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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Hunt where the elk are going to be Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, was once asked why he was such a successful hockey player. He replied, “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Elk hunting success can often be summed up the same way. If you’re going to tag an elk, try to position yourself where elk are going to be, not where they have been. I’ve used this approach during my last four elk … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Find the best locations for hunting post-rut elk In the fading daylight, we used our spotting scope to confirm a herd of elk feeding in a clover field almost two kilometres away. The animals used the huge field to their advantage, knowing most hunters would never spot them in low light. The fact of the matter was, we had seen and shot elk there before and knew it was worth a second look. In the morning we were set up on the edge of the forest with close to … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Manitoba saw a winter with early snow, a lot of snow and then a late melt – not a good combination for game animals or hunters. Two of the past three winters reached the “bad” category and the only good thing that can be said is the one year of relief between the two nasty winters allowed for some recovery. Otherwise, the situation could have been more dire.   Elk Provincial wildlife biologist Ken Rebizant said recent surveys in the Interlake found “expected numbers” of elk and that other hunted elk … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! Saskatchewan residents, whether human or animal, know about winter. The past winter provided lots of snow, but actually relatively mild temperatures until nearly spring when it turned cold. This was a challenging situation for animals that had not had much to eat for several months. The province’s big game manager, Brad Tokaruk, said that for deer, “if winter isn’t over by the end of March, it is bad news. It is just too long without decent food and their fat reserves are used up.” Winter was not over by the end … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! The severity of the past winter, with regards to game animals, varied between the north and south. In the central and northern parts of the province, winter came early, stayed late and delivered lots of snow, which has implications for hunting in those areas. Further south, the winter was not as bad and game populations were not as heavily impacted. So, hunters should check the regulations carefully because there are some new opportunities to take advantage of and new restrictions to be aware of.   Elk Alberta elk hunters are going … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more hunting articles! BC received a lot of snow this past winter. However, whether that was an issue for game animals depends on where you look. In the north half of the province, there was lots of snow and it lingered well into spring; in fact, the northeast part of BC broke snowfall records. In the southern half of the province, there also was a lot of snow, but mostly at high elevation. The winter ranges on low elevations of the major river valleys were largely spared. So, while the past winter was severe, … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! Elk are, by their very nature, a difficult animal to hunt. They are smart, have superhero senses and travel in herds – a line of defense that’s hard to beat. They live in pockets of big, tough country, which is difficult even on prepared hunters, and when spooked, they have been known to travel far away. When a successful elk hunt occurs, it’s nothing short of pure ecstasy. The majestic beauty of taking a proud, regal herd bull, tending to his harem of cows, is unsurpassed. Unfortunately, ecstasy only … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on hunting ungulates! I first met Wayne Carlton about 25 years ago, when he came to Canada to put on an elk-calling seminar. Back then, little was known about calling elk and there were only a few options for manufactured calls. Wayne revolutionized elk hunting and calling with the introduction of his diaphragm calls and bugles. His passion for hunting elk led him on a mission to develop a call any hunter could use to duplicate the natural sounds of cow, calf and bull elk. Wayne was a great speaker and was … Read more »

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