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1st season rifle too late to Bugle?

Oct 15th starts 1st season rifle in CO.  Will this be too late in the season to Bugle with a call?

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Late Bugles

There might be a few left bugling but that is pretty late in the year from my experience over the last 25 year here in Colorado.  I would not bank on it but I always take a cow call to help settle down any nervous elk I come across. Be quiet, go slow, get away from the crowds and watch the wind.

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There will be a few bugling

There will be a few bugling but don't expect one to come in to one.  You are going to have to spot or stalk or find where they are moving from water to feed to bedding areas and then ambush one.  A cow call comes in handy if you spook one and want to try to get him to stop but don't expect for that to work. 

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Bugle

Some years, i have heard them still bugle 2nd rifle, but they don't respond, spot and stalk and a cow call.

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If you think about it, how

If you think about it, how many of those ones that you heard bugling that time may have been hunters trying to call one up with their own bugle call lol

I wonder how many times hunters get caught bugling at each other, thinking the other one is an elk... Wink

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One has to wonder if those

One has to wonder if those bugles in second rifle are other hunters bugling. 

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bugles

Most experienced elk hunts know to leave there bugle home that time of year.

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It's not uncommon the hear a

It's not uncommon the hear a bugle even in the third season at first light or before but it's just random talk and not agressive. And they are not other hunters for sure in the areas I'm in. The rifle seasons are all I've hunted for quite awhile now and I only carry a cow call. I don't even own a bugle anymore. Even for the early unit 10 tag I drew this year I plan to use any bugles heard more as a locating reference and then move in quietly from there. For the most part I consider silence the best option other than the mentioned cow call on occasion.

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Yes some bulls will still be

Yes some bulls will still be bugling first season mostly at sun up or late evening. I think it depends on the hunting pressure. If there is good cloud cover or rain they might let out a bugle mid day. But I would not expect them to challenge your bugle.

Two years ago I had a late season private land cow tag and I got into a heard of about 200 head. It was december 22 and I witnessed a nice 6 point bugle several times. A couple cows in the herd were in heat and when they would whine he would go nuts.

 

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I have the winter range very

I have the winter range very close to me. (10 minutes) You can hunt it too. I always thought it was too easy. With some good storms they are there for 3rd rifle season.

 

I like to just watch them. I'll hear a bugle every now and then. Not sure what he's trying to say in that situation.

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I hunted first season a few

I hunted first season a few years ago in NW Colorado.  Opening day we heard a ton of bugliong on top of the moutain above us.  We did not try to call at them...as I had no call with me because I did not expect that at all.  We were all hunting cows but we did did see some nice bulls coming down the mountain, we jusdt happpen to pick the right spot that morning two out of three killed cows within one hour of the season starting....I was lucky enough to be in perfect spot.  I would say this year you will still hear some bugling, but as others have said it may be tough to call one in as they have been called at for a month or so.  But a cow could help alot to atleast slow one down or make it curious to come a bit closer to the end of your gun.

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