That’s very encouraging. I’ve heard them bugle as early as July on occasion but I’ve never really had the opportunity to hunt archery. I have to get my hunt in before 9/12 so hopefully I can get some meat in the coolers!Ive had some awesome action in early Sept and had a streak going where I killed 5 elk in a row before Sept 6
Those are huntersI hunt the opening week of archery every year and we hear bugling every day. Some days we hear more than other days. Some years we hear more than other years. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the bugling. Some mornings we wake up and it is unusually cold and clear with no wind and we think they are going to blow the woods down and we hear very little. Other days they just seem to be fired up more than others.
It seems to me that hunting the first week is similar to hunting pre-rut whitetails. The bulls mostly have broken up the bachelor groups and are in the process of establishing their territory and some are beginning to gather a few cows. IMO, it is a great week to hunt and we have had good success. Mature bulls seem to be up and moving around quite a bit in the mornings and evenings. We have had a few days that you would swear it was Sept 20th with every bull on the mountain screaming but that is not the norm.