Ten tips to help you tag elk that have changed their habits due to increased hunting pressure.
Q:To whom it may concern, due to the honest efforts of mainly my wife, most of our things are un-packed and were settling in well. She was gracious enough to give me one of our 6 extra bedrooms for my hunting gear so for once, it's quite well organized. (on that note, my clothing is hanging in cedar closets, and I was wondering if there was an opinion on that from a scent aspect). As many of you have well figured, moving onto a working ranch came with it's work load which is keeping me busy. Two days before our move I was able to purchase the exact hand gun I'd inquired about a few months ago. It's a ruger new super Blackhawk 5.5" in stainless and I couldn't be more pleased. It's taken 7 rattlers in three and a half weeks and serves well as a carry peice both on horseback and in the pick-up. The elk have been hammering away most every night and even wake us up with our windows closed. The family were working for couldn't be better to us, love to hunt and fish and share thier land. Thank you men for the kind words and encouragement that accompanied our move, it made the transition all the easier. God bless you, your families and your hunts.
Q:Well guys, there are often times that questions asked here are pretty specific and don't get rewarded with an answer as a result. Then, there are the vague ones, where the writer must assume we have an innate sense of understanding, that we generally do not. We'll I have faith in you, and I want to know about elk... I'm from Maine, moved to Wyoming, and plain old elk ignorant. It would be safe to say I can tell the difference from a bull and a cow, and an elk and a caribou. Much more than that would mean you're assuming too much. So please fellas, tell me what you know, from habitat, to favorite grub, lethal calibers or how to gut and hang em. Heck, I dont even know if they cook up the same as deer or moose. So roast me, degrade my intelligence and make me feel dumb, but tell me something important about the critter.
Q:I find thunderstorms fascinating and enjoy watching them roll thru from the safety of my living room. I've also been out hunting when these storms roll thru and they deserve respect. A good writeup on how to limit the odds of a lightening strike can be found here: rendezvous.nols.edu/files/Curriculum/research_projects/Risk%20Management%20Reports/NOLS%20Backcountry%20Lightning%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf
Q:I recently won a Montana elk tag and am preparing for my first elk hunt. I could use all the help I can get from the experienced members here. What are your thoughts on shooting a nice deer while rifle hunting for elk? Is it OK or does it just detract from your chances of getting an elk?