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.
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.
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.
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 ]
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.