Brandon says that after years of pursuing elk he has learned if you are in it for the antlers alone you are missing out on a big part of what elk hunting is really about. While he has tagged plenty of big bulls, Brandon notes meat is a primary objective. Many hunters will call out “meat hunters” as being insincere or closet trophy hunters, however Brandon says truly it’s about putting food on the table and meat in the freezer and that antlers happen to be a fantastic cherry on top. And when it comes to hunting for meat, elk is at the top of the heap. For every one cow, spike or bull you tag it would take several deer to match the amount of meat one elk provides. For this reason, Brandon says that if you are up for the challenge, and you are willing to work, then elk hunting is for you as the rewards are big in the way of personal accomplishment and meat. Brandon will talk about redefining the meaning of success and rethinking an atmosphere that puts so much emphasis on “trophies”. He’ll also talk early vs late season elk hunting and why he prefers September where the success rates may be smaller but the weather is more accommodating.
Brandon will also talk accessibility, conservation and the future of hunting. Accessibility is a big issue for hunters. Not everyone has access to private ground and they rely on public access in order to hunt and recreate outdoors. Brandon says that the lack of hunting access is probably the number one driver and deterrent that keeps people from becoming invested hunters and outdoorsmen. It’s a problem that if unresolved could have big implications for the number of men, women and children that go afield each and every year. Brandon also talks about the role that hunting plays in today’s society, whether the population as a whole realizes it or not. He discusses how without hunting there would be a massive shortage of protein that would have to be created, a shortage that would be virtually impossible to overcome.
Tune in for an interesting talk with Brandon Bates of “RMEF Team Elk” as we talk elk, hunting for protein, conservation and much more!