Hunting elk, even during the best weather, can be challenging and leave the hunter without success. Elk appears to have a magical capability to avoid the hunter on public land. That can be frustrating after devoting all that time and cash in the effort of catching your prey. Late season hunting, however, presents its own set of challenges and rewards, whether on a hunting reserve or public land.
Understanding Elk Behavior
The point to a successful harvest, regardless of the game you seek or even the time of the year, depends on the ability to predict and understand animal behavior. This could take years to get, but there’s no any better time than now to start offering it a shot as well as fine-tuning your current elk intuition. Therefore, what are the exact majestic bulls up to at this period of year?
Normally, the snow is starting to push the elk down from higher levels, where the food is buried in the snow. As they browse on fir needles as well as paw for hidden grass’ patches, they turn a lighter color of gray or brown as their hair coat thickens in reaction to the cold.
The Challenges of Elk Hunting
Naturally, there are different types of challenges to hunting elk in the late season. A lot of elk hunters depend on elk calls for the hunt; this isn’t an effective method post rut. The hunt physically is difficult because the hunter faces wading in deep snow and resisting cold temperatures for long period a time. Predicting where the large bull will be is just part of the trial.
The physical needs of a season hunt are not to be underrated. Elk can walk for up to a dozen miles or even more daily, covering huge distances for food. This implies that the hunter needs to be ready to hike through snow, or be sufficiently smart to rightly predict where the bull may be at exactly what time of each day. As with anything else, a bigger challenge implies a bigger reward for you!
The Rewards of Elk Hunting
If you’re hunting public land, then it means late season will have less hunters in the woods. Usually, the elk are probably less to be disturbed in their day-to-day movements by the availability of humans. As the big bulls are always successful in avoiding early season hunters, you will have to take a chance in order to harvest a true trophy!