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Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« on: August 10, 2019, 10:53:30 AM »
Let others know if you are hearing bugles and rut activity....You could give some general geographic area for reference or the GMU.
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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2019, 11:50:43 AM »
Great idea!  :upthumb:

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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2019, 05:39:46 PM »
Read a post on FB that said the bulls are hitting bushes and removing velvet, so they are getting started in Colorado.
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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2019, 09:11:10 PM »
Its kind of hard to see the bulls antlers in this pic, but he came by one of my cameras yesterday morning at 3am. Im guessing he was getting the itch to start searching


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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2019, 10:23:40 AM »
That Temp is awesome to see. I was up higher this past weekend and the bugs are out of control at tree line still.

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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2019, 05:52:01 PM »
Come on guys and gals, I know there is something happening in the elk woods!
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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2019, 08:12:29 PM »
Opening Morning 0530 - I was 1.5mi from the truck waiting for daylight at my usual spot


Just before 0600 I heard a bull 'UMMMMP'. I grabbed by bow and made my way another 300yds and let out a bugle. He immediately cut me off.


I cow called and he bugles again. I heard some cow mews [I had a cow tag] and got closer.


They were just on the other side of some regrowth uphill. I could hear hoofs. The thermals were perfect, but what I didnt realize there were more elk behind as I had split into the middle of a herd.


Well, the lower ones smelled me and the gig was up


I put 15 miles on over the weekend, called in some spikes [no cows with them] it was a great warm up for my LE hunt starting on Thursday

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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2019, 05:41:07 AM »
cnelk, That's exciting hunt for day one. Sounds like the bull may have already been mixing with the cows.


Do you think filling a cow tag with a bow is harder than a bull tag?
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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2019, 06:14:26 AM »
I think it definitely difficult to hunt cows as they arent going to bugle back at you, and they come in silent. But that fun too.


Saturday evening I set up and did some cow calling. I thought I was going to punch my tag when I saw 2 elk coming by.


But they were spikes and no cow with them. One of the spikes had really short antlers, barely saw them over the ears, but probably over 5 inches :)


Here is a short video of them coming by me at 25yds-


 https://youtu.be/D9r3vk6sbR0

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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2019, 07:22:07 AM »
Sounds like a great opening weekend Brad!

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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2019, 08:53:14 AM »
Hard to see any antlers at all in the video. But both were defineatly bulls. You can tell by the dark undersides :upthumb: on them.

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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2019, 10:56:39 AM »
Saw tons of hunters in our area but we went where they weren't and did hear some bugles. Thought one of us would fill a tag Mon morning but winds weren't cooperating. Heading back this weekend and have a plan of action.

Felt good to hike around a bit for the first real time since breaking my foot, put in 30 miles over the 3 days and foot held up. This should be a good year.

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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2019, 06:54:47 AM »
Heading out for my first elk hunt in a few days. Will be in GMU 20. Base camp at Coney Trail Head Flats. Hoping the weather cools a little? Plan to be there Sept. 6-14.
Certainly excited for this opportunity!

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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2019, 07:15:43 AM »
Hey everyone, sitting on top of the mountain first good cell service in a few days. Started hunting opening morning. North central CO. Little to no rutting or bugling, HOT close to 85 and warm nights.  We have seen quite a few individual elk and pairs of cows. Even with all that, we have taken 3 bulls off the mountain so far. More of that story to come when Im off the mountain and have more phone battery :) good luck everyone!


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Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2019, 08:49:55 AM »
Even with all that, we have taken 3 bulls off the mountain so far. More of that story to come when Im off the mountain and have more phone battery :) good luck everyone!



Awesome!!! Can't wait to hear this story  :thewave:

 

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