First off I hunt elk in Montana’s wilderness areas so we start early. I am not fond of bow hunting for elk but we still get a rut hunt for rifle with the season opening Sept. 15th. (my hunting partner took a rag horn bull with a bow this year) But both seasons can offer nice weather and yes we bugle bulls. If this fails for one reason or another I don't go back in the mountains until the heavy snows come late in the season and the elk tend to be pushed down from the high country for the season. It seems to make finding them a little easier for many reasons but it is also less favorable weather to go out and play in. I just look at it like I have to pay my dues if I screw it up early on while the weather is nice and the bulls are bugling.. With the timing of the rut not truly being predictable as well as heavy late snows may fail to show until after the end of season this whole theory has the chance to go to hell in a hand-basket. But in all honesty I don’t recall the last time it didn’t pan-out.
Hunting elk in the rut is absolutely amazing. Its an experience every hunter should have. I prefer to hunt with a rifle as well. Either book hunts in wilderness areas or in British Columbia. Find a rifle hunt in the bugle and you'll love it. BC is six point only managed though so that has to be considered. If you've never killed an elk you might not like passing on terrific 5 pointers.
Yeah Ive killed elk. I've shot my share of raghorns and cows but this year I'm after an elk that is at least a big 5x5 maybe a 6x6. I will be hunting rut in the bugle. I will also be using a bow. Thanx for the info.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...