Elk Hunting Tips
Welcome to our elk hunting tips archive, the largest collection of tips on hunting elk. If you're an elk hunter and want to submit your own elk hunting tip please use our contact us form. We recommend that you also read our how to hunt elk article and the elk shot placement guide if you're a novice elk hunter. We also have a ton of elk hunting videos that you can watch and use to further educate yourself on hunting elk.
- Tip #1 - The most important tip you can read on this page is that you need to make sure you fully understand and know all the current hunting laws and regulations. Each state has their own set of rules, seasons, regulations, etc and it's your job as a hunter to make sure you know them all and follow them properly.
- Tip #2 - When you're hunting elk it's vital that you cover your scent. You should bath with unscented soap and shampoo in collaboration with unscented deodorant. You'll want to use unscented laundry soap on the clothing you plan to wear on your elk hunt. A majority of those products are made especially for hunters, try your local hunting gear retailer. You should also use a commercial scent coverer and/or scent eliminator.
- Tip #3 - It's always worth a shot to see if you can successful use an elk call since this can help bring elk to your location. Not everyone can successfully use an elk call but if you can use one properly it can really help bring in a bull (male elk). You can use a bugle call or a cow call. A bugle call will usually only work during rut season and is designed to bring in a male elk who wants to challenge another male. You can use a cow call successful outside of the rut season and it's designed to mimic the call of a female elk.
- Tip #4 - You should always scout the area you plan on elk hunting in, even if you've hunted there previously. You'd be amazed how fast Mother Nature can change the landscape of an area. If it's a new area you've never been to you'll want to locate some topographical maps and do some exploring prior to your hunt.
- Tip #5 - It's important that you get to your hunting area prior to the natural time that elk have moment. You'll most likely need to travel to and from your hunting spot by flashlight. Elk has the most movement during the first few hours after dawn and the first few hours before sunset. If you try to get to your location too late you may scare off elk already in the area. Remember, elk have amazing sight and hearing and will run off when startled.
- Tip #6 - Proper shot placement is important if you plan on bringing down an elk and actually recovering it. If you take a shot with a bow or a rifle and it's not on the mark you can expect just a wounded animal or a very slow death. We have an excellent guide on elk shot placement and recommend that every hunter should review it.
- Tip #7 - Novice hunters that have never hunted elk before might find it useful to use an elk hunting outfitter. They can greatly increase your chances of harvesting an elk and give you the experience you need to go out and hunt elk on your own in the future. You want to make sure you get quotes from multiple elk hunting outfitters and understand exactly comes with that quote; pricing sometimes doesn't include boarding or airfare.