Elk Scent

Elk Scent

David Sparks Ph.D.
David Sparks Ph.D.
Mike Jenkins from Up Front Outfitters in Washington state is a character with a lot of great stories. This one that he shares with us tells us about his taking a client named Dan on an elk hunt. Dan was very concerned about scent and when he learned that Mike was bringing along another guide with his client, Dan was furious and concerned. Nonetheless the hunt proceeded as we hear from Mike. “We get up there and this whole Ridge has just got elk screaming on it. I said, Dan, let’s get up on that ridge, we will get in there and we will call one. Nope. Too far for me to walk, I’m not going. Of course he is wearing 80 pounds of scent lock and it’s 88°, of course he didn’t want to walk. So I told him, Dan, I have to go to the bathroom and, number two. So I am going to go downwind and go to the bathroom. So I take off and he is mumbling and grumbling. So I am back there going to the bathroom and I hear a bull bugle. So I use my cow call and he cuts me off and screams right back at me. I cow call again and here comes this bull, he is hot. I finish up and I go running down the hill and I get right next to Dan and there are four of us and this bull is coming in and all of a sudden I look and I see the bull’s feet. I say Dan, knock an arrow. So he draws an arrow, the bull walks out, he smacks that bull, just hammered it dead center mass and after I looked up and saw the shot I said hey, how’s that for scent control.
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