Rifle Elk Tips & Tactics from a Lifelong Hunter

Randy's 30 years of rifle elk hunting experience will provide you with critical points to will bring consistent elk hunting success for highly pressured public land bulls during the rifle seasons, mostly the post-rut and late season.

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Rifle Elk Hunting

When dealing with the pressure of a once-in-a-lifetime elk hunt, it helps to have the experience of a backcountry veteran on your side. Randy Newberg's 30 years of experience hunting across the west will help give you a leg up in scouting and planning your hunt, determining the proper rifle & cartridges to use, and how to deal with the elements like weather and moisture during a hunt.

Instructor:
Randy Newberg
Class Length:
17 Chapters
Category:
Hunting Skills, Elk

Lesson Plan

Chapter 1

Ch. 1 - Introduction to Rifle Elk Hunting

Lesson Length:
04:39

Meet your course instructor, expert hunter & conservationist, Randy Newberg. He will walk you through his methods of success in rifle elk hunting seasons. Randy imparts all his wisdom regarding highly pressured public land bull elk by shaping your understanding of their needs, how they use the landscape at the time you are hunting them, and how they respond to hunting pressure.

Chapter 2

Basics of Finding Elk

Lesson Length:
03:05

To tag an elk you must find an elk. Finding elk is the most critical part of rifle elk hunting. Randy will help you eliminate where the elk “aren’t” and focusing on where they likely are.

Chapter 3

Five Calendar Periods of Elk Hunting

Lesson Length:
14:09

Needs of elk change over the course of our seasons, and thus elk change their behaviors accordingly. In this chapter, Randy will discuss the five calendar periods of elk, compared to the human calendar, and identify the needs in each period.

Chapter 4

Elk Sanctuaries

Lesson Length:
06:04

Highly pressured elk in rifle seasons escape hunting pressure by finding sanctuaries. Randy goes in-depth into defining what elk sanctuaries are and the signs to find them.

Chapter 5

Migratory vs Non-Migratory Elk

Lesson Length:
06:25

Elk are elk, but some landscapes require elk to migrate. Other landscapes require elk to stay put. Regardless of what type of elk are in your hunt, Randy explains how elk best use the available resources, and why it matters when trying to find public land elk.

Chapter 6

Weather & Migratory Elk

Lesson Length:
04:33

Migratory elk disperse vertically, based on weather, seasons, and hunting pressure. In this chapter, Randy explores how to take advantage of those factors during rifle seasons.

Chapter 7

Moisture & Non-Migratory Elk

Lesson Length:
04:14

Non-migratory elk disperse horizontally, based on forage availability resulting from localized moisture patterns. In this chapter, Randy explains how to use that behavior to find elk consistently in rifle seasons.

Chapter 8

Hunting Pressure

Lesson Length:
05:05

Rifle elk hunting is usually the most intense period of hunting pressure, causing mature bull elk to respond accordingly. In this chapter, Randy discusses tactics to use hunting pressure to your advantage.

Chapter 9

Building Your E-Scouting Plan

Lesson Length:
10:29

With the foundational blocks discussed in previous chapters, Randy teaches you how to use that information for building a successful plan for your rifle elk hunt.

Chapter 10

Have a Plan & Stick To It

Lesson Length:
07:05

You have spent much of the summer researching your hunt, learning more about elk, and building an e-scouting plan. Randy explains the crucial importance of sticking with that plan to achieve success in the field.

Chapter 11

Choosing Your Camp Type & Location

Lesson Length:
12:25

When executing your plan, the first big decision you will face is what type of camp best suits the conditions & situations you want to hunt in. In this chapter, Randy focuses on the different types of camps and the benefits of each.

Chapter 12

Hunting Cow Elk

Lesson Length:
06:07

Many elk hunts are for antlerless elk, cow elk. In this often overlooked late season option, Randy discusses the different needs of cow elk, and how to use those needs to successfully find and hunt them.

Chapter 13

Elk Cartridges & Calibers

Lesson Length:
22:56

Cartridges and calibers are a big topic of discussion among rifle elk hunters, often receiving too much emphasis. In this chapter, Randy addresses the basics of accuracy, shot placement, and bullet performance needed to be consistently lethal.

Chapter 14

A Game of Optics

Lesson Length:
14:19

Most rifle elk seasons take place during post-rut and late seasons, which are conditions best suited to glassing bulls from afar. In this chapter, Randy details his most effective and efficient ways to find elk using optics.

Chapter 15

Late Season Gear Essentials

Lesson Length:
12:56

Rifle elk hunting often happens in rough terrain and difficult conditions. In this chapter, Randy advises on some essential gear needed to be effective and comfortable.

Chapter 16

Staying Warm in Late Season

Lesson Length:
13:29

Elk have attitudes, and you can use these calling tactics to expose their weaknesses and take advantage of their attitude. Corey demonstrates his tactics for getting the most out of your call.

Chapter 17

Rifle Elk Hunting Top Ten Things to Remember

Lesson Length:
06:43

Elk hunting is a lifetime craft where you develop many tricks and tactics to improve your success. In this bonus chapter, Randy lists ten takeaways that have helped him find more success in his rifle elk hunts.

About Randy Newberg

Randy Newberg explains his identity with one word - Hunter. He is a leading voice of public land hunters in America. Randy has spent over thirty years seeking adventure in hunting wild places. That experience has allowed Randy to become a leading advocate for the self-guided hunter — those dependent on public lands for hunting access. In addition to representing hunters in Congress and state legislatures, he serves as a volunteer and board member for many hunting and conservation groups.

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