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How many of you are hunting the extended areas for elk right now? My experience is that not too many people hit it this time of year, which is strange to me.
Why? I find the best time to shoot them is between 10 and 11 PM. Thank the lord for Surefire flashlights.fixed blade said:Actually right now I'm on the computer :wink: . But I may try and go out once the snow flies.
Sorry Finn, but I disagree with several of your points.Finnegan said:I just came in from hunting elk this morning, (ducking out of the rain). Great workout. :wink: There was a half dozen rigs parked at the trail head before me, so I took a different track in hopes of placing myself where the elk might run to get away from the other hunters. There were elk in the area...the key word being "were".
Here's a couple thoughts...
1. Hiking through the timber before first light isn't a good elk hunting strategy. Since elk can see perfectly well in the dark, most hunters find it best to hunt when they can see, too. I don't leave my truck until I can see my pins. Of course, that's just me.
2. Calling elk isn't like calling ducks. Bugling every five minutes isn't productive, especially if your bugling sounds like a 3rd grader practicing his trumpet. And when you hear a sound like a 3rd grader practicing his trumpet, that isn't an elk, so don't call back at it. This is especially true if your own bugling sounds like a fat lady being raped by an army of icey fingered midgets.
3. A cow call is best used once every 20 minutes at the most. Playing tunes on your cow call like it's a kazoo really doesn't improve the hunting for anybody.
4. Just because you can't see any elk doesn't mean they aren't there. Stealth is always a good thing while bowhunting, especially when there are other hunters in the area. Or think of it this way - if other hunters know exactly where you are, it's a pretty safe bet that the elk do, too.