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Elk Spooked by Cow Call?

This is my second year bowhunting elk and this past weekend I saw my first elk (obviously we were not in the right place last year).  I was cresting a hill in early morning and saw two bulls, one rag horn and one fairly good size.  As soon as I saw them I froze and go off the trail so that they couldn't see me.  I was about 60 yards away and didn't have a shot so I tried to call them in with a cow call.  I was using one of the primos hoochie mama calls, so I doubt that I could screw it up, but after I called the elk waited about 2 seconds and took off down the hill.  I was directly downwind, so I doubt they smelled me, but maybe I was doing something wrong.  It has been warm in CO so the Rut is not in full force, and I dint hear a single call (bull or cow) all day.  Anyone have any suggestions about mistakes, or is this just elk hunting.

Thanks

 

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Did you squieze the hoochie

Did you squieze the hoochie mams one time or multipul times?  If multipul times how long did you wait inbetween?  Usually if you are using a cow call just use it once and then wait to see if you get any responses.  If you did it multipul times fairly quick that may of spooked them off.

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I did squeeze it twice, so

I did squeeze it twice, so maybe that is it.  I will have to try being more patient.  do you try little grunts too, or just individual cow calls?  I fell like I have heard both, but I am not sure. Thanks for the help.

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Is it possible you hit it a

Is it possible you hit it a little too forcefully? - so it sounded more like an warning call?  (that's a common duck calling mistake).

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The old raghorn didn't get

The old bull didn't get that way by not figuring out a few things.

If you were down wind then you probably spooked them by calling.  They probably heard you, looked for a second or two and when their keen eyes did not see a cow where one just mewed from... turn and bolt into the forest.

You needed somebody 100 years behind you with the hoochie momma.

 

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Thanks, I was out by myself

Thanks,

I was out by myself this weekend, but next weekend, I will have my father in law with me, so maybe we can be a little more effective together.  I probably just need to be a little more patient smile

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I do have to ask you, how did

I do have to ask you, how did it feel to see your first bull at 60 yards?????? Get your heart pumping???? Yes

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Are you Kidding, it was

Are you Kidding, it was amazing.  Last year, we were in close and heard some bugels and cow calls, but didn't see any in all the thick oak brush.  Saturday, when I crested the hill, the first one I saw was the raghorn and I was excited, but my heart didn't get really going until the nice looking legal bull stepped out from behind him.  I can't wait to go back next weekend and see if I can't get a shot off.  I shoot a traditional long bow, so I am going to have to get within 50 yards to take a shot.  Should be fun!

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that's what it's all about

aaronoutside wrote:

Are you Kidding, it was amazing.  Last year, we were in close and heard some bugels and cow calls, but didn't see any in all the thick oak brush.  Saturday, when I crested the hill, the first one I saw was the raghorn and I was excited, but my heart didn't get really going until the nice looking legal bull stepped out from behind him.  I can't wait to go back next weekend and see if I can't get a shot off.  I shoot a traditional long bow, so I am going to have to get within 50 yards to take a shot.  Should be fun!

That's what it's all about man. You'll remember that forever!

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Calling

Something you might want to try if you're by yourself is to point the call away from the animals. If you point it right at them they can pinpoint the location pretty easily. Point it off to the side and behind you. The Hoochie Mama is a very popular call so they might have heard it many times. Be careful of calling too much. Especially if you're hunting in a popular area.

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