DIY Elk Hunting Guide: Lay of the Land

Copyright © 2022 by Dan Allan

Part II: Where to Hunt?

Chapter 4: The Lay of the Land

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Northern Inner Piedmont
of Virginia, the Sand Hills of the Carolinas and the Talladega Upland of Alabama.

Habitats used by Rocky Mountain Elk

Sagebrush – Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Sage & Ponderosa, Elk in sage

Mountain Shrub
Oak Brush, Mountain Mahogany, Serviceberry, Mountain Shrub & Mixed Conifer, elk in oak brush, Distant elk in mtn shrub, elk in oak brush

Pinyon-Pine and/or Juniper Woodland (PJ)
Pinyon-Juniper, Photo 2, PJ & sage, Elk in PJ, mixed PJ-sage habitat Winter, elk in mixed PJ-sage, elk in mixed PJ-sage habitat Winter, elk down in mixed PJ-sage habitat Winter

Ponderosa Pine
Ponderosa pinePhoto 2Photo 3, Elk in Ponderosa Pine

Lodgepole Pine
Lodgepole pine, Elk in lodgepole,

Interior Douglas-Fir and Mixed Conifer
Douglas-fir, Photo 2, Mixed Conifer, Elk in Mixed Conifer, Elk in opening in mixed conifer

Aspen, Mixed Aspen/Conifer, Mixed Aspen/Conifer/Open, Mixed Aspen/Conifer/Open2, Aspen Patches, Elk in aspen, Elk in mixed aspen/conifer, Elk in mixed aspen/conifer2, elk in mixed aspen/conifer3, Elk Bed in mixed aspen/conifer (rifle shows where bull elk was bedded), Mixed Aspen-conifer-open habitat, Blowdown in mixed-aspen-conifer, Bull Elk in Velvet running in Aspen Habitat – trail cam, Aspen hill-side late Fall

Spruce-fir, Photo 2, spruce-fir & alpine, spruce-fir & alpine2

Grasslands, Mountain Meadows and Alpine Habitats
Grassland Habitat, Grassland 2, Elk in mountain meadowAlpine, Elk on alpine tundra, Elk drinking from Yellowstone Lake, high elevation mixed habitat,

Elk Sign
Elk teeth marks on Aspen, elk rub on small piyon pine, elk wallow, elk wallow2

Elk scat/droppings/pelletsPhoto different age Elk pellets
For Comparison – Moose Pellets, Mule Deer Pellets

Habitats used by Roosevelt Elk

Elk in Coastal Forest, Photo 2, Elk in clear cut, Another Coastal Rain Forest

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