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    This is pretty awesome! Been sitting here with the note pad and then going and revisting some of the places we had picked out for our September hunt. Thanks Randy!
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    Glad we have that RANDY Discount code for onXmaps. I have been able to find everything I needed before that onX has (geomac, CO hunting atlas, etc) but this is all in one package and worth it for $25.

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    Good stuff! When do you expect all the episodes will be finished and posted? Not trying to put the rush on you, but some of us have archery bull hunts starting in about 6 weeks and need to make our e-scouting count before then.
    My name is DDD... and I'm an Elkoholic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil Diver Down View Post
    Good stuff! When do you expect all the episodes will be finished and posted? Not trying to put the rush on you, but some of us have archery bull hunts starting in about 6 weeks and need to make our e-scouting count before then.
    It'll take a while. Right now we have twelve episodes in the can to complete the series. At the rate of one per week, we will be done in early September. onX has mentioned the idea of releasing two in a week as a possibility.
    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

    "Hunt when you can. You're gonna run outta health before you run outta money."

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    Good stuff Randy thanks!

    If you're bored next year (HA!)... would love the same series but for mule deer!

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    Thanks for the information Randy. I have onX and have been using it for an up coming hunt. It will be our first hunt out west and trying to do as much e-scouting as possible, but we drew a pretty hard tag (New Mexico unit 50 Sept 1-14). It is mostly pinyons and junipers and from what I have been reading online the elk are scattered. Is there something other than water away from the trails that I should be looking for. Thanks again for all of the information you have put out there . I fell look it give us from out east a fighting chance.

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    This is dynamite! Thanks Randy!
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    Part 4 - Sanctuaries is now live. Main focus of my plan for post-rut and late season.

    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

    "Hunt when you can. You're gonna run outta health before you run outta money."

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    Hey Randy,

    Just watched part five of escouting. I was wondering if you had the option to hunt opening day in the first season of the year but it was on a Saturday would you avoid opening day and just start hunting on Monday or start hunting on opening morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYSKIER View Post
    Hey Randy,

    Just watched part five of escouting. I was wondering if you had the option to hunt opening day in the first season of the year but it was on a Saturday would you avoid opening day and just start hunting on Monday or start hunting on opening morning?
    I'd hunt opening morning, as most seasons are pretty short in many states, Montana being one of the exceptions. I would have my "opening morning plan" based on what I see in my scouting time and then I would have my "rest of the season plan," knowing the deck is completely shuffled after opening day.
    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

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    Part 5 - Hunting Pressure, is now live on our YouTube channel. If you hunt public land in areas with large amounts of hunters, being able to predict hunting pressure, where it will come from and how elk will respond, is a big part of putting together your game plan.

    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

    "Hunt when you can. You're gonna run outta health before you run outta money."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Fin View Post
    I'd hunt opening morning, as most seasons are pretty short in many states, Montana being one of the exceptions. I would have my "opening morning plan" based on what I see in my scouting time and then I would have my "rest of the season plan," knowing the deck is completely shuffled after opening day.
    Thanks Big Fin!

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    Loving this series. I use to switch between onX and Google Earth for scouting but I'm almost exclusively onX now. Two features I like on Google Earth are being able to see the date of satellite imagery and seeing exact elevation as you mouse over the map. Does anyone know if either feature is available for onX and maybe I just can't find it?

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    Part 6 - Hunting Boundaries and Using Boundaries as a Sanctuary.

    Probably the most effective sanctuary areas I hunt are boundaries. Requires a certain level of acceptance that many encounters will be off limits. But, the hunting pressure is usually far lower.

    Thanks for watching.

    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

    "Hunt when you can. You're gonna run outta health before you run outta money."

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    Very informative!! Thanks for all the pointers!!

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    Thanks Randy, I bought in in 2017 after watching one of your E scouting sessions and thought I would have a tough time grasping the technology. I used it last fall with minor success in mastering it. I didn't become good at using it though until I parked my Garmin and started using it to navigate. I now have off grid maps for my AZ Archery hunt loaded (which I have already scouted), and my CA Antelope hunt ( which I have already scouted). I have yet to load my CO Deer hunt maps for my Nov. hunt but intend to do that as well. I have been hunting the boundaries all my life and this has taken much of the uncertainty out of my map reading.

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    Now we are getting into the good stuff. To me, the next two videos are the most important of the entire series. This is the video that explains the four primary needs elk have; food, water, sanctuary, and breeding.

    That sounds rather fundamental because it is. Yet, most times people fail to find elk is due to not understanding what of those four needs is the primary need. Identify the primary need and where you can satisfy that primary need, and you have identified where you will find the elk at the time you are hunting them.

    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

    "Hunt when you can. You're gonna run outta health before you run outta money."

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    Invaluable!! Thanks, Randy!! Cant get enough!!
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    Ooops. Double post.
    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

    "Hunt when you can. You're gonna run outta health before you run outta money."

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    We'll take a double-Fin anytime. If only we could clone you ... the hunting world, public lands protection would be exponentially improved!

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    Hunting Sitka Blacktails and Dall sheep the last three weeks has me a bit behind on the E-scouting series.

    Part 8 - The 5 Periods of the Elk Season is now live. When combined with Part 7, needs, makes up the core of how I do my planning.

    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

    "Hunt when you can. You're gonna run outta health before you run outta money."

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    I really like seeing how the plan comes full circle. It defiantly provided a lot more clarity for me.

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    Part 9 - Putting all the pieces together to create a pre-rut archery elk plan. Next two episodes revolve around a post-rut plan and executing that plan.




    Hopefully folks understand why we used this unit as an example; 1) we've used this unit as an example in the past, 2) we've hunted it for archery, 3) we've hunted it for rifle, and 4) we took elk on both those hunts.
    My name is Randy Newberg and I approved this post. What is written is my opinion, and my opinion only.

    "Hunt when you can. You're gonna run outta health before you run outta money."

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    This last episode (#9) on pre rut planning, is the best one yet. With lots of new information that I haven't seen before. WOW so looking forward to the rest on these.

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    Watched Episodes 1 through 5 last night and learned so much that I can't wait to watch more soon. Thank you, Randy, for sharing your knowledge and experience with the rest of us. It was your teaching spirit, which comes through so much in your OYOA and Fresh Tracks TV shows that drew me to your platforms in the first place.

    Thanks again.
    Mark

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