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Just wondering what you guys thought the best solo elk hunting stratigy for hunting elk with a bow during the rut.

Just some background: I spend about every weekend of september walking into a small wilderness area to hunt. I know of many wallows and rub areas.

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Hoss,
I don't have input to the poll as I have not been Elk hunting (yet!) but plan to this coming Sept. in Washinton... Bow and DIY alone so I will be watching this closely. Beginning practicing calls right now, spent hours on the phone already with various folks at Wa Fish and Game, and digging for info everywhere I can find it. I am planning at this point a mix of calling with spot-stalk. Alone I can move rather quick and am in decent shape already-be putting more miles on here over summer with my little guy on my back while scouting for trapping season/hunting season in my areas to finish getting in shape. I hope to get out for some localiztion type scouting soon over a business trip and hope to identify some specific areas in the zone I will hunt. Again, THANKS for the poll and I will watch closely the responses...

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Hoss, It's tough to only pick one of your options. I usually do 3 or 4 of those that you have listed.

If you know of a hot wallow area during the rut and you can get a treestand nearby, that's all you may need. I know a guy who bow hunts like that every year and he has killed a bunch of bulls hunting that way. He also has taken hundreds of incredible photos of every critter you can imagine from that treestand.
When hunting solo, I keep the wind in my face and stillhunt. I'll bugle early in the morning to try a get some bulls to respond. If I can locate one or two, I'll try to sneek in after them. The wind is key in staying undetected. To get the herd bull to come over, I'll try to make "hot" cow calls. If that doesn't work, I might sound like a lost calf, which really gets the cows worked up and they'll come over to find it. Sometimes the bull will come over to chase the cow back, that might open up a shot on the bull. Once you are by the herd some cow calls will usually bring in the satelite bulls.

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alot depends on where you are hutning and what season.

on heavily hunted public land in rifle? remote public land archery?

what time of the season?

my general tactic is to hunt bulls like i do heavily hunted gobblers. callnone or little, locate, get close enough to talk to them and hope they come in range.

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slickrock wrote:
alot depends on where you are hutning and what season.

on heavily hunted public land in rifle? remote public land archery?

what time of the season?

I hunt during an archery only season that lasts the entire month of September, going in every weekend. I think that would make it so it covers the pre rut and peak of the rut?

The area is actually not that pressured even though it is a general elk area. Just walking back into the wilderness a couple miles gets me away from the people for the most part.

I had luck bugling and raking trees in the earlier part of the season calling in a few big bulls but never offered me a shot.

Later in the season I had some luck dogging a big heard and got a shot on a smaller satilitte bull but missed Brick Wall,)

Like I said, I do know of 5 or 6 wallow that follow the contour of one mountain side, a couple of which I think that might be worth waiting out. They look hot.

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keep it up guys, taking notes and learning here!!!

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First of all, I would like to thank all of those who have helped already.

And yes, I am replying to my own post with some advice. I got it out of Backcountry Bowhunting by Cameron Hanes. This certain piece is by a contributing writer, Jody Cyr. It fits well with this topic though as its called “Solo Elk Calling.”
Because I am worried about piracy I’m not going to copy it exactly, add some of my own thoughts and plus you know were it came from.

Here it is…

Use your calls sparingly. The more you call, the more a chance that an animal will be able to pin you down. Don’t call when you know he is coming. Call only when he as hung up but is still out of sight. Don’t call if you can see him. I can testify to this. One time I was bugling and raking a tree. This stirred up a bull way off and I could tell he was coming. I continued doing what I was doing but that was a mistake as another big bull came in quiet and of course saw me destroying the tree and took off.

Set up on breaks, meaning set up where it reasonable that he would have to look over the rise you are on to see where the sound is coming from. This worked well for me once but I ran into another problem. I was calling in an area that was full of rubs in a similar manner as explained above. A nice 6x6 came in and was a thirty yards broadside for five minutes but didn’t have anything that resembled a shooting lane so he lost interest and walked off.

Be passive/aggressive. Just because a bull is quiet doesn’t mean he isn’t coming. Never leave your setup without waiting twenty minutes after last calling. If your bull is responding to all your calls but leaving it is time to get closer and try calling again.

This next part is dealing mostly when going after a herd bull. Once located, don’t call until you are in close, within 70 yards or so. The big ones won’t travel far from their cows. This is something I’m excited about implementing into my game plan.

Last and defiantly not least, don’t risk the wind. If it isn’t right, get it so it is or wait until another day. From another part in book it says something like, “you can trick their ears and you can trick their eyes but you can’t trick their noses,” great piece to remember in my opinion.

Sorry about the long post but I think there is some good stuff in there. And one other thing, I would recommend Backcountry Bowhunting by Cameron Hanes to anyone looking to hunt public land solo, it has got me even more excited for the fall.

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