The elk this year (in the north half of the unit) have been few and far between. I talked to our CPW agent Ryan this Sunday while I was bear hunting and he even said it has been very, very slow. Also very few elk being taken.
I have personally seen the elk numbers drop since 2006 and it is becoming tougher and tougher to find elk. Now the southern part I do not know as well. I also heard rumor that the elk from Kelso Mesa south to the Roubideau Wilderness area have been going crazy and many to be found, but that is just what I have heard.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...