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!