Grim Reaper Talks Elk Hunting

Jay Liechty is a diehard elk hunter who spends a fair amount of time each fall chasing elk. He has pack llamas that help him get deep into the backcountry where elk call home. I recently interviewed Jay about elk hunting, long range accuracy and the elk tactics he employs when in the woods.

One of the most popular broadheads on the market is the Grim Reaper. The owner of Grim Reaper is Jay Liechty, a diehard elk hunter who spends a fair amount of time each fall chasing elk. He has pack llamas that help him get deep into the backcountry where elk call home. I recently interviewed Jay about elk hunting, long range accuracy and the elk tactics he employs when in the woods.

Jay Liechty, Owner Grim Reaper Broadheads

For starters, Jay believes bowhunters who are serious about elk hunting should hone their archery skills. Bowhunters who are extremely deadly at long range tend to kill more elk than hunters who won’t shoot past 30 yards. Many hunters think it is difficult to accurately shoot a bow at long ranges, but that isn’t the case. A 2” dot at 20 yards (whitetail target practice) is the exact size in your sight window as a 10” paper plate at 100 yards: 5 x 2” =10” and 5 x 20 yards = 100 yards. If you can hit the 2” dot at 20 yards and your form is good and your bow is tuned, you can hit the 10” plate at 100 yards (you need to hold still after the release)” Liechty said. “When a hunter becomes accurate at 100 yards 50- and 60-yard shots aren’t that big of a deal. I would suggest all hunters practice long range shooting. It will make them a better shot at all distances.”

Many people prefer hunting elk by calling them in or by stalking them. Liechty, on the other hand, likes to figure out their pattern and hunt near a feeding or bedding area. “When they aren’t bothered, elk have a regular routine and ‘set up house’ with specific bedding, feeding, etc. areas in a larger section of the forest. A herd of 8-40 elk may be the only elk in a square mile but they spend most of their time within 5-20 acres. The rest of the 660 acres is elk vacant. After you find where they bed, feed, wallow and water, it will be the same until they are spooked out of there by man, fire or predators. The general daily pattern of elk is up in the evening to water, feed all night and travel to bed for the day in the morning. Interestingly enough, often the bedding area is half a mile to a mile or so from the feeding area. They travel quite a ways and do it in a hurry. This is a good opportunity to kill them. Choosing the best hunting methods depends on what you know about their ‘living quarters’ and whether you want to hunt a specific elk, how long you want to hunt that herd or if you just want to bounce around trying for any elk.”

Many whitetail hunters from the East who head west to elk hunt want to call elk in or stalk them. Liechty on the other hand, likes to hunt elk the way many of us hunt deer...from above. “I really like treestands over wallows, trails, seeps, minerals (where legal) and feeding areas. You can get in position at highly visited locations in their “living quarters” without them knowing you are there. It takes patience waiting but when they come in, you are above all the vegetation and they don’t look up. The kill percentage is very high. We killed eleven elk out of the same treestand in Wyoming this way over a meadow with three wallows in it. We were guaranteed a 30-yard shot if we sat there two evenings. If it didn’t work out that day, if they had not been spooked out of the area, chances were good they would be back in a day or so,” Liechty explained.

Grim Reaper: flies true, hits hard and provides a fast, humane kill.

Of course when hunting elk, Liechty doesn’t leave home without Grim Reaper broadheads. “We have many happy customers who are killing elk year in and year out with our mechanical broadheads. The large cutting diameter of our heads quickly kills elk. Often the elk drops within sight.”

Fall is here. Whether you are elk hunting, deer hunting or chasing some other big game animal, Grim Reaper Broadheads will get the job done.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tracy Breen is a full time outdoor writer and marketing consultant in the outdoor industry. He works with a variety of companies including Mathews Archery, Grim Reaper Broadheads and Wilderness Athlete. He is also a popular wild game dinner speaker. Learn more about him at: www.tracybreen.com.  

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