Clearing the Way: Misadventure and Success in the Elk Woods

Clearing the Way: Misadventure and Success in the Elk Woods
The bull darted through the small saplings, stopped, and bugled. The magnificent roar echoed through the tall pine forest. The bull was only 50 yards away! I cow called once, and the bull headed towards my way, “glunking” with every step. At 30 yards, the bull stopped and bugled again. I realized this was the caliber of bull I was looking... Read More

Twenty-Four Winter Skills for Four-Season Backpack Elk Hunting

Twenty-Four Winter Skills for Four-Season Backpack Elk Hunting
From Tent and Gear Selection to Tips for Surviving the Elements When the snow flies and the temperatures drop, many hunters shy away from the backcountry, but this is precisely the best time to head in. Winter weather camping and backpacking can be a daunting task and a major undertaking, but with the right gear and know-how, you can take... Read More

Are you a Lover or a Fighter?

Are you a Lover or a Fighter?
It isn’t just what you say, it’s how you say it Stay with me here. I’m not suggestion you have a soft heart, and I’m not offering marriage advice. But when it comes to calling elk, it might be worth looking at the emotions that control an elk’s activities during the rut. More importantly, it might be worth looking at... Read More

Alaska: The Last Elk Frontier

Alaska: The Last Elk Frontier
Chasing Roosevelts in Big Bear Country My brother laughed with jubilation and relief as he popped the top off an Alaskan Amber. This was no ordinary beer; it was his celebration beer. “Want one?” he asked. I didn’t. My whole body ached, but when would we ever have this chance again? I looked past the fire we built and past... Read More