john geigerGood advice, Terry. Also, when you're sitting, put your back against a wide tree to reduce the chance of your movements being seen, and it's safer in case another hunter is trigger happy when he sees your deke!
bensterhanShot placement is most important to me, at the same time if you are shooting too small of a caliber there is no room for error. If you double lung an elk with a 243 it is likely to travel farther than if you double lung an elk with a 300, and that could possibly change the outcome of your hunt
Aden HolmesShot placement.
My 25-06 is the only rifle I hunt "big" game with... I haven't got my elk yet, but my mule deer didn't move at 310 yards. She was quarted away and I managed to hit high in the back of the lungs and tumble the bullet into her spine. I'm confident it'll take an elk.