Just wanted to update folks who were thinking about getting back out there again this weekend. I've been trying to talk to as many people as I could, and it sounds like elk in both the Northern and Central Rockies have been pretty quiet. The bulls are pretty much all in hard antler and swollen up, but not bugling. However, they are coming in to cow calls silently for some hunters, so be patient with your set ups and don't move on too quickly.
The bulls I was watching last saturday were bugling some but not in a challenging or agressive manner. the cows were talking like crazy though from all directions. I hope to get out and do a little more scouting on the 10th in a different spot so we'll see how much things have changed by then.
I believe he was referring to swollen necks and getting ready to start rutting hard soon.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...