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Old Feb 29, 2008, 3:48 PM   #1
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Camera Elk Hunt 101

I just returned from a 7 day Camera Elk Hunt and figured some of you might get some ideas and or tips on putting together a winter rocky mountain elk hunt.

I spent about a month putting this trip together the 1st thing we were looking for was a series of fast moving storms coming more from the West than from the North. Once I had picked a area where I knew there was suppose to be elk we started studying a Topo map of the area we were looking for county roads and forest service roads on public land that would get us close to South facing slopes with valleys below them. We picked two different areas and did some more research on the net as to elk in the winter in that area. We then decided which would be our 1st choice and located the nearest lodging in this case it was about a hours drive to and from the area I was going to, if I need to go to area #2 it would be about 1 1/2 hour drive from the motel.

This is the Valley we picked as our 1st choice.



When it looked like the jet stream was right and some storms were lined up out in the pacific I made reservations at the motel and decided I would leave on the morning the 1st storm was suppose to arrive. Left on Thursday 02-21-08 and planed to get back home on Thursday 02-28-08 Since the area was about a 8 hour drive I would loose two of my 7 days to travel so I left very early around 4 AM so I would have time to do a little glassing when I got to the area.

We found 2 different herds of bachelor bulls. Here is the lay out.



My goals

325 point Bull Elk



Bachelor Herd Of Bulls



Every time I am hunting elk or mule deer I am trying to find THAT spot where I can catch them in bed during the day and get my photos and leave with out disturbing them. If you have looked at many elk photos you had to notice NOT very many photos of elk in bed are available.



We had decided this was going to be our 1st lazy style hunting trip so we left the snow shoes, winter hunting boots & snow packs at home. If it required more that 100 yards hike we were going to pass. The above photos are not the best photos from the trip just a few I picked to use as illustrations for this thread.

Bottom Line IMHO: By spending time doing your homework you DO have a better chance to get the photos you are looking for. Spend time on the Internet and when you narrow your choices down spend additional time with a good Topo map of the area. When you get to your area of choice ask around for advice on areas and contact game wardens and forest service rangers, tell them what you are doing and ask for suggestions. I have 3 individuals I am going to send a nice Bull Elk Photo to as my way of thanking them for their help. A real cheap way to insure next time I go to this area help will be available.


Now it is time to go thru the 50 BG's worth of photos. More later.



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Old Feb 29, 2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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Another super informative series, Roger, it's always a pleasure
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Another super informative series, Roger, it's always a pleasure
Thanks you Normcar for the kind comment.


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