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Summer Elk Scouting

August 14, 2015
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It has been a productive summer of scouting for elk in MT and WY. With two elk tags in my pocket for these two states I have been consumed with planning and daydreaming!

I am often asked how you scout elk in the summer. Well… You don’t really scout for the elk (although they are always a welcome sight) but for the signs that show where they were the previous year during the rut. That means looking for wallows, rubs, trails, bedding areas, and travel corridors. Be sure to use a GPS to mark likely areas where the elk may be come September. I like to mark heavy trails, rubs, wallows, water, and bedding areas. If you can locate travel corridors using ridgelines you will be putting yourself a step ahead of the elk when they are moving around a lot. Also mark areas where the elk will not travel; areas that make the elk travel a certain way such as boulder fields and cliffs.

Using GPS software that benefits you is also very important. GPS chips such as onXmaps has been very beneficial as it deviates between public/private land and also shows land ownership if you plan to knock on a few doors to gain permission. Lots of possibilites to include apps for your smart phone or tablet. Great stuff!

With that being said, I have had some great luck at finding new areas and revisiting areas where I have had good luck in the past. The 2015 elk seasons will be of epic proportions I am sure! Stay tuned!

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Jared Bloomgren

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At a very young age Jared was raised to appreciate Mother Nature and everything that It has to offer. His lifestyle and hunting passion is a desire that has been honed from a family up-bringing and years spent pursuing the wild game that he seeks. Jared enjoys his time spent in the outdoors connecting with the primitive instinct that was placed into man thoasands of  years ago; it is a God given right that he cannot get enough of and capitalizing on the opportunities is a daily goal of his. Jared enjoys supporting various outdoor and hunting related clubs and organization to help with better conservation practices while all bettering the game we pursue. Raising his two young children to appreciate the finer things in life that he was raised to grasp with a delicate hand all while teaching them the rules and the ways of the outdoors is a priority of his. Jared is a hardcore DIY backcountry hunter that takes pride in what the outdoors and the wild has taught him. Being able to connect with followers, readers, and viewers is something that he enjoys to do using written articles, video, and testimonials. Being supported by numerous companies in the outdoor and hunting community helps Jared continue to be a more successful sportsman. Being a freelance writer allows him to relive his adventures one word at a time through connecting with others in various facets in life. Jared, being a very goals driven individual, is always striving to meet and exceed his goals and expectations in life.