Three Reasons You Didn’t Harvest An Elk Last Year
by Lance Stutzke
Not Enough Time
On most of my elk hunts it seems to take at least two to three days to really figure out what the herd is doing. If you only have a weekend to hunt, that doesn’t allow much time to be successful. The last few years I have been backpacking in with my hunting buddy for three to five days at a time. This has led to a big increase in our encounters with elk, and a lot more of our time is spent chasing them instead of trying to climb the mountain every morning. Last year, it was on the last day of a five-day trip that I harvested my biggest bull. It was one of the most fun and rewarding hunts I have ever been part of. There is nothing like going to sleep with bugles ringing in your ears, then waking up to camp coffee and more bugling bulls. I know it’s not always feasible to take off the extra time, but this is one way I have found to better utilize what little time I have. The issue of time and how you use it leads me to my third reason you didn’t harvest an elk.