Just got back from my hunt last night. It was a fantastic hunt! I think the peak of the rut must have been last week because the rutting activity was intense and non-stop. Never experienced hearing literally hundreds of bugles and cow calling bull elk into under 50 yards over a dozen times in only a couple of days hunting. I knew we were in for a special hunt when we called in a "rag horn" 6x7 bull (had no cows, not a herd bull) within 15 minutes the first morning.
I will post more details and photos in a story later--way too much info to put down right now. I did end up finding someone to hunt with. A brother of 2 great hunting partners whom I had never even met. Really great hunter and a super partner, everything turned out great there too.
We did harvest 2 nice cows, and although I'm a firm believer of never passing on harvest opportunities when meat hunting, I was sorry the hunt ended the second day when I shot the second cow. Was one of the best hunts I've ever experienced.
First rifle guys should have pretty good rutting activity this weekend too.
Hope everyone else's hunts turn out to be such a great time and more than they expect too!