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Offline cnelk

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Re: Hunting Finger Ridges
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2018, 09:15:03 AM »

Do you use this same strategy, pre, peak, and post rut?

Also, are you cow calling or bugling? If so what types are Elk sounds are you trying to emulate?

You said you use this strategy to try and catch them between feed and bed. Do you also use this in the evenings between bed and feed?

Your strategy makes a lot of sense. Seems very deliberate/methodical. Im interested in the nuances as well.

I use different tactics for different times of season and terrain. There are places where elk go DOWN to bed.

Post rut is a whole different ball game

Seldom do I hunt the finger ridges in the evenings, the thermals are too fickle and dont switch until near dark. Ill leave those places along so I can them in mornings specifically

I use several different cow mews, raking trees and very light bugles. Its heavily hunted OTC areas and I dont want every Tom, Dick and Harry thats watched elk hunting YouTube videos or listened Podcasts come messing up my setup

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Re: Hunting Finger Ridges
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2018, 11:29:34 AM »
very helpful   :upthumb:

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Re: Hunting Finger Ridges
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2018, 12:38:48 PM »
Great post! Thanks for the ideas. I also hunt finger ridges, but take a bottom up approach. Granted, I'm hunting post-rut in November, so maybe things are different that time of year.


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Re: Hunting Finger Ridges
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2020, 07:20:32 PM »
One of my most favorites terrain spots to hunt are fingers ridges.

Typically, the elk are moving up from the bottom and coming up to bed.

I have made a few aerial diagrams of how I approach hunting finger ridges

Here is a classic location of an area I would look for.

Dark timber are on the north slopes and sage opening on the south facing


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