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Elk Hunting Tips: Insights from Trent Fisher with Born and Raised Outdoors

Trent Fisher with his bull elk
Trent Fisher - Born & Raised Outdoors


Elk hunting can be a thrilling yet challenging pursuit, especially for beginners looking to dive into the world of bowhunting. Trent Fisher, an experienced hunter from Born and Raised Outdoors, shared valuable elk hunting tips in a recent Q&A session that shed light on key strategies for success, listed below. Use these insights to gear up for the upcoming hunting season!

1.) Getting Started as a Rookie Bowhunter

For newcomers, Fisher emphasizes the importance of budgeting and choosing the right approach for you: guided hunts versus DIY expeditions. Guided hunts can accelerate learning by providing structured knowledge and experience, while DIY hunts offer independence and the thrill of self-discovery. Regardless of the path chosen, Fisher encourages aspiring hunters to immerse themselves in online resources and communities to gather essential hunting tips and techniques. Both approaches have their benefits, and ultimately, it comes down to what you can afford. The biggest takeaway is to just get out there and do it!

2.) E-Scouting in New Areas

When it comes to e-scouting, Fisher looks for areas one to three miles from a road, ensuring they have essential elements like food and water. Water is particularly crucial in September when it's drier, and elk are breeding and using a lot of energy. He also considers south-facing timber slopes, which provide necessary cover. Additionally, identifying good benches in these areas can increase the chances of success. By focusing on these key factors, Fisher finds optimal spots for elk hunting.

3.) Strategies for Public Land Elk Hunting and Avoiding Crowded Areas

For hunting on public land, Fisher advises avoiding crowded trailheads by exploring other access points or heading deeper into less frequented areas. This not only reduces competition but also enhances the chances of encountering undisturbed elk. When facing a crowded trailhead, Fisher suggests either proceeding with confidence, relying on superior hunting skills, or using your map to find an alternative location a few miles away. Parking on highways to access public land has been a successful tactic for Fisher. He also recommends scouting three potential hunting spots rather than relying on just one, allowing for more options and increasing the likelihood of success by diversifying locations and avoiding heavily trafficked areas.

4.) Learning and Practicing Elk Calls

Mastering elk calls is crucial for attracting and communicating with elk during hunts. Fisher compares learning to call elk to practicing archery—initial attempts may be clumsy, but consistency and repetition lead to improvement. Practicing calls in various settings, such as during commutes in your vehicle, allows hunters to refine their techniques effectively. Like any skill, achieving proficiency in elk calling demands consistent effort and practice.


By incorporating these insights into your elk hunting strategy, whether you're a novice or seasoned hunter, you can enhance your chances of a successful and fulfilling elk hunting experience. Whether it's understanding elk behavior or refining your hunting skills, Trent Fisher's advice provides a comprehensive guide to navigating the challenges and rewards of elk hunting.

Listen to the full episode below!


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