Hey thanks for the congrats, I appreciate it. I ended up going to an area I heard more consistently produced bucks. I walked up a side ridge (s facing slope) leading to a large east to west ridge and spotted a buck in a small patch of timber. The deer seemed to be heading to the top so I followed and eventually crested out on top of the main ridge. I slowly crept west hoping to run into the deer. Sure enough I began to hear some movement, and crept to within 10 yards of a deer. however, it was partially blocked by a tree and I couldnt get a shot, or see the front half of its body for that matter. It eventually moved off to my left, and I snuck around the other side of the tree I was posted up behind. Much to my dismay, I saw a doe grazing about 30 yds off. All that work and I had been chasing a doe the whole time...or so I thought. Just then antlers poked out from behind another tree not more than 40 yds away. I took aim on the deers head and waited for it to move forward. As it's front third came into full view, I moved the crosshairs to what felt like mid shoulder/front lungs and pulled the trigger. The deer collapsed about 10 yds from where I shot it but I could still see some movement. As I crept up to it about four more does scattered, and a large (at least 4x4 maybe bigger) went bounding off the other direction. When I got to the deer it was taking its last breaths. I thanked the deer, and the hunting gods for giving me meat, and after a few pictures and lots of excitement, I began the hard work of chopping and packing out.
OVER50 if you are headed up this way for elk I think you are in luck. We are going to be getting our first snow this thu/friday and I can only assume that elk will finally be moving down. I myself will be hunting in the hoback area all this weekend. Best of luck!
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...