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slow archery season?

Just wondering if anyone else had a unproductive archery season? I made 2 trips trip this year and it was a very slow season. The first trip out was opening weekend on Aug 28th, as i expected it was to early for the elk to be bugeling and showing signs of the rut. I didnt see any elk on that trip only deer. The next trip was Sept 16-21 when by doing a lot of research was supposed to be the peak rut. The first night my brother and I got into 2 bulls, one was a decent 5x5 and the other a small 4x4. we heard them bugle about 100yrds away from where we were so we blasted off a few cow chirps and got a reponse right away and we could hear them move towards us. about 5 mins later another cow call and again the bulls sounded off only closer at that piont, it sounded like they were maybe 50 yrds now. We got into position and waited as the snapping of the twigs got louder my heart started pumping. Soon after that one of the bull sounded off again and this time it sounded like they were about to break through the thick 8 year old tree stand about 20 yrds away. a few moments later the wind swirled and carried our scent right at the bulls, and you know what happens next they busted out of there as fast as they could. After that we gave it about 20 mins and headed back to the rig and headed up the road, abot 200 yrds from where we were they crossed infront of us. since it was the first day we were pumped expecting the rest of the hunt being action packed, but that was not the case we only heard about 5 more bugles the rst of the time and they were at about 10:30 at night. After my trip i talked to a few other people and they had similar stories, not very much rutting activity. Hope fully my Nov deer hunts have better results as they should be rutting at that piont.

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Huh.... Was the weather any

Huh.... Was the weather any different this year than in years past?  possible they are holding in a different area, or changed their travel routes?

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pretty normal

The weather this summer was pretty normal, maybe a bit dryer than normal but overall pretty average. When i was there on my second hunt the temps were in the low 70's which was about 10 degrees cooler than normal. I think they were just hiding better, there was sign everywhere, fresh rubs, poop, i even had some bulls on my trail cam 2 days before i got there to hunt. I'm just chalking it up to one of those off years. opegully next year will be better.

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Man, with all that sign

Man, with all that sign around, you would have thought you would have bumped into onehere or there.  Well, maybe next year..

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me too

Thats what i was thinking. all my trail cam pics of elk were taken very late a night so my guess is they went nocturnal. I did get into a couple first night but got busted. my hope were high but after that not much, had one talking the next morning and that was it. I  know they were ther, just hiding very good.

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Was very slow for me.  I had

Was very slow for me.  I had a nice bull come into 25 yards and I have an antlerless tag.  Early in the season here is was a little cooler but not by much.  last few weeks of the season it was real hot and dry.  It was warmer at 9500 feet that is was at 5000 feet.  I heard one real faint bugle one night and that was it.  Talked to some out of state hunters that had been moving from unit to unit for the final 2.5 weeks of the season and they had yet to see an elk.  I did not want to but I am going to have make a unit change and put my self in a beter location for numbers and increase my odds a bit.

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Yeah

It pretty much sucked this year, with the high temps.

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Colorado 2010 Bull

2010 Bull  9/7/10 Caught him tearing up a aspen at 59 yards. Only went 22 yds.

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Very nice bull and congrats

Very nice bull and congrats on your success

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Great looking bull. Congrats

Great looking bull. Congrats on a successful hunt! The weather must have cooperated for you or you went the extra mile to be successful. Thumbs up

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good job

CrazyElkHunter wrote:

2010 Bull  9/7/10 Caught him tearing up a aspen at 59 yards. Only went 22 yds.

Congratulations on that bull. He is a dandy. It looks like you bucked the trend for Colorado's archery season. Most of the guys I know that hunted with the stick and string did not have much luck with all the hot weather we've had up to this point. Good job.

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