Video: How to Score a Bull Elk

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Video: How to Score a Bull Elk

Scoring a bull elk is quite similar to scoring a deer but with some added complexity due to the sheer length of those much bigger antlers. The total score number will include the inches in the length of the main beams, length of the tines, the inside spread, and the volume of the antlers. And we'll...
Clay Newcomb Nov 18, 2021
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Ask MeatEater: How Do You Hunt Elk in the Snow?

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Ask MeatEater: How Do You Hunt Elk in the Snow?

Every day, our fellow meateaters send us more than 100 emails regarding hunting, fishing, cooking, conservation, and more. So, we decided to publish a series dedicated to our favorite FAQs. Ask MeatEater is powered by onX, creators of the best digital mapping tool for hunters and anglers. Snow gives...
Janis Putelis Nov 16, 2021
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4 Ways Elk Hunting Is Not Deer Hunting

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4 Ways Elk Hunting Is Not Deer Hunting

“I was pinned down. I couldn’t move or he’d see or hear me,” I explained. “We were only 12 yards apart with a tree in between.” Greg looked at me blankly. “Why didn’t you just run in there and kill him?” This was a long time ago, but it was a revelation in my elk hunting knowledge. Greg has been...
Sam Lungren Oct 1, 2021
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How to Use Whitetail Tactics for Farmland Elk

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How to Use Whitetail Tactics for Farmland Elk

Spin through an elk hunting website or magazine and you’ll see a lot of rugged backcountry—a mountain setting with a mule packstring, or at least hiking boots and trekking poles. But a new world-record archery bull taken in 2020 drives home an emerging fact: The world of North American elk is being...
Ben Long Aug 19, 2021
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How to Kill a Bull Elk on Opening Day

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How to Kill a Bull Elk on Opening Day

The cow and calf must have thought we were sagebrush in the frail predawn light. We crouched low, motionless but completely exposed, as they sauntered on up out of the gulley not 12 yards away. We waited until they had passed before standing to see which way the rest of the herd was coming. Suddenly...
Sam Lungren Aug 13, 2021
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MeatEater Mailbag: Virgin Elk Hunters and Cooking Morels

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MeatEater Mailbag: Virgin Elk Hunters and Cooking Morels

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers—and if we don’t, we make ’em up. Every day fellow MeatEaters send us more than 100 emails and direct messages. Some are excellent questions, and we have to think real hard (or get real creative) to answer them. So, we decided to publish a series of our...
Steven Rinella Apr 3, 2020
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How to Read Topo Maps to Find Elk

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How to Read Topo Maps to Find Elk

My buddies Todd and Ken came out from Washington to fill freezers with Montana’s highly available and affordable whitetail doe B tags. We’d punched a few of those permits before the guys found out that the next day, my last in camp, was also my last day to hunt elk for the season. They insisted we...
Sam Lungren Apr 2, 2020
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Season 8, Episode 2 Behind the Scenes: Blue Mountain Bugles

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Season 8, Episode 2 Behind the Scenes: Blue Mountain Bugles

The MeatEater crew struck off into southeast Washington to hunt elk in a limited-draw archery unit. We spent the first few days learning the area and trying to find where the elk were hiding. The open country was perfect for glassing. We covered a lot of miles with our Vortex Optics and found a lot...
Seth Morris Oct 25, 2019
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Season 8, Episode 2 Gear: Blue Mountain Bugles

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Season 8, Episode 2 Gear: Blue Mountain Bugles

In this episode, Steve is chasing big bulls in southeastern Washington. Packing for a week in the backcountry requires careful planning and perfect gear, especially with the unpredictable weather this time of year. Here is some of what we used on the hunt. Packs Stone Glacier Sky 5900 Stone Glacier...
Janis Putelis Oct 25, 2019
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Love and Loss: Cal’s New Mexico Elk Hunt

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Love and Loss: Cal’s New Mexico Elk Hunt

For the third time that morning, I caught wind of it: a sour, slightly sweet odor beneath the dust rising from the piñon and juniper, almost an afterthought. The smell was strong enough to stir recollection, but not strong enough to command attention—a dead smell. Bull elk get wounded while vying...
Ryan Callaghan Oct 3, 2019
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How to Clean Elk Ivories

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How to Clean Elk Ivories

Regularly referred to as whistlers or buglers, the eyeteeth of elk are actually vestigial tusks—a throwback to their ancient ancestors. Cervids of old would use these tusks to battle during the rut and defend themselves against predators, but as evolution selected for bigger antlers, those canines...
Spencer Neuharth Sep 12, 2019
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