Well in my part of the 147,000 square miles I'm hearing from some guys that the bulls are starting to talk a little. It has gotten down to 30 degrees here that past two nights but still hitting the low 80's this week. I'm heading out on Saturday.
A few bugles on the morning of the 15th, and bugling that night as well. Bugles on the morning of the 16th after a light rain cooled things off. A couple bulls really got crazy that evening and one of those again on the morning of the 17th after an even cooler night.
Bulls in the crazies were fired up on monday morning. lots of hunters and had to go in 4-5 ridges over every morning to get into elk. The camp next to me found a group of 4 bulls together sunday night and killed to 6 points, put the tape on the bigger one and it grossed 360...I could never get the bulls on monday to come in. They just wouldnt respond to my calls. I would here them bugle, and throw out a small bugle back, 5 minutes later they would bugle in a different location. The wind was in my face the whole time. Seems like the bigger of the 2 was working his way up the drainage with some cows? Tried cow calls and they wouldnt respond to those either. Any suggestions? I came back for a few days to hunt the bull mnts with my buddy, they havent started up here yet.