One thing that every veteran elk hunter knows, and every new elk hunter learns very quick, is that elk like to move. Being able to find areas that give you the best chance at finding a mature bull is probably the biggest hurtle to overcome when looking to fill your tag.
Often every couple years I am forced to hunt new areas, whether that be due to increased pressure or logging activities I accept the challenge, but man can it be frustrating. When looking for new areas the first place I start is on Google earth, Google earth is probably the single most valuable tool that any hunter can use. Not only does it let you locate prime habitat, but provides you with a way to measure distance accurately.
For elk, the most important factors that I consider when locating prime habitat on Google earth are
For part 2 of this series I will take about scouting new areas once you have chosen a place on Google earth.
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