Sitting in a treestand all day can be a very effective strategy or a real drag. You need to know the reason a buck would be moving at midday, what calling tactics to use, and what day offers the best weather conditions for bucks to move all day. This is our 2018 report for choosing which day to spend in the stand this November.
“Make it like home, or you’ll want to go home.” It’s the saying we live by in elk camp. If there are too many factors wearing you down, eventually you will quit hunting and return home. While some hunters may want to “rough it,” we believe life is hard enough. This blog lists the factors that, if controlled, will allow you to hunt all season, but, if neglected, will derail your trip. Continue reading “Keys to Longevity in Hunting Camp”
Right now the 2018 harvest season looks like it is going to end sometime in 2020. This creates an obstacle for both hunting and scouting deer. Typically there are not a lot of deer to see until the crops get harvested, but this year there may be no other option but to hunt standing corn and beans. Here is a game plan for the 2018 week of the October lull and plenty of standing crops.
This past season I didn’t hear a bull bugle until the 16th of September. On that day two bulls responded, but I botched both opportunities. In one case I setup too slowly and in the other I proceeded too quickly. While every hunt is unique, there are a few variables that you should keep in mind whenever you get a response. The following blog explains why the approaches I chose failed to produce a shot and what would have been a better option. Continue reading “Mistakes to Avoid When Calling Elk”
Growing up whitetail hunting I had about three hunting spots. Sometimes I would check the wind, but for the most part I just hunted a stand until I quit seeing deer and then started hunting a new location. If you are new to whitetail hunting it can be tempting to rush out to your best stands as soon as the season starts. Here are five rules you can follow to see more deer, and especially big bucks, this season.
With elk season coming to an end we felt it was a good time to release our official elk camp playlist. In reading this blog we ask that you please do not judge our choices until you spend a month at 10,000 feet gasping for oxygen. Because, with what little air you have remaining, you’re probably going to want to sing 90’s female country. Continue reading “The Official Elk Camp Playlist: Special thanks to Jo Dee Messina and Shania”
The smoke from the nearby wildfires had blown into the valley giving the mist a bluish tint as the sun came over the ridge. I sat peering through my binoculars at the alpine meadow below. A wide typical mule deer made his way through the pines downhill from me as I nestled into a bush for the morning glassing session.
September, the one month that makes the other eleven tolerable, has arrived. Many of you will head west in the next few weeks to chase bugles through the Rockies. September is the highlight of the year for many, and taking a bull elk has been written on almost every American hunter’s bucket list. On the flip side the financial investment combined with the time commitment can create an immense amount of pressure. In the weeks leading up to the hunt various factors are likely to pop up that feel as though they may derail the dream you have been looking forward to for so long. As the reality sets in you may feel anxious. Your thoughts slip from fantasies to the impending reality of putting your money where your mouth is. Here are a few tips for staying confident optimizing how you spend your time.
Continue reading “Optimize the Final Week”
With one week until elk hunting season opens up many hunters are cramming information into their heads for the season. Searching through youtube videos, blogs, books, podcasts, and your grandma’s friends for information. This approach can be tiring and cost your grandma some friends. So I thought I would share the five bases you should cover before the season starts and the best sources of information on elk hunting I have found. You need to know: