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Essential Scent Management Tips for Elk Hunters

Essential Scent Management Tips for Elk Hunters

Montana ElkWant to bag an elk? If so, our number-one tip is to avoid letting them smell you. This is easier said than done, of course. Elk have a strong sense of smell, and if they catch a whiff of your scent they’ll hightail it away in no time. Here are a few helpful scent management tips for elk hunters:

Brush Your Teeth

You may be wondering what dental hygiene has to do with elk hunting, but bad breath has scared away many an elk. Brush your teeth before your hunt with a scent-free toothpaste or baking soda, avoid eating strong-smelling foods and refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol.

Watch the Wind

Being mindful of the wind’s direction is key to scent management when pursuing any game. One easy way to track the wind is to fill a small squeeze bottle with corn starch. Give it a squeeze, and you’ll have an idea of where your scent is traveling. A general rule of thumb is that as the sun rises and the temperature warms, wind will move uphill, whereas in the evening it tends to cool and move downhill.

Choose the Right Clothing

“Cotton kills,” as many hunters and backpackers say, because it offers very poor insulation and moisture management. Synthetic fibers, meanwhile, perform better than cotton in terms of insulation but they also tend to trap odors. We typically recommend wearing merino wool because it offers effective insulation and scent control for hunters.

For the ultimate Montana elk hunting adventure, contact Elk Ridge Outfitters at 406-220-2379 today. You can also book your next hunt online and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

Tips to Help Prepare for Your First Elk Hunt

Tips to Help Prepare for Your First Elk Hunt

Many hunters say their first elk hunt is one of the most challenging yet most rewarding hunts. Elk are elusive. They roam long distances over wild and rugged terrain. Elk also respond to hunting pressure by moving deeper into vast, remote wilderness. The challenges of an elk hunt are technical, mental and physical, but you… Continue Reading

Great Game Recipes for the Holidays

Great Game Recipes for the Holidays

This holiday season, shake things up a bit. Instead of serving a traditional meal, serve a delicious wild game meal that shows off your hunting prowess. Roasted Pheasant If you’re craving the traditional bird, try a roasted pheasant recipe. Our favorite is from Emeril Lagasse and the Food Network. You’ll need a hot oven and… Continue Reading

Preparing for an Antelope Hunt

Antelope offer the opportunity for a challenging hunt. The combination of their natural speed and their innate senses requires a different hunting approach than may be used for other game. If you’re looking to join us for an antelope hunt, here are a few tips to get you prepared for a successful trip. Location A… Continue Reading

Take Aim at an Archery Hunt

Once one hunt is over, many hunters can’t help but be excited for the next one. At Elk Ridge Outfitters in Montana, we’re right there with you, and we have a ton of upcoming archery hunts for big game that are sure to please any hunter. Starting in September and heading until about mid-October, we… Continue Reading