Expert tips for scouting and tracking big bull elk

Elusive elk

To find big bulls, use your eyes, ears and nose

Elk can be notoriously difficult to hunt, especially if you haven’t scouted before the season begins. Knowing roughly where elk are present allows you to move slowly through an area, minimizing the risk of bumping them.

When scouting, key in on tracks, droppings and wallows to identify where the elk are hanging out. Bugles and cow mews can also give away their locations, and don’t forget to use your nose—it’s not unusual to smell elk when they’re in an area.

Avoid hunting in locations where you think elk are bedding; that is their security cover, and if you bump them, they can cover many kilometres before slowing down. Instead, focus your hunting on the transition zone between the bedding and feeding areas.

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