There are late season archery deer and elk hunts close to home. The success rate is pretty good for deer and really low for elk. I could go right now and find at least 100 deer and 100 elk this morning (not exaggerating), so I've wondered why the success isn't higher--I assume stalking difficulties. I've wanted to try them but have some questions.
Beyond the fact that don't migrate as much, what makes up the difference in difficulty between stalking deer versus elk? Maybe just the basics that elk are smarter, have better senses, and there's not a rut going on?
What are some of the keys to stalking in mostly open country? When they're bedded or on certain parts of the mountain that are more stalkable?
Last question: I am 26, ran track in college, have been successful at stalking in the past. Could my physical abilities give me a significant advantage in the hunt to increase my odds? If not, I probably won't do the elk hunt at least.