An Elk Hunting Book Adds to Your Knowledge Base

A good elk hunting book is valuable. When a seasoned elk hunter shares his hard–earned, time-proven wisdom in a book, all you have to do is relax and digest it. Then you can put it into practice without having to learn it the hard way. Of course, like anything else, book learning is impractical, until you start putting it into practice in elk country, then the experiences shared with you begin to take shape and come to life. (See book list below.)

The off-season, especially winter time, is a great time to spend reading an elk hunting book. Some of us like to end the day at hunting camp falling asleep reading a good hunting book by fire or lantern glow.

There is always more to learn about elk hunting. A good elk hunting book should be entertaining, as well as instructive. It should include real life elk hunting stories woven through it.

If you can’t picture it in your mind from the way it is told on page, the book may not be that helpful. Following is a list of some books that we have read (the first eight) or, those that are on our to-read list. We have linked each one to a good description of the book for you. Some we have linked to our own reviews after reading them.

We will add more to the list, but you can do a search at AbeBooks for “Elk” or “Elk Hunting” by clicking here. You will find lots of elk hunting books. Many of them are available for less than two bucks! You can also search by title for elk hunting books, of course.

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The Book List

Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls and Other Great Colorado Big Game, Third Edition, Expanded for the 30th anniversary edition, this 400-page book measuring 8-1/2 by 11 inches contains thousands of photographs and stories of all 13 categories of big-game animals from Colorado that are entered in the B&C, P&Y and The Longhunter Society. Hundreds of detailed hunting stories and a chapter on “Your Odds for Taking a Colorado Trophy Mule Deer, Elk or Moose” give you hours and years of reading enjoyment. Authors Susan Campbell Reneau and her son Richard have called hunters and traveled the state collecting the finest photographs and information about all the big-game that make Colorado such a great place to hunt! Includes:

• 248 detailed hunting stories of B&C, P&Y and Longhunter Society typical and non-typical mule deer, typical and nontypical American elk and Shiras moose.
• B&C World’s Record mule deer and Former B&C World’s Record American elk. Award-winning trophies from B&C, P&Y and The Longhunter Society and Colorado state records.
• Thousands of field and portrait photographs of additional mule deer, elk, Shiras moose plus bighorn and desert sheep, black bear, cougar, pronghorn, typical and non-typical whitetail and Rocky Mountain goats.
• Tables showing most productive counties and locations for trophy mule deer, elk and Shiras moose hunts.
• Tables showing harvest production for all 13 big-game categories hunted in Colorado to plan your next hunt.
• Fully reproduced B&C score charts of all 13 big-game categories hunted in Colorado.
• Complete listing of all Colorado big-game from B&C, P&Y and The Longhunter Society in all 13 big-game categories. Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls, Third Edition vastly expands upon the historic and modern photographs and stories from the first edition in 1983 and the second edition on September 11, 2001.

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Elk Hunting Books

The Rocky Mountain Elk Guide- Chuck Ellisor

• The Complete Book of Elk Hunting: Tips and Tactics for All Weather and Habitat Conditions - Sam Curtis REVIEWED

Backcountry Bowhunting: A Guide to the Wild Side

The Elk Hunter

• Elk Hunting Montana: Finding Success on the Best Public Lands, Jack Ballard REVIEWED

Elk Hunting Guide: Skills, Gear, And Insight

Creating a Traditional Elk Camp: Where the Heart of the Hunt Is Found (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation), Jack Ballard

Elk Talk - Your Guide To Finding Elk, Calling Elk, And Hunting Elk With A Rifle, Bow And Arrow Or Camera, Don Laubach and Mark Henckel

Elk Hunting 301, Making It Happen in Elk Country, Jay Houston

Elk Hunting 201, Big Bulls... Essentials for a Successful Hunt, Jay Houston

Elk Hunting 101, A Pocketbook Guide to Elk Hunting, Jay Houston

Elk Tactics, Don Laubach and Mark Henckel

Elk Hunting Secrets, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Elk Hunting Q & A: Expert Advice from Bugle Magazine (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation), Don Burgess

Elk Hunting (The Complete Hunter), Jim Zumbo

Elk Hunter's Bible, Jim Zumbo

High Pressure Elk Hunting: Secrets of Hunting Educated Elk, Mike Lapinski

PERFECT SHOT: MINI EDITION II FOR NORTH AMERICA: Bear, Bison, Cougar, Goat, Hog, Javelina, Muskox, Sheep, and Wolf, Boddington, Craig and O'Keefe, Laurie

Bowhunting Modern Elk, Meitin, Patrick

Elk: Strategies for the Hunter, Durwood Hollis

The Complete Book of Elk Hunting: Tips and Tactics for All Weather and Habitat Conditions (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation), Sam Curtis

Elk essentials (Hunting wisdom library), Bob Robb

Elk & Elk Hunting, Wayne Van Zwoll

Elk!: Proven Strategies for Elk Hunting Success, Robb, Bob

Solving Elk Hunting Problems: Simple Solutions to the Elk Hunting Riddle, Mike Lapinski

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How often should I use my cow call?, I am new to the sport of bow hunting elk and my question is how often should I use my cow calls?

295 yard kill with a Kimber Montana 325 WSM, by Don from Dallas: My ELk did not even twitch once. He was dead when he hit the ground.

325 WSM is worth considering, Palmer Lake,CO: I believe that the .325 WSM is the ultimate elk caliber...

30-30 for Elk? : I have a 30 30 with 170 grain round nose bullet. Will this work to shoot an elk ?

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Unique Elk Talk by Idaho Steve (Hailey, Id ), In the middle of the night, a herd of elk came traveling through the drainage and right past my tent...

Smelly Elk Areas? by Jimmy (New Mexico), I've come across many areas that just stink of elk, literally. I have heard two somewhat contradictory stories...

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Solo archery hunting -- tips for calling/set up?, by Idaho Steve (Hailey, ID )~ I hunt by myself a lot...I'd love to hear your thoughts on strategic set-ups when solo hunting and calling.

Non- Lead Bullets for Elk?, by Dave, Elk Hunting Tips.Net (Garrison, MT)~ What do you ballistics guys think about the use of non-lead bullets for elk? According to this story...

Rage Broadheads by Chris, buddy gave me a rage practice tip and when I shot it you could not pick out the broadhead from the field points. I was sold...

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Finally filled the freezer..., Colorado Rockies~ "I was bummed when I got to the property and no elk, nor any hoof prints in the snow. ...I pulled each of the elk into shade then started gutting..."

Wounded Veteran Elk hunts, by Joshua FL), I am a disabled veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and have always dreamed of hunting elk. I am posting this to see if anyone would know of any elk hunts free to disabled vets....

First Elk with a Bow, by Ryan H. (Colorado), ...Finally after many years of hunting with a bow "I got er did"!

First Elk!, by Tater (Sheridan, Arkansas) I took the advice I received from this website and was successful…I wanted to Thank You and Your Forum and the folks that share on here for the knowledge and information that helped me find an elk I was quite happy with.


Any success in Unit 14?, by: Dave (MI), "I'm planning on doing a DIY in Unit 14 for 2012..."

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Bugle in Herd bulls, by Swiltbank (Az) The key to calling in a herd bull is to get into his bedding grounds and threaten his herd. Start off sounding like…

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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."

338 Marlin Express, "Light, fast shooting, hard hitting, manageable recoil, and for a lever gun - very accurate."

Guns I like for Elk, by Mountain Walker (Kootenays east B.C. Canada),"I think the gun you shoot Elk with should be one you shoot a lot with... "

.35 Remington, by Bill Smith " .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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Where to hunt in Az unit 3B?, by Cliffjumper (Tucson, Az) ~ I got a late bull muzzle loader hunt in Arizona unit 3b. Does anyone know how to hunt bulls in the late season?...

First time elk hunter hunting Arizona unit 6A , by Rob Marchio (Omaha, Ne)~ I'm a first time elk hunter hunting Arizona's unit 6A. I'm planning on staying in the Pine Grove campground...

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Help needed for 1st DIY Hunt w/Son, by Patrick (Parker, CO), "I was looking for some advice on my 1st DIY hunt for 2014 in CO with my 13 yr old son. I have countless hrs going over stats, topo maps & Google Earth"

Elk Hunting Colorado in 2013, By William (Midland, TX) "I am planning an elk hunt next year in Colorado and I wanted to know if hunting Gunnison National Forest..."

Unit 60 Elk 4th Rifle Season Nov 13-17 Either Sex 2013, By Chester "...Any general advice about the unit would be appreciated!"

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Elk Hunting Idaho Unit 8 8A 11, This is my first year seriously trying to track down some elk. Is there anyone that has hunted in any of these units and can give me some friendly advice? Mitchell, Moscow Idaho

Elk Hunting Pocatello by Cameron (Pocatello) Where is the best place to elk hunt around Pocatello, Idaho? I'm a student at ISU and I'm looking for somewhere around here to hunt next season.

How is the elk hunting in unit 30A in Idaho?, by Terry (Richland Center, WI) Has anyone archery elk hunted in unit 30A in Idaho? What can you tell me about the area?

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Hunting in Western Montana, by Mike A. (Alabama)

I did not draw a tag for Missouri breaks where I have hunted in the past. Having to start over and try western Montana.

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New Mexico Unit 49, by Silas (Los Alamos, NM)

If anyone has tips on areas to start scouting, I'd really appreciate it.

First Elk Hunt First Elk Hunt, by Big "R" (NM)

I finally got drawn for a late elk hunt in Unit 28, north of Road 506 and south of the boundary line of the Lincoln National Forest...

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Northeast Nevada Early Elk hunt, by John (Carson City,NV)

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Spice-Crusted Grilled Venison Roast Recipe This Spice-Crusted, Grilled Venison Roast recipe works great for any red meat roasts, including elk, deer or beef roast...

Corned Elk Recipe You can easily make corned venison and elk, moose or corned beef from these instructions...