Scouting for Elk in 2019 - E-Scouting with Randy Newberg & onX

September 10, 2018 | Tips & Tricks

The most important key to a successful elk hunting season is often the hardest to accomplish: scouting.

With busy work schedules and out-of-state trips, many hunters don’t have the option of boots-on-the-ground scouting. For the last 11 weeks, onX Ambassador Randy Newberg released this dedicated guide on how to find elk using the onX Hunt web app. This 11-part video series covers every stage of the scouting process, from early scouting a new area, through the elk rut and late season rifle hunting.

Below, we compiled every episode of E-Scouting for Elk with Randy Newberg in one easy-to-access place.

Check out the list below to find the scouting video that will help you fill your tag this year.

Episode 1: What To Expect

The first episode in Randy’s E-Scouting series is all about expectations. Randy will take you through the what, when, where and why of his methods and let you know what he’ll cover in later episodes. Watch here…

Episode 2: Identifying Forest Canopy and Edge Disruptions

Elk are grazing animals and need plenty of feed to prepare for the rigors of the rut and brutal winters. Learn to target important canopy disruptions like fires and logging, which lead to the nutritious growth elk love. Watch here…

Episode 3: What Makes a Good Burn and How To Hunt It

Anyone familiar with Randy knows his affinity for hunting burns. They also know how well the strategy works. In this episode, Randy dives deep into hunting burns, covering topics like where to target a burn, the best burns to target by year and more. Watch here…

Episode 4: Finding post-rut sanctuaries

Another one of Randy’s passions is sanctuaries, which provide needed protection for bull elk after the rut. In this episode, he goes through his definition of a sanctuary while providing insight on where to find them and when to target them. Watch here…

Episode 5: Dealing with hunting pressure and using it to your advantage

Cruising down a dirt road, a quarter mile from our hunting spot, Randy always holds his breath rounding that last corner, hoping no other car will be in his spot. Hunting pressure is inevitable on public land, but in this video Randy shows you how to use pressure to your advantage. Watch here…

Episode 6: Boundaries: a different kind of sanctuary

There are certain areas in a hunting unit we all tend to avoid. The closer we get to private property, or a unit we don’t have a tag for, the more nervous we get about crossing that line. In this episode, Randy discusses how elktake refuge close to property, park and unit boundaries and why you should search out these areas. Watch here…

Episode 7: Knowing the four needs of elk

If you want to hunt elk, you have to understand elk. Learn the specifics about food, water, secure shelter and breeding — and Randy almost guarantees you will find them. Watch here…

Episode 8: A further look at elk needs and how they change

After addressing the four needs elk need to survive and thrive, Randy takes an even deeper dive into them and how they change with the seasons, the rut and the post-rut. Watch here…

Episode 9: Time to put your elk hunting plan together

Randy’s whole purpose in E-Scouting is to form a cohesive plan he can use for opening day. In this video, Randy teaches you to compile all your previous information into an opening day plan, giving you your best shot at success. Watch here…

Episode 10: Your post-rut plan

The rut is winding down and you’ve still got that tag burning a hole in your pocket. This can be the hardest time of year to find elk. The bulls have all gone into hiding and the bugling has ended. Now is the time to target those sanctuaries. Adding to your opening day plan, Randy now demonstrates how to build a post-rut plan from top to bottom. Watch here…

Episode 11: Day-by-day strategies for post-rut and late-season elk hunts.

At this time, most general rifle seasons are open and snow is starting to fall on the high peaks. This time of year, the weather is getting colder and the bulls are still in their sanctuaries. Randy is now refining all his information to develop a day-by-day plan for ya late season hunt with everything from picking a campsite to figuring out the first, second and third best areas to start. Watch here…

Start E-Scouting today and make sure you’re more prepared than you’ve ever been for your opening day.

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