6 secrets of hunting success from the Canadian who filled 6 tags last season

Planning his hunt during the peak elk activity helped the author tag out


In mid-September last year, I booked off five days for a solo elk bowhunt. The timing was perfect, as the rut was in full swing. Just two hours into my first day, in fact, a bull came screaming in, stopping about 25 yards away from me. I was unable to get an arrow in him, but later that same day another bull also responded to my bugles. After I made a few cow calls and pulled him in close for a shot, the bull turned broadside. He dropped within 100 yards after my arrow passed through him.

Hunting is never easy, but you can give yourself an edge by planning your hunts when the animals are most active, and that almost always means during the rut. Equally important is getting the green light from both your boss and significant other for the trip. Make it easy for them to say yes by asking early (I’m talking months early), getting all those pesky house projects completed and offering to work overtime before or after the hunt.