So ive picked the dates that im going to be heading to CO this year for my second DIY public land bowhunt. My hopes are high as they were the first time (fall 2010), however, the first time i went out there like all rookies i was hoping to get into some serious Wapiti rut madness. Well that wasnt the case, it was hot 80 degrees hot. Although i did get onto some elk (which made me happy just being able to do that my first time out there), there were only two days where i actually heard them talking, and that was only for the first half hour in the morning and then at night. This time i want to be better prepared for a game plan if i encounter the same problem (non-verbal elk). Ive talked to guys who both like and appose the idea of still hunting through an elks bedroom, do to the fact that if you bump them they are gone. I was just curious to what you guys do when either the elk are call shy from being hunted all season or the weather has them quiet? I know a lot has to do with knowing the area and finding them hot spots where they go when they are pressured and i think i have an idea of some of those areas after hunting this area for a year and scouting it that year. but im always up for new ideas to help me better understand this ghost on the mountain.
Thanks for the help