Sorry Finn, but I disagree with several of your points.Finnegan said:I just came in from hunting elk this morning, (ducking out of the rain). Great workout. :wink: There was a half dozen rigs parked at the trail head before me, so I took a different track in hopes of placing myself where the elk might run to get away from the other hunters. There were elk in the area...the key word being "were".
Here's a couple thoughts...
1. Hiking through the timber before first light isn't a good elk hunting strategy. Since elk can see perfectly well in the dark, most hunters find it best to hunt when they can see, too. I don't leave my truck until I can see my pins. Of course, that's just me.
2. Calling elk isn't like calling ducks. Bugling every five minutes isn't productive, especially if your bugling sounds like a 3rd grader practicing his trumpet. And when you hear a sound like a 3rd grader practicing his trumpet, that isn't an elk, so don't call back at it. This is especially true if your own bugling sounds like a fat lady being raped by an army of icey fingered midgets.
3. A cow call is best used once every 20 minutes at the most. Playing tunes on your cow call like it's a kazoo really doesn't improve the hunting for anybody.
4. Just because you can't see any elk doesn't mean they aren't there. Stealth is always a good thing while bowhunting, especially when there are other hunters in the area. Or think of it this way - if other hunters know exactly where you are, it's a pretty safe bet that the elk do, too.