Exo Journal — Elk Hunting

Post-Hunt: Archery Elk in Colorado — Lessons Learned, Gear Highlights, and More...

Post-Hunt: Archery Elk in Colorado — Lessons Learned, Gear Highlights, and More...

Fresh off of an archery elk hunt in Colorado, Mark shares the notes he made during the hunt about the events experienced, lessons learned, and thoughts encountered throughout the hunt. He also shares his gear highlights, full gear list, and info on making DIY dehydrated meals for backpack hunts...

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Safe Packout Practices — Minimize Risk & Injury with Heavy Packs

Safe Packout Practices — Minimize Risk & Injury with Heavy Packs

The hunt was a success. But now you are miles from your vehicle with more than a 100lbs, or maybe several-hundred pounds, to pack out. With heavy packs and difficult terrain, there is a lot of work ahead. Let’s discuss a few safe pack out practices to follow, which can minimize the risk of injury when coming out heavy…

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FREE Backpack Hunting Gear List Template (Spreadsheet)

FREE Backpack Hunting Gear List Template (Spreadsheet)

Over the years, we have used a simple gear list template to plan all of our hunts. No matter what, when, or where you'll be hunting, this free gear list will help you plan, prepare, and pack for your hunt. Download your free gear list template (spreadsheet) and create your custom gear list today...

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5 Reasons You Can't Kill An Elk With Your Bow

5 Reasons You Can't Kill An Elk With Your Bow

With success rates for common public land archery hunts hovering around 10%, bowhunting elk is a pursuit that is not for the faint of heart or the half-committed hunter. Here are 5 tips to help you become a part of the successful 10%, and not among the other 90% of elk hunters that don't fill a tag...

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Less Confusion, More Action — 3 Simple Strategies to Hunt Public Land Elk

Less Confusion, More Action — 3 Simple Strategies to Hunt Public Land Elk

The internet is full of elk hunting advice on tactics, calling strategies, shooting tips, and gear. With so much information readily available, it is easy to get overwhelmed or stuck in "paralysis by analysis.” Let's clarify the confusion and focus on 3 simple strategies to effectively hunt on public land.

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Hunting Lethality — How Do Animals Die?

Hunting Lethality — How Do Animals Die?

Whether hunting with a bow or a rifle, it is our responsibility as hunters to be effective and efficient in killing the animals we pursue. More than just placing a projectile "in the vitals" — we should understand the animal's physiology and the different ways that the impact of a bullet or broadhead can be fatal.

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5 Cartridges to Consider for Elk Hunting

5 Cartridges to Consider for Elk Hunting

Elk, especially mature bulls, are incredibly large and tough creatures. As a point of comparison, it’s not unusual for a big bull to weigh 3-4x as much as a big-bodied whitetail or mule deer. Stories also abound of poorly hit elk running into the next zip code with no signs of slowing down. For this reason, hunters going afield after elk with a rifle should be adequately armed. With all that in mind, my goal with this article is to provide you with a couple of good recommendations on selecting the right caliber for hunting elk.

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Using Online Scouting for an Out-of-State Elk Hunt

Using Online Scouting for an Out-of-State Elk Hunt

You have yourself an out-of-state elk tag and you cannot put boots on the ground until the hunt starts. What do you do? Here is the process I use to scout for out-of-state elk hunts...

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The Highs and Lows of a Week-Long Elk Hunting Adventure

The Highs and Lows of a Week-Long Elk Hunting Adventure

I drew for a New Mexico archery elk tag in March 2015. It was my first elk tag. I worked my tail off in the gym, at the range, and in my garage bow shop, determined to hike into the mountains a predator. It took over 5 months of preparation and a full workweek of high-country hiking, with several tough lessons learned on the job to accomplish the goal...

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8 Elk Hunting Lessons Learned the Hard Way

8 Elk Hunting Lessons Learned the Hard Way

I have spent six years hunting elk on public land. I have learned new lessons on every trip, brought home new experiences each time, and thankfully, I also tagged-out 4 of those years. I am far from an expert, but as a regular do-it-yourself guy, I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned that could benefit other folks, like you, that are learning to hunt elk on public land.

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