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.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...