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how do you scout elk

i know there are some very knowledgable experianced hunters on this forum. and i was wondering what your guys best tactics are for scouting elk on a unit you have never hunted before. do you do more glassing or walking.i am asking because i drew the wasatch elk tag and i have never hunted it before.and i am used to knowing where the bulls usually hold up where i usually hunt but now it is a whole nother ball game

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Find a high spot and start to

Find a high spot and start to glass and don't stop until you know every tree and clearing on the oppisit hill side.  If I was you I would start scouting on top of White River on the right hand fork out of Soldier Summit. 

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Definately glassing,glassing and more glassing. Look for high elevations with open parks or bowls in between or near heavy cover such as pines and aspens. The elk are grazing heavily trying to gain weight and get the nutrients needed to bulk up before fall and winter hit and the cycle starts all over again. As the rut aproaches the will move sometimes miles and to lower elevations to find cows. I was just out and we found hundreds of elk by using this technique.

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I wrote an article on the subject a couple months ago

The CDOW paid for me an article on it, it's posted here:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/ElkHuntingUniversity/EHULessons/EHUScoutTips.htm

I do a lot of map research first, then do a lot of walking and a little bit of glassing.  I also pay a lot more attention to vegetation browse lines/overbrowsing signs than most others.

 

 

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Remeber that they are slaves to their stomachs - they have to eat.  Find their food and you will find elk.  I also scout the terrain as much as the elk looking for anything to give me an advantage when I need to get closer or get into an area without mucking it up.  It is always fun to see the elk, but scouting sign and the terrain is more important to me - the exception woudl be if I am scouting right before the opening day then I want to find the elk.  This from a guy that has been on three scouting trips to take it for what it is worth.

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Some great tips thanks to

Some great tips thanks to all!

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I start with maps and google

I start with maps and google earth. Then I head out to the hills after I find a spot I would like to check out, look for sign, rubs, etc and a lot of glassing. I do that multiple times for an area till I find one that looks like a good one to hunt

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I agree with fire. I spend hours a day on Google or any other mapping program. I have found numeous water holes this way. I always start myself looking for water. Then when I am in the field if the water holes have sign start looking for areas were they feed, after that then start finding areas were they will bed. Usually on the north facing slopes in thick cover. This is how I start to pick areas apart. Then if you expect the area to have alot of pressure, look for areas that they will escape to.  Good luck

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how do you scout elk

Besides what everybody else said, I look for rubbings on young pine where Elk have torn all the bark off with their antlers. Finding those of various ages in a given area, new and old over the years, to me means it is a regular area for them. Same goes for old and new tracks, scat droppings, water hole sign, game trails, and saddles. I've also been known to throw or drop rocks down steep canyons where it bounces off the sides on the way down making a lot of racket, especially if I can't see the bottom clearly because of all the plant cover/leaves etc., LOL. I've had some big Bulls get spooked out of their beds down there doing that before several times, and giving me a peek at them. Guess it depends on the terrain where you go...

I don't have a clue where "wasatch" is I'm afraid, but don't be afraid to pick the brains of the Game & Fish Dept. (or what it is called around you) biologist/ranger for the unit/area. Sometimes they are of great help.

Good luck.

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thanks for al the tips from

thanks for al the tips from everyone my scouting has actually gone pretty well the last few weekends once again great advice thank you

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Not to get too nosy but where

Not to get too nosy but where have you been looking?  I know that there are some good bulls around Willow Creek and down by Boiler Canyon.  You just need to work around the private in Boiler Canyon. 

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