It's been a number of years since I have put in for a rifle hunt for Elk. Kind of gone bow crazy I guess.
But I used to use (my wife still does) a Browning A-Bolt in 30-06 shooting Federal Premium 180gr Nosler Partitions. She will be using it this October on her Elk hunt here in Az.
Up until recently I have used both a .270 and a 300 mag for mule deer and elk. I just traded for a .264 winchester magnum in a limited model remington 700 bdl ss. My friends all have the same caliber, and I have never in my lifetime seen better performance out of a rifle. It is long, flat-shooting, and will make for a great elk gun.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...