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Classifieds / NIB! Leupold BX-5 Santiam HD 10x42 binoculars ($800!)
« Last post by buglelk on October 16, 2019, 11:58:39 AM »
New in the Box, Leupold BX-5 Santiam HD 10x42 binoculars. MSRP is $1599, the least expensive I've seen them is on Amazon for $999. First $800 gets them, and I'll ship them to you for free. Email me at corey@elk101.com if you're interested. Thanks!
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General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Last post by Elk Noob on October 16, 2019, 11:45:06 AM »
I was glassing for some friends in a LE unit in CO and we had bugling during the weekend. Saw a lot of elk, Bulls are still with Cows, and I even saw a bull mount a cow.


Seems like there are still some hot cows out there.
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General Elk Hunting / Re: Colorado Elk Bugle/Rut Report
« Last post by cohunter14 on October 16, 2019, 06:43:02 AM »
Just bumping this back up to see if anyone heard any bugles during the 1st Rifle season this last week. Hope some of you found some success!
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General Elk Hunting / Re: Blondie
« Last post by babaffo on October 14, 2019, 08:40:01 PM »
Congrats, thats awesome you were able to target a bull and then kill him! Well done!!!


I do want to hear more about the AR incident...what in the heck? How did you know what they did? Did they damage anything?


Just left a pile of fresh brass at the top of the campsite.  Pretty shitty thing to do on opening day of archery elk.
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General Elk Hunting / Re: Blondie
« Last post by cohunter14 on October 14, 2019, 06:29:25 PM »
Congrats, thats awesome you were able to target a bull and then kill him! Well done!!!


I do want to hear more about the AR incident...what in the heck? How did you know what they did? Did they damage anything?
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General Elk Hunting / Blondie
« Last post by babaffo on October 14, 2019, 04:58:10 PM »
Opening day - Oregon general Archery season - 1 mile east of Olney in the Oregon coastal range.


I'd scouted a bull I'd named 'Blondie' for his abnormally light colored coat.  I'd also subconsciously dubbed a flirty girl at my gym 'Blondie' as well, so maybe there's something I should explore there as well.   :help2:


Blondie was the herd bull for about 20 cows, a couple spikes, a 4x4, and a smaller 6x6.  Blondie was a 6x6 with some good mass.  Blondie was a very active, boisterous, and aggressive bull.


I'd patterned Blondie pretty well, and planned by hunt with a descent into the dark woods he called home.  I was heading to an area with a good amount of old growth that prevented much under story from growing.


I slowly moved towards my spot as light broke, eagerly listening for movement.  I arrived around 7AM, settled into my spot atop an oldgrowth stump that gave me a concealed vantage within bow range to the treeline I knew Blondie would frequent.


Oregon is known for many things.  One thing not a lot of non-locals realize is present is a hefty population of shithead hillbillies.  Seems that someone wasn't too thrilled that I was parked when I was.  They decided to dump an AR mag in my campsite in what I can only imagine was an attempt to ruin my hunt.  I didn't realize they had done that at the time, but I thought it was coming from the area I was parked at.  I decided to check on my truck.


Working my way back up the hill, it started POURING.  I stopped to put on my rain gear, and just as I dropped my bow and pack I heard that unmistakable sound of a heard of elk moving through the woods.  I dropped.


On my knees concealed among dense ferns, I saw a spike (not legal) and two cows about 20 yards away. 


I nocked an arrow.


Behind them was a 4x4 - very legal. I ranged him at 43 yards - very doable.


Then I saw a 6x6 - a few yards closer, and broadside.  I clipped my draw, and got ready to take a shot.


Then I saw Blondie.  He was running the show.  He knew I was there, none of the other Elk did.  He moved them down the hill out of my sight, but stuck around obscured by trees keeping a keen eye on me.  I could have taken a shot on him that day, but I didn't.  It would have been 81 yards, uphill, in pouring rain, and partially obscured by ferns.  He walked.  I followed.  He disappeared.




Two weeks of hard weekend hunting later without seeing Blondie again, I got off work early on a Tuesday.  5 mins into my hunt, I heard his bugle - it was very unique. 


I've watched tons of YouTube videos on bugling, and I'll always remember watching one that said the more creative you were with your calling, the more real it would sound to Elk.  Blondie was creative.  He had a wild raspy high pitched scream followed by a series of bass tone barks unlike any bull I'd heard before.


I worked my way downwind of where the bugle had come from and immediately found the herd about 1000 ft downhill from where I had seen them opening day.  There was Blondie.


Blondie didn't give me a shot that day, nor did he give me one of the following Thursday.


Saturday was going to be a long day of hunting.  I got out there at 5AM, and slowly descended into the woods.  at 7:30 I heard Blondie bugle, and another bull respond.  I worked my way to the bottom of the hill and ascended to his area.


Then I saw a cow.  I dropped.


Concealed by ferns, I watched in awe as a heard of Elk slowly moved around me.  I counted 27 cows, all within 40 yards.  I could hear two bulls squaring off in a drainage ahead of me, so I sat there and waited.


I waited about 20 mins, surrounded by cows, when Blondie emerged, then descended back into the drainage and began screaming at another bull.  The other bull responded.  It sounded like WW3 in the drainage, and eventually Blondie returned.


Blondie came in HOT.  Right at me.  I was ready to take a frontal on a charging bull, but instead he turned broadside right behind a tree I'd ranged at 16 yards.  He started munching on a tree, and was mid meal when my arrow punched right through his heart and dropped him on the spot.


Blondie down.
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General Elk Hunting / Re: New Job, New Friends, New Hunting Grounds
« Last post by Archunt11 on October 14, 2019, 11:33:15 AM »
Between my buddy and his sons friend we harvested 3 elk this year so far. His brother came from Montana but wasn't able to bag an elk. Can't wait for my wife's hunt at the end of the month and my 2nd elk hunt for new years. You all have fun and good luck to everyone who still hunting this year.
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General Elk Hunting / Re: New Job, New Friends, New Hunting Grounds
« Last post by Archunt11 on October 14, 2019, 11:27:28 AM »
Here are the pictures of the Cow I shot.
The insert image up at the top will not let me add a picture. I will try and send it as an attachment.
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General Elk Hunting / Re: New Job, New Friends, New Hunting Grounds
« Last post by cohunter14 on October 14, 2019, 07:32:58 AM »

Congrats on the success and thanks for sharing the story, awesome writeup! Let's see some pictures of that cow  :upthumb:


Best of luck the rest of the year as well. Keep us posted!
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