In this installment of our Record Quest video series, I talk a bit about the reality of hunting elk in the context of wolves.

In these videos, which have been running every Friday night on Versus Network, I have about 50 seconds to introduce a topic, talk about it with some level of detail, and sign off. That’s precious little time to devote to a topic that could take hours.

Here’s the reality of wolves in the West: they have changed the way we hunt.

In some places, the predators have impacted big-game populations, taking so many calves and fawns that populations of elk and deer can’t sustain themselves. But the bigger, more widespread impact, is that elk simply behave differently when wolves are around.

They tend to be either scattered in small, nervous bands, or they keg up in huge, milling herds that are nearly impossible to sneak up on. They tend to graze near roads, homesteads and towns, places where wolves fear to tread. And throughout much of the West’s core wolf country, the rut is a largely silent affair. Bulls simply don’t bugle with the same inhibitions that they did before the apex predators descended on them.

Check out the video for other perspectives on how to hunt elk when we humans aren’t the only predators hunting them.