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Quick Elk Hunting Tips
August 30, 2013

New Recipe: Grilled Elk Steaks

Step by step process to turn your steaks into "steakhouse" steaks. The new elk steak recipe is here (click).

Set the Shooting Lanes Up First

When calling elk in for a shot, just getting the elk to come in close doesn't always ensure you will be able to draw your bow and take a good broadside shot.

Most of the missed opportunities I have experienced were caused by not having shooting lanes in place before the elk get within bow range. In the video toward the bottom of this page (click) the area in front of the shooter is too open. The bull was allowed too much open area to look for the cow he heard (me). The shooter was forced to draw too soon and had to hold too long, resulting in a missed shot due to distance and fatigue. (Poor video and audio. I now have a new stealth video camera for use this year!)

If there had been more brush, trees, or a slight rise between us and the bull, things would have been different. The bull would have come closer. The shooter could have waited to draw until the bull was about to step into a smaller window, broadside exposed.

More Examples of Poor Set Ups

I can't tell you how many times I have let that happen! I am determined not to do it again. Last year I had a bull walk out of the trees about 60 yards away. He walked straight up toward me. Stopped in front of me at about 10 feet, stared at me, breathed in my face with steam coming out of his nose on that cool morning. Yeah, it was exciting, but there was no shot!

After he became bored with staring at the unrecognizable pile of ASAT camo kneeling in front of him, he turned 180 degrees and slowly walked back into the woods where he came from. So, I had a head-on shot and butt shot. No thanks! There was no chance to draw anyway.

If I had put barriers (trees, brush or a rise, etc.) all around me with small windows, before calling, it would have forced the elk to turn and go around those barriers to look for the cow I was imitating, bringing him closer and turning him sideways.

That bull came in from a direction I did not plan for. After that bull left another one showed up from another direction. He was on my left side. I shoot left-handed, which would require a big rotation of my body to get the left side shot. There weren't enough barriers for me to do that. I watched that bull do a parade walk back and forth close to my "weak side". When I finally could turn, it was only after he was too far away for a shot.

One day after I had just arrowed a bull, I was waiting for him to die and called another bull in just for fun. He walked right up to my kneeling ASAT clad body and stepped around me, stopped at my right side two feet away from me and bugled. If I had been wanting to shoot that bull there would have been no shot. Fun! But, no shot since he walked straight up to me, head on, in the open. (I purposely did not hide or deflect the sound of my calling.)

Bottom line: When calling elk, always set up the scenario with plenty of barriers and smaller shooting lanes all around you or the shooter. Force the bull to come close to see the cow he is sure he is hearing. Give him a decoy to look at, if you have one.

I know a very accomplished target shooter (my bow technician) who routinely shoots elk at 60-70 yards in more open country. His son arrowed an elk last year with a bow at 90 yards. That's not me! I need closer shots. Barriers and small shooting lanes are the key.

That reminds me... Second tip: Practice far to kill up close. I am now practicing at mostly 50-60 yards. I work hard at shooting well at those distances. Realistic distances (45 yards, or less for me) are now like chip shots! I'll be out setting up scenarios with plenty of barriers and small shooting lanes in about a week!

Send Me Your Quick Elk Hunting Tips!

I'm going to keep these quick tips coming. Send me yours and I'll share the best ones on this newsletter and incorporate them into any appropriate existing pages of ElkHuntingTips.Net. Maybe we'll have to come up with a new dedicated page on the topic!

ASAT and Other Product Status

As happens every year, just a few sizes of some ASAT products that I can make available to you at reduced pricing and free shipping are temporarily out of stock. Most ASAT camo is available, but we are expecting more of the following out-of-stock items within a couple of weeks from the garment manufactuers:
  • Small and medium BDU Pants
  • All sizes of Kanab Pants
  • XL and XXXL Hoodies
  • Small and medium Elite Essential Pants
  • Small and medium Extreme Layer Vests

    Vanish Pro 3D Suits in all sizes are still in stock. The warehouse was emptied of Large sizes for a while at the end of last summer.

    There has been some sizing errors from the garment manufacturer for some small and medium pants. If you were affected by this error, no matter who you ordered it from, feel free to contact me or the ASAT folks directly to get those replaced with properly fitted pants. ASAT is working quickly to replace those affected by that problem.

    I can provide you any ASAT products available at a discounted price with free shipping. If there is something you need that you do not see on the ASAT Camo pages, let me know and I'll get you a price.

    Other Products Available at Low Pricing and Free Shipping

    Montana Decoys

    Bugling Bull Game Calls

    ElkNut's Calling Productions

    String Sling Bow Sling

    Safari Rifle Sling

    Free Customized Hunting Maps
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