i just returned from ML loader season. Theyre starting to get into the rut more and more we packed out this morning and i think the cold weather tonight should push them into it. we only heard a hand full of bulls bugl while we were up there, one of which we brought home ;).
Indeed their turning on! One of my work buds said they started turning on last Saturday in our neck of Southern Co. With this cold snap it should be getting prime time. Also its going to be a dark moon phase starting around tomorrow. Should be real good. Just gotta stick to the plan, go in dark (early) go in deep, and locate some elk. My tag is good for either sex and no point restriction on bulls so the first wapiti that gives me the broadside boiler room access is getting an arrow if'n I can help it. Not being choosy no sir.
Congrats jcaldera and good luck exbio and anyone else heading out!
They were bugling until mid morning on Thursday, then just one or two at dawn on Friday, then nothing this morning. Things were pretty exciting for a bit on Thursday, probably should have been a little more aggressive, but still got within 100 yards of the cows, couldn't see that particular bull though.
Did see one big bull chase some cows across an avalanche chute about 1000 yards from the elk I was working.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...