A Guide To Hunting Deer or Elk With Ground Blind

By on June 30, 2018

Bow hunting deer or elk using the whitetail approach may sound disappointing because of the lack of activity, interaction, and simply seeing the country; however, it can often be the most beneficial strategy.  If you doubt this statement, then consider the following information.

For beginners, elk hunting can be brutal, and with more than 67% of all adult Americans classified as being overweight, the mountains can be difficult to navigate.  The act of locating a frequently visited wallow, waterhole, trail or food source could result in an ambush opportunity without additional health risks.  Contrary to popular belief, while elks can have random behavior, they do pattern in activities.  The patterns may be subtler than those of the whitetails; however, there are scouting patterns that will emerge.

A further bonus fact is that the elk arrive and keep themselves occupied offering you time to aim, draw the bow, and fire.  However, you don’t always receive this luxury in calling situations.  In fact, even if you wait in ambushes, there are no rules forcing you to remain in your location.  If you hear or see elk on another pattern, then it is advised that you ‘jump ship’ and engage.

According to http://ambushhuntingblinds.com, ground blinds, DIY or commercial options, are ideal if you are opting for an ambush; however, the elevated perch is always the recommended route when hunting elk.  Waterholes and field edges are often in open locations; therefore a tree stand can offer a wider view and helps to hide your scent from the elk.  It will also hid your movements from the elk’s peripheral vision and avoid any detection on their part.  Be sure to search for lightweight aluminum designs, and always check the public-land regulations before using the stand.  A final tip is to find a downwind location and keep in mind how thermals can influence a person’s scent throughout the day.

It is common that the whitetail-like ambush will occur near a body of water.  Water attracts elk for drinking and wallowing purposes, and elk require at least ten gallons of water per day to survive.  This means that the animal is likely to visit different water sources ranging from hidden springs to mountain lakes, and they will wallow on the edges of these water bodies to cool their bodies.

To locate a water hotspot for elk, it is recommended that you search for fresh droppings, rubs, and track marks.  Similar to whitetail rubs or scrapes, the elk may wallow in a single place and not return.  However, if there are several rubs and trails, you will have come across a location from the elk nightclub.  Elk will typically wallow in or visit watering spots throughout the day, but the dark activity at these spots tends to peak at mid-morning.

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