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.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...