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Why Deer Tactics Help With Elk-Hunting Success

You've probably seen them: trail-camera images of big bull elk flopping around in a muddy wallow or drinking from a stock tank. It's easy to assume that these images were captured on private ranches where pressure is limited, and where driving an ATV to numerous camera locations is legal and possible. Thus, few of us ever consider packing a trail camera and treestand when preparing to head west to hunt elk on U.S. Forest Service lands open to public hunting.

In my eyes, this is a mistake. You see, I didn't pack any trail cameras on my first elk hunt in Idaho seven years ago. My hunting strategy was the common hike-and-call method, and a stationary ambush seemed like an unproductive...

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