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How to Find Public Land Elk

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Randy Newberg’s Elk Talk “SYSTEM” for finding highly pressured public land elk is explained in overview here. Randy covers the four basic needs; food, water, security, and breeding. Randy explains how the calendar period in which you are hunting determines what needs the elk have and where they will go to satisfy those needs. Where elk go to satisfy those needs is where you will find them in that calendar period.

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Down and Dirty – How to Get Unstuck

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It happens to the best of us. You think you can make it. But before you know it, you’ve buried your axles and your hunting buddy is laughing hysterically. Whether you’re driving in mud, snow or some nasty combination of the two, you’re bound to find yourself stuck somewhere in elk country eventually. But before you call the wrecker (a costly and shameful affair), perhaps a few tips and some “under the seat” gear may …

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Elk Strategy: Don’t Think Too Much

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Why do inexperienced hunters sometimes enjoy maddening success? Maybe it’s because they haven’t begun to out-think themselves.  To paraphrase an insightful saw: “Whether you think you’ll hit or not, you’re probably right.” Any hunter can beat himself with too much thinking. The more elaborate the tactic, the more likely it is to fail. One reason inexperienced hunters enjoy maddening success is that they haven’t yet begun to out-think themselves. They follow simple strategies, some of …

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Should I Fly or Drive To My Next Hunt?

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Last bow season, I found myself on an airplane next to a hunter from Florida who was heading to Colorado to chase elk. He asked me point blank, “If I shoot a monster bull, how can I get the antlers home?” I didn’t know, but I told him we’d figure it out.  First off, does it make sense to take to the skies for your next elk hunt? Not really, says veteran elk hunter Wayne …

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E-Scouting for Elk with Randy Newberg and onX (Part 3)

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In this episode of the E-Scouting for Elk series with OnX, Randy Newberg talks all about hunting burns. He talks about what makes a good burn, how to hunt it, how to find them, and how all burns are not created equal.  The goal of this series is to allow you to scout from home, via computer, and build a very solid hunting plan before you even head to the field. Whether you live ten …

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Electric Bear Fence Assembly

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Chances are, there’s a bear lurking somewhere in every elk hunter’s mind. From California to Pennsylvania, anybody who hunts elk is likely in bear country. Whether pitching a tent at the beginning of the hunt, or harvesting an animal toward the end, bears have the potential to ruin your trip. Black bears should never be taken for granted, and those who hunt among grizzlies or brown bears always need to bring their A game. On …

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Making the Most of Your Eyes

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If you had a nose like an elk’s, and could hear like a bat, your eyes wouldn’t be so important. The Take Away From 340 yards, the ridge-top cedars divulged nothing. Neither binocular nor riflescope could penetrate the vegetation hiding the elk. A sharp-eyed pal had glimpsed the bull as we glassed from a hill nearly a mile off: winks of flank and antler entering cover. Now, an hour and a long hike later, I’d …

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The Core Elk Hunter

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Chasing elk takes a strong will. Packing them out, takes an even stronger back. As soon as I stepped out of bed, the pain shot down my right butt-cheek and into my leg. I didn’t know it then, but an MRI would show my little skiing adventure in Idaho had herniated one of the discs in my back, L5-S1 to be precise. I wondered how I would pick up my 3-year-old. At only 35, I …

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Get Ready for Elk—without the Gym

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You don’t need to run marathons to hunt elk. But there are simple ways you can start getting ready to chase elk this fall.  I have a 10-year-old Subaru Outback, and it still runs pretty well. I don’t drive it like a rental, and most importantly, I keep on top of the maintenance. Your body is no different—neglect and abuse it, and it will eventually break down. To be clear, I’m not a doctor, but …

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Elk Snacks

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You’re not going to out-walk an elk herd, but eating and drinking right may help you catch them. Boiled down to the basics, there are three things that keep us going on an elk hunt: food, water and the desire to fill a tag. If you’re reading this, you have the desire. But what about the fuel needed to get you to the next ridge? Are you carrying the best rations to light your internal …

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Stay Safe! Hunting in Grizzly Bear Country

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Hunting big game in grizzly bear country can be intimidating. Hunt areas located in grizzly bear habitat can provide excellent opportunity and taking some simple precautions can help limit risk and allow for a successful hunt. Hunter Dan Pickar sits down with fellow hunters to discuss steps any hunter can take to limit the risk of a bear encounter.

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Hunting in Grizzly Bear Country: How to Handle A Carcass After the Kill

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Bowhunter Dan Pickar shares his experience after harvesting a bull elk in grizzly bear country. Taking certain steps after a kill in bear country can help limit the chance of a bear encounter and the potential loss of your big game animal. A U.S. Forest Service ranger and the Bear Wise Coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department add their expertise to the conversation.