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Rut

Has the elk rut started? We live in rural Colorado outside Denver and typically hear bugling starting the end of August. Last year we didn't hear any bugling at all and this year is looking to be the same. Interestingly enough we hunted 2nd season last year and the elk were bugling everyday during the season. Perhaps the dry summers have delayed the rut? What is everyone else seeing/hearing in Colorado?
Thanks.

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Just because you are not

Just because you are not hearing them bugling doesn't mean that the rut hasn't started.  It just means that they are being quiet about it.  The rut actually starts around mid august and will run into November and is determined by when the cows come into heat. 

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Elk bugle all year. Don't

Elk bugle all year. Don't judge the rut by that.

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I was scouting all summer and

I was scouting all summer and heard elk bugling in canyons mid morning.  I was shocked.

I was archery hunting this past weekend and had a big bull responding to my bugles.  He was all worked up.  He was bugling so much I thought for sure it was another hunting.  I snuck to within 30 yards of him. He was creeeping through some thick pines.

The rut must be close or just starting would be my guess.

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Trust me,  the rut is going

Trust me,  the rut is going on now and has been going on for some time.  Just because you are not hearing them bugling doesn't mean that they are not rutting. 

Now if you want to know when they are bugling then that is up to discussion on when they start and stop. 

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Want to hear some bugles? Go

Want to hear some bugles? Go up to Rocky Mountain National Park on the west side. Was up this past weekend and the boys are going nuts. Watched two 6x6's going at it and another set of 5x5's fighting too. It was very cool and there are a lot of big bulls to watch. In the big field just past the entry station there were 7 mature 6x6's in that one field alone and all where talking. Park was only open to Milner Pass but plenty of action to see and hear. Did see one really big bull moose too saw that was and extra treat.

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