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General Elk Hunting / Colorado unit 49
« on: June 23, 2020, 09:55:25 PM »
Montana guy here, drew archery unit 49 with a buddy in Colorado. 4th state I will have hunted elk in. Love taking our "show" on the road. So we have a bunch of experience in OTCs and have done pretty well.. Feel like we can find where elk should be, and call them in.  [/size]Yes, 49 is a draw but its not like its a legendary unit or anything. Pref point creep was catching up. Coupla questions for those that have hunted it successfully over the years, particularly archery...Pressure- how much and where was it the worst?Would you recommend bivy or truck camping?How much did pressure increase with Muzzleloader season, significant?When was the "peak of the Rut" when you hunted it?

Thanks in advance

Hunting Gear / Your favorite water filtration system
« on: June 27, 2019, 11:19:51 PM »
Lost my Kadydyn.  Due for a new water filtration system.  Thinking of going with the platypus gravity system.  Whats everyone using and opinion? Thanks in advance!

Hunt Planner / Wyoming draw results posted?
« on: February 04, 2019, 02:47:51 PM »

Hello all.  After accumulating some pref points, I decided to try Wyoming this year.  Any body have an idea when they post draw results?
thanks in advance...

Archery / Changed My FOC and arrow diameter this year
« on: June 07, 2018, 11:45:43 AM »

It was time to buy some arrows so I went ahead and bought 4mm Easton FMJs (deep six), usually I get 5 mm.  I decided to go with the new Easton Titanium Half Outsert (55 grain) so I can increase my FOC. 
So last year I was shooting 480gr FMJ 5mm 273 FPS at 8% FOC
This year I'm shooting 495gr FMJ 4mm at 270 FPS with 12% FOC

Opinions on what will help penetration the most? 4mm shafts, increased FOC, extra 15 grains of weight.  Outpenetrates my last years setup by an inch at 30 yards in a cardboard medium.  Just curious as to opinions?

General Elk Hunting / URGENT PLS READ!
« on: September 05, 2017, 11:40:43 AM »
Disregard if no grizzlies are in your hunting area.

I elk hunt in moderate grizzly country.  Yesterday my hunting partner frontal shot a big bull at 16 yards and got only 1 lung.  We trailed the bull for 4 hr and finally found him dead and 730 p.m.  Over a mile and a half blood trail.  Huge. We immediately thought that the long blood trail would attract grizzlies.  We boned, bagged, caped (I'll post a pic here on the Meatpole soon) and got out of there at 9 p.m.  We put the cape and horns 200yd from the kill and continued another 200 to stage a few meat bags in the creek.  I suggested that my partner go grab the cape and horns while I fill the water bladders (80 degree day).He went 100 yards. It was dark.  He caught eyes looking at him 70 yards away.  Huge.  He screamed, "hey bear".  And just like that, it charged.  He had his 44 in his hand and fired.  The bear cut the charge and detoured.  He ran back to me.  We both were pretty shook up. It wasn't over.  We staged all 4 bags in the creek and walked directly toward our rig.  2 more griz right in front of us 50 yard. We held our ground, pistols drawn, bear spray ready.  After a few minutes both bears wandered off.  We hightailed it outta there. No further incident. Horsing it out today 
1. NEVER, EVER, Split up in bear country for any reason.
2.  Never Put your guard down. Even if you do everything right, the S---- can still hit the fan.
3. Pack both the bearspray and the firearm.  Great idea.
4. Buy the brightest headlight you can if you plan on walking out in the dark in bear country. 
PLEASE BE SAFE OUT THERE GUYS!  Personally, I will not be hunting in moderate griz country from this point on.  6 hours of horror not worth elk.  And elk hunting is what I live for.   

General Elk Hunting / locator bugle strategy
« on: August 24, 2017, 08:28:16 AM »
Hey everyone-
Last year I started locator bugling/elk noise multiple times from 1 location. I increased the number of elk I was ableto locate during midday.  Years prior, I bugle once, move on, bugle once move on.  This past year I started by locating by barking followed by a squeal. Couple minutes later I would do a textbook location bugle and if there was an elk there it almost always gave me a response.  What is everyone's technique for midday locating?  Thanks in advance...

Hey Admins- I am trying to renew my UEH course before June 9th so I can use my discount code.  When I enter the code emailed to me the site says "Sorry, this coupon is not applicable to your cart contents".  How do I use my code before June 9th?

General Elk Hunting / Right now in Montana...
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:21:35 AM »
Cows, calves, and spikes are bunched up.  Raghorns are in with them, checking them every few minutes.  No talking.  One of the raggys had velvet.  Most freshly rubbed.  No big bulls yet.  10 days and counting...

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / The final 100
« on: February 22, 2016, 01:50:42 PM »
Hey all.  Its late February so Elkitis is kicking in.  Thought I'd ask a question.  (also asked Corey the same on #projectsuccess). 
Background- I'm primarily a bow hunter for elk, haven't had to shoot one with the rifle in 6 years.  I have been successful every year since I moved to Montana in 06.
My scenario:
I've found the elk.  Located a bull. Got the wind, moved in to 150ish, my shooter to less than 100. Soft cow calling.  Elk bugles/groans- I bugle groan to cut him off.  Elk perks up.  Bugles with more emotion, I cut him off with more emotion...etc.  5 minutes into it this happens.  I bugle to cut him off, he lets out a couple notes that sounds like his feelings are hurt, or simply walks away.  My shooter usually notices this sudden change of behavior.  It seems like it happens out of nowhere.
My question is this: What the hell is happening?
By the way, I usually am successful in this scenario at some point during the season, but it seems like I'm only calling in 1 out of 8 to the bow.

Elk Hunting Tips & Tactics / Anyone ever hunt the post-rut?
« on: October 08, 2015, 10:02:53 PM »
I've never had an unpunched tag this long. Those cow elk are prolly in some danger I plan to employ the same tactics as always- get in their bubble and call/bugle with emotion.  I know the areas I hunt I'll be into them at dawn and dusk.

If anyone has a go-to tactic for late rut/post rut, would love to hear it.  If not, I'll post a pic of a cow (or calf) soon! Lol

General Elk Hunting / Mechanical vs fixed
« on: August 28, 2015, 05:50:37 PM »
Just want to know everyone's preference  and type (not a dissertation on why 1 is better than the other)

Mechanical, ulmer edge 125s

General Elk Hunting / Saw some elk this weekend
« on: August 14, 2015, 09:41:05 AM »
Was glassing first thing in the morning, this past weekend (Aug 8).  Saw a bunch of elk. Surprisingly, I saw several bulls in with the cows.  There was no bugling or breeding activity (obviously), but  surprisingly those bulls were checking cows, licking, etc as the herd was feeding. Been about the earliest I've ever seen those bulls in with the cows doing that. 
Unfortunately, wolves started howling shortly thereafter and ruined the show.   Oh well.  Still interesting.

General Elk Hunting / Extreme Elk merges with Elk Hunter Mag?
« on: July 15, 2015, 03:07:06 PM »
Did anyone else here this, or am I crazy?

Other Big Game Hunting / Montana Unlimited Sheep Hunt
« on: March 24, 2015, 12:34:54 PM »
Hello all.  Doing the unlimited sheep hunt this fall (2015) in section 500 or 501 here in MT.  Any one successfully attempt this or have info as to someone who might have?  This will be a 10 day backpack hunt.  PM me if so.  Thanks!

Shot a bull every year for the last 8...I'm not usually a horn hunter, my family loves to eat elk, I never pass on a bull...until now.
I am familiar with a bull in my honeyhole for the last 3 years.  Last year, I saw him 3 times, all cowed up.  I had him at 20 yards broadside and hammered a twig between me and him.  Just kind of lucked into him that day (walked into his herd during a sleet storm).  Shot a little 5 point the next day. 
Hes almost a 350 bull this year which is exceptional for the area I hunt. I have never targeted one bull before, so here's my question.
How do I mentally pass on other bulls?
I get to archery elk hunt about 14 days during the month of September, and generally have 1 good chance daily to put an arrow in an elk.  When do I pull the plug on hunting 1 bull?  I hunt General OTC units in Montana.  Advice?

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