If you have been scouting of elk in the Book Cliffs, Bitter Creek unit, you may have noticed a lack of mature bulls. You are not the only one. My group has tags for deer and elk from September through November. We've seen some great deer (Steer Ridge, first cattle grate, look south, 30" +/- and inch). There are lots of 24" inch bucks, with one hunter reporting 24 seen in a morning along the summit from Winter Ridge west to the roadless border. But, only one hunter has seen a muture bull and it was 3/4 down the Monumnet Ridge road.
In times like these I broaden my resources, so I called the DWR biologist. His exact words, "I've been dreading this call". He been looking in all the usual hot spots; Rat Hole, South Rat Hole, Monument, Chipeta, Winter, Moon, Steer, Westwater point, he's not having any luck. His only guess is that the bulls may be summering low, he saw two in his headlights in the juniper belt around Indian Ridge. He has not spent any time on McCook, so I may focus there next.
No one is looking for GPS coordinates to your honey hole, beside that takes the fun out of it. But, if you've notice them in a specific canyon or elevation, any help would be appreciated. I know it may seem like a lot to ask, but with a 35 bull to 100 cow ratio, there are plenty of mature bulls for everyone. Yes, it is that high- in fact the biologist thinks that's a low ball estimate.
I'm excited for all the deer hunters. Your hunts are looking great, Just don't shot the first 26" buck you see.
If your hunting Wyoming unit 95 for antelope this fall, look east of Ringdahl Res., along the top of Cedar Mt. My son and I saw some 15 inch bucks. South of the northern most walk-in only area.
Good Luck, and don't forget to go fishing!