Segment #2 of our Record Quest videos is all about finding the freshest, most relevant elk sign around.

Some of the tips are pretty obvious. I make the case, for example, that since elk roam so widely, and can move miles overnight, that you should focus only on the very freshest, most recent sign.

I talk about ways to smell rubs to determine their freshness. I poke mud around a waterhole to determine how long ago the wallow was used.

And, in footage that’s bound to earn me a dubious nickname, I determine the freshness of elk scat. Here’s a glimpse of what’s inside: “Feel the droppings. If they’re glistening and wet, you’re in the zone.”

What was I thinking?