I'm from St. Mary's PA. I was back there last summer and the elk were everywhere. I'd like to hear from anyone's experiences on the hunt,or their opinions.
Some of the locals say that hunting them would be like shooting livestock because they're so tame. When I was there they were easily approachable.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...