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Title: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on August 27, 2019, 09:02:15 AM

The 2019 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!


Good luck to everyone this year!!!
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: Ol Arky on August 27, 2019, 11:45:16 AM
My only way to enjoy elk hunting so please have fun be safe and send updates on a regular basis...
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: ribo451 on August 28, 2019, 06:54:43 PM
Saw 6-7 cows with a 5 point bull on the drive home yesterday. He looked like he was ready for fall to begin.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: DTP on August 28, 2019, 07:37:18 PM
Saw 6-7 cows with a 5 point bull on the drive home yesterday. He looked like he was ready for fall to begin.
I think we are all ready too!  :tease: :shock:
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: Wyo67 on September 03, 2019, 08:45:38 AM
Awful hot up on the mountain in Wyoming this weekend - nothing heard or seen on opening day.  A buddy with a different tag reported hearing a couple bulges at night up around Laramie Peak.  Which was more than I heard in the General areas.  Will be out again next weekend.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: DTP on September 03, 2019, 07:30:11 PM
Awful hot up on the mountain in Wyoming this weekend - nothing heard or seen on opening day.  A buddy with a different tag reported hearing a couple bulges at night up around Laramie Peak.  Which was more than I heard in the General areas.  Will be out again next weekend.


Good luck next weekend!
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: StrongTower on September 05, 2019, 07:58:30 AM
I have a question for everyone. Last weekend, I went out and saw nothing and also heard nothing. The elk were very silent (probably due to the hot temperatures and early in the season). Last weekend I checked out 4 different areas.


I am heading back out tonight. I am trying a few new spots. Would you recommend I get to a high glassing point and glass tonight or should I just start out in an area I believe to hold elk and hope I get a bull to bugle?


Thanks,
ST
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 05, 2019, 09:44:31 AM
I have a question for everyone. Last weekend, I went out and saw nothing and also heard nothing. The elk were very silent (probably due to the hot temperatures and early in the season). Last weekend I checked out 4 different areas.


I am heading back out tonight. I am trying a few new spots. Would you recommend I get to a high glassing point and glass tonight or should I just start out in an area I believe to hold elk and hope I get a bull to bugle?


Thanks,
ST



It sounds like elk have already been vocal in a lot of areas, so I would probably go the calling route if it were me.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: Elk Noob on September 05, 2019, 10:42:41 AM
Head out early or late at night and do some bugling. The elk up north have definitely been talking so far. I've been surprised, but they are bugling.

I like glassing because I'd rather let my eyes do the walking, but with vocal elk walk the trails at night and listen for bugles.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: StrongTower on September 05, 2019, 10:46:08 AM
Thanks cohunter14 and elk noob. I will give it a go tonight and see if I hear anything. This is my first year archery hunting so I am just trying to put boots on the ground as much as possible and learn as much as possible. Already learned to reduce what I bring in my backpacking pack. Dropped significant weight on my pack.


ST
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: lang on September 07, 2019, 11:03:00 AM
Called in a 5 pt and couple cows for a buddy in my local zone before I head to a different zone for my hunt.  He hit a branch so no elk, but had at least 3 bulls going. Probably heard 30 bugles.   
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: nclonghunter on September 07, 2019, 12:20:19 PM
Lang, what state are you hunting? Sounds like the elk are responding and getting started.


Also, looks like you are after a good bull if you are leaving that area to go into another zone. Good luck on the hunt.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: ribo451 on September 07, 2019, 07:33:24 PM
I got into elk opening day. (Friday) I heard around 100 bugles coming from 3 bulls. One was close, one was on an open ridge across from me and one was in the bottom of a canyon. I called some and they seemed fired up to talk to each other but didn't respond well to my calling. I was getting my feelings hurt when the close bull came in silent. He was a big 6x6. He hung up at 130 yards. The wind was bad for any type of moves in his direction so I tried unsuccessfully several times to get around him and his cows and couldn't make it work. Had a small black bear at 28 yards too.  A good day overall till I fell down and rolled my ankle in a patch of devils club. 
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: Ol Arky on September 08, 2019, 10:36:56 AM
Bull elk down in Colorado... Anyone???? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: nclonghunter on September 08, 2019, 05:59:43 PM
Ol Arky, hopefully next week I can post a few pictures from Colorado..will be heading out there from North Carolina...not far from your old stomping grounds.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: Ol Arky on September 08, 2019, 09:12:35 PM
Ol Arky, hopefully next week I can post a few pictures from Colorado..will be heading out there from North Carolina...not far from your old stomping grounds.

Good deal... I hope you have a safe, fun and successful trip... I'm not gonna steal anyone's thunder but I do know the elk gods have been good to at least one....
Title: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: zclarkTOK on September 09, 2019, 07:00:06 AM
Getting excited now...went out to scout last weekend for opening week of rifle hunting.

We heard at least 3 bulls and an unknown number of cows...we have an A and ES tag but really excited about the last part knowing what i know about the late rut.  Hopefully they all stick around and stay alive for a few more weeks.

Tons of sign as well including some well used game trails, water holes and a rub about 5 yds from a ground blind we determined would be good based on the game trails. The rub was made sometime in the 1.5 hour break we took for breakfast at camp


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Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 09, 2019, 09:22:51 AM
Heading out today for a quick hunt, coming back on Wednesday. Not extremely hopeful on the area, but I cannot wait to be in the woods!
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: StrongTower on September 09, 2019, 09:28:51 AM
So I finally found Elk!! (After my 8th spot to look). Unfortunately I was by myself and it made calling the bull in very difficult. I tried to challenge him 3 times. But all 3 times instead of coming at me to accept the challenge he just pushed his cows away, like he didn't want to fight. So i finally decided to go silent and sneak in. I got within 40 yards but did not have a good shot at him. I made sure the wind was in my favor and he had no idea I was there. But before I could get into a good shooting lane he wandered off. I couldn't find him again.


Any suggestions on different things I should have tried? What do you do if a bull is not wanting to be challenged and would rather run?
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: Bull_Fighter on September 09, 2019, 10:45:12 AM
So I finally found Elk!! (After my 8th spot to look). Unfortunately I was by myself and it made calling the bull in very difficult. I tried to challenge him 3 times. But all 3 times instead of coming at me to accept the challenge he just pushed his cows away, like he didn't want to fight. So i finally decided to go silent and sneak in. I got within 40 yards but did not have a good shot at him. I made sure the wind was in my favor and he had no idea I was there. But before I could get into a good shooting lane he wandered off. I couldn't find him again.


Any suggestions on different things I should have tried? What do you do if a bull is not wanting to be challenged and would rather run?
If you were with your lady and a guy came up and started yelling at you, challenging you to a fight from across the parking lot, would you stay and fight for no reason, or take your lady and leave? On the flip side, if he came right up to you and your lady, ignored you and started hitting on your woman right in front of you, would you still just walk away? Try getting in close and talk to his cows (with bull sounds), or do what you did last and sneak in for a shot. That's how I'd look at it.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: StrongTower on September 09, 2019, 10:52:58 AM
Bull fighter, could you describe close? all instances took place within 100 yards and one of those cases was within 50 yrds. Maybe I was to aggressive in my calling???
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: Bull_Fighter on September 09, 2019, 11:16:16 AM
Bull fighter, could you describe close? all instances took place within 100 yards and one of those cases was within 50 yrds. Maybe I was to aggressive in my calling???
The closer, the better, but I would think inside 50-100 yards would be money. You might be right on getting too aggressive too quickly. If the bull isn't already fired up, you might try getting him fired up with some raking, grunting, smaller bugles and work your way up from there depending on his response.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: lang on September 09, 2019, 11:54:26 AM
Lang, what state are you hunting? Sounds like the elk are responding and getting started.


Also, looks like you are after a good bull if you are leaving that area to go into another zone. Good luck on the hunt.
In North Idaho and heading to Southern Idaho.  I can hunt more days without using pto if I stay local, but the wif likes me to have a tag I am done with in 10 days (without the pto or $ to pull off more).  If I stay in the panhandle I can hunt all three weapons Sept-Dec and it wears on the fam.  I like both areas, but go south every few years.  Group down south has had little calling and hot weather...should lite up any day-hoping right when I get there.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: StrongTower on September 09, 2019, 03:20:07 PM
Thanks Bull Fighter,


I will try to start out a little less aggressive to work him up next time.


Question for anyone. In Colorado Muzzle loader starts this weekend. therefore archery hunters now have to wear orange. Will this be a detriment to trying to get close? I understand that Elk don't see orange and it appears brown, but a big solid shade of brown has to stand out among the environment.


Thanks for your thoughts
ST
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 09, 2019, 09:47:16 PM
Thanks Bull Fighter,


I will try to start out a little less aggressive to work him up next time.


Question for anyone. In Colorado Muzzle loader starts this weekend. therefore archery hunters now have to wear orange. Will this be a detriment to trying to get close? I understand that Elk don't see orange and it appears brown, but a big solid shade of brown has to stand out among the environment.


Thanks for your thoughts
ST


Archery hunters donít have to wear orange, only the ML hunters  :upthumb:
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 09, 2019, 09:53:38 PM
Had my first ever calling encounter today after being a rifle hunter most of my life. We were in an area with lots of fresh sign, but nothing was responding to calls. Finally, my old man threw out a bugle with some chuckles at the end and a bull chuckled nearby. The look on our faces had to be similar to a six year old on Christmas morning when they realize Santa came, lol!!!


Unfortunately we thought the bull was farther away than he was and we ended up jumping the entire herd. The good news is they never caught our scent and we continued to have the bull calling back to us after, so they didnít completely vacate the country. We decided to back out and weíll be back there first thing in the morning  :upthumb:
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 10, 2019, 07:30:05 PM
Got on the same herd first thing this morning. We shadowed them across the mountain and then straight uphill hoping to follow them to bed, but we ended up losing them when they continued up and over a saddle. Hoping theyíll be back in the morning. One last chance before we have to head home. The good news is weíll be back at it in a week and a half with five days to hunt instead of two  :upthumb:
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: ĎIkeí on September 12, 2019, 10:44:14 PM
Donít forget about raking...It can put some Bullís over the edge!   :o
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 13, 2019, 07:06:45 AM
Donít forget about raking...It can put some Bullís over the edge!   :o


Yeah, we gave that a shot as well. Iím guessing itís a younger bull that was running with the cows. When it came to fight or flight, he took the flight every time even when we got in close.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: MTHunter on September 14, 2019, 06:41:19 PM
Long time reader, first time poster.

It's been an interesting first week this year, so thought I'd belt out a brief synopsis of things in S. Central Montana.

Opening day was a total bust. It rained so much I could not get back to our planned hunting location. Plan-B, which is normally a solid choice in the second or third week was totally devoid of anything resembling Elk. However, the next five days or so was packed with action, including "Cold Rain" (that part was not so fun).

We've seen Small Bulls, Big bulls, but very few cows (plenty of the moo-cow types though). Our best opportunity for a big 6x6 Bull was thwarted by yet another big bull that came pouncing onto the scene unexpectedly.  I don't know who jumped further, the original 6x6 bull or me, but in the end, it was everyone scattering into the wind. Had a second shot--later in the week--at a nice bull but he winded us at about 55yrs; so that was that.

We've seen lots of Mulies and Whitetails up close so we're fairly confident in filling those tags.

Anyways, I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable hunting season so far, and look forward to reading more stories from the field here.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 15, 2019, 07:38:35 AM
Welcome to the site MTHunter! Sounds like you guys are at least getting into them. Good luck the rest of the season!
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: SteveR on September 15, 2019, 08:52:16 PM
Mixed results for me this year. Sept 2 my son and I left for Northern BC Rockies, on the Alaska highway past Fort Nelson BC. After 1800 kilometres we arrived at the Outfitters lodge, meet him and his wife, have a nice dinner, and discuss the trip. Excitement has been building for months, and we are finally here.
Although unguided, the outfitter supplies horses, camp, meals, and game transport.
Day 1- early rise, round up 4 saddle horses and 7 pack horses, pack the panniers, balance the load, load up the horse trailer and head to the trailhead.
After a 6 hour ride we arrive at camp, unpack, erect 2 wall tents, build camp, and settle in.
Day 2 - up early, and we take a walk up a small drainage just above camp that has held elk, but we find only old dry elk sign, some moose sign, and a fresh caribou track.
Day 3 - the plan is to ride to the top of the valley, get up into the alpine, and glass for elk. We saddle up, get 1/2 mile from camp, and there is a bull moose halfway up the ridge we are paralleling. We jump off the horse, get the spotter, but he is moving..he looks decent, but cant confirm he is legal..we need a closer look. My son and I take off across the creek, through some wet marsh and start climbing. We are angling 45 degrees to try and get in front of the moose and cut him off. I'm doing the best I can in the marsh and willows, but I cant keep up with my son. He races up the hill. After 30 mins, he circles back down to me...moose is nowhere to be seen. We strategize, but I think he has gotten past us before we got up there. My son says "I'm going to take a look in the next draw" and off he goes. 20 mins later, his 300wm barks, and then 5 mins later another shot rings out. 30 mins later he comes back down to me , all smiles "Moose down!!" His first moose..i am so proud of his determination.
Now the work begins..took 4 of us the full day to field dress, debone, load game bags, pack horses and get back to camp.
Day 4 - totally socked in, zero visibility, so we tend to some camp chores, and take a walk in the afternoon when it lifts a little. About 6pm (https://www.elk101.com/forums/x-apple-data-detectors://2) we find 2 cow elk feeding above us. My son was fortunate to have won a cow elk tag in the Limited Entry lottery, but we passed. Would be dark soon, and we were only 1/2 mile from the moose kill site, where it was high probability a griz was on it....not wise to drop another animal at dark that close.
Day 5 - early start, the plan is to ride up to the alpine where we had intended to go on day 3 and glass. We get to a saddle on top and I give a location bugle.. immediate response! Tie up the horses and off we go. The bull is below us in a small spruce grove. We circle around trying to get above him..the thermals are rising and in our face...perfect. Oh shoot....the bull steps out and looks straight at us..749 yards..we have no cover..we are in 1-5 foot high willows and grass. We freeze, try to drop and regroup...somehow the bull catches movement, slips back into the spruce, never to be seen or heard again. We spent an hour circling on the backside of the ridge to try and get closer, but he is gone. We decide to move on.
We climb a ridge, where we can glass into 4 drainages. I spot 4 elk at the top of the furthest one...its a long way, and the only approach is ridgewalking to get above them.
Decision time...we can stay where we are and hope something walks by, or go after animals we can see. I'm going!
3 hours later, after dropping down to the saddle, climbing a ridge, another saddle, and another ridge, we are 800 yds away and higher than the bull and his 4 cows.
They are in a perfect sanctuary, on a sidehill in the shade above a saddle, with thermals rising to them from both sides, and we are above them but there is no cover except 2 ft high willows. I cant go directly at them. So i retreat back up to the ridge, drop 200 yds down the north side, which is very steep, making my way sidehilling thru willows , deep moss that swallows your boots, and loose shale. I'm at 600 yds, and they dont know I'm there. I drop my pack, grab the bugle and my rifle, and start belly crawling towards them in the willow. I get to 500 yds , slightly below them, and cant go further or i'm completely exposed. I decide to cow call and the bull immediately responds. He is a 300 class 6x6. We "talk" back and forth for 20 mins, he comes closer to 412 yds. This bull is mine. I find a small bush to use as a rest, chamber a shell, and look for him in the scope....oh crap...the sun in the west above me is just setting on the ridge above him...what do I see in the scope? ...nothing but white glare. Im trying to figure out a solution, i can't move to a better angle, i decide to keep him entertained with some cow and challenge calls while the sun sets. As soon as it drops, i can feel the wind change on the back of my neck...a cow barks once, twice....the bull is getting very nervous...he cant see a bull or a cow standing where he is expecting to see one based on my calls...the cows bolt, the bull slips away....it's over.
Thrill of the chase!! But i've never experienced the total glare washout in my scope before..i need an ARD or a sunshade. Back to camp, and 18 kilometres on the GPS.
Day 5 - we take an easy day and make a plan to take a spike camp back up onto the ridge saddle, to spend a couple days looking for that elk.
Day 6 - need to discuss options..we had frost for 2 nights after the moose dropped, but now it had warmed up, and the Inreach forcast was warm weather for the next 4-5 days. Do we keep chasing elk and risk losing the moose meat, or head to the highway?
Decision made, we break camp and start the 6 hour trek back.
We cut our hunt short 3 days..the elk will be there next year...i cant be selfish because i want an elk, and let almost 500lbs of my son's moose be wasted.
So while I was 100% confident I was going to get one this year, my record drops to 3 for 4.......more to this story to come in part 2.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 15, 2019, 09:10:31 PM
Awesome story SteveR, thanks for sharing! Canít wait to hear part two  :upthumb:
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: SteveR on September 15, 2019, 09:23:41 PM
Part 2
We are 4 hours into the trek back to the highway.
The outfitters wife is in the lead with 2 pack horses, I have 2, my son is just managing his saddle horse, and the outfitter is leading 3.
I received very explicit instructions...more than once....under no circumstances do i place the loop of the packhorse lead on my saddle horn...always keep it in your hand, so if the packhorse hangs up, i can drop the lead, get off, regroup, and carry on.
From behind us we hear a yell "Stop! I'm hurt".
The outfitter had his pack lead on the horn, his saddle horse went left by a tree, the packhorse went right...it pulled down on his leg, pulled his saddle off his horse, and down he went onto a rock, landing on his hip.
He cant walk, nevermind ride a horse, its 8pm, and we still have 2 hours to the highway. We press SOS on the Inreach. SAR responds right away, but explain its too dark to deploy a helicopter, so it wont be coming until after daybreak.
He is in agony, we feed him some strong painkillers, make a tarp lean-to, set up his bedroll, and start a fire. His wife says if we all stay, the meat sitting in the panniers on the sides of 4 warm horses will go bad. She rationalizes she can do nothing more for him thru the night but wait for SAR. She decides that she and I will take the outfitters saddle horse and 4pack horses, and my son will stay with her husband, keep him company, keep the fire going, and tend the remaining pack horses.
Off we go...2 hours to the road in pitch black...yes it was approaching the harvest full moon, but in the tree canopy you cant see squat. And no headlamps could be used as it screws up the horses vision. I swear to god those horses have night vision...they knew the trail. And we got out ok.
Load the horse trailer, back to the lodge, unload the first horse, and as we are taking off the panniers and top-pack, the truck, with trailer, and no e-brake starts rolling away with 6 horses on board. Im on the wrong side but start running for the truck. Its going to hit a major tree right in the center of the bumper. 6 feet from the tree, the whole works slams to a halt on the gravel. She somehow caught the truck, jumped in the passenger side, climbed over the console, and hit the brakes. Did that just happen? Holy shoot.
We get the rest unloaded, the meat into a cooler, unsaddle horses, get them in the corral, feed them, and we are ready to collapse.
My son and the outfitter had an Inreach and I had mine, so we kept in touch. Waiting for morning. 6:30 am the SAR chopper flies right over us enroute. They have to land in the riverbed, 650 metres of bushwack from where the outfitter is laying. 3 SAR plus my son carry him in a basket to the chopper. No room in the chopper for my son, and he knows he has to stay and look after the remaining horses.
The wife contacts her b-in-law and his son, who have just worked nightshifts, they drive 1.5 hours to us, load 2 saddle horses in the trailer, back to the trailhead, and they ride in 2 hours. All is good, they load up the packhorses, and ride out, back to the lodge by 5:30 pm.
I am so proud of my son for doing what he did..not only his first moose and the determination required to get it, but staying the night in the bush, land of grizzlies and wolves, looking after a severely injured man, and then staying even longer until he was rescued.
I heard today that the outfitter was flown by air ambulance to Prince George.
Compound hip fracture. Surgery went well and they had him on his feet today.
Tough sob!!
We expected an adventure, not quite with this ending, but we got one!
Will be eating well until next September...that 6x6 and I have unfinished business.


Oh, and if you dont carry some sort of satellite communicator with SOS service, maybe reconsider.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 16, 2019, 07:36:13 AM
Holy moly, what a story. Glad things worked out okay! Reminds me that I need to get my On Reach activated before this weekend.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: bcnorth on September 16, 2019, 08:50:58 AM
wow crazy adventure, thanks for the write up! and great timing for me...leaving in 3 days for my trip just south of fort nelson with a packer/outfitter for a drop off hunt. Also have a cow elk draw.

The outfitter were going in with already had use for his Inreach as well, got snowed in for 10 days in august while trailing in his horses and needed supplies brought in to get him through.

Hope to connect and post a story and pics up.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cnelk on September 16, 2019, 09:31:58 AM
If the outfitter wouldve followed his own advice and not looped onto the horn, all would be well
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: SteveR on September 16, 2019, 10:16:21 AM
Yep. I think maybe he was trying to eat something out of his saddlebag as our last meal was breakfast, so he needed a free hand.


I know lots of you are bowhunters, but for those rifle hunters, have you ever experienced the scope glare washout when looking west into the sunset? The elk was on a shaded slope facing east, and the sun setting down beyond the ridge above him. How did you solve it? We all learn from our experiences, and if this ever happens to me again, i want to have a plan.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 16, 2019, 10:35:21 AM
Yep. I think maybe he was trying to eat something out of his saddlebag as our last meal was breakfast, so he needed a free hand.


I know lots of you are bowhunters, but for those rifle hunters, have you ever experienced the scope glare washout when looking west into the sunset? The elk was on a shaded slope facing east, and the sun setting down beyond the ridge above him. How did you solve it? We all learn from our experiences, and if this ever happens to me again, i want to have a plan.



I think the easiest plan would be to try to shade the scope with your other hand. It might make for an awkward setup, but I think that's the only real way to do it. You have to keep the sun from hitting directly into the lens of the scope. Either that or you would need a sun shade for your scope and unless it's setup for that, you probably would have to buy a new scope entirely.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 16, 2019, 10:37:45 AM
Forgot a final update from my quick hunt last week. We went back out the final morning and the woods went quiet. The elk never returned to the same area. We went and tried to access another area we thought they might have gone, but no luck. The good news is we found a great little honey hole for the future! Heading out for a five day hunt on Saturday and we are planning on going to a different area, but we might just have to swing back through this area now if we aren't finding elk where we're going.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: StrongTower on September 17, 2019, 06:21:58 AM
Question - This last weekend was a good weekend. Got into elk a few times. But just could not seal the deal. On one occasion, I was I let out a locator bugle and a bull responded 40 yards away from  me. I tried to set up as quickly as possible, but he got to me to fast. He was 20 yards away, perfect shooting lane but I didnt have time to draw my bow. We were in a staring contest for some time and he finally turned around and sauntered off. Since he did not run away but left in a calm manner, would it have been okay to try and follow him? Or was the gig up and time for me to find another bull?


Thanks,
ST
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: Wyo67 on September 17, 2019, 08:10:34 AM
StrongTower - Depends on the wind.  If it was right, I would have badgered him (raking/groans/challenge bulges) until he came back.  If he didn't bolt down the mountain, he didn't smell you, so you should have been good to begin the chase.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: StrongTower on September 17, 2019, 08:35:19 AM
Thanks Wyo67,


This is my first year archery hunting. I have done countless hours of prep getting ready, but realizing there is still a lot I need to learn that is just going to come from experience. Overall, I am happy with even getting the chances I have had this year, and I have learned a lot from encounters and mistakes. I think the more chances I get the more I will be able to read the Bulls and figure out what to do next.


If this happens again I will know what to do. Thanks for your help.


Sincerely,
ST
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: Ol Arky on September 17, 2019, 12:39:08 PM
SteveR, tale of two cities type hunt. Glad all turned out ok for ya'll and your son got his moose. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: SteveR on September 17, 2019, 05:09:38 PM
SteveR, tale of two cities type hunt. Glad all turned out ok for ya'll and your son got his moose. :clap: :clap: :clap:
"...best of times, worst of times..." lol!  thanks Phil!
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: cohunter14 on September 20, 2019, 05:14:37 PM
Heading out first thing tomorrow. Anxious to return and see all of the stories and hoping to have one of my own. Good luck to anyone heading out this weekend!
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: jeffnmontana on September 22, 2019, 01:42:59 PM
Drew so called premier tag in Idaho. One of 5 rifle permits in the rut. Been here going on my 4th week and have seen more elk on a bad day in my back yard. One or two bugles tops. One great bull spotted on Private land which cannot be hunted without a written signed permit from the owner. Most are Corporations and out of six people/owners that I left multiple messages with zero return calls.
Whether posted or not now law says the permit is required. Ever try finding a rancher during roundup.....
To add insult to injury one large section of public that was supposed to be a good area just had an almost out of control prescribed burn right at the start of this season. Multiple helicopters and emergency vehicles all making that area ppretty much null. Talked to 4 out of the five other tag holders and only 1 I know of so far have bagged a 290- bull. Wounded warrior guy had a special extra tag and bagged a bull on his friends private land. Going on 4th week here. 4 5 gal cans of gas for ATV and 100 gallons of diesel. Giving it two more days. Gave up trying to contact G&F rep Rachel. No service here so phone tag doesn't work. Stopped at Nampa office at 4pm one day figuring some help might be available but no one available. All in the field. Sure would have been nice if a disclaimer about new law requiring written permit from landowners to hunt even unposted land. Your own personal responsibility to figure out if you are on public or private even without markings or fences.
I know some will say sour grapes and you gotta get outta the truck etc. But everyone I have come across including bowhunters are not seeing didley and I have bivy camped and hiked and have video from hours of glassing.
Just a heads up if you plan on applying for the 40-1 controlled hunt.
Don't bother.. 

Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: colorado russ on September 22, 2019, 05:03:20 PM
Let this guy walk. Why when i have a rifle they come within 25 yards and 200 with a bow in hand! Mornings are below freezing but warm during the day.
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: colorado russ on September 23, 2019, 05:40:42 PM
Rut seems a little late here. Talked to co and he agreed. Couple of bulls bugling but the bull above was silent. Had another small one with 50 yards and he hung around my stand for 30 mins.


Saw lone cow. Damn....bugling now..bye
Title: Re: 2019 Elk Hunt Update Thread
Post by: colorado russ on September 23, 2019, 06:01:09 PM
Pic of smaller bull in my elk corridor....going to miss this place.