Blue Collar Elk Hunting Academy Member's

Welcome to Elk Camp!

We are so excited to have you here and get you on the road to your journey of an adventure like no other. Hunting Elk!

The Blue Collar Elk Academy has been a dream for your Elk Hunting Coach, Joe Giglia. An opportunity to use his skill sets and combine his passions for Teaching,  Coaching and Elk Hunting so that others can have the same experiences that created so many incredible memories in his own life.

So lock and load…cause here we GO!

How To Navigate Your Training Camp....LET'S GRIND Y'ALL!

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A. Inverting the Pyramid
    1. Different than any course.
    2. Overall Success is not…
    3. What does Success mean? 
B. Meet Your Coaches

COMPONENT 1 – Closing the Deal
A. Understanding Elk Anatomy & best Shot placement
    1. Anatomy
    2. Shot placement
          2a. Archery
               *Body language
                            The Golden Triangle
                                   Quartering to
                                   Quartering away
          2b. Rifle
B. The Shot – Archery
          3a. Shooting within yourself
               *Shooting confidence
               *Responsibility and ethics
          3b. Goal
          3c. Marginal Shots
          3d. Comfort Zone
               *Effective Range
          3e. Aggressive Positioning
          3f. Shooting Position
          3g. When to draw
          3h. When to Shoot
               *Freezing the bull
          3i. The Shot Process
          3j. Your Not Done
C. The Shot – Firearm
          4a. Shooting within yourself
               *Shooting confidence
               *Responsibility and ethics
          4b. Goal
          4c. Marginal Shots
          4d. Comfort Zone
               *Effective Range
          4d. When to shoot
               *Freezing the Bull
          4e. The Shot Process
          4f. Your Not Done
COMPONENT 2 – Setup for Success
3.1 basic
3.1.1 Solo Setups
3.1.2 Partner Setups
3.2 next level
3.2.1 Solo Setup Strategies
3.2.2 Partner Strategies
3.2.3 Multiple shooters or caller Strategies
3.3 advanced
3.3.1 Cameraman placement
3.3.2 Guiding Scenarios Shoulder Guiding 1 on 1 Guiding 2 on 1 Guiding
3.3.3 Multiple Callers
3.3.4 Decoy Setups
4 COMPONENT- A Response! What’s next?
4.1 Firearm
4.2 Archery
5 COMPONENT- A Response! What’s next?
5.1 Firearm
5.2 Archery
6 COMPONENT- A Response! What’s next?
6.1 Firearm
6.2 Archery
7 COMPONENT- Calling Elk
7.1 Basics
7.1.1 Where do I start ? Calling Philosophy Types of calls External Reed Diaphragm Calls Choosing a diaphragm What is a grunt Tube?
7.1.2 What Calls do I need to learn?
7.1.3 How do I know what call to use? Understanding Phases & Modes The Rut Phases Early Season Pre-Rut Rut Staging Rut Post Rut Late Season Elk Modes Know why you are calling Read your response When do I call? Basic Calling Decision Trainer
7.1.4 Developing Calling Confidence
7.2 Process after a response
7.3 Next Level Calling
7.3.1 Preventing a “HUNG” bull Chav’e Perspective
7.4 Advanced Calling Techniques & Strategies
8 COMPONENT- Finding Elk
8.1 The Gutsy Hunter
8.1.1 Chav’ Perepective
8.2 Firearm
8.2.1 Where did all the Elk Go
8.3 Archery
8.3.1 Night Bugling Chav’s Perspective
9 COMPONENT – Understanding Elk
9.1 They are not Whitetail
9.1.1 Chav’s Perspective
9.2 Strengths & Weaknesses
9.2.1 Priorities
9.2.2 Senses
9.3 Wind is everything
9.3.1 Key Factor – Thermals How Elk Use them Hunt & Wind Strategies Moving through the woods Solo With a partner
9.3.2 Scent Products Chav’s Perspective
9.3.3 Chav’s Perspective
9.4 Elk Sign
9.5 Behavior Database
10.1 Other Hunters
10.1.1 Chav’s Perspective
10.2 Respect Others
10.2.1 Chav’s Perspective
10.3 The Bro Code
10.3.1 Chav’s Perspective

10.4 Respect the land
10.4.1 Chav’e Perspective
10.5 Respect the Animal
10.5.1 Chav’s Perspective
10.6 The Hunter’s Image
10.6.1 Chav’s Perspective
11 COMPONENT – After the Shot
11.1 Processing the shot
11.2 Tracking
11.3 I found my elk. Now What?
11.3.1 Legal responsibilities
11.3.2 Ethical Responsibilities
11.3.3 Meat Recovery Things to consider Chav’s Perspective
11.3.4 Packing Have a plan Packing choices The Suck
11.4 When the worst happens
12 COMPONENT – Where do I start?
12.1 Understanding the Options
12.2 When to hunt
12.2.1 Elk Modes & Phases Early Season Pre Rut Rut Staging Peak Rut Firearms Post Rut Firearms Late Season
12.2.2 The Rut and Equinox
12.2.3 Time of day Morning Chav’s Perspective Evening Chav’s Perspective Mid-Day Chav’s Perspective
12.3 Where to Hunt
12.3.1 Where to Start? Which State? Draw Application or OTC? How to decide on a hunt unit?
12.3.2 Scouting Boots on the ground Food Foods Elk Eat Chav’s Perspective Quality of grass Chav’s Perspective Late Moisture Cattle competition water Dry year? Concentrates elk Chav’s Perspective Wet Year Disperses Elk Chav’s Perspective Sign Track Rubs Trails droppings Where the cows are Bedrooms Chav’s Perspective Digital scouting Area Use Type High Use vs Low Use areas Where are the holes Breaks in the canopy Burn Areas Benefit of Fire Good & bad fires Old and new fires When to Scout
12.3.3 Multiple Plans…A,B,C,D
12.3.4 Getting away from crowds Chav’s Perspective
12.3.5 How to Hunt Pressured Areas Chav’s Perspective
12.4 How to hunt
12.4.1 Hunting Solo
12.4.2 Hunting with a Partner
12.4.3 Hunting with a Group
12.4.4 Basic Strategies Archery Goals Rules Location Call Sequence How I hunt the day Morning Mid day Evening Early Season PreRut Rut Staging Peak Rut Post Rut Firearms Rut Post Rut Late Season Late Season Bulls Early October Tactics Late Season Cows Cold Weather Preparation
12.4.5 Alternate Strategies Decoys Ambush Stalking Tree Stands Rattling
12.4.6 Next Level Strategies Targeting Bulls Any Bull Satellite Bull Herd Bull
12.4.7 Advanced Strategies
12.4.8 Guided Hunts Know our profile
12.5 COMPONENT – Equipment & Gear
12.6 CAMP TALK – What We Would do if we were a first time elk hunter 13 COMPONENT- Physical Fitness
14 COMPONENT – Mindset and Mental Fitness
14.1 Be a Grinder
14.2 Hump Day
14.3 Define your own reality
14.5 Invert the excuses
15 COMPONENT- Developing Confidence
15.1 Goal Setting
15.1.1 Your Ultimate Goal
15.1.2 Identify Small Goals
15.1.3 What it Takes
15.2 Cycle of Success
15.3 In Your Equipment
15.3.1 Main factors
15.3.2 Identify Possible Failure Points
15.4 In your Calling
15.4.1 Results Driven
15.4.2 Veterans vs Beginners
15.5 Fitness Confidence
15.6 Shooting Confidence
15.7 Off-Season Training
16 COMPONENT – Judging Elk
16.1 Using the Anatomy




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