“Seven to 10 days prior to the rut, that bull is vulnerable,” he says. “He’s hanging fairly close to cows, but he’s not chasing them around like smaller bulls. If he’s truly big, he’ll be alone. Study where he lives and how he moves through that area, and you’ll find he’s highly predictable. He’s not going to have the eyes, ears, and noses of other elk to help him, so it’s just a matter of slipping in to one of those spots he already wants to go, and everything is in your favor. Ideally the bull can be ambushed on a pattern from bed to feed, or vice versa. But if terrain and cover don’t allow me to get close enough, just a soft cow call, mew, or bull grunt can pull him into range for a close shot.” —S.B.