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INTRODUCTION
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
               *Goal
               *Body language
               *Recommendations
                            The Golden Triangle
                            Angles
                                   Quartering to
                                   Quartering away
                                   Frontal
                                   Broadside
          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
3.3.2.1 Shoulder Guiding
3.3.2.2 1 on 1 Guiding
3.3.2.3 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 ?
7.1.1.1 Calling Philosophy
7.1.1.2 Types of calls
7.1.1.2.1 External Reed
7.1.1.2.2 Diaphragm Calls
7.1.1.2.2.1 Choosing a diaphragm
7.1.1.3 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?
7.1.3.1 Understanding Phases & Modes
7.1.3.1.1 The Rut Phases
7.1.3.1.1.1 Early Season
7.1.3.1.1.2 Pre-Rut
7.1.3.1.1.3 Rut Staging
7.1.3.1.1.4 Rut
7.1.3.1.1.5 Post Rut
7.1.3.1.1.6 Late Season
7.1.3.1.2 Elk Modes
7.1.3.2 Know why you are calling
7.1.3.3 Read your response
7.1.3.4 When do I call?
7.1.3.4.1 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
7.3.1.1 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
8.3.1.1 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
9.3.1.1 How Elk Use them
9.3.1.2 Hunt & Wind Strategies
9.3.1.2.1 Moving through the woods
9.3.1.2.2 Solo
9.3.1.2.3 With a partner
9.3.2 Scent Products
9.3.2.1 Chav’s Perspective
9.3.3 Chav’s Perspective
9.4 Elk Sign
9.5 Behavior Database
10 COMPONENT- HUNTING ETTIQUETTE
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
11.3.3.1 Things to consider
11.3.3.1.1 Chav’s Perspective
11.3.4 Packing
11.3.4.1 Have a plan
11.3.4.2 Packing choices
11.3.4.2.1 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
12.2.1.1 Early Season
12.2.1.2 Pre Rut
12.2.1.3 Rut Staging
12.2.1.4 Peak Rut
12.2.1.4.1 Firearms
12.2.1.5 Post Rut
12.2.1.5.1 Firearms
12.2.1.6 Late Season
12.2.2 The Rut and Equinox
12.2.3 Time of day
12.2.3.1 Morning
12.2.3.1.1 Chav’s Perspective
12.2.3.2 Evening
12.2.3.2.1 Chav’s Perspective
12.2.3.3 Mid-Day
12.2.3.3.1 Chav’s Perspective
12.3 Where to Hunt
12.3.1 Where to Start?
12.3.1.1 Which State?
12.3.1.2 Draw Application or OTC?
12.3.1.3 How to decide on a hunt unit?
12.3.2 Scouting
12.3.2.1 Boots on the ground
12.3.2.1.1 Food
12.3.2.1.1.1 Foods Elk Eat
12.3.2.1.1.1.1 Chav’s Perspective
12.3.2.1.1.2 Quality of grass
12.3.2.1.1.2.1 Chav’s Perspective
12.3.2.1.1.3 Late Moisture
12.3.2.1.1.4 Cattle competition
12.3.2.1.2 water
12.3.2.1.2.1 Dry year?
12.3.2.1.2.1.1 Concentrates elk
12.3.2.1.2.1.1.1 Chav’s Perspective
12.3.2.1.2.2 Wet Year
12.3.2.1.2.2.1 Disperses Elk
12.3.2.1.2.2.1.1 Chav’s Perspective
12.3.2.1.3 Sign
12.3.2.1.3.1 Track
12.3.2.1.3.2 Rubs
12.3.2.1.3.3 Trails
12.3.2.1.3.4 droppings
12.3.2.1.3.5 Where the cows are
12.3.2.1.4 Bedrooms
12.3.2.1.4.1 Chav’s Perspective
12.3.2.2 Digital scouting
12.3.2.2.1 Area Use Type
12.3.2.2.1.1 High Use vs Low Use areas
12.3.2.2.1.2 Where are the holes
12.3.2.2.1.3 Breaks in the canopy
12.3.2.2.1.3.1 Burn Areas
12.3.2.2.1.3.1.1 Benefit of Fire
12.3.2.2.1.3.1.2 Good & bad fires
12.3.2.2.1.3.1.3 Old and new fires
12.3.2.3 When to Scout
12.3.3 Multiple Plans…A,B,C,D
12.3.4 Getting away from crowds
12.3.4.1 Chav’s Perspective
12.3.5 How to Hunt Pressured Areas
12.3.5.1 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
12.4.4.1 Archery
12.4.4.1.1 Goals
12.4.4.1.2 Rules
12.4.4.1.3 Location Call Sequence
12.4.4.1.4 How I hunt the day
12.4.4.1.4.1 Morning
12.4.4.1.4.2 Mid day
12.4.4.1.4.3 Evening
12.4.4.1.5 Early Season
12.4.4.1.6 PreRut
12.4.4.1.7 Rut Staging
12.4.4.1.8 Peak Rut
12.4.4.1.9 Post Rut
12.4.4.2 Firearms
12.4.4.2.1 Rut
12.4.4.2.2 Post Rut
12.4.4.2.3 Late Season
12.4.4.2.3.1 Late Season Bulls
12.4.4.2.3.2 Early October Tactics
12.4.4.2.3.3 Late Season Cows
12.4.4.2.3.4 Cold Weather Preparation
12.4.5 Alternate Strategies
12.4.5.1 Decoys
12.4.5.2 Ambush
12.4.5.3 Stalking
12.4.5.4 Tree Stands
12.4.5.5 Rattling
12.4.6 Next Level Strategies
12.4.6.1 Targeting Bulls
12.4.6.1.1 Any Bull
12.4.6.1.2 Satellite Bull
12.4.6.1.3 Herd Bull
12.4.7 Advanced Strategies
12.4.8 Guided Hunts
12.4.8.1 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
14.4 PERSPECTIVE
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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