Idaho Archery Elk Early or Late September

Eastman528

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I will be archery elk hunting solo for the second year in Central Idaho. I am a born and raised Idaho resident but this will be my second year in this area. Last year I hunted both early and late September and had 2 good but very different experiences. This year I am trying to pick a 10 day block and based on my experience last year I am torn. Obvious pros of both are likely less people in the woods, con would be early season warmer weather and late they are herded up. I will be primarily spot and stalk/ambush hunting but I will have my calls and I am a confident caller I just have chosen not to use this as my primary tactic in this country for various reasons. Thought it might be interesting to hear others perspectives on the early vs late September debate or why to hunt mid September for that matter. I should probably add my goal is simply to shoot a mature bull and pack it out alone. That being said meat care is a valid concern as where I am hunting it could take me a few days to get it all packed out.

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Later IMO. I've noticed the last 4 years they're rutting later and later, at least up north. Hell, we've had them bugling in october last 2 years.

Fires might dictate time as well. Good luck man, hope you stick a monster.
 

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What are “typical” temps in early September where you’re at?

Sounds like that answers your question.

Plenty of studies on ambient temp and how many hrs to spoilage out there. Just work backwards from there and see what ballpark temps you would need for it to be feasible to take X hours to pack it out.


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Will you be above 9K? weather can be hit or miss the last week of Sept. in the high country here in central Id
 
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Will you be above 9K? weather can be hit or miss the last week of Sept. in the high country here in central Id
Between 7,500 and 10 so yes I will be atleast part of the time. It's snowed on me once last year last 5 days of season at about 8000
 
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Are you after any Elk or a herd bull?
A mature bull, whether or not he is a true "herd bull" doesn't matter to me so I guess situation dependent. I saw some good bulls late last year that were technically satellites that I would consider mature just by that time the true herd bulls the big boys had control of the harems.
 

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A mature bull, whether or not he is a true "herd bull" doesn't matter to me so I guess situation dependent. I saw some good bulls late last year that were technically satellites that I would consider mature just by that time the true herd bulls the big boys had control of the harems.
Then I would go the second half of the month when the mature bulls start to gather up cows.
 

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Between 7,500 and 10 so yes I will be atleast part of the time. It's snowed on me once last year last 5 days of season at about 8000
The mountain area that I hunt is 8500k+ and has its own weather, most years by the last week there is snow which makes things not so cushy but the mature bulls will have their cows and be going nuts.
 

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Get rid of the Deer hunting mentality! Bad idea to feel the two are the same during a Full Moon phase. When Full Moon & Rut dates coincide it's the easiest times to locate & kill elk, period! Last year was no different. On Sept 2nd we were near a full moon phase & called this bull to 25 yards, this is just one of dozens over the years!

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Get rid of the Deer hunting mentality! Bad idea to feel the two are the same during a Full Moon phase. When Full Moon & Rut dates coincide it's the easiest times to locate & kill elk, period! Last year was no different. On Sept 2nd we were near a full moon phase & called this bull to 25 yards, this is just one of dozens over the years!

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Great bull!
Why is the full moon better for locating and calling in?
 

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When Full Moon & Rut dates coincide bulls can be found to be very vocal throughout the night thus giving away their positions. I like locating them an hour before light to an hour after first light at this time. 2/3 of killing elk is finding them, this can assist hunters greatly. Give me a Full Moon every year anytime from the 8-10th & on.

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The mountain area that I hunt is 8500k+ and has its own weather, most years by the last week there is snow which makes things not so cushy but the mature bulls will have their cows and be going nuts.
Hey Idaho Elk, you have any suggestions for early cow hunt near irrigation in Unit 50? We changed from the Sawtooth tag this year to Pioneer Zone, too much pressure and traffic where we were. Thanks in Advance.
 
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