Elk guides talk gear and tactics
TOP ELK GUIDES SHARE THEIR PERSPECTIVES— AND GEAR PICKS—FOR AMERICA’S TOUGHEST BIG-GAME HUNT
Experienced elk hunters know the odds of success are as steep as the mountains they love. Months of planning, miles of hiking, and hours of glassing rarely result in an elk, at least statistically speaking. Across the West, harvest rates are well below 20 percent.
But some hunters consistently harvest elk year after year, and we’ve asked some of them to share the secrets of their success, not only with season-specific hunting strategies but also the sorts of gear they rely on. Elk country devours cheap gear, each of these experts stresses. Actually, they note that elk country takes its toll on all gear, but the rate of attrition is slower with high-quality products.
Meet your guides, who have a collective century of elkhunting experience among them, and who have notched plenty of tags, both for their clients and for themselves, and who have trashed plenty of gear along the way.