Old 02-26-2019, 03:06 PM
Champlain Islander
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Originally Posted by Big Uncle View Post
If you get the chance to do preseason scouting be very careful not to spook the elk into the next zip code. Cruising for fresh sign is good but spotting them from long distance is better. Most of the sign you will find is in the timber near bedding areas or travel routes. It is pretty easy to find sign in the open parks if there is a nice new blanket of snow. A herd of elk leave a lot of tracks in the snow that can be spotted fairly easily with binoculars with out having to walk in and leave human odor.

They often do not use the same trail when going into timber like whitetail deer do but often enough they will use the same general area. If you can watch where they enter timber to go to a bedding area in the morning odds are pretty good that they will pop out of timber somewhere near there when the shadows are long in the afternoon.

Sometimes you can smell elk if the wind is right and you are not far from them. To me the smell is kind of like being around cattle.
All great points. Normally our scouting is via truck looking for crossing tracks and long distance spotting into the meadows especially early and late in the day. We normally start to drive out on Saturday, get there on Monday. Open the cabin, get supplies and then starting Tuesday do vehicle scouting. Come Saturday it is leather on the ground. We normally hunt all week and head home the following weekend. Usually gone from home for a little over 2 weeks. Ahhhh yes they do smell just like cattle.
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