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Access Your Elk Country

In The Hunt by Randy NewbergLeave a Comment

As hunting pressure ratchets up on readily accessible public land, it pays to think outside the topo map. Get creative, do your homework and you can have great elk hunting for nothing more than time, sweat and boot leather. Here’s how. Sometimes public land is not easily accessible. There may only be a long walk on a thin strip of public land leading through  miles of private property. In other cases, the public land may …

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Just because you can shoot long, doesn’t necessarily mean you should

In The Hunt by RMEF36 Comments

Those who choose long-range marksmanship over real woodcraft forfeit the best of hunting: intimate encounters that make the heart gallop.  Killing is a simple act, if not always easy. Bent solely on killing, you employ the most efficient tools and techniques. Sport hunting is not just killing, though. It’s a series of events that may yield a kill—but are themselves of value. For most hunters, process matters. With no chance for success, you wouldn’t hunt. …

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When Elk Talk … and When They Don’t

In The Hunt by Mark KayserLeave a Comment

Elk are a chatty bunch sometimes. Know when to use that to your advantage and what to do when they go silent.  This wasn’t right. The October bugling was bold, nonstop and sounded just like what I had heard weeks before in the rut-frenzy of September. If this kept up, tagging a bull was going to be as easy as ordering a Big Mac. Unfortunately the dense timber combined with the evasive nature of elk …

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Elk Hunter’s Survival Kit

In Gear 101, The Hunt by John Solomon, former U.S. Air Force survival instructor1 Comment

The easy part is selecting items to provide fire, shelter, water, signaling, first aid and food. Then add a good knife. The hard part comes when you try to put everything in a compact, durable package that is lightweight and easy to carry. I guarantee you have most of what you need for a basic survival kit in your garage and medicine cabinet. If not, a few dollars at the local drug store or sporting …

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Elk Breakdown – Know Your Cuts

In The Hunt by RMEFLeave a Comment

1 The loin, aka, backstrap, runs the length of the backbone and provides the best steaks known to man, save for maybe the tenderloins, which are found opposite the backstrap, tucked up under the spine, just forward of the pelvis. These tender cuts should be cooked fast, with dry, high heat. A skillet or a grill work best. 2 For most folks, the front shoulder will be turned into burger and sausage, as the meat …

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Montana Elk Applications Due March 15

In The Hunt by RMEFLeave a Comment

March 15 is a critical deadline for hunters interested in applying for elk and deer permits for the 2018 elk and deer hunting season. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has an online application process and application packet that make it simple to apply. “Resident hunters need a 2018 conservation, elk or deer license, and base hunting license to apply for a special elk or deer permit. Everything else needed to apply is in the application …

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Guide to Outfitters – Don’t Be That Client

In The Hunt by JB Klyap1 Comment

A seasoned outfitter and guide tells you how to get along with your guide and have your best elk hunt ever It’s not easy being a client. After all, many clients are completely out of their element, and machismo can easily overshadow common sense. There’s always a lot of input on choosing good outfitters. But then what makes a good client? If you booked your hunt after a few beers at a sports show because …

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How to be Successful During the Monsoon Season this Year

In The Hunt by Darren Choate, goHunt.comLeave a Comment

From approximately July through September, the Southwest experiences a weather pattern known as the monsoon. Although a monsoon is really just a switch in the localized wind patterns, it brings with it thunderstorms that create torrential bursts of heavy rain on a regular basis, often daily. Even in the most arid regions of the Southwest, the monsoon can increase precipitation drastically for a few summer months. For example, take Phoenix, AZ. From April to June, …

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Bowhunting Strategies for Public Land

In The Hunt by Chuck Adams3 Comments

If you bowhunt, then you’re not one to back away from a challenge. And pursuing hard-hunted elk on public land might be the ultimate test. I rarely encounter another bowhunter on public property during elk season. I have often heard archers bellyache about congested woods and too many bowhunters lurking through the trees. A few aggressive state bowhunting organizations have even pressured game departments to institute restrictive rules that limit elk tags—especially for nonresidents. But …

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Tips on Selecting an Outfitter

In The Hunt by Jim Zumbo9 Comments

Ask for references and call them. Then, ask for names and contact info of other hunters who were in camp and call them too. The outfitter will likely supply you only with happy hunters who might be the exceptions. Be sure you and the outfitter are on the same page regarding availability of animals, as well as the chances of seeing a trophy – if that’s what you’re after. Be sure he understands what you’re …

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Scouting the Long-odds Tag

In The Hunt by Mark KayserLeave a Comment

Why should you research your dream unit annually? It’s worth doing legwork for the day you actually draw.  Play the point gameThe vast majority of elk hunting states give you opportunities to increase your chances at drawing an elk permit annually through the accumulation of bonus or preference points. Systems vary, but in general, for every year you apply and don’t draw, your chance of drawing a permit increases if you pay a few extra …