Elk Hunting tips, tactics, and stories, from some of the greatest elk hunters out there.
Elk Hunting Truths with Dr. Gabe Krahn
Dr. Krahn reached out over social media and sent me a long message about some of the things he has found in his journey to be a better elk hunter and in listening to far too much of this podcast. It is clear that Gabe is a smart cat that has thought through his elk hunting experiences. In fact, he wrote out the following solely as note to himself and I asked him if we could add it to the show notes for you guys. In this podcast we only scratch the surface of a few of these topics but I think the whole thing is worth reading and we will have to get Dr. Krahn on again to talk more. Good morning, I'm just one of the many random DIY'ers who checks out your content from time to time. Over my christmas break i listened to you 6 hour ultimate elk episode. It got me thinking about my own experiences runnin & gunnin after bugles so i started jotting some of my thoughts down. what started as a few point form notes ended up a 4 page single spaced essay. If u have nuthin better 2 do feel free 2 peruse my thoughts. if its not worth your time, no harm no foul With few exceptions, elk are heterogeneous. Whilst many elk trends are widespread, very few patterns or behaviors, no matter how prevalent in one region, are definitively applicable in all scenarios. Even within a small area, or a small herd, or from season to season or year to year, but few axioms hold conclusively true at all times. Consequently, to the detriment of their success, elk hunters inappropriately equate common idioms or past anecdotes with evidence and apply "rules" or "lessons" from isolated events across an inappropriately wide spectrum. The following is a synopsis of the few true universalities of elk hunting. 1) Elk do not process the binary decision of safe vs dangerous. The rationale of an elk is: Safe vs Fails to be Safe. Elk do not have to know danger is present to modify their course of action. All that is needed to induce an elk to rapidly adjust its behavior (most commonly manifested as an abrupt change in position and cessation of vocalization) is a failure to be certain a situation is safe. You hear many a hunter saying "he knew something wasn't right". This is precisely correct. The elk did not know something was wrong. It didn't need to. All it needed was the suspicion something wasn't right. If an elk isn't certain of its safety, it will quickly relocate to a new situation. So not only does a hunter have to not make an error, a hunter also has to do everything right. 2) The elk calling sins of commission and omission have the same outcome. It is possible to make the wrong call. Likewise one can make the "right" call but at the wrong time. Equally as detrimental to a successful harvest is a failure to make the right call - or failure to make it at the right time. 3) Never make an elk call without a specific message to convey at a specific point in time. Elk communication has a structure which imparts meaning and uninformed, or worse random, attempts at mimicry repels elk. As social mammals their behavior includes vocal, visual, tactile, olfactory and gustatory communication. Proficient hunters can productively emulate and/or manipulate the first two forms. Good calling used appropriately can produce majestic results. Seemingly random calling, if not actually random but disseminated for a specific purpose of imparting a specific piece of information, is also very productive. Actual random elk-like sounds disseminated simply to "sound like an elk" are detrimental. As are uninformed elk-like sounds that convey an incorrect or nonessential message (see universal elk truth #2) 4) Never call from a spot from whereby it is visibly apparent no elk made that call. No matter how far away you are from the elk, never call from a spot where you can be seen or, equally as detrimental, where it is apparent that no elk is there to be the source of that call. When an elk can see the location an elk sound is coming from, it must see the elk that made that sound. If it is
Calling Tips From the New World Champion Beau Brooks
This week we jump on a call with Beau Brooks who just won the world championship elk calling comp. Beau is a tremendous elk caller and elk hunter but what Beau is really great at is knowing when to call and when to be patient. In this episode we chat about Beau's favorite time of season early September and calling bulls before they herd up. We talk about how to find elk like a pro and how to cover ground to give yourself options. I really enjoyed this chat with the new world champion and I can tell he is a hell of an elk caller. Beau just launch a new call company called Riven huntriven.com with one of the coolest products I have seen. Riven has an all wood bugle tube. These tubes look like a piece of art and after listening to Beau rip bugles they sound amazing.
Tony Trietch's System for Killing Big Bulls
This week on the podcast with Elk Hunting fresh on my mind we deep dive into elk hunting with my good buddy Tony Trietch. Tony has built his life around being able to hunt pretty much all fall without going home and this gives him a ton of days to be chasing elk. The Last couple years Nevada and Colorado have been his go-to and in this episode we dive into some of those adventures. We also layout some tactical advise and lessons learned. Tony is admittedly not a caller, and as a recovering mule deer guy focuses on spot and stalk type hunting. We breakdown tony's system and what his day to day looks like in order to be successful year in and year out.
Rifle Elk Hunting Tips and Tricks with Zach Bowhay
On this week's episode of Elk Hunt, I sit down with seasoned elk hunter and frequent show guest, Zach Bowhay. We get to hear the nostalgic tale of how his daughter recently took down a rifle elk bull, eerily mirroring a hunt Zach experienced with his dad at 18. With vast experience in both rifle and bow hunting, Zach offers up some invaluable advice for pursuing late-season bulls. If you've ever wondered how elk behavior shifts post-September, this episode is a must-listen. From Zach's intriguing strategy of possibly skipping the morning hunt, to his insights on terrain selection, and why he isn't on the lookout for massive elk herds, there's a trove of knowledge to unearth. Tune in and elevate your elk hunting game!
Changing Your Elk Hunting Baseline
This week I wanted to do another solo podcast of a framework I was thinking about while out scouting. I have done a couple of great podcasts with Patreon members and it got me thinking about this concept of Changing the Baseline, or expanding the horizon. What would change if you could just hunt with me for a day. For many of you probably nothing but for others it may open your eyes to what it looks like to operate at the next level.
Hunting Pressured Bulls with Elk Guide Cliff Gray
Hey, folks! Cody Rich here, and if you've got a passion for elk hunting, you're in for a treat. This week, I'm sitting down with Cliff Gray, not only an experienced elk hunter but also a former outfitter with wisdom that runs deep.
Lately, Cliff's been dishing out daily elk hunting tips as the season approaches, and let me tell you — these aren’t your everyday pointers. Especially for those familiar with the challenges of OTC areas, Cliff's expertise on navigating pressured elk is gold. In today’s chat, we really dive deep into strategies for hunting those elusive bulls — especially the silent types. It’s all about unconventional tactics and rethinking the game plan.
If you're looking to think outside the box and up your elk game, this episode is your blueprint. And for all you digital trackers out there, Cliff’s YouTube channel is a treasure trove of insights, so don’t miss out. Strap in and let’s unravel the secrets of successful elk hunting! 🏹🌲🦌🎙️
Love the content, all the way across the country
Digging the Podcast Cody, great choice to get it out during Sept for the dudes burning fuel from the East Coast to kill elk in the West.
I love it my number one choice it's hard to find anyone who talks about coastal Rosie's
Best Elk podcast
Just a great podcast to listen to. Just two dudes sharing their elk stories and knowledge. No stages agenda, few advertisements and extremely awesome