The Rocky Mountain Elk foundation gave their members an online questionnaire about their wolf-hunting experiences. This knowledge can give wolf hunters a better chance to getting their wolf this fall.
Wolf Hunting Tips from members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are given below:
- You want to be near elk, especially herds because that is where the wolves are most likely in the area of.
- Scout wolves just like any other game, they are most likely on the effortless routes like roads, trails and frozen lakes.
- No one really wants a wolf on their property, so getting permission to hunt on private property can only be a positive thing for anyone involved.
- Put your ego aside and aim for the female, it is more useful for the wolf population control. Most importantly you should never aim your gun at a collared wolf (they are needed to track the packs).
- Plan your wolf hunting trips, instead of hunting for them along with elk and deer.
- Use your wolf call (howling, yes it works) just don’t howl too much, you would only be educating the wolves. Other calls that work well are Elk calf/fawn-in-distress, moose and coyote.
- While calling it is vital to not let the wolf see your bright orange, try sitting on high ground versus a hole or depression.
- When the weather is cold and miserable, that is the time to go wolf hunting because they are more careless in their own hunt for prey.
- The magpies, gray jays and ravens are what you need to be watching for because they are a tipoff to a fresh kill, but be careful and watch out for more wolves to come along. It is recommended to use a tree stand or drive in with a group of hunters.
- When you get your kill, it isn’t over yet, you or your pals may get another wolf as more wolves return to the site, sometimes very quickly.
What is the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation?
RMEF is leading a conservation initiative that has protected or enhanced habitat on more than 6 million acres—an area larger than Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yosemite and Rocky Mountain national parks combined. RMEF also is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. RMEF members, partners and volunteers, working together as Team Elk, are making a difference all across elk country. Join us at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.