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What's Really the Best Camo for Elk Hunting During Rifle Season?

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Best Camo for Elk Hunting

If you need some new camo for elk hunting, it’s probably already in your closet. 

Very soon, I’m going to be going on my first open country elk hunt on the Western slope of the Rocky Mountains out in Colorado. I can’t put into words how excited I am for this opportunity. Not only is this a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for many, but my lifelong buddy is going to be my guide.

As you can imagine, he’s been giving all sorts of advice on what I need to bring before the trip. Hunting clothing, though, is one thing that seems to not be that big of a deal. Yeah, I know.

First off, I’ve been on record several times stating I believe camouflage clothing for hunting is overrated. After learning more and more from big game hunters out West, this only goes to affirm my believes. Right here you can probably already tell where this is going, but there’s multiple reasons why.

Of course, you can buy all the expensive clothing you want from Cabelas with name brands like Mossy Oak, Sitka, Kuiu or others. However, if history has taught us anything, all of that may be more than you need for an elk hunt. Deer hunting during bow season, yes, camo patterns can make a huge difference. However, in open country during rifle season, distance is on your side.

Base Layers

Before we get into actual camo patterns for elk hunting, lets first talk about base layers. In most places where elk live, there isn’t going to be a whole lot of humidity. Therefore, if you’ve ever been in the high desert before, the cold doesn’t feel as cold where there’s less humidity.

Making sure you have good insulation that you can take off and put in a pack is key, though. For example, a simple T-shirt with a long sleeve on top might be all you need if you have a nice insulated jacket on top.

Wool is always a good choice for base layers as well. Elk hunters have a tendency to sweat a lot on the chase. Thankfully, wool dries out really fast. Not a lot of camo clothing comes in wool, but when you can find it, buy it. Wool socks are a must, too.

As much walking that normally takes place during an elk hunt, your feet can sweat out in a hurry. Having the ability to kick your boots off for a few minutes and everything gets dry is priceless.

The best camo in the world won’t make a difference if you’re cold and uncomfortable. The base layers you choose here can make or break an elk hunter before the hunt even begins.

The Down and Dirty

So here it comes. The truth about the best camo for elk hunting. There’s no need to make this harder than it needs to be. During rifle season in the Rocky Mountains, we’re talking stalking, chasing and long-distance shots. There’s very little need for super expensive hunting clothing.

As the guides who I have been working with say, the more comfortable you are, the better you’re going to be. I’ve been told to bring jeans on top of a basic base layer. Sweatshirts are a great options as well, you can easily take them off and pack them away.

The biggest factor in choosing the best camo for elk hunting during rifle season is simply to find a clothing pattern that doesn’t stand out and blends into the background. Wearing light colors is a giveaway. On that same note, if you’re wearing dark clothes with a light background, you stand out just as easily.

So basically, anything that’s a neutral color, comfortable and easily packable is a simple winner for chasing elk.

Again, the distance in the shot is your best friend. The best camo for elk hunting isn’t as good as simply not moving. At 400 yards, a walking human is easily seen no matter what camo the elk hunter is wearing. However, at 400 yards, an elk hunter wearing a bright pink jumpsuit is invisible to an elk if they’re sitting still.

Conclusion

Don’t get bent out of shape if you just spent $500 on new hunting camouflage. It’s still money well spent. If that is what you believe is the best camo for elk hunting, then don’t let me tell you any different. If it checks the box of being comfortable and easily packable, then all the better.

However, what you already have in your closet is probably all you need. The trees and shrubs provide all the breakup pattern you need. Just focus on clothing that matches fairly consistently with earth tones and you’re going to be in business.

“Just wear jeans and a sweatshirt. I promise you, you will get an elk.” Those are the words my buddy keeps telling me. I hope he is right.

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Best Camo for Elk Hunting

If you need some new camo for elk hunting, it’s probably already in your closet. 

Very soon, I’m going to be going on my first open country elk hunt on the Western slope of the Rocky Mountains out in Colorado. I can’t put into words how excited I am for this opportunity. Not only is this a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for many, but my lifelong buddy is going to be my guide.

As you can imagine, he’s been giving all sorts of advice on what I need to bring before the trip. Hunting clothing, though, is one thing that seems to not be that big of a deal. Yeah, I know.

First off, I’ve been on record several times stating I believe camouflage clothing for hunting is overrated. After learning more and more from big game hunters out West, this only goes to affirm my believes. Right here you can probably already tell where this is going, but there’s multiple reasons why.

Of course, you can buy all the expensive clothing you want from Cabelas with name brands like Mossy Oak, Sitka, Kuiu or others. However, if history has taught us anything, all of that may be more than you need for an elk hunt. Deer hunting during bow season, yes, camo patterns can make a huge difference. However, in open country during rifle season, distance is on your side.

Base Layers

Before we get into actual camo patterns for elk hunting, lets first talk about base layers. In most places where elk live, there isn’t going to be a whole lot of humidity. Therefore, if you’ve ever been in the high desert before, the cold doesn’t feel as cold where there’s less humidity.

Making sure you have good insulation that you can take off and put in a pack is key, though. For example, a simple T-shirt with a long sleeve on top might be all you need if you have a nice insulated jacket on top.

Wool is always a good choice for base layers as well. Elk hunters have a tendency to sweat a lot on the chase. Thankfully, wool dries out really fast. Not a lot of camo clothing comes in wool, but when you can find it, buy it. Wool socks are a must, too.

As much walking that normally takes place during an elk hunt, your feet can sweat out in a hurry. Having the ability to kick your boots off for a few minutes and everything gets dry is priceless.

The best camo in the world won’t make a difference if you’re cold and uncomfortable. The base layers you choose here can make or break an elk hunter before the hunt even begins.

The Down and Dirty

So here it comes. The truth about the best camo for elk hunting. There’s no need to make this harder than it needs to be. During rifle season in the Rocky Mountains, we’re talking stalking, chasing and long-distance shots. There’s very little need for super expensive hunting clothing.

As the guides who I have been working with say, the more comfortable you are, the better you’re going to be. I’ve been told to bring jeans on top of a basic base layer. Sweatshirts are a great options as well, you can easily take them off and pack them away.

The biggest factor in choosing the best camo for elk hunting during rifle season is simply to find a clothing pattern that doesn’t stand out and blends into the background. Wearing light colors is a giveaway. On that same note, if you’re wearing dark clothes with a light background, you stand out just as easily.

So basically, anything that’s a neutral color, comfortable and easily packable is a simple winner for chasing elk.

Again, the distance in the shot is your best friend. The best camo for elk hunting isn’t as good as simply not moving. At 400 yards, a walking human is easily seen no matter what camo the elk hunter is wearing. However, at 400 yards, an elk hunter wearing a bright pink jumpsuit is invisible to an elk if they’re sitting still.

Conclusion

Don’t get bent out of shape if you just spent $500 on new hunting camouflage. It’s still money well spent. If that is what you believe is the best camo for elk hunting, then don’t let me tell you any different. If it checks the box of being comfortable and easily packable, then all the better.

However, what you already have in your closet is probably all you need. The trees and shrubs provide all the breakup pattern you need. Just focus on clothing that matches fairly consistently with earth tones and you’re going to be in business.

“Just wear jeans and a sweatshirt. I promise you, you will get an elk.” Those are the words my buddy keeps telling me. I hope he is right.

NEXT: ARE THESE DEER HUNTING STANDS TOO NICE?

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How To Bowhunt Elk Right

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10 Tips For Bow Hunting Elk

by Aram von Benedikt from American Hunter

10 Tips for Bowhunting Elk

Whether you’re hunting with longbow, recurve, compound or crossbow, bowhunting elk can be the most exciting hunts you’ll ever experience. It can also be incredibly slow and actionless. Here are ten tips that will help make your fall elk hunt a great one.

1. Get in Shape
You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Be in the best shape you can before your elk hunt. There are not many experiences as disheartening as watching a big bull and his harem pass just out of bow range because you were too winded to get into position. Focus on three areas: cardio, legs and weight bearing. Cardio so you can charge up those high-elevation hills when the moment of truth arrives; legs for the same reason; weight bearing because you’ll almost always have a pack on your shoulders—a heavy one if you take an elk.

2. Practice
Work with your chosen archery equipment until you’re comfortable shooting from your knees, under branches and over brush. Practice shooting steeply uphill and downhill; stretch your range as far as you ethically can. Shots can be long, steep and challenging in elk country, and the better prepared you are to make a tough shot the more likely you are to make meat.

3. Be Bivy Ready
One of the most effective tactics in my toolbox is to sleep on the mountain with the elk. Get a super-light bivy camping setup and learn how to use it. That way, you’ll have your camp on your back and be ready to spend the night wherever the elk take you. Make camp a few hundred yards downwind of the elk, moving with them at night if necessary, and make your stalk in the grey light of dawn. Elk expect you to be hiking up the trail that time of day, not in their bedroom.

4. Find Elk
The hardest part about elk hunting is often finding the elk. Employ three senses for this: hearing, sight and smell, in that order. Spend lots of time on ridge tops and vantage points listening for a distant bugle or a cow chirp. Scan distant hillsides with your binoculars while you listen. You can blow locating bugles to inspire elk to be vocal. Send a bugle, wait and listen for two minutes, then send another. After that, wait 15 minutes and try again. In areas with a lot of pressure from hunters or wolves, you may need to do this at night (don’t hunt at night, just locate), and pay attention to the wind. I’ve often found elk by their sweet barnyard odor drifting on the breeze.

5. Hunt Hidey-Holes
Elk don’t like pressure. If bothered by hunters or wolves they will dive into the nastiest, thickest, steepest places they can find. A bit of feed, a little water and a lot of security cover is all they need. If elk are scarce, start looking for gosh-awful nasty hidey-holes that other hunters are reluctant to venture into; you’ll have the elk all to yourself.

6. Sound Like an Elk
Nowadays elk have heard it all, and are rather adept at picking out a fake—especially the suspicious old matriarchs of the herd. The slightest mistake, and the elk you worked so hard to find will be headed for Canada. To circumvent this you need to call sparingly, and sound like a herd of elk. Snap twigs, rustle brush, and knock a stick against a deadfall log to sound like a hoof hitting. Rub a tree a little to sound like an aggressive bull. When you blow a cow call, only call one time. Often the first call will get the elk’s attention, the second will relay that you’re a fake. Wait a few minutes before calling again.

7. Tag-Team Bulls
The exception to the above advice is a testosterone-charged bull. If you find a bull that bugles immediately and hard in response to your cow calls, call back often and seductively. The best setup is done with two hunters, one working the calls, moving back and forth, snapping twigs and deploying a decoy if he’s got one. He can even move away, calling as he goes, if the bull hangs up out of range. The second hunter sets up 40 to 100 yards in front, on the downwind side of where he expects the bull to come through. This hunter should never call except to signal his partner that he’s in position or that he’s taken a shot. That way the bull’s attention is on the caller, and with luck he’ll walk right by the hunter, offering a close, clean shot opportunity.

8. Set Up in Front
One of the most common mistakes rooky elk hunters make is to set up with plenty of cover between them and where they expect the elk to show up. Leave your whitetail skills at home on this one, and set up with cover behind you to break up your outline, but only minimal cover in front. Compared to whitetails, elk can be pretty oblivious. Paint your face and hands, kneel on the ground with your bow at the ready, and hold still; elk will walk right by and never spot you.

9. Hunt Midday
Elk are very aware that most hunters head back to camp for lunch and a nap. They relax a bit, browse around and get a drink if one is handy. Bulls are often tired from rutting all night, but after a nice late-morning nap feel the urge to initiate a little action. It’s one of the best times to call a herd bull away from his harem. One of my favorite strategies is to set up downwind of a favored wallow and waterhole. If elk are nearby it’s only a matter of time till one shows up for a drink—and chances are good it’ll be the herd bull.

10. Be Aggressive
Timid hunters don’t kill many elk. Don’t hesitate to make an aggressive move if necessary. Move quickly to adjust your setup or cut off a herd. As a last-ditch effort, you can charge right into the herd. They’ll often mill in surprise for a few seconds, giving you a chance to arrow one of them. Once they bust and run, you can run after them for a minute, then call frantically like a lost cow—the herd bull just may turn around and come back for you. Another brazen tactic that can pay off big is moving in fast on a rubbing bull. If a bull is actively rubbing his antlers on a tree, his eyes are mostly shut. I’ve walked right up to within single-digit yards of bulls preoccupied with venting their frustrations on a tree. You can do the same; just close the distance fast, draw your bow and put a steady shot into his vitals. It’ll be your most exciting bowhunting experience ever.

by Aram von Benedikt from American Hunter

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10 Tips For Bow Hunting Elk

by Aram von Benedikt from American Hunter

10 Tips for Bowhunting Elk

Whether you’re hunting with longbow, recurve, compound or crossbow, bowhunting elk can be the most exciting hunts you’ll ever experience. It can also be incredibly slow and actionless. Here are ten tips that will help make your fall elk hunt a great one.

1. Get in Shape
You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Be in the best shape you can before your elk hunt. There are not many experiences as disheartening as watching a big bull and his harem pass just out of bow range because you were too winded to get into position. Focus on three areas: cardio, legs and weight bearing. Cardio so you can charge up those high-elevation hills when the moment of truth arrives; legs for the same reason; weight bearing because you’ll almost always have a pack on your shoulders—a heavy one if you take an elk.

2. Practice
Work with your chosen archery equipment until you’re comfortable shooting from your knees, under branches and over brush. Practice shooting steeply uphill and downhill; stretch your range as far as you ethically can. Shots can be long, steep and challenging in elk country, and the better prepared you are to make a tough shot the more likely you are to make meat.

3. Be Bivy Ready
One of the most effective tactics in my toolbox is to sleep on the mountain with the elk. Get a super-light bivy camping setup and learn how to use it. That way, you’ll have your camp on your back and be ready to spend the night wherever the elk take you. Make camp a few hundred yards downwind of the elk, moving with them at night if necessary, and make your stalk in the grey light of dawn. Elk expect you to be hiking up the trail that time of day, not in their bedroom.

4. Find Elk
The hardest part about elk hunting is often finding the elk. Employ three senses for this: hearing, sight and smell, in that order. Spend lots of time on ridge tops and vantage points listening for a distant bugle or a cow chirp. Scan distant hillsides with your binoculars while you listen. You can blow locating bugles to inspire elk to be vocal. Send a bugle, wait and listen for two minutes, then send another. After that, wait 15 minutes and try again. In areas with a lot of pressure from hunters or wolves, you may need to do this at night (don’t hunt at night, just locate), and pay attention to the wind. I’ve often found elk by their sweet barnyard odor drifting on the breeze.

5. Hunt Hidey-Holes
Elk don’t like pressure. If bothered by hunters or wolves they will dive into the nastiest, thickest, steepest places they can find. A bit of feed, a little water and a lot of security cover is all they need. If elk are scarce, start looking for gosh-awful nasty hidey-holes that other hunters are reluctant to venture into; you’ll have the elk all to yourself.

6. Sound Like an Elk
Nowadays elk have heard it all, and are rather adept at picking out a fake—especially the suspicious old matriarchs of the herd. The slightest mistake, and the elk you worked so hard to find will be headed for Canada. To circumvent this you need to call sparingly, and sound like a herd of elk. Snap twigs, rustle brush, and knock a stick against a deadfall log to sound like a hoof hitting. Rub a tree a little to sound like an aggressive bull. When you blow a cow call, only call one time. Often the first call will get the elk’s attention, the second will relay that you’re a fake. Wait a few minutes before calling again.

7. Tag-Team Bulls
The exception to the above advice is a testosterone-charged bull. If you find a bull that bugles immediately and hard in response to your cow calls, call back often and seductively. The best setup is done with two hunters, one working the calls, moving back and forth, snapping twigs and deploying a decoy if he’s got one. He can even move away, calling as he goes, if the bull hangs up out of range. The second hunter sets up 40 to 100 yards in front, on the downwind side of where he expects the bull to come through. This hunter should never call except to signal his partner that he’s in position or that he’s taken a shot. That way the bull’s attention is on the caller, and with luck he’ll walk right by the hunter, offering a close, clean shot opportunity.

8. Set Up in Front
One of the most common mistakes rooky elk hunters make is to set up with plenty of cover between them and where they expect the elk to show up. Leave your whitetail skills at home on this one, and set up with cover behind you to break up your outline, but only minimal cover in front. Compared to whitetails, elk can be pretty oblivious. Paint your face and hands, kneel on the ground with your bow at the ready, and hold still; elk will walk right by and never spot you.

9. Hunt Midday
Elk are very aware that most hunters head back to camp for lunch and a nap. They relax a bit, browse around and get a drink if one is handy. Bulls are often tired from rutting all night, but after a nice late-morning nap feel the urge to initiate a little action. It’s one of the best times to call a herd bull away from his harem. One of my favorite strategies is to set up downwind of a favored wallow and waterhole. If elk are nearby it’s only a matter of time till one shows up for a drink—and chances are good it’ll be the herd bull.

10. Be Aggressive
Timid hunters don’t kill many elk. Don’t hesitate to make an aggressive move if necessary. Move quickly to adjust your setup or cut off a herd. As a last-ditch effort, you can charge right into the herd. They’ll often mill in surprise for a few seconds, giving you a chance to arrow one of them. Once they bust and run, you can run after them for a minute, then call frantically like a lost cow—the herd bull just may turn around and come back for you. Another brazen tactic that can pay off big is moving in fast on a rubbing bull. If a bull is actively rubbing his antlers on a tree, his eyes are mostly shut. I’ve walked right up to within single-digit yards of bulls preoccupied with venting their frustrations on a tree. You can do the same; just close the distance fast, draw your bow and put a steady shot into his vitals. It’ll be your most exciting bowhunting experience ever.

by Aram von Benedikt from American Hunter

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Calling Deer: Is It Too Early to Rattle?

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TightSpot 7-Arrow Quiver Review

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