Elk Hunting

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. Picture of Elk Bull in Velvet 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 year.

After finding and reading all the elk hunting tips they can find they seek out and use experienced guides and proven outfitters .

Don't forget that Elk are deer and the same tips concerning human scent 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

One 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.

Of 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.

Not 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.

Many 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"