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Make All the Right (Elk) Moves

Tony Martins (author) poses with a massive 12-year old public land bull taken without calling, using a 'stalk-the-talk' tactic. (Photo by Tony Martins)

Tony Martins (author) poses with a massive 12-year old public land bull taken without calling, using a “stalk-the-talk” tactic. (Photo by Tony Martins)

American elk, which include the Rocky Mountain, Roosevelt and Tule sub-species, are icons of the American West and rank among the most sought-after big-game animals in the world. European explorers named these large deer “elk” as their size was more reminiscent of the moose – referred to as “elk” in their homelands – than the smaller European red deer. The powerful whistling, growling, “bugling” and courtship behavior of lovesick bulls are true wonders of nature. And elk hunters, novice and expert alike, dream of calling a hormone-crazed bull to the bow or gun.

Key to successful elk hunting — whether during the rut or not...

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