- Don't be a unit jumper. It takes time, often years, to learn a unit. As long as the unit holds elk, keep investing time. The more in-depth you know a unit, the more success you'll have.
- Pressured elk love deep drainages, benches (flat spots that give way to steep vertical terrain) and locations where seemingly impenetrable timber gives way to small open meadows where they can feed.
- Learn how to master a diaphragm call. Be able to make realistic cow and bull vocalizations. Watch YouTube videos of top callers like Corey Jacobsen, and then try and mimic his sounds. Record your calling and be honest with yourself about how you sound. Being able to truly sound like an elk will set you apart from the masses.
- Be unselfish. I highly recommend going into the elk woods with a three-man group of pals. Killing a bull is a team effort. Even when you're not behind the bow, be engaged. Unless you're looking at a map, get off your phone. Instagram can wait! Your job is to be scanning the timber, calling, working the decoy, checking the wind (and being a pack mule after the hunt is successful).
- Elk are big-bodied animals. If you plan to pack them out on your back, be sure you have a backpack capable of the job. Also, know how to bone-out meat. You don't want to pack unnecessary weight. Distribute meat into game bags. No one person should be hauling more weight than another.
- When there is downtime in the woods … sleep.
- Running into town to shower and do laundry is a nice midday relief, and it's another benefit of not packing in deep.