First, which your manual should or knows that hunting in thick cover can help your chances of shooting that monster elk. You can glass for elk on open hillsides, since most likely you will find an elk especially cows and young bulls. But seeing some of the best sightings can be done under thick cover, you are thinking how in the world am I going to spot an elk in thick cover, well don’t worry about that you will see them that they are not the smallest creature in the world and also it helps keep you hidden from them too.
Second, you need to be in shape. I know this sounds silly but you must remember you could be walking for miles until you see or even see an elk. You need to be ready to hike up, down, over blow downs, take a heavy pack and have the ability to run if you need to. Remember if you do shot an elk, who do you think will take it back to camp for you. Yup, that is right it will be just you and your guide if you have one. That may make you very tried fast.
Third, you need to focus on the wind. Just like you would any other hunt you’d be on, elk hunting wouldn’t be any different. If you are hunting with a guide they will have the best positions for being downwind so the elk will not smell you and ups your chances of shooting that monster elk. But if you’re hunting with just your buddy you want to ensure that you go that extra mile to approach a place that is downwind. You always need to pay attention to the end while out hunting as the wind can change direction in a sterile of an eye and you’ll have to find another spot that’s downwind.
Fourth, hunting in the day and staying until dark. Some hunters head into the woods early and leave at midday and a few will say you’re leaving right when things are going to be getting in their prime for the evening. Staying in until mid afternoon will assist you in the long run, as you can find a good meal in you to give you energy for the long hike ahead of you and you’re going out as soon as the animals are starting to get ready to settle down for the evening and won’t have their guard up.
Finally, be sure to slow down. You don’t want to run to your place as you might overlook something like that monster elk you are looking for. Trying hiking a mile or so and have a look around to see whats out there or to be sure you will not be running into any cows or young bulls on your way to where the huge bulls are. Plus taking your time will save you some energy instead of burning it all off right away.
These tips will be useful if hunting elk by yourself or buddy or hunting with a guide. Be sure to have everything you will need to go on the hunt and be patience enough for this monster bull to step out and give you that perfect shot.