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Budget 101: How to hunt elk every year - posted 3 years ago

@ Hunter H - Thanks for the kind comments. We have fun trying, but as you said, sometimes the animals fail to follow the script. Best of luck to you this season.

New study suggests gray wolves should maintain protected status - posted 3 years ago

Greg - The USFWS is on the side of state management control when it comes to gray wolves. They are the ones who have turned over management control to the states, only to get sued for doing so. Now, places like UCLA, and groups like the Turner Endangered Species Fund, are working to keep the gray wolf social experiment going.

Only one week to hunt elk? Here’s how to break it down - posted 3 years ago

Thanks, guys. Appreciate the comments.

@Josh W - Like many things, it depends. A spot in post-rut and late season can be pretty small, like less than 10 acres. A "spot" for me is usually a place I can glass from afar.

I am almost always glassing my spots, as hiking through them will usually move elk out, especially if they are in the "sanctuary and survival" mode of the later seasons. I might walk through a spot after I have glassed it all morning or evening, just to see why it has not produced what I thought it would from my e-scouting. Often I find out that the feed is different, or the water source dried up, or maybe there was other human disturbance I had not planned on. I will not hike through it until I have given up on it and then it is for the purpose of intel.

I try to have my spots in the same area I can reach from one camp, whether that is a base camp I have hauled in, or a camp at a trailhead. Time pulling/setting camp is time lost from hunting. Once there, all effort needs to be devoted to eliminating terrain and finding where the elk are. Once I started using this plan, I realized just how many different spots I can find within a five mile radius of my camp.

Scouting time, especially desk scouting, is in surplus. Hunting time is scarce and valuable. Have a plan ready when you get there so no time is wasted. Follow the plan in a disciplined manner and don't give up on it too soon. With each passing day, you have eliminated unproductive areas and your remaining spots have a high probability of elk.

Budget 101: How to hunt elk every year - posted 3 years ago

@Donnie W. - Good questions and surely is a dilemma for a person as far from elk country as you are. If you cannot find a person to split costs and driving time, you might have few options. The costs at that point might be the same as going guided, not counting the additional time it would require to do all the driving by yourself. I think it depends on what you want out of the trip. Some just like freedom to go when and where they want, and the adventure of figuring it out on their own. Others want to make sure they have something to show for the time and money invested in a trip such as this. No right or wrong, just depends on a hunter's personal preference. I think you are asking if the costs would be much different between doing all the driving and incurring all the travel and camp expenses on your own, versus flying and going on an outfitted hunt. Probably not too much different, if you put a value on the extra 3-4 days it would take to do all the driving. Best of luck on either option.

Budget 101: How to hunt elk every year - posted 3 years ago

@David A - No doubt a person could do the UT gig, but most traveling elk hunters are looking for a different option that allows them to chase older bulls. Not all, but most, and that was the target for this article.