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Re: NE WA Elk Report
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2021, 05:29:02 AM »
Oh, when there was timeÖÖ.  Nice country

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Re: NE WA Elk Report
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2021, 05:34:52 AM »
It seems like the elk here donít bugle until later in September, like a day after the bow season!  ;)  I think I heard one yesterday getting out of the truck so of course Iím jacked. Got up on top at daybreak and thought I had a call in, smelled an elk, heard twigs break etc and then nothing. I hiked over 8 miles yesterday found a couple beds and some fresher sign in a blow down hellish hole area that had pockets of nice lush habitat. Cow called/bugled a little throughout the day and no replies. Tore the *censored* out of my new First Lite pants probably going back to cheap stuff!

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Re: NE WA Elk Report
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2021, 05:41:02 AM »
In the 30 years I spent chasing them around, the 12th was always about when they fired.  They used to be a lot more vocal, but the wolves really put a damper on that.

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Re: NE WA Elk Report
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2021, 06:09:25 AM »
In the 30 years I spent chasing them around, the 12th was always about when they fired.  They used to be a lot more vocal, but the wolves really put a damper on that.
BINGO ding,ding,ding,ding........
All I'm gonna say ,is sometimes you can find them scratching out a living .Where you would least expect.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: NE WA Elk Report
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2021, 06:39:33 AM »
It seems like the elk here donít bugle until later in September, like a day after the bow season!  ;)  I think I heard one yesterday getting out of the truck so of course Iím jacked. Got up on top at daybreak and thought I had a call in, smelled an elk, heard twigs break etc and then nothing. I hiked over 8 miles yesterday found a couple beds and some fresher sign in a blow down hellish hole area that had pockets of nice lush habitat. Cow called/bugled a little throughout the day and no replies. Tore the *censored* out of my new First Lite pants probably going back to cheap stuff!

Did that my first year of hunting too. Switched straight to Sitka and Kuiu and you're set!

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Re: NE WA Elk Report
« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2021, 11:09:02 AM »
Hunted the NE corner for 9 days this year. We hit the area hard all off-season and were able to locate some elk in a few different spots on our trail cams two weeks before season opener. Once the season came around we put 70+ miles on the boots and hundreds on the truck. Hiked all day, road bugled all night. And for all that effort we heard two bugles all week. The first was a super lazy locate around 1am two days before opening day, the other bugle was on Day 2 around 7pm I was cow calling and got a round up bugle response. Thinking he was headed from his day bed to his feeding area and I couldn't catch up to him before shooting light ran out. Went back after him the next morning hiked in there before light and never could find him again.

It's really frustrating to put in the miles and oxygen blowing on the dang reeds all day to barely hear anything. We also hunted the NE corner in 2020 and didn't hear a single bugle, was hoping that the smoke had some blame for that, but after this season being so silent I'm thinking it might be time to find another area to hunt.

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Re: NE WA Elk Report
« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2021, 11:24:52 AM »
The elk up here are stingier than most with their vocals.  Wolves also respond to elk and keep them moving from one spot to the next, CONSTANTLY.  In searching for another area, find one without wolves.

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Re: NE WA Elk Report
« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2021, 11:51:01 AM »
I'll be going after them with my muzzy tag next weekend but have been scouting heavily over the summer and into September.  I have a group located that tend to show up every other day on my cams - multiple cows with calves, a few spikes, couple raghorns, nice herd bull.  I've been out before first light and after last light and they are dead quiet.  This is also in an area where the wolves were sounding off during turkey season this past spring, so I can understand why the elk are quiet.

Stimson started logging just a couple hundred yards away from one of their main bedding areas as well this past week.

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Re: NE WA Elk Report
« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2021, 12:48:01 PM »
I've never hunted the elk around here, but have talked to a couple of long term locals (3rd generation)about them and both said the elk around here are really transient. Might see em some place today and then not again for a couple of weeks. Both run cattle around here and said it's just kinda a matter of luck if you run into em because they move so much it's hard to get a pattern on em.

 


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