New Mexico Elk Hunting Tracks

More often than not you see the tracks of animals that you are chasing before you actually see the animal. Being able to identify elk tracks can help you find more animals and find them quicker. When you are in the woods you have the chance of seeing many types of tracks from many different animals. New Mexico elk tracks are very distinct and easy to identify. Cow elk have slightly smaller tracks than their male counterparts.

Elk tracks are similar to cow tracks; they are a little bit narrower. Once you find an elk track there are a few different ways to tell how fresh or recent the track was left. If you see a track that is very detailed, very distinct, then you can likely be sure that there are elk in your area. Another way to get an idea of how old the track is is to touch it. If the track is soft and not crusted over you have a good chance of locating elk. Older tracks will not be as detailed and the ridges will break upon touching them.

If you can find tracks in the snow or in mudded areas, you can get a decent idea of their freshness. Mud and snow can also be a bit deceptive at times. Tracks in mud often look a lot larger than they really are. So, when chasing that big bull, be careful not to get excited about an extra large track in the mud because it does not necessarily mean they are from your monster bull.

New Mexico offers vast terrain that can produce many different looking elk tracks. The areas with snow offer ease of spotting tracks, while the soft soils make it easy for tracks to be very soft and unforgiving. Being very observant and taking notice of every track you see can help you spot the big one before it gets away.

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