The technique that works for us is simply driving F.S. roads or walking, depending on the area. We try to stay on ridge tops and bugle down into drainages. Be careful of the wind and the skyline, because getting careless on either one of issues can ruin a hunt in a matter of seconds.
Once a bull is located then the excitment and addrenaline really kick in. Now it's decision time. Do we bail of the ridge down in the thick, dark H***hole and give it a try or keep looking....well of course we load up and bail off into the dark timber!
From now on, we only bugle about every 15 to 20 minutes if the bull is quiet, just to keep him located. If he is vocal, then we keep quiet. Once we've got the wind right and we are in his "kitchen" we send our hunters on ahead about 75-100 yards and have them set up with our cameraman. The rest of us stay back and try our darndest to sound like a bunch of love sick cows looking for Mr. Big.
You'll be able to tell very quickly if he is interested in love or if he is more interested in fighting. If he's a fighter, then you have to change gears quickly and get on the bugle. But a word of caution, if he thinks you are a bigger, badder bull, then he's on his horse and outta there in a flash, so try to sound like an "horny teenager" and he'll probably tear down half of the forest tring to get over there and run you off! When you get to this point the action is extremely fast and exciting! Last year, I had two hunters last year just sitting in the pine needles shaking as the adrenaline started to slow down after and exciting hunt that ended in a 38 yard broadside miss! It took them an hour to calm down enough to go after another one! Anyway, that's how we are doing and it sure is a lot of fun. See ya on the hill!
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Last edited by norsepeak; 01-07-2008 at 01:17 AM.