The author poses with his giant Arizona bull.
In one of my recent Hunting Illustrated pieces I wrote about 10 things that we can do in the off season to become better elk hunters. My hope is that we all used the off season to hone our skills to be better prepared for elk season since it is now upon us.
A couple of days ago (July 17th) a friend and I were enjoying glassing a small herd of elk from over 800 yards away when all at once they became alerted and spooked never to be seen again. Initially I was confused as to why, but then I realized that we had not really paid attention to the wind since we were so far away from the elk and slightly above them. While I was glad that it was July and not September, I was still disappointed that we had made this critical mistake of not heeding the wind!
With this recent blunder fresh on my mind, I have been pondering, what are some of the most common pitfalls in elk hunting and how we can avoid making them. Here we go…