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Just got back from a hunting trip and I heard for the first time in my elk hunting years a bull (6x6) bark, has anyone heard of that if so do you know or have any ideas why he would do that? Thanks

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Maybe he had a cold and was hoarse Wink?

All kidding aside... over the years I've always thought the clearer sounding bugles were from younger bulls and hoarser sounding ones were from older bulls, but I don't know that for sure. Don't think I've ever heard anything that sounded like a bark though.

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I know it came from him we were looking right at him when he did it. Unfortunately we are hunting in a spike only area.My son 10 years old saw two bulls at about ten yards, but they were both branched antlered.

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usally when a bull barks its a warning sign to other elk that something isnt right in the area.

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I always thought it sounded more like a hoarse grunt, rather than a bark... but I guess you can interpret it differently.

Did the 'bark' come after a bugle? Older bulls will make more grunting noises after they've bugled to intimidate other bulls too.

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Yes it did come after a bugle, then the grunt and a long pause then this loud bark. I have never heard a bull sound like that. I have bugled in my fare share of bulls and never encountered a sound like that.

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That's interesting Cuttplug, I have never heard one bark. Too bad you didn't have a tape record!

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I have never heard it while in the field but I do have a hunting video where a bull barks and I mean it sounds just like black lab. It was just one bark, not like he was yapping on and on. But I had to rewind the video 3 or 4 times cause I just couldn't believe it. The bull was less than 20 yards behind a little brush but it was a very distinctive "dog" bark. However I have no idea what it means. Like someone else said its probably a warning signal of some sort but I'm guessing.

[ This Message was edited by: rather_be_huntin on 2003-10-16 14:41 ]

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