Thursday, December 18, 2008

October 5th, Bow Hunting For Elk on Public Land in Montana

While a lot of time elapsed between opening weekend of archery season post and this post for October 5th I still managed to get out every weekend between the opener and this Sunday. That time included a great trip to Montana's Big Hole Valley. This was a whirl wind trip and aside from the weather being very rainy, the elk had us running and gunning and didn't leave much time for photos. So sorry, not shots from that trip. While the weather that weekend didn't cooperate, the elk were going nuts, I heard plenty of bugles, and at one point we spied two nice 5x5's sparring one ridge away from us. The wind never played into our favor for very long, and I learned plenty about the importance of how much your setup plays into animals coming into to your calling.

These shots are from October 5th. We had received a large amount of rain the two previous days, but this morning we heard a couple of bulls bugling in the area. During this setup I thought for sure that we were gonna get a bull to come in, as one was bulging within what sounded like a few hundred yards from us.

The essentials for a good set up, a couple of calls, a wind checker and the hopes that an elk is headed your way.

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