Montana Elk Adventures

Montana Elk

Montana has some excellent, very remote public lands that hold monster bull elk. Here, the author calls in an attempt to locate a bull in the central part of the state.

By Scott Haugen

The bull was closing fast, bugling and “glunking” the whole way down the shale mountainside. In a matter of seconds, I saw the bull’s massive antlers dipping and twisting through the thick stand of young pines. When he stopped and bugled at 16 yards, I stared at him for the first time. His massive rack was all of 340 inches. Continue reading

The Quest For Roosevelt Elk

The Quest For Roosevelt Elk

Roosevelt elk country is big, rugged and dense. Hunters eager to fill a tag will want to be in the best shape possible, both mentally and physically.

By Scott Haugen

Overlooking a timbered bench, the perfume of rutting elk hanging heavy on the moist air, I let out a call. A slight crosswind and commanding view through semi-open timber made for the perfect setup. When a seductive series of cow calls passed my lips, I had the feeling something good was about to happen. Continue reading

Velvet Whitetail Bucks 101

Velvet Whitetail Bucks 101

According to Ladd, the key to success when attempting to tag a velvet whitetail buck is to deploy plenty of trail cameras before the season in order to pattern the buck you want.

By Tracy Breen

For any serious whitetail hunter, a behemoth whitetail is a bucket-list dream. But other bowhunters want more than just a high-scoring buck; they want an impressive white-tailed buck wearing velvet-covered antlers. Whitetails remain in velvet for a short time, and just a handful of states offer archery seasons early enough for the bowhunter to actually have a chance of tagging a buck while still in velvet. Continue reading

Bowhunting With Hounds: What You Need To Know!

 

Bowhunting With Hounds: What You Need To Know!

The author (left) has been on many hound hunts over the years, including this one more than a decade ago in the jungle-like habitat of Hawaii. When it comes to bowhunting around hounds, there are certain safety factors hunters will want to be aware of.

By Scott Haugen

It was late October, temperatures were cold and it had been pouring rain all day. Fortunately, my buddy, Kenny, had a motivated pack of hounds. The hounds trailed the bear we’d seen while driving on a remote logging road early in the morning, but the bear wouldn’t stop. Continue reading

Four Steps To A Great Out-of-State Bowhunt

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It’s important to harbor realistic expectations while on DIY road hunts. Arriving in far-away habitats with no advanced scouting or experience leaves you at a decided disadvantage.

By Tony Hansen 

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence—a universal cliché that may or may not prove true. When it comes to bowhunting whitetails, that greener grass is often perceived to lie across state lines. And, quite often, it certainly is.

Each fall thousands of bowhunters head to “foreign” locales like Kansas, Iowa and Illinois. I count myself firmly among those bowhunters, as I generally hunt three to four different states each fall. I make my living in outdoors media, which means I travel cheap both by necessity and on principle. Bowhunting trophy whitetails need not be only for the wealthy. Here’s how you can hunt distant whitetails on the cheap. Continue reading