The Complete Book of Elk Hunting: Tips and Tactics for All Weather and Habitat Conditions

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Elk are the quintessential big game animal in the West, and there is no more exciting sight for a hunter than a heavy-racked bull that seems to materialize out of thin air in the dawning light of a cold fall morning. But it takes more than blind luck to put yourself in this situation year after year. Elk are smart, wary, highly mobile animals that use their surroundings to great advantage to elude hunters. To be successful, you must understand the subtleties of elk habits and ...
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Overview

Elk are the quintessential big game animal in the West, and there is no more exciting sight for a hunter than a heavy-racked bull that seems to materialize out of thin air in the dawning light of a cold fall morning. But it takes more than blind luck to put yourself in this situation year after year. Elk are smart, wary, highly mobile animals that use their surroundings to great advantage to elude hunters. To be successful, you must understand the subtleties of elk habits and habitat.
The Complete Book of Elk Hunting provides detailed information on all aspects of these elements, along with hunting tactics that will help you consistently take trophy elk throughout their range.

Specific features include:
" The behavior and micro-habitats of big bulls
" The top hunting methods for elk, including still-hunting, glassing and stalking, tracking, and stand hunting
" Hunting the rut in early fall and finding elk in any type of weather and terrain throughout the season
" The top states for trophy bulls and overall numbers of elk
" Methods for learning about feeding, bedding, escape, and migration habits
" Searching for and interpreting sign and the secrets of effective scouting
" A chart for forecasting elk whereabouts based on long-term weather conditions
" Trip planning and basic equipment

Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, this ultimate guidebook is filled with expert advice that is sure to make you a better, more efficient hunter. Elk numbers throughout much of the West are higher than they have been in more than a century, so don't wait to acquire the knowledge that could make all the difference on your next hunt.

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If you're going to hunt elk, you can count on putting out a lot of effort and probably a lot of money, too. Much better you know what you're getting into before you start, and there is no one better to learn from than Sam Curtis. He is a naturalist, a woodsman, and as I can tell you from personal experience, a hell of an elk hunter. Reading his book will not guarantee you success, but it will certainly tilt the odds more in your favor.--David E. Petzal, Deputy Editor, Field & Stream.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592286539
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Series: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Curtis has hunted elk and guided elk hunters in the West for more than thirty years. As a contributing editor for Field & Stream, he writes regularly about hunting tactics and about the habitats and habits of big game. Curtis also writes about natural history and the environment for magazines such as Backpacker and Audubon. His books include Whitewater!, Harsh Weather Camping in the 90s, and The Complete Guide to Mule Deer Hunting.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Recognizing Habitats 1
1 Natural History 3
2 Where the Elk Are 15
3 Side Ridges 25
Sidebar: Knuckle-Cracking Elk 34
4 On the Steep 35
5 Thick Timber 39
6 Undercover Elk 47
Sidebar: A Nod of the Head 55
7 Dog-Hair Pine Forests 57
8 Wet Meadows 65
9 Up On Top 69
Sidebar: A Cow-Elk Coalition 77
10 Close to Home 79
11 Forecasting Elk Whereabouts 85
12 Breaking with Tradition 95
Sidebar: The Single-File Spread 98
Understanding Behavior 101
13 Scouting 103
14 All About Tracking 109
15 Those Maddening, Meandering Elk 125
Sidebar: Punctured Bulls 132
16 Take a Stand 133
17 Go Where the Food Is 141
18 Bedtime Bulls 149
Sidebar: Bugles and Bachelors 153
19 The Rut 155
20 Post Rut 163
Sidebar: Chronic Wasting Disease 171
21 Making the Most of Cold Weather 173
22 The Law of Least Effort 181
23 Tough Hunting for Easier Elk 185
Sidebar: Fool Me Once 196
Environmental Factors 197
24 The Benefits of Fire 199
25 A Clearcut Myth 209
26 How Other Animals Affect Elk 219
Sidebar: Purge Leafy Spurge 226
27 Where Have All the Big Ones Gone? 229
Planning Your Hunt 235
28 Selecting a Rifle or Bow 237
Sidebar: Elk Hunters Attract Grizzly Bears 242
29 Guided or Self-Guided Hunts 247
30 Backpacking to Better Hunting 259
Sidebar: What to Make of an Elk 269
31 Elk Camp 271
Index 277
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