Dead Elk as bait?

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Dead Elk as bait?

Postby BuckWill » May 14th, 2018, 9:39 pm

Has anyone found an elk with wolves near the carcass? I mean can it be used as bait or is it just something to attract the crows? I have never even seen elk tracks right next to them,but I have had a bobcat pounce on a whitetail under my tree stand. that only happened the one time.I think it would help with the immersion.
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Re: Dead Elk as bait?

Postby VonStratos » May 14th, 2018, 11:01 pm

I have found them in carcasses, so i think yes wolves are attracted, but i would not keep awaiting near one, it seem more simple roam around and hear the howls to find them.


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Re: Dead Elk as bait?

Postby Tenbulls » May 15th, 2018, 12:10 am

I had a grizzly come down to a carcass. Not sure if it was just a coincidence or what..
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Re: Dead Elk as bait?

Postby Tanngnjostr » May 15th, 2018, 1:55 am

There's always a carcass where the crows are and the carcasses will attract wolves that are in the area. As far as I know, carcasses don't attract other animals. Also, the dead body of an elk (or any other animal) that was shot by a hunter doesn't attract animals either.

Understand the carcasses as pre-spawned bait sites for wolves, and the crows as hints that a carcass is in the area. There are predefined spots where the carcasses do spawn, though not each of those spots will have a carcass in every hunt.
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Re: Dead Elk as bait?

Postby FR_Bugs » May 15th, 2018, 3:27 am

You can find a map made by RogerYar with carcass known areas in this thread : ... ap#p856041
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Re: Dead Elk as bait?

Postby gas56 » May 15th, 2018, 1:24 pm

When getting close to a dead Elk carcass area,.. look around it carefully and you may see a Wolf or two.
Although not at all the carcass area's you visit will there be Wolves as they do like to travel. The key is the Howling they do to get into hunting them.
The perfect scenario is when you put up a TS near an area that is active at the time and there are 2 or 3 Wolf packs
close enough howling where you can call them to you and take them out 1 by 1 with a silent bow, and even if they spook
they won't run far, just keep calling until they come back and you can arrow a lot of Wolves this way.

Unfortunately,.. Wolves that don't die right away will run a ways then die when arrow hit,... Keep track of those ones
and don't go too long without retrieving them, ...
I usually have a few dead at my feet, but some do run and I let up to 3 or 4 that ran then go get them.
This depends on how well you can track to leave higher numbers to run away or lower numbers to run away within a limited time frame you are comfortable with.
A chest shot is good advice to get a good hit to drop them but it always doesn't work out that way, even when shooting straight down at them.
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Re: Dead Elk as bait?

Postby SoldierofGod » May 16th, 2018, 12:20 pm

I almost always see wolves somewhere nearby carcasses. I am pretty sure they are wolf spawn points.Yes they do attract wolves, because I have seen them eating elk carcasses before. But because of how much they like to roam around and chase elk, I wouldnt recommend waiting for one at a carcass to eat. Unless you have a caller and you are using it near a carcass.

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