AND...it was the first time I could get the truck so close too! I was only 150-175 yds from the truck! ...gotta like that, because within ten minutes of this pic it was one of those famous NW Colorado white-outs!
Ok im new to this too. Plannign a trip next yr. So i have a question and it may be a long shot but what happens if between your trips packing out, if you come back and a bear or lion have found your prize? How do you handle that situation? And If you shoot your elk of an evening do you pack what you can in the daylight and get the rest in the morning? Or is that something u wanna do right away even if your trying to find your way back in the dark?
I take a leak all over the immediate area. Sometimes that will keep the critters away. I also have it all bagged up and hung in trees. My first trip will also have all the best meat. Just in case.
My last ace in the hole is I usually have a bear tag too. More meat. More trips.
As for shooting game late in the day? Being a solo hunter. I don't do that. I'm in place before daybreak, and i'm gone by 1pm. I have 9 days to get it done my way. I don't want to be hauling out meat in the dark.
thanks. Everybody on here for the most part is pretty friendly and helpful. So my first time elk hunting would u reccomend bow or rifle? Thats a toss up I have been stumped on. I can reach out with a rifle which would I think greater my odds of not coming home empty handed however in archery I would hunt the rut so maybe that would be a bigger advantage? Any suggestion for a first time hunter? I want a bull but it sure doesnt heve to be a monster. I have shot big whitetails but any bull will seem like a monster to me.
When it comes to scent, there are basically two types; those that attract and those that mask. I've tried both on many occasions. There are lots and lots of "doe in heat" scents, designed to attract a big buck into range. I've also used a "cow in heat" scent while elk hunting.
Another scent would almost be better named as a "coverup smell". The main goal is to cover up human odor or mask it. Though I don't believe you can ever totally eliminate all human...