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Title: Calling
Post by: zclarkTOK on September 02, 2019, 06:19:37 AM
How early do you start calling before legal shooting time?

This will be my first year calling. My wife is about to kill me and Iíve been walking around with a diaphragm in my mouth for the last two months but Iíve got a decent enough cow call down to at least not scare anything away.

Iím hunting on private land and usually starting in a blind over water and/or meadow to start the day before getting on my feet. Iím usually in the blind about 1 hr before and am curious as to when I should put the feelers out to see if Iím in the right spot.

Thanks for your help.


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Title: Re: Calling
Post by: WW on September 02, 2019, 08:13:27 AM
That's hard to say. You can call just about any time. But if you get a response before daylite, stop calling and wait until legal shooting hours before you call again. You sure don't want anything coming in while it is still dark.
Title: Re: Calling
Post by: nclonghunter on September 02, 2019, 02:34:40 PM
Location bugles could be used at any time. If one is bugling or cow calling close by and it is dark I would wait for gray light to start any interaction.
Title: Re: Calling
Post by: ribo451 on September 04, 2019, 09:40:45 PM
I listen in the dark but I don't call at all. I have had elk in my lap in a matter of minutes in a few places including some in the dark that winded me and ended that hunt before it even began.
Title: Re: Calling
Post by: zclarkTOK on September 05, 2019, 08:30:53 AM
Does any one call on scouting trips?
Title: Re: Calling
Post by: cohunter14 on September 05, 2019, 10:07:50 AM

Does any one call on scouting trips?



When are you scouting and when are you hunting?
Title: Re: Calling
Post by: zclarkTOK on September 05, 2019, 10:28:20 AM
Scouting this weekend. Hunting the 10/1-5.


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Title: Re: Calling
Post by: Elk Noob on September 05, 2019, 10:33:57 AM
In the areas I Hunt I wouldn't call during scouting unless you're calling at night. If you aren't hunting I wouldn't call because imo I think that's a good way to get the bulls to go quiet during the day.
Title: Re: Calling
Post by: cohunter14 on September 05, 2019, 10:41:01 AM
I probably wouldn't be calling in that scenario. Reason being, finding where bulls are now probably won't help you come Oct 1st. For the most part, the bulls aren't going to be in the rutting areas yet. By Oct 1, they should either be in those rutting areas or should be starting to head off on their own into their security areas for winter. If it were me, I would be trying to find where the cows are right now. That would be a good starting point.
Title: Re: Calling
Post by: ChuckBC on October 05, 2019, 09:26:46 AM

I am very pleased with my progress in learning how to call over the past 8 months. Thanks to Cory. I have had a lot of complements from my buddies but not so much from the elk. There were 3 of us split up and hunting in very mountainous and forested terrain with lots of cut blocks. Perhaps very much like northern Idaho. We were no more than 1/2 mile apart from each other. When I call it sounds very loud to me and I can feel my Bully Bugle tube resonate a bit to that slightly louder tone. But my partners said that they never heard me call. Is it me or the terrain I am in.  :train:


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Title: Re: Calling
Post by: ribo451 on October 05, 2019, 11:45:39 AM
I have heard elk call from over a mile away on a calm day across a canyon and I have been just over a hill less than 400 yards from elk that my parents were listening to that I never heard. Terrain can really effect how far sound will travel.
Title: Re: Calling
Post by: ChuckBC on October 06, 2019, 09:22:14 AM
Thanks Ribo451. That helps me regain my confidence. It also gives me confidence that the very faint bugle reply I thought I heard a few times were actually elk.

Title: Re: Calling
Post by: trophyhill on December 01, 2019, 07:03:20 AM
The bull I killed this year, I heard him loud and clear from across the canyon. As he came in, he would bugle about every 25-40 yards. He sounded louder from across the canyon, than he did at 16 yards as he raised his head to start his bugle.