How To Plan An Elk Hunting Trip
The success and comfort of a big game hunt is largely in the planning, so here are some tips on how to plan an elk hunting trip. The most important aspect of a successful hunt is knowing the area. All the ammunition in the world won't do you any good if you can't find elk.
To plan an elk hunting trip, you will need:
- A good topographical map of your hunt area.
- A list of hunting and camping supplies to pack.
- A list of hunting and camping supplies to buy.
- A list of clothing needed for your hunt.
- An emergency kit.
- A menu plan and grocery list.
- Optional - A good global positioning unit (GPS)
- Spend as much time as possible scouting the area prior to your hunt. You may want to set up a blind for your elk hunting trip. Blinds should be set up as far in advance as possible so that the elk get used to seeing the blind and don't see it as something unusual.
- Mark up your topographical map with areas that you see elk. Although the elk will move as the season changes, you will find areas they frequent as you scout and this will give you a starting place to track them. Look for bedding areas, scout water sources, and look for elk sign on game trails. A GPS unit can be handy for marking good hunting spots, and it can be invaluable in getting you back to camp if you get turned around.
- Get out your gear and inspect it, making sure everything is in good working order. Repair or replace gear as needed. Do some practice shooting to improve your aim, sight in your weapon, and know your range.
- The most important things for your elk hunting trip are your weapon, boots, emergency kit, binoculars, and clothes to keep you warm and dry. Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changing temperatures. Wear your hunting boots during your scouting trips to get your feet ready for the hunt.
- Your emergency kit should be with you at all times, and should contain first aid supplies, water, high protein foods, a mirror, a flashlight, toilet paper, flares and matches in a watertight container and a map and/or GPS. If you should get lost, you will have enough supplies to get through a night in the woods, and tools to signal for help if you need it. Leave written instructions for friends or family to let them know where you will be and when you will be home. Having a good plan for your elk hunting trip will make for a safe, and hopefully successful hunt.