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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How to Kill a Pressured Bull

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How to Kill a Pressured Bull

A public land, DIY bull elk is the white whale for most bowhunters. Sure, you might have a long conversation with one as it bumps its cows up to its favorite north-facing bench, but to get within bow range and run an arrow through his vitals? It isn’t easy. In over-the-counter units, roughly 10% of...
Tony J. Peterson Aug 24, 2019
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The Antlerless Option

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The Antlerless Option

It’s that time of year when hunters throughout the country are applying for big game tags for fall. Many of us are focused on drawing licenses that offer a shot at giant bucks and bulls, but there’s another option big game hunters of all experience levels should be considering: antlerless tags...
Brody Henderson Mar 26, 2019
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Ask MeatEater: When Should You Take Your First Elk Hunt?

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Ask MeatEater: When Should You Take Your First Elk Hunt?

We recently published an article that addressed the question of where to go on your first elk hunt. Many of you have also asked which month you should go on your first elk hunt. In Western states, elk seasons can run anywhere from August to January. When you go will have a big impact on your style...
Brody Henderson Jan 31, 2019
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Ask MeatEater: Where Should I Go on My First Elk Hunt?

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Ask MeatEater: Where Should I Go on My First Elk Hunt?

Ask any big game hunter who lives in the Rocky Mountains what is their favorite species to hunt and you’re likely to hear “elk” as the answer. For many American hunters though, elk aren’t available in their backyard. A do-it-yourself elk hunt is an aspirational, bucket-list trip for a  lot of...
Brody Henderson Dec 18, 2018
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Steven Rinella’s Top Elk Hunting Techniques

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Steven Rinella’s Top Elk Hunting Techniques

The elk’s long legs and outsized lungs seem to compel it to travel almost constantly, and a hunter’s desire for elk meat seems to compel him to follow. No matter where or how an elk hunter is hunting, he or she is almost surely going to end up using some aspect of the spot and stalk strategy. Thanks...
Steven Rinella Oct 17, 2018
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