If you are striving to be an elk hunter, you will need to put in a lot of study and practice hours and read many beginner’s guides to elk hunting.
ELK HUNTING – BEGINNER’S GUIDE
Elks are herd animals and they can be found in the Rocky Mountains and hilly areas of North America and Europe. Another herd animal that frequents these areas is deer. It is quite common to mistake elk for deer, so be sure to watch closely. You don’t want to be shooting a deer when you only have tags for elk.
The reason elks are hunted is that they have some very tasty meat. The velvet from their antlers is also valuable. Of course, there are also people who hunt just for the fun of it. To become an experienced hunter, you need to know everything about the particular animal you are hunting. This includes behavior, feeding grounds, and appearance. Experienced hunters also know that hunting alone is not a good idea.
It is advised that you are accompanied by a quality elk hunting guide or at least a buddy. Never hunt alone. Since elk hunting requires a ton of effort and patience, you need to be well prepared. Make sure you bring plenty of water since you don’t know how long you could be out there stalking that trophy elk you see in the distance. Camouflage clothing is also advised since, of course, you do not want to be seen by your prey. Some sturdy boots and a camo cap is also a good idea. However, the one big mistake that a lot of newbie hunters make is they forget to mask their scent.
Elk has a strong sense of smell, so a good scent eliminator is a very good idea. Hunters have the choice of using a bow and arrow or a rifle for hunting elk. Muzzle-loaders offer accurate placement of shots and are generally regarded as the weapon of choice. However, I have seen a really nice elk that was shot down with a bow and arrow, so that method is definitely doable for the experienced hunter.
Of course, you also need to be a good shot if you hope to bring home your trophy. I would advise practicing before you hit the hunting grounds. Experts are able to nail a neck shot which instantly kills the animal and doesn’t damage any valuable meat. This is what you should strive to achieve. Other good places to aim for are the chest and shoulders. Try to avoid head shots, because it is too small and even expert marksmen have a chance of missing. Also, never shoot at the elk when it is moving. Hunting is about patience. If you get hasty, you have a chance of glancing the elk and letting it escape.
Once you have nailed your trophy, it is time to retrieve your kill. It is advised that you keep your distance for a few hours and follow the blood trail. This gives the animal plenty of time to die. Happy hunting!