Hot Elk Days Call For Tree Stands
By Toby Trigger

Posted: September 18, 2016

Curtis Fessler hunted hard on opening weekend in the Bitterroot’s after scouting all summer.  The elk were still there but he couldn’t pull the bulls away from the herd with calls so he changed his strategy.

A pinch point between an active wallow and a wide draw the herd used to travel made for a good tree stand location despite being a few miles from a forest service road.  With a tree stand on his back Curtis hiked in and found a tree with plenty of elk sign.  It felt more like whitetail hunting than elk hunting but every good hunter needs to diversify from time to time.

On the second weekend of season Curtis checked his location and spent the morning calling.  He knew the weather forecast showed temperatures in the 80’s so he settled in and waited.  After several hours a bull worked his way in and offered a broad side shot and Curtis made good on it.


When it comes to elk getting in the right place at the right time is all that counts.  Great job Curtis! Way to think outside the box!