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Location: Butte, MT
Joined: 01/02/2006
Posts: 233
New member, first time elk hunter

Hi, Flyfish.

Oddly, there are quite a few similarities between hunting spring gobblers and bull elk. Imagine hunting a 500lb turkey, great eyesight, with the ears and nose of a whitetail deer... maybe better. Elk are a blast, but a tough animal to hunt. I've said it before, but you absolutely cannot work out enough for your Colorado hunt. I hope you've been doing so all summer at least. Good luck. Let us know how you do.

Location: Richfield, Utah
Joined: 11/26/2008
Posts: 64
New member, first time elk hunter

Enjoy every minute of the hunt. It will be a lot of fun to hit the rockies chasing the elk. Hopefully they talk for you. Here is some Pics to get you going.

The upper photo is my friends Utah limited entry bull I helped him take in 2005. The bull would not come into a call but would answer my cow call. At about 100 yards Ryan right at the bull crawling while I kept him busy. The bull was bugling at us and raking a tree. He then stepped out for Ryan at 40 yards. The rest is history. The bull went 50 yards. Ryan had his first Big Bull. Ryans 6X6 bull grossed 330.

The Lower Photo is my little brother Lances' second elk with a bow on a Utah spike only unit in 2004. Lance had a stare down with the bull at 45 yards and then finally shot the bull in the throat. It was a good blood trail. Lance shot competition archery for a couple of years and is the most accurate archer I know. The bull went 100 yards. On these units you can take a spike or a cow.

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Location: Montana
Joined: 09/08/2008
Posts: 3
Scent control/Flyfish's first elk hunt


If I understand correctly, your first elk hunt is now about nine months away. I agree that spring gobbler hunting is a lot like elk hunting during the rut. One big difference is that you don't have to worry about your own scent with turkeys.

When I hunt turkeys in the spring, it is such a relief not to have to mess with trying to eliminate as much scent as possible or working the breeze. I've written extensively about scent control elsewhere, but in a nut shell, I'd try to come up with some X-scent (silver fiber) undergarments. Then use Scent-A-Way type sprays as religiously as you can take the time for, along with scent free laundry detergent. Carbon suits are, in my opinion, not worth the money and not reliable to do what you expect for the price. A home type dryer just cannot get hot enough to effectively reactivate the charcoal. This is a good time of year to pick up marked down scent control products and clothing for the next season.

Anyway, this is just one more thing to study up on before next fall: scent control, including using the wind. Your guide will know and watch the thermals, I'm sure, but you can't always control the breeze perfectly. Things happen that keep you from being able to stay downwind sometimes. I got busted more than once this year. It's part of the game.

Have fun doing the research on elk hunting tips! Google that phrase and you'll find some good reading material.

Location: Idaho
Joined: 02/28/2006
Posts: 159
New member, first time elk hunter

Hunt hard, be prepared to fail. If you're on public land be even more prepared. I know very few people who have harvested on their first year after elk, especially with a bow. The outfitter should really, really help. I expect you'll have a blast.

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