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Hindquarter Break-Down

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Once boned out, there is a giant pile of meat waiting to be unfolded. Begin separating the muscles by following the natural lines of the connective tissue. If you’re new to this, begin on the outside of the quarter as the muscles are easier to see. When it’s over you should have roughly six slabs of muscle. Some or all of these can be cut into steaks but others such as bottom round and eye …

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Bone Out A Hindquarter

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Those massive hindquarters look more daunting than they are, but you need a good starting point. There is more than one way to cut up a hind-quarter, but I like to start by finding the ball joint on the inside of the leg. Use your knife like a sewing machine and trace the femur from the ball down to the knee. With the initial incision, work your knife around the femur, cutting as close to …

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“SYSTEM” for finding Post-Rut Bulls

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Hunting elk with Randy Newberg during the Post-Rut. This ELK TALK video describes the most difficult time to tag a public land bull elk. The rut is subsiding. Old bulls know it is time to find sanctuary. Survival is dependent upon finding these sanctuaries where hunters don’t want to go. Food is the secondary need. Find security near food. Post-rut is usually the most highly pressured season and coincides with most rifle seasons. This period …

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The Gutless Gutting Method

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Elk hunting success requires care of your meat in the field, field dressing, quartering sometimes deboning. Randy Newberg shows how to take care of an elk in the field, without having to remove the entrails, also know as the “gutless method.”

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System for Finding Peak Rut Elk

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Hunting elk with Randy Newberg during the Peak Rut. This is the most exciting time for hunting elk; bugles, cow calls, active and vocal elk make even the mature public land bulls vulnerable. Peak rut is your big chance. From here on out, it gets progressively harder to find pressured public land elk.

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When Elk Talk … and When They Don’t

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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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Bowhunting Strategies for Public Land

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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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Excessive Calling

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Bulls are greedy lovers in search of as many cows as they can find. Whereas a bugle may cause a herd bull to gather his gals and take off, those same bulls are enticed by cow and calf sounds. A bull may think there are a couple cows he’s missed on the round-up of his harem. Your job is to mimic those sounds using multiple elk tones to spark his curiosity and play to his …

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Make The Wind Your Friend

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Understanding thermals should help you navigate elk country hour-by-hour. Specifically, it will tell you which direction to travel when approaching a herd. You simply need to know the course of the wind to creep within bow range of an elk, undisputed champ of the olfactory challenge. In basic terms, morning thermals are created by cool temperatures that spur air to descend down a mountain, carrying scent with it. As the sun and daytime temperatures warm …

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Rattle Yourself Up An Elk

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Make Noise to Get Close Think rattling is just for whitetails? Check out the video above with elk extraordinaire Ralph Ramos as he shows you how to entice bulls with an age-old whitetail trick. Elk are noisy neighbors one minute and silent as a dew-drenched garter snake the next. But during the unruliness of the rut, they party like it’s 1999 (yeah that Prince song). Vocalizations combined with the clatter of hooves and antlers readily …

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Bear Spray or Bullets?

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The best available science on the effectiveness of bear spray has one conclusion: bear spray crushes bullets. In the April 2008 edition of the Journal of Wildlife Management, BYU associate professor Tom Smith and colleagues found that in 72 cases where people used bear spray to defend themselves from brown, black and polar bears, the spray stopped bears more than 90 percent of the time, and 98 percent of the people involved were uninjured. In …

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2017 Idaho Elk Hunting Outlook

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IFGS) expects the 2017 elk hunt to be productive. Recent trends show the potential for promising results. The 2016 hunting season yielded the second-highest elk harvest in the last 20 years trailing only 2015 (see graphic). Elk hunters in 2016 had 21 percent success statewide, including 39 percent for controlled hunts and 17 percent for general hunts, but general hunts accounted for 62 percent of the harvest. “This …