Hey guys I just got back from chasing elk for 9 days. We have been in elk everyday and had some bugling but not a lot. I got my youngest son close on two great bulls, but as usually happens the bulls had other plans. We had some great learning experiences and as always chasing elk with my boys I would not trade it for anything.
I think at least in my area the rut is coming late and our first rifle season hunt is going to be an awesome one.
got back from muzzleloading wednesday afternoon. no bugling at all BUT was able to have to bulls come into my cow calls. it is amazing how quiet they can be. was hunting in the southern colorado.
Oh so the rut is going then huh? Thanks for chiming in. My theory is the warm weather doesn't change the timing it just effects the activity level during the day. When bulls aren't bugling I believe just as you mentioned they will come in silent and you can still have success. You just have to change tactics just as you did by cow calling rather than bugling. Hot cow calls are especially effective.
In the off season we'll have to really hammer this out but my belief stems from my experience being out at 2 or 3 AM and locating bugling elk only to hear them shut up as soon as the sun comes up or even before that point.
In 2006 I went out at 2AM and listened to a bunch of bulls bugle their heads off and they shut up by 5AM. Well before anybody was out hitting the hills for hunting. We took a cat nap in the truck and we were hunting at first light. No sound what so ever, never even saw an elk move in the entire valley. We stayed silent until I got bored at 1PM and let out the sleeziest cow call you ever heard. I called in a cow and the below bull. You can tell by the pic it was the middle of the day. BTW the cow and the bull were not together, they came in from completely different directions. The temp that day was 73*.
January: Last years Season has ended.Time to start focusing on next year's season. You will need to find out what bucks might still be alive that made it through the last years hunting season. After the hunting season sometimes bucks and does might leave your area and go to another traditional winter yarding area. But they will return to the area around late February early march to spend the rest of their summer there. At this time of year, the use of scouting cameras will be the tool in...