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:
We will begin our 2018 season next week by hunting antelope in Wyoming. The temperatures were in the nineties this time last year. Running across the desert to get into position can leave you soaked in sweat and taking a fifty yard shot (if your lucky) can feel strange as your grip feels slippery and sweat rolls into your eyes. Here are a few tips for staying cool while hunting antelope. Continue reading “Hunting in the Heat”
One of the most important things when hunting in the backcountry is what food to bring with you. You need food that will provide enough energy while not being too heavy or expensive. While many hunters go with Mountain House or some other freeze-dried option, some of us don’t have the money to eat those meals every day. There are also more space-efficient meals and options that make it feel like home. Here is a mealplan to cut down on the cost of your elk hunt this September.
I am not much of a camper. Typically I camp only when I have to for hunting, fishing, or rafting purposes. Because of this I consider myself more of a glamper. A glamorous camper. I try to make the experience as comfortable as possible so that I can spend my energy on something more valuable like hunting or trapping. Over the years I have picked up a few tips in order to make my hunting situations as smooth as possible. If you want to be happier and last longer in the backwoods follow these tips.
To those of you that have $100K RVs, this blog probably won’t provide many useful insights. But, if you’re like me, and your outdoor trips are run on a tight (borderline nonexistent) budget, then this blog will help you out. I have spent six months living in my car traveling around the west. I have found certain strategies work well to avoid having to pay camp fees every night. Here are a few tips for camping out in your car without any headaches. Continue reading “Finding a Spot to Camp without any Headaches”
Breakfast was interrupted by the shrill sound of a wapiti bugle. We were camped on the valley floor and the bull had cast its call out from above us. I had heard that sound hundreds maybe thousands of times from youtube videos and how-to-bugle CDs but this was the first time it had emanated from a bull’s lungs. And all of the recordings I had ever heard combined couldn’t come close to matching the sheer power of the raw sound the bull was making.
Two weeks ago I suggested tips to determine which state to hunt elk. The real work begins as you narrow down to a certain unit then specific ridgelines. Here are a few considerations to keep you on track during the process. Continue reading “How to Find Elk Hunting Land”
Stuart recently bought a new bow and a new rest to go with it. The majority of hunter switch to a drop away rest as they progress through the sport. The accuracy of a well tuned drop away is superior to other rests, however this means the rest must have proper timing. Furthermore, many hunters are moving from string-driven rests to limb driven drop away rests. I do believe that the limb driven rest is better than a string driven option. When I switched over I noticed more consistency while practicing, however I also have caught the string while hunting a number of times. Depending on your style of hunting you have to find a balance in between having a rest that is reliable and a rest that is high performance.
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”