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 a nice deer and you will probably shoot a elk your first day!!!! That is how the gods work!!! I chase the deer and find the one I want and hunt it!!! Then , a elk always seems to wander into my range for some reason!!!! I have not tried it the other way around  though!!!

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Thanks Guys.  StillH, that

Thanks Guys.  StillH, that would be great, if I lived there too.... :lol:  However, I might only get a 4-5 day hunt out of this, so I need to be ready to shoot a legal animal if I see one. So, I don't see myself passing up anything, per se'.  However, I am not sure if it's easier to target one, and just maybe "run into" the other.

Exbio, I like that.  But if they are more distributed, wouldn't there be a better chance of "running into" them, so that would make me want to get elk-specific?  Narrow the elk down, and then since the deer are more widely distributed, chances are better to stumble across them?

Blue, that's a good point too.  I wonder if one is more territorial, and one more nomadic, so to speak. Is one species more likely to be around the same area today, that it was yesterday. If I target deer, would elk wander through the area, or vice-versa......

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Maybe i'm unlucky, or maybe

Maybe i'm unlucky, or maybe it's my hunting style, but the only time I have an animal wander into my zone is when scouting.

They're much more alert in hunting seasons, and it's a chore seeing them before they see me.

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Ain't that the truth.  They

Ain't that the truth.  They always seem to know where not to be when sunrise comes that opening morning.

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Great advice

You have some great advice so far. The only thing I would add to it, is which do you like to eat more of? Personally I prefer elk over deer. My opinion is they taste better then deer. Also consider processing/butchering of the game your going to shoot. Are you taking it somewhere to have it processed? are you shipping it back or driving it back with you? This will take up time like some mentioned before. So I would consider what you prefer to eat first, then trophy hunt more for the second. If you have a big family, elk will fill the freezer much longer than a fork horn deer. Don't neglect how your going to have your animal taken care of after you kill it. And a side note: if Quinton can get you a bull over 300, tell him I want to sign up too, along with 3/4 of the hunters in this forum.

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Regarding your question

I've hunted many times mainly during muzzleloader season where I had each tag deer and elk in my pocket. I never really looked at it in terms of which one do I target. I just got out and hunted the country and let the hiking, glassing, moving/still hunting the country, hopefully serve up a target be it elk or deer. I've never run into a dilema where I saw a nice buck and bull at the same time and had to decide which one to make a move on. If your fortunate enough to hunt a unit with good numbers of each species then my advice would be just hunt well, be up early to glass at first light, let your glass do the walking, then when game is spotted make a plan to make a move. Or, then again during second season with all the shooting going to be going on. Find good ambush points where game is likely to move to escape pressure. Then when you spot a legal buck or bull drop the hammer whichever you see first because that may be the only chance you get at either.

In terms of what your likely to see, elk or deer, in my experience keeping in mind this was early muzzleloader season. If deer numbers are high in the area you can expect to see em at the usuall times every day early morning and afternoon evening. Coming out to their feeding areas. With elk you can hunt/glass an area three days in a row seeing only sign that a straggler or two passed thru and on the fourth morning discover a herds moved into the area.

One of my most memorable hunts in 08, I shot a nice wide three point buck one afternoon. We hiked back next morning to do a morning hunt by the kill site and then pack the buck out. My uncle heard a distant bugle on that morning hunt and as we packed the buck out he told me, "were coming back about five this evening and were going to call that bull in". Well we were back by five let out a bugle heard a distant response and by dark I had my second muzzleloader bull ready for pack out the next morning. I'll never forget that hunt my dad took a bull, and my uncle a buck as well.

Good luck when your opportunity is at hand!

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I would

take lucky every day. Both species overlap where I hunt. More Elk then deer. There are only a couple deer hunters in the drainage I hunt and one is me. The other person is usually with an outfitter. There may be some others that drive up the trail from time to time, but no serious deer hunters other then the guy with the outfitter. I found a deer at about 12,800 ft that I liked and got up there ready to ambush him. he was there at the same time the last 2 mornings before opener. I was set up and before he showed himself a bull came up the hill to me. For me it was a no brainer, shoot the bull!!! I never saw that Buck again. He had 4 points + brow on the left and just a big club with no points that went straight up just as high as his other side and heavy. I have no regrets. He probably made someone a fine trophy unless he is still there.

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Which one ?

I would personally go with the deer first and then chase elk second, but thats me. As Mark said, the deer typically are easier to find then elk.

And by the way guys......... I said 13" buck and 230" bull ! Whistling Laugh

Quinton

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Deal!!!!!

Deal!!!!! lol

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I would apply for a 1st

I would apply for a 1st season EE tag in a good unit and try for a bull the first 2-3 days and then shoot anything legal.  Scout your deer area on the Thur/Fri by driving roads looking at camps and for deer herds/tracks along the roads. And hunt for a couple days for deer on opening weekend the 2nd season. 62 would be like my last choice. Good luck and the planning part is half the fun.

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