All elk, all the time, and only elk. Hunting elk is the aspirational pinnacle for most American hunters. Corey Jacobsen, 10-time World Elk Calling Champion, and Randy Newberg, long-time public land hunting advocate, have combined to lower the hurdles for aspiring elk hunters and provide insight from their combined decades of elk hunting mistakes that will give useful information to elk hunters of all experience levels. Brought to you by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and partners Sitka Gear, onX, goHUNT.com, Gerber Gear, and Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls.
Elk Hunting the Peak Rut to Post-rut Transition
In this Episode (60) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey catch up to discuss recent elk hunts during that transition from peak rut to post-rut. Topics covered include calling in October, second cycle rut, 2020 is a weird elk season, archery tactics for early rifle seasons, value of scouting, opening day strategy, elk change when the shooting starts, and other topics relevant to October elk hunting.
Mid-season Q&A – Where are the Elk?
In this Episode (59) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy answer listener questions about what has been a strange year for elk vocalization and rut intensity. Topics covered include reports from Corey and Randy’s hunts so far, challenge versus locating bugles, where are the elk, hunting pressure, transition from peak rut to post-rut, testing new equipment, second cycle cows, late season calling, COVID crowding, where to camp, cattle and sheep, and other listener questions from this season.
Stories from a Smokey Idaho Elk Hunt
In this Episode (58) of the Elk Talk Podcast, Randy is in the Idaho backcountry with Kurt Howard, GM of Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls, while Corey is in Oregon. Topics covered include an autopsy of what can go wrong and what must go right on a high pressure public land archery elk hunt, moon phases, weather impacts, what causes peaks in bugling activity, risky plans can go south, weather extremes, pardoning grouse, building animals calls, and a lot of other topics that recap a difficult archery elk hunt.
Hunting Elk in the Pre-rut Period
In this Episode (57) of Elk Talk Podcast, Randy and Corey take listener questions focused on elk in the pre-rut period; early September. Topics include calling techniques, solo set up, dispersal after velvet, drought impacts, when the rut gets rolling, when to cow call, water attracts, variable moisture patterns, dry year post-rut patterns, know your plants, elk are picky eaters, where to find elk feed preferences, and a host of other topics that will help you find elk in a drought year across all seasons.
In Episode 56 of Elk Talk, Corey and Randy talk about some equipment specialized for elk hunting. Corey talks about his history designing elk calls, and Randy talks about his recent collaboration with Gerber. Corey goes into tactics of calling elk and setups in archery elk of late August and early September. Finally, they discuss using 3D maps for E-scouting elk.
Hunting Elk in Grizzly Country
In this Episode (55) of The Elk Talk Podcast, Corey and Randy take on the many questions listeners have about hunting elk in grizzly bear country. Some of the best elk hunting in the west is occupied by grizzlies, yet many avoid these areas. Topics covered include avoidance, clean camps, field dressing among bears, hanging quarters in camp, bear spray or sidearm, risky behaviors, bear densities, bear distribution, defense if attacked, and other topics to get you more comfortable hunting in grizzly country