(New) Technique for elk hunting ?

Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by KYHILLJACK, Nov 7, 2013.


    KYHILLJACK Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2013
    Got back yesterday from hunting the third rifle season in Colorado. As always had a great trip to the mountains. Would like to share a (new) technique I stumbled upon while there.
    Opening day Saturday was uneventful, as a quick passing high pressure system left the day sunny and there was little activity where I was hunting. Couple that with snow on the ground and my 4 wheeler's starter went out on me 5 miles from camp. Did manage to bump start it going down a hill though. From then on it seemed to have just enough life in it to continue hunting without a run into town.
    Sunday. Decided to hunt a ridge that has produced a couple of bulls for me over the years. At first light I quarter up the ridge where I still hunt down the center occasionally going over to one side and looking down through the aspens. This area is called the 'bedding area'. I like to hunt it I guess because I use the same methods for hunting whitetails. Just as I had made the top, I stopped to lean on an aspen and 100 yards straight ahead, open small grassy area, drop off at the end, something caught my eye. It was black and appeared to be the top shape of an elk's head, looked like one ear was visible. Scoped it and saw no movement. It was before sunup so I continued to lean and watch and make my plan on how to proceed. Looked back at the spot and scoped it again. I figured it may be a cow, as I had an either sex tag and hunt for meat, I still could not positively make it out as a bedded elk. Lowered the rifle and 'boom' ! Huge bull jumps up and takes off. Tried my best to get the crosshairs on hair but he kept every aspen between us for 100 yards until he angled off down through the aspens. Looked like a 6x6. Decided not to dog him, as this would just push him off the ridge. Figured he would go down the ridge and cross over to the other side which is dark timber.
    So I continued to still hunt down the ridge. Did cut some fresh track cutting over that may have been his. Ate lunch and decided to work the dark timber on the way back up the ridge. cold front was pushing through and the wind picked up but it was quiet and still in the east side dark timber. I usually work this timber with a diaphragm cow call. As I walk and stop, I occasionally cow call especially if I am noisy. Didn't need it much this time as there was snow and it was quiet except for the occasional fall on the rump stepping on a snow covered branch. Did jump 2 or 3 elk out of their beds, but could not see any of them.
    1 pm, angled down to the road, and came out 500 yards from atv. Walked up and had lunch. About 1;30, nature calls. Atv was parked edge of woods, 50 yards from road. Two huge pines, 20 feet above looked like a great outdoor restroom. Rifle was leaning against an aspen next to atv. Proceeded to assume the squatting position. Then over my right shoulder I hear the unmistakable crashing of elk. 2 elk appear, and stop, about 25 yards. I jump up, yank up pants, and circle down to the rifle. Grab it, kneel down and look back uphill not expecting them to be there. Both are still there. I see the front is a bull. 40 yards, start looking to where I can squeeze one off and it walks forward 5 steps where I drop it with a neck shot. A good eating 4x4.
    Now this is not the first time I have used this technique. I once had a doe about run me over and the buck chasing her stopped 15 yards from me as I shot him with pants around the ankles.
    Just wondering if anyone else has ever used this 'technique' for harvesting elk.
    As always I thanked God for the opportunity to be in the mountains, and the elk for letting me harvest it.
  2. Amre2me2

    Amre2me2 Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    I'm still trying to get past this part...." I figured it may be a cow, as I had an either sex tag and hunt for meat, I still could not positively make it out as a bedded elk. Lowered the rifle and 'boom'."

    This is why we have a dozen moose killed each year by elk hunters. Why are you shooting at something you didn't even know what it was? Glad it wasn't a person resting against a tree.

  3. marioq

    marioq Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2012
    I think he meant that he lowered his rifle and the boom the elk ran. Not boom I shot and the elk ran. Maybe boom is the incorrect adjective to use in this sense.
    Please correct me if I am wrong but that is how I read it.
  4. fmajor

    fmajor Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2009
    Soooo, if i'm getting this right ya gotta drop 'trou whilst assuming "the position" and then elk will surely come a-runnin'?!?! lightbulb

    Great T/R! Thanks for the good read and congrats on a filled tag.
  5. jkupper

    jkupper Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    I've used this hunting strategy before on deer, so I guess it is not necessarily a new tactic. I've never shot a deer with my trousers down, but I did kill an antelope doe last hear from a squatting position.

    My friends always have good luck while I am compromised though lol.

    KYHILLJACK Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2013
    " Boom" was the wrong adjective. I did not shoot at the bedded bull as I could not confirm what it was. I shot the 4x4 later coming out of the squatting position.
    Probably should have said, 'lowered the rifle and all heck broke loose as the bull jumped out of his bed'.
  7. Red Sparky

    Red Sparky Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2011
    I have always had my rifle close to hand when nature calls. Learned this from deer hunting when I was about 14. We stopped the Jeep since nature called. All four of us got out leaving guns in Jeep and right in the middle of all four of us watering the cactus, HUGE and I mean HUGE muley jumped up from under the rim rock 100 yards away and in three bounds was over the ridge. He did stop to look over his shoulder and I am sure he was laughing at us. So I learned to always have gun close to get to and never all go at the same time.

    I read it the same way....BOOM up jumped the elk, not BOOM shot at something I could not make out.
  8. Wade 74

    Wade 74 New Member

    Aug 23, 2012
    This is also an effective trout fishing tactic. I had a friend almost lose his fishing rod using this tactic. Funny conversation ensued.
  9. Gaius

    Gaius New Member

    Nov 20, 2013
    Nice job!

    I always have the gun handy when doing the business, and always have the gun ready when I'm arriving back at the truck.
  10. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    Invest in a really good pair of BINOCULARS and learn to use them as the best tool you will ever have. Both eyes are viewing the target, you are not pointing a rifle at anything you don't intend to shoot, and it limits major movement, ie swing a rifle around.

    You can also glass while going to the bathroom, although objects may appear closer/bigger than they really are.