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Early season bow hunters (elk)

After getting a few honey do's done I'm leaving this afternoon for a 12 day hunt.  How have the early season hunters done so far?  Are they screaming yet?

Just wondering because I shot my bull on Sept 9th last year and didn't hear a bugle or see/hear much rutting activity before I scored.

 

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Was the 1st of Sept and I

Was the 1st of Sept and I heard one or two faint bugles from beloew me on private ground.  Saw one lone bull, and then I saw 3 on privarte ground.  Almost appeard to me they were still bachelored up?  But it is definetly starting to cool off up there...should start kicking in soon.

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Good luck!  Hope to see a

Good luck!  Hope to see a succesful report soon.... Yes

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I hunted from sept 9th until

I hunted from sept 9th until the 21st.  It was exhausting, the most mentally and physically difficult hunting season ever.  I'm still a new bow hunter, and have never hunted with the pressure from the muzzle-loaders in the woods.  Forced us to get way back every morning, and we did not have the sleeping bags to do an overnighter in the back country.  I did not kill an elk.  Can't score every year with a bow...

But it was the best hunting trip I've ever experienced.  Bulls were screaming, responding to calls, and we ran into the biggest bulls I've ever seen on public land.  We were in elk every day but one.  I passed up a couple of cows because I did not want my hunt to end.

The bulls would come in presenting only a frontal shot (which I'm not comfortable with), or the wind would shift, and in a couple of cases walked directly at me.  One even ran across a large meadow towards our cow calls and hung up at 60 yards.  Never could get one at a good shot angle.

In one case I sat on a wallow for 5 hours because I was beat up.  I got bored and got up to leave 20 minutes before dark and put my head-lamp on.  When I turned around to grab my pack, a 6X6 was staring at me 30 yards away.

Plenty of rookie mistakes, but wouldn't trade it for anything.

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Wow, sounds like an

Wow, sounds like an incredible hunt, even though you didn't come home with anything.  You'll learn more each time out.......

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Wow... that sounds like a

Wow... that sounds like a blast. I'm glad you atleast had a really good time. And you're right, even 1 for 2 with a bow is an amazing percentage. Having bulls come into calls is one of the most intense experiences you can have while hunting in my opinion. Do you have any other tags to look forward to?

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It was...people pay thousands

It was...people pay thousands to experience it.  With a little bit of walking we can all get it on our public lands here.  

No further tags, only one shot in the gunnison basin per year.  Went out this week to call for rifle hunting buddies and they were still pretty hot.  Now it's time to get the dog ready to chase birds...before we know it spring turkey will be right around the corner! Thumbs up

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pretty quiet the 2nd week

My dad was out the 2nd week of September as well but it was pretty quiet for them.  They had one or two encounters with bulls but it was pretty quiet for the most part.  They didn't hear a peep the first two days other then about a thousand sheep walking right through camp.  That would have been a bit of info they could of used ahead of time lol.  they picked up and moved and once they got away from the sheep herders they heard a few more elk but nothing exceptional.

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