Elk are America’s number one big game animal. For many it’s a dream to hunt them. However, for most it stays just that, a dream. The process of organizing a trip and deciding where to go intimidates many hunters to the point that they either give up or spend thousands of dollars hiring a guide service. At Iowa Slam we choose not to hire guides and instead pursue hunts that allow us to save money year in and year out. The process of harvesting an elk starts long before September. The first step is often the toughest and for elk hunting the first step is choosing a state. Continue reading “Choosing a State to Hunt Elk”
As summer approaches many people are heading West for vacation. If you are going to camp or hike in the west this summer consider bringing your bow with you. There are plenty of opportunities to learn something new and it may keep you sane during the long days with your family.
Stuart and I grew up hunting in Iowa. If we could get within bb gun range, we hunted it. We started with sparrows, then pigeons, rabbits, raccoons, and finally deer. As we progress as hunters we have started to add Western hunts to our plans. Last year Stuart and I each shot an antelope and plan to hunt elk as well this year. We believe that as an Iowa hunter you can still shoot an antelope, elk, and mule deer each year. Here is how we will approach the season.
I spent the last week in Idaho scouting a unit I plan to hunt this fall. The trip was a success. Not only did I find a good number of rubs, I also received advice from locals on September conditions and jumped multiple herds of cows. I will have another blog out within a week describing how I selected the unit and specific areas. For now, here are three things you need to get right to have an effective scouting trip. Continue reading “3 Keys to Scouting Elk”
There never seems to be enough time. After each season many of us have several skills we’d like to develop to improve for next year, but other responsibilities in the spring and summer can push hunting to the back burner. I spent the past two months working in a warehouse in Las Vegas. I assisted with assembling booths for conferences, and because peak season comes in the springtime, the company had us working over 60 hours per week. Though the money was good, the demanding hours left little time to develop as a hunter. Despite my schedule, I found ways to squeeze in some arrows and learn new tactics in the limited time I had. I hope you enjoy my tips for improving with so little time. Continue reading “So Little Time: How to improve despite a busy schedule”
I have spent the last few months working at a warehouse in Las Vegas. The job forces me to spend a significant amount of time commuting. I’ve made the most of it by listening to several western hunting podcasts. I realized that hosts often give away gear to listeners that leave reviews or rate, which results in nearly every podcast having a 5 star rating. I have provided a list of my top four podcasts to save you some time. What can I say? You’re welcome. Continue reading “The Best Western Hunting Podcasts”
A couple of years ago I went out to stalk deer with an experienced hunter. It was early summer in New Zealand, and we were in the southern region of the South Island hunting the Waikaia Reserve. The sun was setting at around 9pm. The reserve is beech forest bordered by grass. The fresh spring growth was drawing deer out at dawn and dusk. For the remainder of the day the deer would bed down in the beech. Our plan was to camp in the beech and stalk the edge of the grass in the evening. Continue reading “Lessons from New Zealand: Stalking Deer and Elk”
I am constantly searching for job opportunities that allow me to make good money while also taking significant amounts of time off to hunt. I have been lucky the last few years to have seasonal work that put me in a position to hunt successfully. Here are a few tips and opportunities to consider. Continue reading “Best Jobs to Maximize Hunting Opportunities”
In the past year I have hunted both solo and with partners for elk, whitetail and coyotes. At times when hunting solo I found myself wishing I had someone to share the experience with, while on other hunts I felt like strangling my hunting partner for making so much noise on the way in. This blog provides a list of pros and cons for solo hunting. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Solo Hunting”