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Title: So close
Post by: zclarkTOK on October 01, 2019, 09:17:47 PM
I have a private only tag and had a bull into about 25 yrds but couldn't get him over the fence to shoot. I raked, I cow called, I located, I was aggressive but he was weary. 

How do I get him the last yard? Any tips or tricks are welcome.

It was so cool though just doing that. Happy as I can be but hoping to take him down tomorrow.




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Title: Re: So close
Post by: ĎIkeí on October 01, 2019, 10:53:14 PM
More cow calls, whinier cow in heat type...Decoy if you have one!
Title: Re: So close
Post by: cohunter14 on October 02, 2019, 08:31:05 AM
Getting him in to 25 yards is pretty good! I'd maybe try setting up farther away from the fence so he has to go over the fence to see where the calls are coming from.
Title: Re: So close
Post by: zclarkTOK on October 02, 2019, 08:38:11 AM
Yeah I moved up and back and side to side. But couldnít get him...

I was back this morning and had 3 bugling around me. My father in law saw the legs of one but he never showed his antlers. I was back in about 100-150 yards trying to draw them over. Still no luck.

I think itís a matter of my sequencing. I often get a response and got a few to the whiny cow call (thanks Ike). But he wasnít responding to my more aggressive bugles. He also has a growl that I just canít replicate.

Anyway I think heís bedded about 300-400 yds north on the public land -heís still bugling - so my guess is that he and his friends will be back about 5:30. Iíll be doing some still hunting in the dark timber around midday.

If thereís anything anyone thinks of in the meantime Iím all ears.

Thanks all. And happy hunting.




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Title: Re: So close
Post by: cohunter14 on October 02, 2019, 08:50:32 AM
I think itís a matter of my sequencing. I often get a response and got a few to the whiny cow call (thanks Ike). But he wasnít responding to my more aggressive bugles. He also has a growl that I just canít replicate.



I would agree that this might be the issue. What sequencing are you using? If you are just randomly throwing different calls out there, it might not be telling the story the bull wants to hear. An example of a simple sequence would be what Corey's go-to sequence is: cow call and once the bull responds, hammer him with a challenge bugle. Even try to cut him off. That simple sequence could definitely work, especially if he responds to the cow calls.
Title: Re: So close
Post by: zclarkTOK on October 02, 2019, 09:04:47 AM
Iím definitely working that sequence but heís hanging up. Itís been my go to but apparently itís (Iím) not convincing enough. Keep in mind this is my first year calling and Iíve been practicing for months but thereís nothing like real world application to set the men apart from...well, the elk. 

Simple is better for me if you have any suggestions. But Iím not afraid to try anything. And as bad as I may be they are responding but just not coming in.


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Title: Re: So close
Post by: ĎIkeí on October 02, 2019, 04:33:38 PM
Itíll happen! 
Title: Re: So close
Post by: cohunter14 on October 02, 2019, 05:30:51 PM
Iím definitely working that sequence but heís hanging up. Itís been my go to but apparently itís (Iím) not convincing enough. Keep in mind this is my first year calling and Iíve been practicing for months but thereís nothing like real world application to set the men apart from...well, the elk. 

Simple is better for me if you have any suggestions. But Iím not afraid to try anything. And as bad as I may be they are responding but just not coming in.


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The only other idea I have heard of would be to create a scenario in the bulls mind that there's a hot cow and another bull sneaks in to breed her. Do the cow calls by themselves for a bit, then some raking and stomping, like a bull comes to the cow and then starts displaying. Then maybe do some whinier cow sounds, like she's agitated or the other bull to come down and breed her. Sounds like an easy idea, just never tried it so couldn't tell you if it works, hahaha!
Title: Re: So close
Post by: cnelk on October 02, 2019, 05:46:45 PM
Move further back so he had to search for you and commit.
 At 25yds he shouldíve seen an elk and didnít.

Another option would be a decoy