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2020 Hunt Update Thread
« on: August 07, 2020, 08:04:30 AM »
The 2020 Elk Season is upon us. Use this thread as a place to check in and to post updates as to how things are going in your hunt. Heading out? On the road? Made it to camp and have cell service? Hearing bugles? Got one down? Let us know! It's a great way for those who aren't currently in the woods to live vicariously through you!
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Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2020, 11:05:19 AM »
It's a great way for those who aren't currently in the woods to live vicariously through you!

Updates of screaming bulls and bulls down is another way to torment the ones hunting later in the season.  :haha:
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Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2020, 06:48:57 AM »
It's a great way for those who aren't currently in the woods to live vicariously through you!

Updates of screaming bulls and bulls down is another way to torment the ones hunting later in the season.  :haha:


Very true!!!

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Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2020, 10:56:02 PM »
Elk from this morning. Bulls with velvet hangin
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Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2020, 08:10:06 AM »
It's a great way for those who aren't currently in the woods to live vicariously through you!

Updates of screaming bulls and bulls down is another way to torment the ones hunting later in the season.  :haha:
Or the ones who arent hunting at all this year for whatever reason


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Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2020, 09:16:23 AM »
Elk from this morning. Bulls with velvet hangin



Holy moly! That is one heck of a group of elk. I counted 212 that I see.

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2020, 10:23:45 PM »
Elk from this morning. Bulls with velvet hangin



Holy moly! That is one heck of a group of elk. I counted 212 that I see.


More in the trees! Dont beat yourself up. Limited entry unit that I dont have a tag for. Just near home...
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2020, 07:04:37 AM »
More in the trees! Dont beat yourself up. Limited entry unit that I dont have a tag for. Just near home...



That is awesome! I'd get a little distracted with that kind of action close to home  :lol:

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Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2020, 01:41:06 PM »
Elk bugling at night here in SW Montana.  Since thursday....
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2020, 03:56:57 PM »
Elk bugling at night here in SW Montana.  Since thursday....



Awesome!!!! It's coming quick!

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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2020, 05:31:14 PM »
Any word from central Idaho? We leave day after tomorrow and start our hunt on Friday.
Im really hoping that the wolves havent clammed up the bugling!
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Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2020, 12:33:25 PM »
I shot my bull opening day Aug 30th in the Sawtooth zone.  He was bugling and came in looking for the source of the 1 bugle I had thrown out.  I was hunting solo so I had moved 100-150 yards toward him and more down wind.  He didn't know I was even there.  He wouldn't answer the cow call as there were lots of those in the area.  He was not bugling loud, but it lead to his demise.  Good luck to all!

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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2020, 03:16:43 PM »
I shot my bull opening day Aug 30th in the Sawtooth zone.  He was bugling and came in looking for the source of the 1 bugle I had thrown out.  I was hunting solo so I had moved 100-150 yards toward him and more down wind.  He didn't know I was even there.  He wouldn't answer the cow call as there were lots of those in the area.  He was not bugling loud, but it lead to his demise.  Good luck to all!



Congrats! Let's see some pics if you got them. Get that meat pole thread rolling for the season!

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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2020, 05:16:59 PM »
Opening day was good for me. I didn't shoot anything so it wasn't great but I was into elk right out of the car. I heard a bugle 200 yards from where I was parked. I walked up in that direction and ran into a spike and a 2 point at 40 yards. If they had stood there for another 10 minutes I could have shot as it was before legal time but they didn't wait that long. I called a few times and the herd bull that was bugling came down to within 30 yards but I never saw him. I could hear him bugling and walking around me but it was too thick on that side of me to see anything. I got a good look at him at about 150 yards when he went back up to his cows. Another spike came down to play with the other two little guys. By that time the sun was up and that hillside was getting hot. The little guys went into the timber on my right and the herd went left towards a wallow. The thermals had shifted so I couldn't follow. I went up and over to come down on them and ran into a 4 or 5 point satellite covered in mud coming out of that wallow. I had him at 40-50 yards for 20 minutes but never had an opportunity.  He was interested in my cow calls but  he knew something was up. The herd bull kept bugling as I was playing with the little guy but he didn't come back. It was too hot and noisy to sneak anywhere very quietly so I sat over that wallow for several hours till the wind started blowing up towards that bedding area the herd had gone towards so I left.

Today I got a late start. The wind was blowing hard and swirling. I spotted the two point and one of the spikes but I was 150 yards away when the swirling wind gave me away. Conditions are supposed to be much better the next several days so I backed out and went to work for a few hours.

I heard a ton of bugles including a bull on the mountain behind me and saw 5 different bulls and had 4 of them in bow range so I thought it was a pretty good start to the year. Heading back tomorrow.

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Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2020, 07:33:06 PM »
Opening day was good for me. I didn't shoot anything so it wasn't great but I was into elk right out of the car. I heard a bugle 200 yards from where I was parked. I walked up in that direction and ran into a spike and a 2 point at 40 yards. If they had stood there for another 10 minutes I could have shot as it was before legal time but they didn't wait that long. I called a few times and the herd bull that was bugling came down to within 30 yards but I never saw him. I could hear him bugling and walking around me but it was too thick on that side of me to see anything. I got a good look at him at about 150 yards when he went back up to his cows. Another spike came down to play with the other two little guys. By that time the sun was up and that hillside was getting hot. The little guys went into the timber on my right and the herd went left towards a wallow. The thermals had shifted so I couldn't follow. I went up and over to come down on them and ran into a 4 or 5 point satellite covered in mud coming out of that wallow. I had him at 40-50 yards for 20 minutes but never had an opportunity.  He was interested in my cow calls but  he knew something was up. The herd bull kept bugling as I was playing with the little guy but he didn't come back. It was too hot and noisy to sneak anywhere very quietly so I sat over that wallow for several hours till the wind started blowing up towards that bedding area the herd had gone towards so I left.

Today I got a late start. The wind was blowing hard and swirling. I spotted the two point and one of the spikes but I was 150 yards away when the swirling wind gave me away. Conditions are supposed to be much better the next several days so I backed out and went to work for a few hours.

I heard a ton of bugles including a bull on the mountain behind me and saw 5 different bulls and had 4 of them in bow range so I thought it was a pretty good start to the year. Heading back tomorrow.


Great update! Good luck tomorrow!!!

 

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