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Location: Idaho
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Have any of you heard much bugling/ cow calling yet? Anyone had any close calls or harvested an elk. I was out last weekend and heard nothing. I saw several however and was hunting back towards the road at dusk when I came upon a spike and a fairly solid 5x6. I stalked to 35 yards from the larger bull as they were feeding. He was quartering towards me and I only needed a couple more steps for the shot. All of the sudden some A$$ came speeding down an old logging road on his ATV, slamed on the brakes jumped off and ran towards these elk like an idiot. I about blunted him. Maybe better luck this week.

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Location: Olympia, WA
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I was out three weekends ago in Western Washington, and the bulls were still in full velvet. At a little more than 100 yards I spotted a nice 3 point raghorn bull with a group of 3 spikes and a couple of cows. I put in a diaphram and started to grunt and chuckle at him, he immeadiatley walked into a patch of small sapplings and started throwing his head around and raking the small trees. I kept doing it, and he walked back out and went over to one of the smaller spike bulls and started shoving him around.

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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Hunted Sat,Sun and Mon in the Missouri breaks and they didnt make a peep saw 4 6x6 and 7x7 bulls and they never responded to cow talk or spike bugles.Hunted yesterday morning and they talked up until about 8am and then shut up completly,called in some cows but the bulls still dont seem interested. Think

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Location: Idaho
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I just got back from a weekend hunt. It snowed Friday night and all was quite saturday morning, but in the evening things started to heat up. I got a couple of bulls to respond to my bugles around 6:00 and worked towards the larger one bugling every so often so as to keep track of him. I worked up the ridge to quickly to about where I thought he should be and gave a real high pitched bugle so as to sound like a smaller bull. The response I got came from across the draw on top of a ridge about 500 yards away. sad I thought i had blown it but cow called back over my shoulder a couple of times to try and bring him back. To my surprise the woods about a hundred yards ahead of me exploded in a heavy gutoral bugle. A couple of hyper estrus calls were probable too much as the bull came plowing powards me with his head back and bugling up a storm. I didn't have time to position myself up the hill where I had wanted to be, and the bull ended up head on at to yards. He proceeded to rack the tree I was behind with his antlers, showering me with limbs. After bugling again he started to move around the uphill side of the tree towards me and as I drew down on him he spooked. I cow called and stoped him at about 40 yards but didn't want to cram an arrow threw the tight opening presented. I left the area and hunted a different one sunday morning getting a few answers to my calls but no opportunities. I think the rut is on! Big smile

Needless to say I got a good look at the elk. He had one of the best 5-6 Y splits I have seen and the sixs curved down to his back. He was wider than the 350 class bull I called in for my budy last year however his fours were a bit weaker. I would say he was about 355-360 net.

Did I do the tight thing by not pushing him and planning on going back next weekend?

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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Went out this morning and the weather has changed,highs in the low 60,s.Parked the truck and got everything ready to go when a bull bugled just 100 yards above us in the timber,we were in elk ALL morning,had one spike at 40 yards and a young cow at 10,saw a real good 6x6 following cows around and had several bulls awnsering bugles but none of them are hot enough to come in close enough yet,by Fri the 15th we should be in "HIGH COTTON",its gonna be cool all week,YEEEEHAAAAWWW!!! Thumbs up

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Location: Idaho
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Did you try very many cow calls? Any responses to those? In my experience once they start answering the cow calls you can definitely bring them in. Also it always seems that this upcoming third weekend in September is when they always get hot. Do all the bulls you have seen seem to have good racks because that is what I have seen so far? I am wondering if it is because we finally got some good water this year.

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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the cows and calves were responding to my hoochie momma and the bulls would bugle to it from a distance but they wouldnt come any closer than about 150 yards.EVERYTHING I have seen this has great antler growth,the grass is as high and green as I can ever remember for this time of year,gonna be extra picky with my muledeer this year I have seen so many 24-30" bucks I wont even think about it until the last week and the rut when Im going back up to the Breaks to find Big Daddy!! Thumbs up

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The archery season in CO has been mostly warm, with clear nights and big moons. With those conditions the hunters that have been successful are those that are hitting them at dusk and dawn...

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Location: Olympia, WA
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The elk over here in Western Washington aren't rutting too hard right now, I think they are just past the pre rut stage, the bulls are bugleing but are in a very non confrontational mood. I give them another week and they should be in a strong rut, which will be right around the start of the muzzle loader season.