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Elk rut in idaho

Has anyone had any luck with the rut starting yet???

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I assure you the rut has started.

From what I'm hearing though the bulls aren't bugling a whole during the warn daylight hours. Cow calls are the answer right now.

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Thanks, I appreciate the info. I went opening weekend and saw 4 cows and had one bull bugle back a couple of times. We got within a 100 yds of him & that was it. The whole week was way to warm for hunting. After numerous days of walking and no elk we started hanging around camp some & drank a few......

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ohhelpful1 wrote:
Thanks, I appreciate the info. I went opening weekend and saw 4 cows and had one bull bugle back a couple of times. We got within a 100 yds of him & that was it. The whole week was way to warm for hunting. After numerous days of walking and no elk we started hanging around camp some & drank a few......

Yeah it can get frustrating when it's warm like this and nothing like a cold adult beverage to cool off a bit. I think you can have success though cow calling, cow in heat, in the timber and get some bulls to come in silent. It takes a bunch of patience though because often times you don't know if there are any elk hearing you or not.

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Location: mountain home idaho
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Elk rut in idaho

What unit have you been hunting? I have been in 43, just trying to gain some info as well.

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Elk rut in idaho

Unit 66 & 69.

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I"ve been hunting with some friends in Unit 59 and 69 this year. The first weekend was slow, but we managed to call in two bulls. The first bull came within 50 yards and didnt want to come in further. The second bull was hot on the trail of my cow call.

We have been able to call in at least one bull every time we've come out.

If I'm not mistaken the rut should be in full swing. this weekend till end of season should be really good as far as the rut goes. Last saturday, we were in Unit 69 with another buddy of mine and called in a 5 point. We've found evenings have been better for us than the mornings have been. I dont really know why that is.

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Location: Teton Valley, ID
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Elk rut in idaho

I was grouse hunting and had an bull bugle at my shotgun blast a week ago in 67. Then he ran through the lodgepoles like a freight train!

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