Elk in E3 and E4

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Elk in E3 and E4

Anyone seen any Elk in E3 or E4? I have a cow/calf tag that I have been trying to fill. I also know another hunter that has an any tag. I have been putting on the miles hard the last month and I have not seen anything. Thanks in advance for your help. Tom

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They started showing back up after deer gun season. 

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When I shot my elk there was a herd up by magpie campground on the state school land and to the west on grasslands.

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NDtbone wrote:

Anyone seen any Elk in E3 or E4? I have a cow/calf tag that I have been trying to fill. I also know another hunter that has an any tag. I have been putting on the miles hard the last month and I have not seen anything. Thanks in advance for your help. Tom

You putting those miles on tires or boots? Makes a world of difference elk hunting. Generally elk hate disturbance, like traffic and people, and hang out in the heaviest cover as far from anything as they can get. If it's a bitch to get into an area, it's got a better chance of being elky as long as the habitat is good. Then if you get one back in the boondocks it REALLY sucks getting one out. I got one a few years back and it was a 3.5 mile pack out to the truck one way over ten or so ridges. I learned that day, do not hunt elk alone...

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I didnt know there was a area in the badlands that you could walk 3.5 miles without crossing a road. Or go a differant direction and walk a mile to another road.

 

Now I have only been on maybe 10 Elk hunts out there  in the last 20 yrs as 1997 was the first yr in E3 and E4. And there are a lot more roads now than 20 yrs ago. And every Elk we found were less than a mile from the agricultural land. Every Elk shot was a Bull with the best being 7x7 356BC

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The Davis ranch west of Amidon complain about Elk knocking down their fences. Might be worth a call.

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wby257 wrote:

I didnt know there was a area in the badlands that you could walk 3.5 miles without crossing a road. Or go a differant direction and walk a mile to another road.

Maybe he was hunting in the parksmiley

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Lots of roads in the park to.

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wby257 wrote:

Lots of roads in the park to.

True, but you might want to avoid them when hunting in the park devil

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wby257 wrote:

I didnt know there was a area in the badlands that you could walk 3.5 miles without crossing a road. Or go a differant direction and walk a mile to another road.

 

Now I have only been on maybe 10 Elk hunts out there  in the last 20 yrs as 1997 was the first yr in E3 and E4. And there are a lot more roads now than 20 yrs ago. And every Elk we found were less than a mile from the agricultural land. Every Elk shot was a Bull with the best being 7x7 356BC

There were a couple roads closer, but one had big signs up saying it was a private oilfield road and trespassers will be prosecuted, and the other I would've had to cross private land to get to. Just because a road exists doesn't mean it's accessible. As the crow flies it was probably about a mile and a half, but as you must know since you are such an expert, one can rarely walk a straight line path out there. Only certain places to cross creeks, and often the more traversable route is quite a bit longer going up and down ridges. Not a fan of trying to climb sheer rock faces with a load of meat. The 3.5 mile figure came from my phone pedometer. The point of my post was to encourage the OP to get off the beaten path, and into country less pressured, as that is where I had better luck finding elk.