Hunting and camping is a lot different than just camping for camping's sake. When you throw a hunt in the mix, suddenly you may find yourself camping somewhere you never would have otherwise. There are a lot of factors to consider when hunting in regards to choosing your camp site. For me, it is worth choosing a marginal camp spot
Austin Cowan had a season to remember after she shot her first mule deer buck on a general tag that exceeded 200 inches! That wasn't the end though, Austin also drew a Limited Entry Elk tag in Utah! Read her hunt here as she hunted hard for big bulls and made it a season to remember!
Learning a new area always has its challenges; but with today’s draw system in place, we aren’t left with much choice. It took me a total of 20 years to draw the tag that I finally had in hand and I had never stepped foot on the unit. I wanted to make sure I would have a hunt that was
Hey guys, we're excited to be involved with this project with Grayback Productions. This short film follows Ben Carter as he hunts rutting bull elk in southern Utah's high country. It's action packed, and the perfect length to watch right now! We're looking to be involved in a few more films and video productions this year and would love to
Have you ever spotted a bull elk and called to him just to see him lift his head up and walk away? It has happened to all of us. I have a theory for why this happens and a tactic that might better the odds of a bull sticking around. It was September 22, 2011 on public land and I was hunting with my good friend and long time hunting buddy Shaun Sturlaugson. We had over-the-counter tags in our pockets and the week had been uneventful as the temperatures were in the 70’s. Shaun and I had been hitting the mountains hard as the days were winding down on our eight day elk hunt. The elk we were pursuing lived close to a main road and were very wise to modern hunting tactics.
Conventional wisdom says that 10 percent of archery elk hunters kill elk 90 percent of the time. With typical archery success rates below 20 percent annually, this leaves little room for the remaining 90 percent of bowhunters to find success. What is the magic behind killing elk every year? The primary variable of bowhunter success is number of shot opportunities per season. Bowhunters who experience multiple opportunities each year, even passing shots on smaller bulls or cows, are the 10-percenters--lauded for their skills yet sometimes hated for their predictable success. Obviously, this debate becomes a matter of personal experience for each hunter, but I believe shot opportunities are ultimately determined by three primary factors.
The year was 1992 and as a fifteen year old I had beaten ridiculous odds and drawn a Monroe elk permit in my home state of Utah. After several missed chances at what were considered very big bulls in those days we discovered a loose scope mount. Once we had that rectified I killed the next bull I shot at, a 300” class 6x6.
“Are you crazy?” That’s generally the response I received when I told friends and family that I was selling my Mathews compound and switching to a recurve bow. Some of them told me not to do it because I needed more harvests under my belt with a compound. A good friend also said, “Well Good! That leaves more elk for me?” And one of my cousins even had the audacity to blurt out “I guess you want to wound a lot of game don’t you.”
Enroll in the Elk Hunting University Is Colorado the last, best chance for the elk hunter with no license and no plans? I think it is. With 92 units available in Colorado for over-the-counter elk license purchases, there is an incredible selection of units with terrain and levels of remoteness to appeal to hunters of all levels. Most elk taken in these OTC (over-the-counter) units are 2 year old raghorn bulls sporting small 4 and 5 point antlers. That being said, Colorado is big enough and rough enough for elk to find places to avoid hunters for years on end. Some bulls have gotten big, with monster OTC bulls taken in recent years that rival those bulls of tightly managed units of Utah and Arizona.
With only 2 years of applying for a limited entry elk tag in Wyoming as a non resident I was elated and ecstatic to see the words successful when I logged into the computer to check my draw status! My brother Justin lived close by and he would help me scout and hunt when the season arrived and I owe much of this hunt to him and his help. Thank you Justin!