If you talk to me about bowhunting for more then 15 minutes, you'll find that I am an advocate of the frontal shot (taking a shot when an animal is facing you, not standing broadside). I know this is a controversial subject, but hear me out. I'm and advocate of this shot for two reasons: 1) I hunt solo a lot of the time, and when you’re calling elk by yourself, they tend to come in head first; 2) It's deadly effective.
But the frontal shot is not for everyone and should only be taken under certain circumstances. Most importantly, it should only be taken by accurate shooters who are very confident in their ability.
Before I explain why this shot works so well, here are a few things you need to ask yourself before you even consider taking it.
The snow in the high country has finally melted away and the elk are in their summer feeding patterns. So I figured it was a great time to head into the wilderness area that I would be hunting this year and snap a few photos through the spotting scope and see what kind of potential this unit had to offer.
Here are the tactics that I use to find a new hunting area.
Get to the Tree Line If I’m planning on scouting an area that I’ve never hunted and it’s a general over the counter tag, I will look at a topographic map and find a glassing position that will give me a 360-degree view of the areas around me and is between 11,500 and 12,000 feet in elevation (tree line or above). Doing this will allow me to get full use of my binoculars and spotting scope as well as keep me out of the elks’ living quarters. Bring high-quality optics because after hours of glassing, low-quality optics can give you headaches that will drive you off the mountain. Once I pick my glassing position, I find the quickest route to get there without disturbing the elk on the way.
There was a time in my life when you could have looked in my closet and seen nearly every solo shelter a hunter could buy. Each one had their own particular use, but none of them were versatile enough to cover all seasons and situations.
Then I found the Hilleberg Akto.
Fully setup in four-season mode, the Akto weighs in at 3 pounds 5 ounces. Now I realize that that’s a bit heavy for some of you ounce counters, but the tent is designed to take anything Mother Nature can throw at it.