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Elk Hunting 101, A Pocketbook Guide to Elk Hunting Paperback – March, 2004

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As a die-hard elk hunter who takes the opportunity to participate in the grand adventure of elk hunting very seriously, I believe that there are five key factors that if applied with determination, will result in a successful elk hunt. 1) Gain a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the elk. 2) Craft a well thought out and comprehensive plan for your hunt, remembering to build in a bit of flexibility. 3) Commit your willpower and ability to endure the rigors of elk hunting in the face of adverse conditions and circumstances. 4) Have the patience of Job. 5) Execute effective hunting tactic, i.e. follow your plan…and pray.

Folks, becoming a successful elk hunter is not a rocket science. It does, however, require the average hunter to be willing to plan diligently, work hard, and make some sacrifices. If you are not prepared to do all of the above with vigor, save yourself some time and give this book to a friend now, because without this level of commitment, nothing you may glean from this book is going to make any difference. Elk Hunting 101 will provide valuable insight to elk hunters of all experience levels into the fundamentals of what is required to become an effective and successful hunter of this great animal. Elk hunting is dynamic. By this I mean that those factors that may affect the outcome of your hunt are always in a state of change. The weather, terrain, wind, hunting pressure, and the habits of the elk themselves are nearly always in a constant state of transition. The successful elk hunter willingly acknowledges this, and builds a plan that takes into account all of these dynamics and about a dozen more.

About the Author

A life-long hunter and outdoorsman, Jay Houston began his big game hunting adventure bowhunting whitetail deer with his dad and brother in the Oak and Hickory hardwood forests of western Tennessee, Arkansas and northern Mississippi. In 1969, Jay made his first hunting pilgrimage west to Rifle, Colorado where he became forever captivated with the Aspen covered Rockies, and broad open spaces he now calls home and refers to as "Elk Country."

Jay is the President of Colorado Elk Camp, an online resource he founded in 1996 to provide information and services for elk hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Serving over three million visitors a year, Colorado Elk Camp has become one of America’s leading purveyors of information for elk hunters. When asked why he started Colorado Elk Camp, Jay says, "When I first moved to Colorado and started elk hunting in 1989, there were few places one could go to obtain information on elk hunting and fewer hunters willing to share some of the most basic information essential to learning about this great wilderness adventure. I determined that if I ever broke the code and learned anything of value to other hunters, that I would find a way to share that information."

For over a decade, Jay has hunted elk throughout Colorado and served as a hunting consultant assisting thousands of elk hunters locate just the right outfitter or elk hunting ranch to meet their particular hunting needs.

As a freelance writer for over 20 years, Jay has authored and published numerous articles and stories on a variety of topics, including a book review for Focus on The Family. A recent interview on Jay’s thoughts on elk hunting can be found in a comprehensive article on elk hunting published by Heartland USA™ magazine November/December 2003 issue). Elk Hunting 101 is his first published work in book form.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jackson Creek Publishers (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975931903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975931905
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,127,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Total waste. Laughable, really. I was looking for hunting tips and elk natural history and I got: get in shape before you hunt and use a GPS. Read the entire book in an hour and didn't learn anything.
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This book should be titled "Chicken Soup for the Elk Hunter". It is folksy and easy to read but light on technical detail. I didn't get very much knowledge from the book although I enjoyed parts of it.

The book is definately not written for bowhunters.
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By Bart on October 16, 2013
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This book was written in easy to understand, easy to follow format for the average Joe who can't afford to hire an outfitter. It was written by a guy who hunts successfully on Public Lands.
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