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« on: April 05, 2024, 06:13:03 PM »
Newbe elk bowhunter here. Last September I was able to watch a nice bull with about 8 cows cross below me with the wind in my favor at about 100 yards and disappear to the trees… I did an upwind half circle route and got as close as I dared to where I thought they were… I could hear him glunking but never saw him or the cows…
They must’ve been right there, and I never heard them bust out…

So my question is, if you can hear a bull glunking, how close are you? 30 yards? 100 yards? What’s your experience been?
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Re: Glunking
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2024, 06:55:42 PM »
honestly have not heard it a lot. Once I could see the bull coming down a creek bottom but had no shot. I heard it really good and was probably 60 yards away

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Re: Glunking
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2024, 06:09:09 AM »
How close they are depends on how quiet it is, wind direction, the way the bull is facing, what is between you and him etc. I have heard them give small grunts when working a cow that is ready to breed and that to me usually means their attention is distracted
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Re: Glunking
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2024, 03:23:13 PM »
I heard one glurk-gurking with a few gok goks but never just glunking....???
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Re: Glunking
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2024, 09:36:50 PM »
My experience usually is a mature (5 years and up) with cows traveling


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Re: Glunking
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2024, 04:01:18 PM »
My experience usually is a mature (5 years and up) with cows traveling
First time I heard it was about 60 yards out.
Haven't heard it that often, but when I do it's pretty exciting!
Haven't heard a Roosevelt do it, but then big boys in eastern Washington seem to do it quite a bit.
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Re: Glunking
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2024, 04:17:23 PM »
Mix in some glunking with your calling, it adds realism to your sequence and can reap dividends.
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Re: Glunking
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2024, 08:55:50 PM »
I convinced my Buddie to stop the truck (again) and was going to call some more... got out looked the area over... heard him glunking about 80-100 yards below us in the draw, I hadn’t even done any calling yet but ran back all excited and telling him there was a bull right below us! Go Go Go! We made a play on them but they moved up the drainage away from us and we thought they exited the rmz. Came back in the morning and they were still in the rmz, he came out after some calls but Buddie forgot his rangefinder and shot short.
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Re: Glunking
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2024, 09:27:06 AM »
So many variables. I've heard bulls glunking across a canyon while glassing on super calm mornings, and others I can't here it until I'm 100 yards away. Wind directions, speed, tree density, cover, and topography all play a role in it. No way to really put a distance on how far you can here it from.

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Re: Glunking
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2024, 10:41:42 AM »
Heard it lots by the Big Boys in Eastern Washington. Not sure why ?


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