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I hunted the first 5 days so far and it's been kinda miserable (still better than being at work). Smokey from the California fire, hotter than heck, and a full moon.

They weren't bugling yet where I was. After seeing elk all summer we didn't see one. We've been in the woods from 5 am'ish till after dark. How is everybody else doing?

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we're having the same problem......smoke, smoke, and smoke!!!

too much moon!!!! water holes early morning and late evening have produced the most action. They are traveling from water early morning before sun up and travel to water right at dusk.......don't give up!

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Just curious if you dont mind me asking what area are you hunting. I'm coming out from wisconsin 1 week from friday to do some scouting for our rifle hunt in oct. We will be near Glenwood Springs just wondering what we can expect

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shawn0915 wrote:
Just curious if you dont mind me asking what area are you hunting. I'm coming out from wisconsin 1 week from friday to do some scouting for our rifle hunt in oct. We will be near Glenwood Springs just wondering what we can expect

Shawn,

one thing you can be sure of is this: whatever you see scouting this time of year will be NOTHING like when you come out in October! Too many variables......

My 2cents worth.........don't waste your time scouting for animals. Just scout the area so you don't get lost when you come out. Hire an outfitter when hunting out-of-state for the purpose of knowing where the game is during the hunting season.

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RJ50 wrote:
I hunted the first 5 days so far and it's been kinda miserable (still better than being at work). Smokey from the California fire, hotter than heck, and a full moon.

They weren't bugling yet where I was. After seeing elk all summer we didn't see one. We've been in the woods from 5 am'ish till after dark. How is everybody else doing?

there is a fire on the western slope here in Colorado adding smoke as well

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JP, thanks for the reply, I guess our intent while out was going to be just what you suggested. We want to get to know the area, do a little fishing,& some R&R. This is going to be my first vac. this year. CAN'T WAIT.

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We've got two big fires in Utah as well adding to the pile of smoke. There is supposed to be a front moving in this weekend though, remants of the hurricane down in the Pacific, and that may clear it out a bit. I hope so anyway. As of last weekend there were some elk bugling in Utah.

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Same story here...

Well we got the same news up this way. Havnt seen a whole lot of action. It's been dry and smokey here up in unit 47.

This morning I did see a heard of elk on the side of highway 82 around 8000ft. It suprised me they were so low. one cow elk was eating on the side of the road actually got hit by a car driving on the shoulder. This is very unfortunate for the driver of the car but my dad and I just got done skinning it out. The meat was not damaged at all.

Hopefully this cold weather comes in this weekend, we're headed back up to give it another go tomarow.

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Shawn: I don't mind at all, I'm hunting unit #551 near a small town (gas station) called Sergeants. It's not a big secret in elk world so no big deal lol .

I called some of my friends who are hunting near the Red Feathers area and they did not have any activity. Other buddies I talked to hunting around Central City did not have any activity either. I've never even really been to the Glenwood Springs area so I can't help you there.

JP: The only problem I have with hunting "waterholes" are that they're everywhere in my area. There are so many creeks/springs in the timber that I wouldn't even know where to start Brick Wall,) .

I've been hunting rifle in this area for years with a resonable amount of sucess. I admit this archery thing is alot of fun, but has me stumped so far.

Do elk "rut" in a different location than where they "summer"? I went high where I've always seen them during 1st Rifle season and during the summer and they were nowhere to be found (no fresh sign either).

I went "low" (9,500 ft) and saw plenty of fresh tracks, but not alot of droppings and the occasional recent rub. I did manage to find a couple of wallows with some activity. I sat on one for two days, from first light till dark and nothing walked in Brick Wall,) . Every two hours I would get up and stretch, wander to another meadow to glass, or nap so maybe I'm not doing it completely right. I can't sit still for 14 hours though!

All of the other hunters in the area I chatted with said they've seen nothing either.

I'm going back out on Saturday afternoon. If anybody has any pointers on hunting during the early rut I would appreciate it...

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RJ50 wrote:

Do elk "rut" in a different location than where they "summer"? I went high where I've always seen them during 1st Rifle season and during the summer and they were nowhere to be found (no fresh sign either)

That's a tricky question and is based on a number of factors but pressure being the biggest one.

In short bulls are off by themselves in the summer, even though they don't get too far from the herd, and do their pre-rut activites in bachelor groups. When the bulls start joining the cows some herds move to a rutting area that's a little different than their summer area and some stay put but the bulls almost certainly move to a different area if nothing else but to join the herd.

But pressure from early season archery hunters generally pushes them around a bit.

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RJ thanks for the reply keep us posted as to how the hunting pans out for you. GOOD HUNTING & Be safe!

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