Originally Posted by dogdinger
Do rutting, vocal bulls trump less-pressured bulls?
Absolutely! #1 reason is they are easier to find. Nothing quite compares to the thrill of calling in a nasty, stinking, SCREAMING, 700lb animal with huge red eyes and slobber dripping from his snout! Close encounters like this are not uncommon. Later in the season is always better. September can be so hot and dry early in the month. Cooler weather and precip always gets the bulls fired up.
I have never really had any problems bowhunting during the muzzle season, there are not that many tags given out. Just remember that the further into the backcountry you go , the less pressured the elk are. get a diaphram call and start practicing now..AJ
Grin! That's putting it better! I haven't noticed the red eyes
. But, I've felt bugles resonate through my innards from a matter of feet. I killed my first archery elk in Colorado, screamin' his head off at at ten tiny feet! Slobberin', screamin', blowin' steam, rakin' trees, flinging mud and fighting off other bulls to get to come to my partners cow calls. Gotta love elk hunting!!
Go late! The peak of the rut is something you don't want to miss!