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    WYOMING ELK HUNTING (Sept 26-Oct 1st)

    What do I need to expect and how will the hunting be. My first western hunt.

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    Where will you be hunting? Weather is different all around the state. Last year on the 27th of Sept we got a foot of snow out in the mountains I hunt.

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    Bnunley,

    I am guessing you are as excited as I am for this falls hunt. I don't think you will find much additional information than you received in May unless you can ask more specific questions. To reiterate, the weather could be anything from a blizzard to short sleeve weather. The wind will blow 90% of the time. Bulls will still be with harems for the most part. If your elk are not pressured, they will still be bugling and rutting hard. If the elk have been pressured, you may not hear a bugle at all. IMO you need to spend your remaining 6 weeks getting in the best shape possible as well as practicing shooting as much as possible.

    The bottom line- expect to enjoy the mountains, the camp, and the experience. Don't let your mind get completely wrapped around the kill... If you allow it, your experience will be one of the best in your life regardless of whether or not you harvest a bull.

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    Bnunley,

    Just like ssliger asked..."where will you be hunting"? Are you in the deserts of the SW, the mountains in the north/central or grassland in the east? Ive hunted all the western part of the state for the last 29 years. I've seen high temps in the 80's-70's and sunny to highs in the 30's-40's with feet of snow, just all depends on the weather that week. IT'S Wyoming, there is NOT an average weather forecast. Is this area archery until Oct. 1st or does rifle start around the Sept. 20th? Are you hunting a hard to draw area or is it a general area? Are you going into the wilderness or hunting National forrest/BLM or even private land? Is this a DIY hunt or a guided hunt?

    Give us a little info. and us residents would be able to help a little more. You don't have to give away your "honey hole" (sarcasm), but at least give us some description of the area.

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    sslinger/wiley. The OP gave details back in May if you search his posts.

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    I will be hunting with Swift Creek Outfitters in their pack in camp. The area is the Teton National Forest. My hunt starts September 25.

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    I would hope your outfitter would have told you the proper clothing and boots to bring for your guided hunt there, as well as what kind of sleeping arrangements to prepare for as far as sleeping bag, etc. You're paying a big bunch of money for the hunt, so ask questions ASAP so you can do your part to have an enjoyable, safe hunt out there. One thing besides physical conditioning that you ahould have been working on for some time is to make sure any boots you'll be wearing out there are broken in well and take some moleskin, tape, etc, in case you have any blisters that start. One quick way to ruin a hunt in the mountains is to have foot problems!

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    ^^^^This^^^^

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    Bnun-

    Congrats on your first western hunt. Some good advice above. Good well broken in boots are probably the most important next to being in very good physical shape. Definitely bring the mole skin and duct tape for back up as stated above, you can not be too prepared with respect to your feet. Your are hunting in a great area and should do well, just keep grinding and be persistent. I have seen alot of men flat out quit over the years while elk hunting. Most likely your guides will hit the ground running hard right out of the gate, so hopefully you are getting in great shape. I killed my best bull last year on day 8 after 7 days of hell thanks to non stop rain and many many miles of grinding through steep country. Good luck on your hunt. Post some pics !

    WillPower

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    Bnunley,

    Read Teddy Roosevelt's story; [I]An Elk Hunt at Two Ocean Pass. [I]

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    http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.o...?libID=o286523

    Pretty fair assessment of what you have to look forward to only with game laws and Grizzlies instead of "Indians"

    Have FUN!

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