These elk hunters tried their way, but circumstances and luck weren’t with them. So they changed tactics to turn defeat into a successful elk hunt.
Changing tactics and flexibility are hallmarks of a good hunter. These elk hunters did just that.
By changing their tactics to match what the elk gave them, they were able to harvest a bull. That’s successful elk hunting.
“This is our style,” says one of the hunters. “We bugle. We locate. Then we move in. We close that gap. We close that distance between you and that herd, that bull.”
“When you get that confirmation of where the bull is, you [are] the aggressor. You make sure that you move in on him,” he says. “Try to take his cows away. Once you can do that, that’s when that bull gets real upset. That’s when mistakes happen on his end. Not on yours.”
Another hunter says, “In order to be successful year in and year out, you have to be willing to change your tactics, change the way you hunt, and be willing to adapt.”
The aggressive approach wasn’t getting the job done here. So the hunters had to change their approach. Rather than aggressively pursuing the elk, they decide to be more passive with the traveling animals.
“We’re going to sit here for a little while,” says hunter Jeremy Stairs. “It’s still early in the evening. So, we’ll give it a little bit, and see if we can round something else up.” They basically wait for the elk to work their way to the hunters.
It pays off. Removing his boots to cut down on noise, Stairs stalks his way towards two cows and a bull that have worked their way up to the hunters’ position and are feeding on the hillside. He makes a 42-yard shot and downs the bull.
Adaptability and flexibility paid off in a successful elk hunt.
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