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elk bugling question

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:47 am
by magicman54494
So I'm watching the elk hunting u tube videos that stash recommended as I'm canning venison and I have a (probably stupid) question concerning calling elk. It seems like hunters are calling other hunters quite often. Why don't the hunters come up with a universally accepted call that they can use to identify if it is another hunter? Seems like it would save a lot of unnecessary encounters with other hunters.

Re: elk bugling question

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:41 am
by tbunao
I read something on elk101’s forum about this. The common theme was experienced elk hunters can tell if its another hunter. Makes sense but I’m not 100% sure as I don’t know the credibility of the responders. Only way I can relate is the turkey woods, most of the time but not all the time you can tell the difference between a hen and a hunter

Re: elk bugling question

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:33 pm
by stash59
Lotta variables. Distance, terrain, thickness of vegetation. All affects how far a bugle carries, even how it sounds. Some humans are really, really good callers. Some elk are really really bad callers. One trick I'd do is if I thought a bugle was a human. I would cow call softly at first. Then get a little louder. Most people wouldn't bugle back at cow calls. They were only interested in finding a bull. Real bulls may or may not call back to cow calls but if they did. I knew it was game on.

Glad your watching the videos. And hope your enjoying them.

Re: elk bugling question

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:24 am
by elk yinzer
Can't say that's been an issue for me. Haven't ran into too many people on my elk hunts, but the few I have it was pretty easy to tell, mostly because the hunters were bugling from the ridgetops but the elk aren't up there, they are down in the dark crapholes. Most of the time I don't do much locator bugling, I wait for the bulls to give themselves up anyway.

Re: elk bugling question

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:46 pm
by OldMtnMan
I have my own solution. I don't call or go to calls. It's worked for me for 60 years of elk hunting.