First Time Elk Hunt

by Brandon
(NJ)

My friend and I are trying to plan an elk hunting trip for fall 2016. I am a resident of WA, but have never hunted elk there. My friend is a resident of AK. We don't mind paying out of state if it's worth it. Can anyone recommend a good state to hunt elk in?

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First Time Elk hunter

by Charles
(New Jersey)

Going on my first elk hunt in western Montana. Season is 5 weeks long and starts the last week in October. What is the best week to hunt? Some say the first 2 weeks are the best since the elk are not spooked. Others say the last 2 weeks are the best since the weather is more predicable and that causes the elk to be more predictable. Any and all thoughts/comments are welcome.

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Beginner

I'm going to colorado next year for the second rifle season of elk hunting. We are planning to do a drop camp through an outfitter. I have never hunted elk before and I would really appreciate any tips you could give me on what to do or expect. Thanks

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Bow hunting alone on first elk hunt - crazy idea ?

by Erik
(Minnesota)

I live in Minnesota and have stacked up a couple Colorado preference points. I have wilderness (moose) hunting experience, good gear, and am in good shape, but I haven't hunted elk before. I am planning on going next year, I have been studying, watching videos, etc. I am wondering if going alone with a bow is doable. I have been archery hunting a few years here in Minnesota for whitetails. My feeling is that two possible hunting partners are shaky, so I might be stuck alone. Is it a crazy idea ?

I have heard that sometimes calling and shooting an elk with a bow is challenging, because sometimes the animal will come straight at you, so no good archery kill shot. Other than loneliness, that seems like the big challenge of going it alone. It appears I can pay a ranch to help me pack out meat in the area I'm looking at going to.

Erik in MN

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First time hunter

by Dallin

Got Snowed out in AZ, Unit 6A north. Would like to go back out to hunt in 6A South and am looking at Camp Verde, AZ area. Does anyone have any recommendations for that area they would care to share?

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Beginner needs your help

by Nate
(Nebraska)

A friend and I are looking at doing our first elk hunt together next year. We have decided on Colorado but looking at the big game guide we are having trouble even figuring out where to start at picking a unit. Being completely new to this I would appreciate any and all advice you can give me on elk hunting. I understand if you don't want to give me specific units but if you could give me some ideas on where to start that would be great. Also, any tips and pointers on hunting elk would also be appreciated.

Thanks for any and all comments and or suggestions.

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First time Elk hunter

by Dennis
(Missouri)

I've hunted deer and turkey's for several years in Missouri, but I have never been Elk hunting. A friend of mine invited me to go with him and his son bow hunting this Sept. in Colorado. We are supposed to hunt in unit's 16 or 161, can anyone give me some advice on how to find the Elk in these units and do they get a lot of hunting pressure.
I really like this web site and feel like it has an abundance of very helpful information and check it out often.
Thank you

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Novice / unlucky

by Robert
(Moscow, ID)

Any old timers have some tips? Ive been hunting the same area now for two years and i scout around out there throughout the year. Trouble is, during elk season the only tracks i seem to find are days old. I'm mindful of my scent, wind direction, and i know there's bulls where i'm hunting, i just cant seem to find tracks with a bull still standing in them. Also, i am not a trophy hunter, i just want the opportunity to take a decent bull. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Proper Gear for First Time Elk Hunt

by Steve
(Illinois)

Without sounding like a rube I am going to Montana to hunt elk this season. I have hunted deer in Illinois Missouri and Wisconsin and have plenty of gear.

What I need to know is what to bring. I realize I will be moving more than normal so I need to have something that layers, so as not to sweat much while on the move, but I don't want to freeze when I stop. Also, I have several pairs of boots for various conditions. Which do I bring? Or, do I need some thing new?

I am 45 and in relatively good shape but don't want to drag around more than I need at 6-9 thousand feet.

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Virginia US Marine headed to GMU 75/751/53 Sept 2013 1st timer

by Ken Wing USMCRET
(Bealeton, Va)

Retired USMC MSgt, currently employed as a local Deputy Sheriff. At age 62 I've decided its now or never. Sure could use some input on GMU's 75/751/53. This is my very first elk hunt. I'm getting in shape and gearing up for a solo DIY hunt. Off for the entire month of Sept for archery season. I have a ton of unanswered questions and would appreciate any and all input your willing to provide. You can reach me direct at usmcmsgt@hotmail.com

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Ken

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Best Rifle Caliber?, by Buglemup (Superior, MT), "I've been reading what people have been writing about rifle calibers and here is what 16 years of guiding elk has taught me."

7mm Remington Magnum, by Dean (Helena, MT. USA) I use my Liberty Ruger M77, 7mm Rem. Mag. for antelope, deer, elk... Comment: "What do you guys think about the idea of hunting elk with a 270? I also know a guy who kills elk with a 243."


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.35 Remington, by Bill Smith "...my .35 Rem appears to have dropped a medium deer flawlessly, but I now have serious doubts as to its capability to take an elk."


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