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Location: OREGON(homestate)Mississippi(duty station)
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anyone got advice

on how to getting within bow range of elk. I have been staying about 200 yards away. i mean i havent tried getting close cuz i dont wanna run them out of the area. they havent been spooked. and the 4pt raghorn is bugling. the spikes are sqeuling. any advice to get close with dry brush would be apprieciated.

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Location: Kentucky/ Colorado
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Do you have a hunting partner with you? If you do, try to spread out down wind 75 to 100 yards and alternate cow/calf calls. When one hunters calls and the elk direct their attention toward him/her the other hunter can crawl a little ways and hide and then that hunter calls and the other hunter crawls a little ways until you're in bow range. If you run out of cover, stay put and calf call, like a lost calf and mommy will come looking and when mommy comes looking, daddy will sometimes come over to get mommy back into his harem. One of you can usually get a shot at daddy.
Let me know if you're solo and I'll try to come up with a game plan for you.

Location: Butte, MT
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I've spooked elk more by them seeing me than hearing me. This might be risky in that you don't want them to vacate the area, but you might try going ahead and approaching them from down wind. A person walking through the woods doesn't sound that dissimilar from an elk or a deer walking through the woods. Just make sure you're down wind and in cover and you should be ok to get within 100yds. Set up in some good cover that you can still move around in, use 2 or 3 different cow-talk-type calls. I'd recommend you start cow talking sorta quietly and gradually increase the volume and frequency of your calling (also vary the direction in which you point the call). That raghorn might come right over to say hi. But remember, if they see or smell you, you're toast. Good luck.

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This is what I do. Have some one go about 500 yards behind you. Position you’re self with then 250 yards of the bull. Now the game starts. Have your partner bugle. Make sure he doesn’t sound too big. Then you cow call. 2 to 3 cow calls. After this, make your way into the bull. Move toward him about 50 to 70 yards. Then do it again. Once the "rag horn" thinks a cow is coming in to him. He will come running. Just be sure you’re ready to shoot. It will happen very fast. Also you don't want to bugle too much. The bugling is just to make him react faster. He thinks he is pulling a cow from another bull. It's an ego thing.

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crbaker333, How is your hunt going? Did you get close enough? Think

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Location: Olympia, Wa.
Joined: 08/31/2006
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The Wind is the key........

I've bow hunted elk quite a bit and have found that the noise you make getting to the elk doesn't seem to bother them as long as you are out of sight, the noise or sound is not man made (ie. metal on metal, etc) and you keep the wind in your face..........invest in a breeze detecter of some type and get after those elk. YOU WILL BE SURPRIZED HOW CLOSE YOU WILL GET!!!!

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