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#3113101 - 06/19/09 04:18 PM What's the best bait for elk? li
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Our summer home is in the middle of Arizona's best elk country. We have elk in our yard frequently, but mostly it's in the middle of the night and we only see their tracks and scat. So far, baiting to view wildlife is still legal in our county. (We can't hunt near the cabin.)

I've tried salt and mineral blocks and "deer blocks", but so far they have ignored my offerings. Any suggestions as to what I should put out for them? Has anyone had any luck with alfalfa pellets?

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#3113252 - 06/19/09 05:46 PM Re: What's the best bait for elk? li [Re: billrquimby]
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Dunno about summer, but elk used to really like a potato patch a friend had on his 7-acre place in a Montana canyon.
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#3113315 - 06/19/09 06:22 PM Re: What's the best bait for elk? li [Re: billrquimby]
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Here in Evergreen, Colorado I can't even get the dogs to chase them out of the yard anymore so I have to do it. Five minutes later they're back. Anything green attracts them. Native mountain plants, the herb garden, poppies, the vegetable garden. Big mountain rats they are...

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#3113643 - 06/19/09 09:08 PM Re: What's the best bait for elk? li [Re: Granger]
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Just about any ornamental plant or vegetable that you really love will also be attractive to elk. I learned this the hard way when I lived up in Evergreen Meadows in Colorado twenty years ago...
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#3113685 - 06/19/09 09:36 PM Re: What's the best bait for elk? li [Re: mudhen]
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Alfalfa works, I have shot elk before sunrise, on their way back up the mountain, after they had spent the night in a alfalfa field.
Good meat that was.
Not much better than alfalfa fed deer and elk.
Easy to pack out too.

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#3113686 - 06/19/09 09:37 PM Re: What's the best bait for elk? li [Re: mudhen]
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+1 on a bale of alfalfa hay. Just ask any rancher who has elk in his winter pasture running his cows off their feed.
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#3113896 - 06/20/09 05:08 AM Re: What's the best bait for elk? li [Re: Rock Chuck]
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+2 on the alfalfa hay. Throw a bale of hay out there if you want to see elk. Just be careful what you wish for though!

It might not be to long before your back on the campfire asking how to get rid of the filthy things.
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#3114020 - 06/20/09 06:55 AM Re: What's the best bait for elk? li [Re: 99guy]
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I'll just add that the potato patch pulled in more elk than the green alfalfa field next to it--though they liked both.

My bet (based on some experience) is that elk are more attracted to green lawns than baled alfalfa--or alfalfa pellets. The original post is about Bill's summer home in Arizona. Elk sure do hit haystacks in the winter in the northern Rockies, but that ain't what we're discussing here.
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#3114083 - 06/20/09 07:47 AM Re: What's the best bait for elk? li [Re: Mule Deer]
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Grow potatoes for elk in AZ?

Alfalfa hay got to taste better than cactus
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#3114089 - 06/20/09 07:53 AM Re: What's the best bait for elk? li [Re: 99guy]
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rose bushes
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