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.
Rather than spend my hard earned pennies on those cool Shoot-N-See targets or even the preprinted targets at sporting goods stores, I save a few bucks for weekend plinking sessions by using paper plates as targets. A 100 count pack of paper plates costs less than a 10 count pack of preprinted targets.
If you are playing with something like a semi auto AK, or building a young shooters confidence with a 22 or shotgun, those big eight inch blanks are perfect for putting holes in all...