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How far is an avg shot distance for elk?

Old 08-09-2009, 09:11 AM
Typical Buck
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
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As an elk guide I've seen a ton of shooting, most shots where I hunt average about 250yds. for rifle hunting. But that's on the timberline where coverage is sparse and hard to get super close for shot's.

Personally 20 some elk later for me I've shot them from 5 yds to 500 plus yds. I would practice to at least 300 yds for sure. And re zero your rifle when you get to an area close in elevation to where you'll be hunting. I make all clients do so. It means the difference of a successful hunt or going home shaking your head.

Number 1 rule if you are not sure, don't pull the trigger. And wait for a good shot angle. That's what kills elk.
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