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General Elk Hunting / Re: Dealing with left overs in Grizzly Country
« on: February 28, 2021, 01:45:06 PM »
We burn it. I like the idea of removing the smell altogether rather than hanging it back in a tree to advertise to bears.

I think the mountain house packages and most other food items would have less odor before opening them and would smell more enticing after they have been cooked.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Getting over fear
« on: February 23, 2021, 10:14:58 PM »
My dad shoots a genesis bow from Mathews (I think that's who makes it). I think it's for kids getting started in archery. The bow has no draw weight or draw length. You just pull it back and shoot. It's way to light to hunt with but he uses it to try to get over target panic. It might be a good way to start off shooting real light poundage and work your way back up to your hunting bow.

Hunting Gear / Re: Battery Powered Trail Bikes
« on: February 16, 2021, 06:17:58 PM »
Do you have a link to a video if there is one. I would like to check it out. I have been wanting one of these for a while but most of the places I hunt they aren't allowed so I haven't spent the money on one yet.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Decoys
« on: December 11, 2020, 11:53:29 PM »
I've used mine many times and have only had one positive experience with it.

We were hunting in an area that had been full of elk the day before and weren't having any luck locating anything so we sat down to do a long cold calling sequence when someone eventually spotted a spike walking down to us. He was coming right to me but I wasn't interested in shooting a spike that early in the season so I switched places with someone else and I called and got out my decoy. Mine is the elk butt. The spike came down and the shooter missed right under him. I didn't know what happened so I kept calling and he came back and the shooter shot under him again. He ran down hill right to the other shooter who shot right over him. He ran down farther and I kept calling. He came back up and the second shooter shot right under him. 4 misses in about 5 minutes but he didn't want to leave. He stayed where he could see me for several minutes while I called but wouldn't come back down. After a few minutes a cow and calf came down and the calf spotted me and ran straight at me and stood in the brush about 5 feet from me. The cow came down and looked things over and left taking the other two with her. It was a pretty cool experience but it's the only good one I have had. I have had a lot of other elk look at the decoy but that was it.
I carry mine all elk season long without the legs. I put a clip on it so I can hang it on a limb which works pretty well. The decoy itself weighs very little. The legs are fairly heavy.

I keep thinking I should try one of the decoys that attaches to your bow and you shoot through it and look through it but I haven't yet. I think that would result in a lot of frontal shot opportunities if they are coming in focused right on the shooter.

Other Big Game Hunting / Re: 2020 Other big game meat pole
« on: November 19, 2020, 07:23:08 PM »
Here is a deer I shot a week ago. I passed on 4 mulies the last few times I had been out. Three of them were 3x3s and one forky.  This guy made the mistake of being 400 yards from the truck. The mulies were miles back in the woods.

It would be a better story if I was using all my hunting skill to shoot this guy but the real story is I was sitting next to a fire I had built and was screwing around on my phone and stuffing things into my back pack getting ready to leave because I had no faith that there were going to be any deer around any time soon when I noticed that this buck was 3/4 of the way across the clearcut I was supposed to be watching.

He has a giant body. Normally after skinning one out I can lift it up onto the hooks in our walk in cooler and it was all my Dad and I could do to get this one up on the ceiling. He had so much fat in his body cavity I had to cut out a ton of it and dig through it to get to his tenderloins. Must have been a good year for plant growth.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Spooking a heard
« on: October 06, 2020, 10:16:52 PM »
I agree. They are either still there or they're not but you won't know if you don't go back. I Generally quit hunting a place after I have rustled them up pretty good and can't locate them the next day but I have bumped herds and been right back into them the next day or later the same day.

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 12, 2020, 01:53:43 PM »
Moose after shedding velvet

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« on: September 12, 2020, 12:54:57 PM »
No elk photos but had several more encounters. I called in a 6 point bull to 4 yards and hit the only stick between him and me and shot over his back. I don't know how many people have missed a broadside bull at 12 feet but I managed it. The next day I called in a spike to 30 yards and promptly shot under him.

Heard a few bugles the next day in a different area but I'm not convinced they were elk. They didn't quite sound right but I have been fooled before. I will be back there next week. It was hot and the bugling I did hear quit early when it was warming up which sounds more like elk than hunters but I'm still not convinced.

Then the next day I went to a different area and was getting a little discouraged by the lack of elk sign. I got no responses to my calling at the first spot I stopped, so I moved to another spot that was a couple hundred yards above some wallows. I called there for a minute and didn't hear anything. I convinced myself that nothing was around and I wanted to get out to a ridge to glass before it got hot so I started to move off and spotted a 5x5 sneaking in about the same time he saw me from 80 yards.

I have seen and called in bulls 4 out of 6 days and have had a blast. I have to work for the next couple days so I won't be back out till Tuesday. I did get to watch a small bull moose shed his velvet. I will post pictures of him if I can get them off my phone.

General Elk Hunting / Re: What about last week of season?
« on: September 12, 2020, 12:42:27 PM »
The latest I've shot one in our archery is Sept. 29th. It was a satellite and he and the herd bull were bugling like crazy.

Like others have said I've heard fired up bulls well into October.

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Hunt Update Thread
« 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.

General Elk Hunting / Gate violations
« on: August 30, 2020, 03:53:07 PM »
I'm curious what everyone else does when they encounter someone violating a road closure or trail closure. I don't hunt anywhere that you can have a motorized vehicle unless you happen to be working in the area but I encounter people on these roads that are either on 4 wheelers or side by sides frequently. I have gotten to be friends with the fish and game officer in the area and he want's me to contact him with info about gate violations which I do every time I can but I'm curious if anyone else does anything different.

My 66 year old parents were scouting an area today when a guy came by on a side by side that lives on land that borders the state ground he was riding on. If my 66 year old parents can hike in there I don't see what excuse this guy can have for needing to ride in there other than that he's lazy. There was a good amount of tire tracks from either this guy or others and 0 elk sign.

It does scratch a place off the list for me to go opening day next week.

General Elk Hunting / Re: When to Scout
« on: August 14, 2020, 06:38:53 PM »
When is your season? For me our archery season starts Sept. 6th so I would scout a couple days before the season starts. If I were to do it a couple weeks before that is about the time bulls are gathering there ladies so if you find elk a couple weeks before the season the bulls may have gone out looking for love. If I were going to scout weeks before I would be looking more for cows than for bulls and if I were going to scout a couple days before I would try to do as much from a distance with glasses so I didn't run them off like you said.

Classifieds / Re: Wife FSOT
« on: August 08, 2020, 12:12:14 PM »
I'm curious how much you get for her. I have a high mileage model I'm looking to upgrade.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Are elk hunters social distancing?
« on: July 08, 2020, 10:20:26 PM »
I am wearing the mask and doing the social distancing thing because I am building my parents house and I see them almost every day and they are both in the high risk group and I don't want to be responsible for giving it to them. I'm not overly worried about myself getting it or surviving it being the Adonis of a man that I am. :-D

It might be nice to be exposed to it without getting it so I can take two weeks off work to quarantine.

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Re: Open reed calls
« on: July 04, 2020, 09:14:36 PM »
Those are the only kind I can use. I can't make a single peep out of a mouth reed. The calls I use are kind of different. One is referred to as a "bite and blow" call and that's how it works. You bite on the end and blow through it and how hard you bite dictates the sound. Bite harder for higher pitch and let off to get lower pitches.

Another call that I use a lot and like a lot is a true open reed and I have to get it wet to make it work right. I lick the reed before using it. Then vary the pressure on it to vary the tone. And I have to use it with the reed down. I think you can use it the other way but if I use it right side up it vibrates my lip and makes me sneeze. Kind of an extra bonus.

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