Well we got our confirmation cards in the mail today, both my fiance and myself got our elk tags (spike only) for the Starkey unit. I had actually figured I had a better chance of getting a deer tag and have as of yet been prepping this year for a deer hunt not elk. So I had been working on closer range shots with a smaller caliber rifles (old Ruger Deerslayer, a .223 carbine, a few shots on a 700 in .243 and my Vanguard .308 the only one acceptable for elk at range). Looks like I need to start practicing with my Savage 111 300 Win Mag again.
So far my preps for this year have moved around getting in shape, I have dropped about 12 pounds so far and I have been working on my endurance. I am planning on keeping up with the weight loss (need to anyway) and the endurance as much as I can before season starts. I figure we will start going up and scouting out areas and try and find some good locations. Ideally I hope to find a location where I can find good travel patterns and just sit and wait for them to come to me instead of me having to stalk for a long ways. I am a fair shot with the 300 and have so far shot it accurately out to just over 400 yards. I am hoping to expand that range though I seriously doubt I would take a shot that far off in the field.
Any tips and suggestions you all have for me to give us a better chance of having a successful hunt this year would be greatly appreciated. Can be anything from locations to trainings for the summer (which I happen to have off this year woohoo!) to gear I should make sure to have with me.
I will be checking back on the site as frequently as possible though we are heading up to the Snake the end of this week to do some fishing and rock chuck shooting.
I hope others managed to get some good hunts for this year. I was shocked to get elk and not deer. If anything I figured it would be the other way around.