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Dan's Elk Hunting Advice!

Western Washington

Western Washington Elk hunting I find most exciting with a black powder rifle. I don't know why but I like to beat the brush, sit and call and hope to get my sights on a monster bull elk. I have not yet had success with the majestic elk. I have seen plenty, just never durring the hunt or so it seems. Western Washington is full of elk in almost all areas. There are however, three areas which I would recomend concentrating on. I would try areas just south of Mt Ranier, around Clearwater, WA on the Olympic Peninsula, and in the northern Cascades. I recomend finding a good elk call with a good instructional video. Watch the video, practice, watch the video some more, then practice, practice, practice! One other key element to a successful elk hunt is to scout your ass off. I can not stress how important scouting can be. Locate a herd, watch the herd, scout the herd, and scout the area for more elk. And finnaly persistance and patience. I don't expect to get an elk each year I go out and try. That would just be crazy. Remember many hunters better than you have hunted elk and hunted elk without success so be patient, keep trying and someday it will all pay off. At least that's waht I have to tell myself.

Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington Elk hunting... Is it just me or does it seem ridiculous to divide the state into two halves and make hunters choose a half in which they would like to hunt? I have never been a fan of this system since its conception and have not hunted the eastern half of the state since. I have hunted the Yakima area a long time ago and many of the people I know still hunt the area with above average success. I have also heard that areas of the Blue Mountains can be an excellent bet for eastern Washington elk. Again I recomend with any elk hunting finding a good call, learn to use it, and practice all the time. I like to find elk durring the off season on my scouting trips and call to them using different techniques to understand the different reactions I get from the elk. This can be extremely fun, educational, and rewarding.

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