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*.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you will take hunting is a good quality pair of optics and they take some care to give you the performance that you want. So here are a few tips.
Use some alcohol and cheese cloth to clean the lenses. I will usually pick up an extra cleaning kit from my optician when I have my eyes examined.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers. If there is a stick or a bug on them blow it off.
Use the lens covers. They are there...