Jay Scott from Jay Scott Outdoors is on the podcast to walk us through the step x step to getting started with Elk Hunting even if you are brand new to big game hunting. Jay has one of the best hunting podcasts in the country and digs into one of his favorite topics today.

Jay also talks a bit about his passion for fly fishing and what keeps him going throughout the year in hunting and fishing. Jay mixes it up and is a wealth of knowledge for both hunters and fisherman alike. Click the play button below to find out which rifle is best for elk and why you might want to dry fire at an animal!


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Elk Hunting Show Notes with Jay Scott

02:45 – Jay noted Steve Rinella and the Meat Eater Podcast – Jay got into podcasting after he listened to their podcast.  Joe Rogan was the guy that helped get the Meat Eater Podcast going.

14:00 – Jay put together a podcast with Colby with Spinner fall guide service on the Green River.

27:10 – GoHunt.com is a great resource to utilize and find out where and which state you should look for opportunities to hunt in.

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27:26 – We noted OnX Maps which is a great tool for mapping and hunting.

29:48 – Coues Deer is a major hunt that Jay covers every year.


30:36 – Goulds Turkey Hunt

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31:25 – Desert Big Horn Sheep Hunting episodes with Jay Scott.


38:44 – We talked about elk calling and some of the great resources.  You can learn to elk call in a shorter time than you might think.

40:40 – Chris Roe and Roe hunting resources – great for elk behavior and tips on elk calling.


51:00 – Mike Lawson dug into the Green Drake hatch here.

55:25 – We discuss the different rifles for elk and deer and what rifle would be best for your kids.  the 6.5 PRC or 6.5 Creedmore are great rifles for kids and for women.

1:02:24 – Midwestwhitetail.com and bill winke was one of Jay’s mentors and gave him good advice about educating people and informing people and this is what will keep you around for the longterm and not the fly by night type people.

1:08:25 – How to understand a scoring system and how to know how big the animal is from a distance.  Take a look at the Go Hunt article below to learn more.

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Photo and article via:  https://www.gohunt.com/content/skills/elk/how-to-score-and-field-judge-elk—part-1


1:17:55 – Jay loves a spotting scope and noted the 95mm Swarovski 30-70 STX

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1:17:00 – Phone scope is a killer tool for taking video on your iPhone or spotting scopes.

1:18:00 – Trekking Poles are helpful especially if you have knee or age issues.  Shoutout to an old friend at CNOC and his trekking poles.

1:19:50 – New down that stays warm when wet plus a good hiking boot.

1:35:45 – The Jay Scott Podcast


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7 Tips on a Successful Elk Hunting Trip

  1. GoHunt.com for a starting point where to go state x state.  Then use OnX to nail down access points.
  2. Get Your Body in shape first and prepare mentally for the grind.
  3. Get good at elk hunting calling – Real Cadence, tone and sound is the focus
  4. Get Great Optics – 10 and 15 Power Binoculars – Swarovski Optics
  5. Set up gun barrel to the right for right handed shooter
  6. Split body in half vertically and shoot 15 inches behind shoulder
  7. Dry Fire on an Animal – Take 4 or 5 big deep breaths relax and focus + plus no bullet in the chamber

Click here to access the infographic: Jay Scott Infographic

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Elk Hunting Resources Noted in the Show

GoHunt.com – Reminders so you don’t miss the draws


OnX Maps

Related Podcast Episodes

Mike Lawson episode

WFS 190 – Green Drake Hatch with Mike Lawson – Henrys Fork Fly Fishing, Gary LaFontaine

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Elk Hunting Conclusion with Jay Scott

Jay Scott from the Jay Scott Outdoors Podcast shares his best tips on getting started with elk hunting even if you have never gone for elk before.  We find out which website walks you through the process and helps you find the right hunt.

We get you going on elk hunting but also dig into the history of one of the big hunting podcasters in the country.  We focus on western hunting today and some of the similarities between elk hunting and fishing.  Click the play button above and listen to the finer details of elk hunting.