Many think the elk is the most majestic land animal in North America
Elk hunting is about
becoming one with the beauty of snow covered mountains,
the sounds of a rushing mountain stream, of a warm sun heated hidden treeless
meadow in the midst of a dark forest smelling of pines and cedars. Bagging a
great elk is just icing on the cake.
Even if the elk hunter
does not get an elk every year he leaves with the experience of our ancestors
quest for sustenance.
This magnificent animal has been a challenge to the hunter
for thousands of years. Anyone experiencing just seeing the great elk has their
spirit raised a notch forever.
If elk hunting were
easy it would loose its mystique and pull. The relaxing interaction with the elk
and the elk's environment makes thousands keep coming back to hunt it year after
After finding and
reading all the
elk hunting tips
they can find they seek out and use experienced
Don't forget that
Elk are deer and the same tips concerning
apply to them as the
whitetail. The TrailEyesTM
camera and GamePager systems
will work to detect and get great photographs of them also.
Cautions - Before The Hunt
of the biggest mistakes first time elk hunters make is not getting in shape
before going to the hunt. Elk country is usually steep hill country. It also
is big country and the walking distances needing to be traveled to get to good
elk hunting sites can be great. Combine these distances and steep hills and a
minimum equipment back pack weighing as much as 30 pounds along with eight pound rifle can become very uncomfortable before the day is over.
course the best option is to stay in shape but most of us do not have that kind
of time anymore. The alternate is to start extensive aerobic exercises on a
three day per week basis about two months before the trip. The hunter should do
arm and leg resistance and/or weight training two days per week. Work the arms
and shoulders one day and legs and hips the other.
being in shape can make difference in a relaxing vacation hunt full of good
memories or a tiring endurance scenario probably resulting in the decision to
never go again.
guides advertise that they furnish horses but if the hunter has not been riding
horses in a while or worse case even, never ridden a horse they should also go to
a riding stable about four weekends in succession before the hunt. A single day
of a long horse ride during the hunt with no prior recent experience will have
the hunter in a lot of pain and this kind of pain will
not go away for a week, so don't ruin the hunt because of not preparing your body as well as your equipment and supplies.
This brings up another subject, if this is your first time out you will need a guide. Be sure to ask your guide what you should put on your "getting ready for the hunt list"