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any bugling

has anybody heard any bugling in the montrose area yet.

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I have not been out all yet,

I have not been out all yet, but what I have heard from some bow hunting sites,[ that the bugliong has been pretty scare all over Colorado.  A few guys have gotten responses but they definetly are singing a great tune yet.  Been real hot and hopefully these cooler temps will kick start that rut.

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I dont know about Colorado

I dont know about Colorado but here in Oregon I havent heard any bugles yet nor havent heard of anyone else hearing any either. Hopefully within the next few weeks they start rutting and screaming. I have 10 days to hunt elk later this month. the 14th through the 24th. I'm hoping by then there screaming there big heads off. I would love to arrow an elk this year. Good luck to you.

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I was out for a while this

I was out for a while this morning.  While walking up a trail I passed another hunter who headed over into a nice draw.  About 20 minutes later I heard one bugle.  Then he let loose again.  The funny thing is is right where the other hunter was at.  He must of sat there for a hour tooting his head off and never got a response.  After today I reminded myself why I usually don't head out into the hills for another couple of weeks.   

I did manage to see a few deer and a couple of bucks with in shooting range but they were on the small side and I still have the whole month to go.  I did manage a couple blue grouse which are ready for the frying pan tonight for dinner. 

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Hey Critter, just for

Hey Critter, just for information, what is a good pattern when bugling, in terms of how often, loud/soft, etc.?  I know with deer back east, when you're rattling or grunting, most people do it about every 15-30 minutes, but never more frequently than that.

However, with deer, you do not get a response like you do with elk.  the deer will just respond to your call, so you have to keep your eyes open.

And ont hat note, do you ever have bulls that will just sneak in silently to investigate?  Maybe smaller bulls, just trying to get a look.  Or, do they just come in "loud and proud" for the most part?

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The last bull that I bugled

The last bull that I bugled in came in without a word.  I was playing with some bigger bulls on the opposite side of the canyon that I could see.  He was running from the top to the bottom of the hill chasing cows and other bulls.  Every time that I bugled he would stop and let loose with a challenge to me.  The one that came up to me was a small 4x4 and I never saw him but my brother in law watched him come up with in 10 yards of me in the brush before he winded me and took off back toward the other side. 

That same year the bull that I shot which was a 6x7 was bugling every couple of minutes before daylight from 6 o' clock until I dropped him at 7:05 just a couple of minutes after he stepped into a clearing. 

So what I would recommend is to do a few calls and then wait for 15 or even 30 minutes and then try again.  But just because you are not getting one back doesn't mean that there are not any elk in the area.  A lot of them are call shy and will come in silently. 

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Like I posted last saturday I

Like I posted last saturday I saw nearly 300 hundred elk that day up in unit 10. There were quite a few bull of different sizes and they were talking a bit. They weren't answering each other but just letting one out once in awhile. But there was no agressive behavior or urgency yet. Just making a little noise for the most part, the cows were very vocal with that group and it was a constant coversation going on out there.

Since this is a trophy are and the ratio is much different than many other units and the affect people have on them they may act very differently than they do elswhere.

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Went scouting this morning

Went scouting this morning for another look at the area I plan to hunt first rifle season in Colorado. Saw a lot of track but no bugling, nothing. Boots on the ground by about 0630 so it shouldn't have been too late in the morning to hear at least something. This was in unit 59.

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they are bugling

Talked to a hunter today who shot a real nice bull here in Colorado.  Said they are bugling, but not really responding to calls.  He was hunting 7-8,000 foot resident elk.

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