year,hunter Wink

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Thanks for all the help and suggestions folks. All came down to seeing this guy, first night of the hunt (3 hours after arrival), 250 yards broadside, and 50 feet from a road that we didn't know was there until after shooting him. Big smile

As this is my first elk, I am happy as could be with him. Not the biggest, but he'll eat great and look good on my wall! Spotted an elk from about 3 miles away, took 4 wheelers to within a mile, and snuck to 220yds when he popped up in the rabbit brush in the meadow below where we had originally seen him. Just couldn't not take this bull after blowing a desert bighorn tag a few years ago waiting for a "bigger" ram.

As a sidenote, after 10 days of hunting, one of the guides in the area brought in a 414 B&C typical... freakin' monster!

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Location: Palisade, Colorado
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Congratulations. Thanks for the pictures

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Good going there you 2 happy people,,,i rember my first elk i shot 32 years ago,,,you never forget it,,,congradulations 2 bout of you. hunter wayne.

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Good job. Be careful, don't let the elk bug get you.................

Jeff

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