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Old Feb 29, 2008, 3:52 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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Roger, you really know your business!! These are really good! Never realized that you put that much time & effort into these trips.

Looking forward to more & ALSO winning the lottery!
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Roger, you really know your business!! These are really good! Never realized that you put that much time & effort into these trips.

Looking forward to more & ALSO winning the lottery!
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Thanks Wadue, When I was a little tot my daddy use to preach when it comes to wildlife doing your homework is #1 good glass and using them correctly (binoculars & spotting scope) is #2 and everything else starts at #5 or farther down the list.


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Hey Roger, why don't you use your Bigma instead of your Canon gear when you post on the Pentax forum so others here can see what Pentax cameras and lenses can do in the same situation?

I realize your landscape images are Pentax, but I am talking about the Elk shots.

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Hey Roger, why don't you use your Bigma instead of your Canon gear when you post on the Pentax forum so others here can see what Pentax cameras and lenses can do in the same situation?

I realize your landscape images are Pentax, but I am talking about the Elk shots.

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ditto!!!

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Hey Roger, why don't you use your Bigma instead of your Canon gear when you post on the Pentax forum so others here can see what Pentax cameras and lenses can do in the same situation?

I realize your landscape images are Pentax, but I am talking about the Elk shots.

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Hi Tom, when I am out in the field I have my Canon long lens on my BushHawk and a what I call a landscape lens on my Pentax. I wouldn't be able to get my stalking photo if both cameras had long lenses. At this time my canon long lens has never not been attached to my Mark 3. I bought it only for my close up shots and on my other shoulder is my background camera my pentax.

The idea for the thread was to give folks some ideas on how to plan for a camera hunt.

Thanks for looking and for commenting.


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Hey Roger, why don't you use your Bigma instead of your Canon gear when you post on the Pentax forum so others here can see what Pentax cameras and lenses can do in the same situation?

I realize your landscape images are Pentax, but I am talking about the Elk shots.

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ditto!!!

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Hi Roy,

When I am out in the field I have my Canon long lens on my BushHawk and a what I call a landscape lens on my Pentax. I wouldn't be able to get my stalking photo if both cameras had long lenses. At this time my canon long lens has never not been attached to my Mark 3. I bought it only for my close up shots and on my other shoulder is my background camera my pentax.

The idea for the thread was to give folks some ideas on how to plan for a camera hunt.

Thanks for looking and for commenting.


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roger, i always enjoy seeing your photos and these are no exception. #4 is my favorite from this bunch, just great scenery.

i understand why you have your setup with the canon and pentax. it is just that you are in an unique position with both platforms to either really show off either how well or not the pentax does in comparison to your canon and we really wish you would post some comparisions every so often when you get the chance.

part of this forum is to show off, but even more this forum is about learning and sharing our knowledge with each other. not sure if i'll ever get the chance to go winter elk hunting, but thank you for the tips!
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roger, i always enjoy seeing your photos and these are no exception. #4 is my favorite from this bunch, just great scenery.

i understand why you have your setup with the canon and pentax. it is just that you are in an unique position with both platforms to either really show off either how well or not the pentax does in comparison to your canon and we really wish you would post some comparisions every so often when you get the chance.

part of this forum is to show off, but even more this forum is about learning and sharing our knowledge with each other. not sure if i'll ever get the chance to go winter elk hunting, but thank you for the tips!
Hi ishino, thanks for looking and for taking the time to comment. I do plan on comparing the two set ups after the Osprey get here. When they are here I can get photos out of my car and I don't have to hike or sneak in to get a chance at a photo.

I also am curious how my K10d with the BIGMA will compare to my Canon set up. I will get both BIF's and Osprey pearched or at least that is my plan. I have even discussed with my wife trying the same thing on Turkey Vultures since they are harder to get because of there dark color.

I think most folks have no idea what is involved in trying to get Elk or Deer shots out in the woods. Some of the photos I did get of elk bedded down this trip required me to crawl in a small gully for about 30 yards with my pentax over one shoulder and my canon over the other.


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