Archery Elk Hunting Tips

Archery Elk Hunting Tips

SOLO HUNTING                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Solo hunting can be challenging and rewarding. Everything you do in the back country is a lot of work to begin with and doing it alone requires a ton of effort. Even when your alone you still need all the camping gear, equipment, and other items that you would share with a hunting partner. There are plenty of lightweight camping products made to lighten your load. I’ve always found that set up and calling can be difficult when I’m solo hunting. One of the techniques I’ve found effective is to call until I get a response then move as close as I can get to the responding bull and find the hangup spot.        The hangup spot will be the location that an approaching bull will stop and look for that love sick cow (you) because he thinks he should be able to see her. It could be a small rise in terrain or a thick spot of brush or tall grass. When you think you found the hangup spot set up in a position downwind and be ready to shoot. Do not call from this position because if you do you will create a new hangup spot. That is a very good archery elk hunting tip that I’ve used many times.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PARTNER HUNTING                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Utilizing the hangup spot is even more effective with a partner. In this situation the caller sets up in the most likely hangup spot and the caller stays back as far as the terrain allows without hindering his mobility and his ability to see whats going on. The caller can get as aggressive as the situation calls for from his position. The main advantage of having a hunting partner is his mobility. He can move around and make the bull pass by the shooter downwind and undetected.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 WALLOWS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Elk wallow for different reasons throughout the year. In the summer they wallow as a means of keeping cool and for insect control. In early fall they wallow for the upcoming rut. The fall wallow is the one you want to find. These wallows will be used by bulls to advertise their sexual arousal and frustration. Take advantage of this situation by setting up a ground blind or a tree stand downwind of the wallow.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PRACTICE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             When practicing for elk hunting you should add distance shooting and elk targets. Distance shooting as I said in an earlier article, will make shorter shots seem easier. In the west you will get more opportunities to make longer shots due to more open country. These open areas make judging distance harder and the larger body of a bull elk adds to the difficulty, especially for an eastern deer hunter. I find it necessary to range every shot with a reputable range finder. Another element I like to add to my practice sessions is a full size archery elk target. A lot of our local 3D shoots have  one or more elk targets so I get great practice in real life situations, except I’m not in the Rockies. If you don’t have access to 3D shoots in your area, and don’t want to buy an archery elk 3D target you can use a paper target just as effectively. It’s good to shoot at an actual elk target of some sort just to be familiar with shot placement. Elk are big, tough animals that are hard to kill. My brother-in-law and I once shot a bull elk eight times in the ribs with 300 win. magnums and that bull still wanted to keep going.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CALLING                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I’m not even going to try to give you calling tips here in writing. There are lots of videos that do a much better job.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     More to come in the future come back and stay up to date.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  HAPPY HUNTING                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Nonresident HunterLegendary Whitetails

3 thoughts on “Archery Elk Hunting Tips

  1. I used to practice archery but never went the distance to use it for hunting. I appreciate the tips you have provided here. Is there a preferred type of bow that you would recommend? Do you different bows in the woods compared to areas that have more open areas?

    1. The only type of bow I shoot is a compound bow only because all western states don’t allow crossbows. Right now I shoot Hoyt but have had good luck with other brands also. Thanks for commenting.

  2. this is very informative and should be useful to those who chase and hope to harvest an Elk. I wish I had this before I went….the tips are awesome and would have saved me a lot of trial and error time. Keep chasing them and happy hunting…..Love you son, Dad.

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