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  • Elk Hunting Guides?

     Madelyn updated 11 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Madelyn

    Member
    December 14, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Wanting to plan my first hunt out west next year and looking for advice. I’m a seasoned white tail hunter in pretty good shape, but know nothing about hunting out west. Not opposed to paying for a guide, but would you recommend the guide or drop camp or DIY?

    Thanks!

  • BEERION_CANNISTER

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 7:03 am

    it’s not impossible to shoot elk at lower elevations. that being said the elk are usually in higher country during archery season. so being in mountain shape is probably your biggest obstacle. online resources or “e-scouting” are your friends. onx maps is great, i haven’t personally used go hunt, but i’ve heard good things about it. i kind of get the feeling that a lot of popular hunting personalities make diy hunts out to be harder than they actually are. you can definitely get it done if you want to, but if you’ve got the money, ain’t nothing wrong with going on a guided hunt, it’s a good way to learn a lot of stuff without learning it the hard way.

    one last thing, if you do go the diy route, don’t get hung up focusing on harvest numbers per specific unit. focus on the big picture not just how many bulls got killed the year prior. good luck & happy hunting!

  • echocall2

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 7:03 am

    If you just want to shoot an elk then a guide is definitely the way to go. DIY will be a lot more rewarding, but very challenging.

  • buckshot_watkins

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Do a guided hunt your first trip to learn the ropes, then go drop camp after that.

  • DocLax64

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Depends on the state. If you’re a vet I’d say check out Idaho just because cost of out of state tags are super cheap for vets.

  • taxman12345

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Where do you hunt currently and what method do you use?

  • taxman12345

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Then the first thing you need is a serious high altitude raining regiment. 5000+ elevation to get into decent herd is my experience in Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

  • Beaverhuntr

    Guest
    December 14, 2019 at 7:03 am

    I was only hunting about 5 years when I got my AZ elk archery tag and just went DIY on public land and got a nice 330 bull. I guess it all depends on how much time you have to scout. If you can sacrifice a couple weekends to scout or hang a trail cam, that helps a bunch. I would go DIY especially if they are in the rut. When they are in the rut you can just chase bugles all morning but it does help to know where they are. If you have no time to do any scouting a guide is probably your best bet.

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