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  1. #31
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    Re: Elk knowledge

    September all month is pretty good. Scout scout scout. Find elk in a not so hotspot for trAvelling hunters and get to know the ground well. Get in position during the cover of dark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Husky7mm View Post
    If its warm out they will bed in dark timber on the north or east slope. They can travel from those fields in the dark way up that mountain about 10x faster than you or I could, they walk a few ks in no time. Are there any creeks flowing down the mountain side?
    Find the trails and routes and post near them. Pay mind to the thermals. The bulls will often sound off for up to an hour before the herd get up and goes down for dinner. Don’t respond with bugles, he may go somewhere else, imo they are doing that to find out if there are hunters down there.
    The elk will be where the best feed is. They are suckers for crop or cut grass /alfalfa. They eat leaves like willow, alder and aspen when the frost turns them.
    Thanks for the advice. Yeah it looks like there's streams and a few smaller lakes/ponds at the bottom.

    I'll check the lower spot for fresh sign, and if there isn't any, then its up the mountains I go. I'll have to make sure I'm in great shape this year.

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    As you all know I ask lots of questions , I seek information , sometimes to a fault . I would compare it to having so many choices in front of ones self that you have a hard time making up your mind , my mind .
    Anyway very good of you fellas that respond with information and your knowledge when fellas
    Thank You !
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    Thanks, for your input Husky !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Husky7mm View Post
    When I lived in the koots I always had action opening week. Also a week before it with bow but bow can be frustrating cause they hang up or you see them and they are to far and then they are gone. Killed a few in October too in the Koots. They still bugle but they donít come in cause the legal bulls all have a herd. Best strategy for me has been interception from bed to feeding. Elk tend go up the hills to bed and down the hills to feed. It is not often the top of a mountain either. They can bed between cutblocks part way up the mountain, in the dark cool timber.
    Had great action the last week of the season too in the EK. If the snow is deep they herd up in the low country. If not they could still be way back in hills. Unfortunately there is way less elk there now from what I hear so it could be a bigger challenge.

    If you go north they are often in the aspen, near river valleys. Also in the north less antler restrictions iirc. I live in northern Alberta now. We are fortunate to have a season that goes all the way to Nov 30. Hunting in the snow helps to pattern them big time.
    The easiest hunt is on the farmland fringe. Hunt for sign fresh sign and figure out their pattern. Get in the right position or if your low on time then track to their bedding. Best done with a buddy to parallel from the side if you jump them before you see them. 1 of you may get a shot.
    Elk hunting is a great time, and the meat is excellent.
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    Elk are where you find them. They have definitely evolved in some places over the years. The migrations aren’t the same. They do like to winter in the same places year after year as they are pushed out then. Wolves definitely did a number on them and the idiotic government cull at the same time cut the numbers down to 25 percent.
    some areas are out there where they are actually still increasing Scouting in the winter shows a lot.

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    Sorry not pushed out then

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeman20 View Post
    After years of being too busy to do much hunting, This year coming up I'll have alot more time!

    My buddy and I are going to be doing some elk hunting, and I'm trying to figure out what sort of habitat they like to stick to. I've run into them in whitetail style, low down areas before, but all the elk vids on youtube seem high up and mountainy. I'm a big fan of getting away from all roads for less hunter pressure, and hiking lots of kms is a bonus in my eyes, so maybe I'm just hoping that a high mountain valley is where to go lol.


    What is HBC's opinion, what sort of habitat holds elk?

    not sure if itís in your budget but ďElk of North AmericaĒ has been an invaluable tool, the ecology and historical data alone is worth its weight in gold when it comes to finding and staying on a herd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyoTHC View Post
    not sure if it’s in your budget but “Elk of North America” has been an invaluable tool, the ecology and historical data alone is worth its weight in gold when it comes to finding and staying on a herd.
    Yeah Jagermeister mentioned that book, but since its out of print it has become very expensive. The cheapest version I found was a signed copy for like $600. I'll keep checking though, hopefully someone wants to sell a used copy for a reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeman20 View Post
    Yeah Jagermeister mentioned that book, but since its out of print it has become very expensive. The cheapest version I found was a signed copy for like $600. I'll keep checking though, hopefully someone wants to sell a used copy for a reasonable price.


    I feel that pain, I paid 400+shipping and insurance.. most Iíve ever paid for a book.
    I also feel like most of the information in the book is readily found online, but then you have to have the skill set to dig through what is fact, hearsay and opinion vs everything being in one book at your finger tips snd itís all fact.
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