The second pic was them looking down at my bait site as they where only 100 yds from it. Put bait in the day before and it was almost gone when i went back in the next night. I have seen these bulls with several others a couple times. Unfortunately I am archery hunting in another unit. I have a friend that i am going to take in there to hunt them.
They have been hanging out on this ridge. I believe they where just up there as they where crossing from one side to the other side of the canyon. I took my wife and kids up there and my wife smelled a stench and as I cant smell I didnt smell it but wife daughter and son all did. It has to be rotten for me to smell it. She smelled a musky smell in there which was bears. When I sat on it that night I had a nice buck come from the head of the canyon and stand and stare up into the bait site. Was wild to see the animals coming or not really worried about the smell of bears in there.
But when i first saw the elk they where coming across and just started feeding up to where this was. I have about 15 minutes of video on them and there are a couple other ones there but this is the best to see there horns plus I didnt want to post a bunch of pics.
Yes I think he is a older mature bull. I saw 2 bulls that where big bodied and his horns if you look have some massive mass and has probably around 18" eye guards so far and his second points are even long. But he will be a 300 bull easy. but will look again for him when I start baiting. If i start seeing them during season I will buy another tag for that unit. LOL Have to buy a non resident tag for that unit. The unit I am hunting have saw 350+ bulls. So will concentrate on that unit this year. Havent hunted it before but have seen the same bulls there last 3 years. Its a draw unit for rifle but has a archery hunt.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...