Originally Posted by royinidaho
In mid November son in law and I went on an archery elk hunt in a known wolf area.
Saw 2 that day. One was simply passing through.
Was cow calling about 6 miles further on. I swear that an young female wolf was coming into the cow calling.
Dumb son in law got so hyped that he neglected to notice she was actually coming to the cow call. He completely blew it through excited motions. Thus we got busted.
Local chit chat says cow calling works. This is my only actual data point.
I appreciate all the info I can get and I have tried dang near everything there is. At this point I prefer the howl gig. I have had luck predator calling in the pre wolf hunting era with various predator calls, but they are getting pretty call shy. I found that if a guy can see a meandering wolf it is awesome! If the wolf is hunting and working on something you just blow your cover.
I really do see where cow calling could be a great tool in a different location or setting. Cow calling has never really worked for me because I am usually surrounded by the real deal, and if a person starts the squaking talking the real elk either scram, or get curious-figure you out and scram, or look at me like I am an idiot and wish I would scram......or just scram. Which is bad because I try to use their eyes and behavior to aid in my hunt.
The area I am hunting right now has a ton of elk on winter range. Today and most days I could see 500 elk within 800 yards of me. Plus the wind honestly blows a consistant 20-40mph and this is no B.S. So the sound would only travel 15 feet! I believe the wind even made me angry today so I went home before dark!
I did see one small wolf track that was down LOW....by the truck low, as I was hunting up high, because the wolves have been higher the last few days!
Just two days ago I set up to call a coyote with a big macho hunter friend, who I had never called coyotes with. The guy for some reason as I started to call felt compelled to get up and move twenty feet away! Argh! Then as luck would have it the darkest coyote I have seen for while pops up 100 yards away and ding dong starts yelling "great big wolf great big wolf" and running to me! The stupid coyote did a little loop and came back to listen to some more dying rabbit! He renamed it leaky tripod and we tracked it for two miles for the big kill shot. The look on his face when he picked up his 35 pound wolf.