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Offline gee_unit360

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Rain effect on elk
« on: September 16, 2019, 11:13:46 AM »
Looks like it’s going to be raining for the remainder of archery season where I hunt. What are some tendencies you guys see in elk activity during heavy rain. Are they active? Do they bunker down? Do they generally come out to feed after a big 2 or 3 day storm. Does it quiet down the bugle activity? What do you think? Does it effect rut activity in any way? Thanks in advance

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2019, 11:35:28 AM »
One anecdote from a newbie rifle hunter that has never even tried to use a call:

I was out scouting for rifle this weekend and it rained all night and all morning.  There was a herd around me (literally) going absolutely crazy for about an hour starting at dawn.  I laid there listening to them yell at each other from all sides of me. It was a lovely way to wake up  :tup:

You're on your own turning that into practical hunting tips though  :chuckle:

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2019, 12:08:19 AM »
Only if a heavy storm, otherwise business as usual.

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2019, 07:33:14 AM »
I was debating this over archery season this year as well.  I reviewed my Elk 101 notes and found a section where I noted they said elk don't like getting wet anymore than we do so they will bed down until it passes.  It was then that I realized the Elk 101 stuff may be a bit focused on the Colorado area where it originates.  If bed on the wet side bedded down every time it rains I think they would have bed sores!

I would agree I think a big storm (biblical rain - like we had a couple days this season) would bed them down for a bit but in general I can't imagine they give a rats but about rain. 

Take this with a grain of salt from me I guess because I also didn't locate any elk this season.

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2019, 08:08:15 AM »
Rosies are like big blacktails ! Hunt them the same

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2019, 08:14:13 AM »
Last year in late season i saw no difference in driving rain and wind with gusts to 40+.

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2019, 08:50:20 AM »
What I have noticed is sudden changes in weather gets them moving, but when its constant then they ignore it.
When its dry, and starts to rain, or when it rains for days and clears up.
The change might get them moving.
Honestly, in my opinion, wind makes a bigger difference.
When everything's moving, and its noisy, they get pretty nervous.
When they cannot smell, see, or hear, they tend to be on their feet more.
Makes them easier to see :)
Otherwise they just do what they normally do..
And that is bed down. (They do it anyway)
An elk eats a lot, but once it is in its first stomach, they bed down and chew their cud.
They have hollow hair, they don't care about getting wet.

 
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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2019, 09:25:50 AM »
Elk where I hunt could care less about a "normal" rain and will feed in open areas and do everything they normally would

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2019, 09:31:50 AM »
My opinion the elk come out into the clear cuts when its blowing and raining.  At least the cows do.  I don't think they like being in the big timber where they can't see or hear anything coming so they tend to get out in the open. Also if they are cold and wet and burning energy then they have to eat more.   :twocents:

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2019, 10:06:18 AM »
On the huge rain day I found a bull bedded in the wide open all by himself. I assume they don't feel safe in the thick stuff where they already can't see danger coming and notw they can't hear it either.

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2019, 10:07:17 PM »
Just checked my cameras on the East side. Elk stayed out later in the morning on the rainy days and came out earlier in the evenings. 

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2019, 06:02:05 PM »
Elk 101 guys are out of Northern Idaho where it can get good rain just like the west side here. IMO rain has no effect on the rut. Elk are gonna rut regardless, if anything I think it can heat it up a bit.

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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2019, 06:12:04 PM »
Early archery, I'd about 100X rather hunt before/during/after rain than when it's steady hot and dry  :twocents:
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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2019, 06:15:07 PM »
Seems to get them fairly wet
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Re: Rain effect on elk
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2019, 10:57:50 AM »
 One thing i notice that they talk much less during the rain, other then that seams stay the same.

 


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