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University of Elk Hunting ONLINE COURSE / Re: contender diaphragm?
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:25:31 AM »
Hey Cody!

The Contender diaphragms sold out in September, and won't be available until January when they are launched to the general public. I will be sending out more info by email to UEH Members soon, as well as a survey on the Contender...stay tuned. Thanks!

Hunting Gear / Re: Pack question
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:00:38 AM »
I have the EXO 2000 and 3500. If you're going in for 3-5 days, you'll need the 3500. If you're just day hunting (or one night overnight), the EXO 2000 is ideal. And it will still haul half an elk...  :o

University of Elk Hunting ONLINE COURSE / Re: App
« on: August 30, 2017, 12:19:55 PM »

If you haven't resolved this issue yet, be sure you have the "ringer mute" switch on the side of your iOS device switched to off. It is right next to your volume toggle, and has to be off in order to get the sound through the app. Thanks!

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: Elk calling scenario
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:11:20 PM »
Hey Kdkehoe!

Great question, and common scenario when calling to herd bulls. Be sure and read through Module 9 Chapter 3 in the University of Elk Hunting....there are 5 or 6 options for "Calling an Audible" when the bulls hang up, including the Retreat, Slingshot, Triangle, etc.


Also, in the Supplements to Calling chapter (Module 10, Chapter 1) there are a few other tactics that will work in this exact scenario.


Thanks, and good luck!

Hunting Gear / Re: Use a stabilizer?
« on: August 14, 2017, 04:40:12 PM »
I never gave a stabilizer any thought until I picked up the Crossover Stabilizer last spring....definite game changer! I never realized how poor my form was until I started shooting a longer stabilizer. I makes a world of difference in my shooting. All of my bad habits are minimized, and my groups have tightened up over 50%. Now I feel naked without at least 20" of stabilizer, and I'm finding that for me, 25-26" seems to be the sweet spot.

Here is a short video review I did on the Crossover 1233 stabilizer:

General Elk Hunting / Welcome to Backtrak Outdoors Members!
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:12:26 AM »

I am so excited to announce some really cool news that will impact the Elk101 Forums in a VERY positive way!

We are merging with the awesome folks over at Backtrak Outdoors, and bringing the members of their Forums over to the Elk101 Forums!

Everyone, please welcome another group of hardcore elk hunters to the Elk101 Forums!

Here is the announcement from Derek and Dan - the owners of Backtrak Outdoors:

"As BTO has continued to grow and evolve, we have constantly strived to provide the best hunting and, in particular, elk hunting forum on the web. We have a fantastic group of members here who feel like family in a way and we strive to provide all of you with the best forum possible. With that being said, it's time for us to continue on in our growth with the goal to provide you all with the best elk hunting forum out there.

We are extremely excited to announce that BTO has decided to join forces with 9-Time World Elk Calling Champion Corey Jacobson and the Elk101 forum. We will be merging the forums together, bringing all of the posts and information we have shared over the last three-plus years on BTO over to the Elk101 forum. This is a fantastic opportunity for all of our members to expand and grow our conversations, to gain new knowledge and new perspective from another large group of elk hunters. Partnering with Corey will also give us an expanded opportunity to give away more great gear to our members, just like we have done on BTO over the years. In merging the forums, please know that Dan (iccyman) and Derek (cohunter14) will be fully involved in the management and moderation of the Elk101 forum. The same campfire chat you have come to expect on BTO with zero tolerance for the garbage that happens on other forums will continue on over at Elk101.

We hope you all are as excited as we are for the next chapter of our BTO family! The actual merger of the forum is going to take some time to complete. In the meantime, we are urging everyone to get involved over on Elk101's forum if you are not already. Let's try to utilize that forum moving forward so we can start to include all of their current members in our conversation. We look forward to continuing our journey with you and look forward to seeing you on Elk101!

Dan & Derek"

And just FYI...Derek and Dan will be helping out as Moderators/Admins here on the Elk101 Forums.

So, please join me in welcoming Derek, Dan, and the rest of the Members from the Backtrak Outdoors Forums!


Thanks for the suggestions!

When the app was released, it required a user to log-in everytime they opened the app if they were in service. We have updated the app so a user only has to log-in every 30 days. Also, the "Remember Me" feature was fixed so it would remember the user email, which will make it nice for logging in.

I did ask about being able to enlarge the images in the app, and was told that wasn't possible? I've tried on a few other apps I have on my iPhone and see it's not possible in those either.

Lastly, the app is absolutely available for offline viewing....that was the whole driving motivation for creating the app. All of the text and images are downloaded to your phone when you download the app, and they are available without any connection. The videos are available IF you download them individually....you must go to each video you want downloaded to your phone and download them. Once they are downloaded, they - along with the text and images - are available to view without a connection (offline).

Thanks WildBill!

Hunting Gear / Re: Stone Glacier, Kifaru or Exo?
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:39:15 PM »

You have definitely picked the top 3packs (in my opinion). I don't think you will go wrong with any of those. I personally use the EXO, and I can't think of a better pack for me and the way I hunt. It is light and compact, but has all the features I need. The huge plus for me is that I can day hunt in it without any compromise, but I can also load 1/2 an elk in it and make it back to the truck (if I do my part in the off-season). The pack is bulletproof and extremely well thought-out and built. I would highly recommend the EXO. Again, either of the other two packs would be great choices as well, but my vote goes to EXO.

Just in case you aren't aware, Members of the University of Elk Hunting Online Course get a 10% discount on EXO...if you aren't a member already, that discount will just about pay for the course...  ;)



Just shoot me an emailat corey@elk101.com, and I'll get you taken care of. Thanks!

Hunting Gear / Re: Game Bags
« on: June 16, 2017, 09:56:29 AM »
I would agree with what wapiti_will said for the most part as well. Keep in mind that there are 2 style of game bags from Alaska Game Bags. One style has the more stretchy mesh, which allows flies to lay eggs if the mesh is really stretched out. They also have another style of game bags that does not stretch out as much, and I've never had any issues with flies. The ones I've used that I've never had issues with are the "Northern" game bags made by Alaska Game Bags:


For the price, these are hard to beat.

I've also had good luck with the Caribou Gear game bags, and I'm excited to try the new Ovis bags this fall...I've heard they have made them longer to carry a bone-in quarter.

Hey guys!

If your current membership expired (or expires), you won't be able to log-in to access the renewal discount code. Just shoot me an email and let me know, and we'll make sure you get taken care of and are able to get renewed.

Adamds22, were you able to get renewed OK?

University of Elk Hunting ONLINE COURSE / Re: EHU?
« on: May 02, 2017, 05:10:10 PM »

I understand your frustration, but keepin mind that the private Facebook group is just one very small part of the benefits of the Online Course membership. You'll still have access to all the other content, benefits, and features, you just won't be able to participate in the events that are Facebook-only if you don't have a Facebook account. BUt the heart of the membership is the Online Course, and you still have access to all of that, plus the video Q&A's that will be posted on the Elk101.com Membership page, all the partner discounts, etc.

Archery / Re: Which stabilizer?
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:36:35 AM »
Hey guys!

I'm super excited to announce that a new Stabilizer company - CrossRoad Archery - is coming on board as a sponsor of Elk101.com. As you all know, I only allow sponsors whose gear I use and trust. I picked up a Crossover 1233 stabilizer last spring and used it throughout the summer and hunting seasons. It made my list of Top 5 best pieces of gear last year....that's how impressed I was with it. As of today, Crossroad Archery is coming onboard as a sponsor, and I'm excited to be able to introduce their products to you. Don't rush out and buy one just yet though...we are working on getting them into the Elk101 Store and getting a discount code set up so you can save a little money when you buy one.

Anyway, I saw this post pop up, and was excited to let you know about Crossover stabilizers from Crossroad Archery. Definitely a game-changer for me last year!

Campfire / Re: Extreme Elk
« on: April 12, 2017, 04:15:12 PM »
Thanks guys!

Unfortunately, I don't have any plans to come out with another elk magazine. As much as I LOVED everything about Extreme Elk, digital content is where I now live...  8)

But, stay tuned for some exciting announcements on that front (and the University of Elk Hunting) that will be coming out in the next few weeks...  :-X

Hunting Gear / Re: Sitka worth it?
« on: February 23, 2017, 09:00:59 AM »

I love Sitka and am a little biased, but I will give you my opinion from a layering standpoint. I don't feel the 90% pants and jacket will be enough to keep you warm in November/December...at least not as a stand-alone system. The beauty of a layering system is that you can add or subtract pieces from the system to help micro-regulate your core body temperature, regardless of activity level.

The Open Country pattern is used on gear that is designed to keep you comfortable when you are active (wick moisture, breathe, etc.). The Elevated pattern is used on gear that is designed to keep you comfortable when you are stationary (sitting in a treestand - insulation, wind blocking, etc.). The quandary has always been, how do you mix the two characteristics for late season hunting where you will likely be moving, but then sitting for periods...if you focus on the insulation, you overheat when you are hiking. If you focus on the breathability and moisture wicking, you get cold when you sit. Enter the layering concept.

For late season hunts, I would suggest a solid base layer that will wick moisture away from your skin (both tops and bottoms). The bottoms will also provide a layer of insulation for when you stop to glass, etc. For an outer shell, you'll want something that is going to block wind with some insulation, but still very breathable so you don't overheat when hiking (I really like Sitka's Jetstream Jacket - and the 90% Pants are a great choice for bottoms here as well).

These pieces alone won't be enough though. When you stop to glass for extended periods, there is a good chance you will get cold. That is where a good Primloft type vest or jacket comes in. Carrying this extra insulation layer in your pack will enable you to convert from active hunting to stationary hunting. I really like Sitka's Kelvin Vest or one of the Kelvin Jackets/Hoodies. And be sure to keep something warm on your head as well.

In summary, I feel Sitka has done a tremendous job of bridging the gaps that exist between the two styles of hunting, allowing us to find a system that will work in any situation and in all conditions. I hope this is helpful, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Also, just a reminder, all Sitka is 20% off right now. AND, the new gear in the SubAlpine pattern will be available in the next 6-7 weeks...  ;)

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