After taking my biggest archery buck to date on September 11th here in Wyoming I took some time off to catch up at work and spend some time with my family for a few days. Then I dove head first into hunting bull elk with my bow.
September 14, 2017:
I went back to an area I explored last week and sure enough, I found two bull elk. They were both six-point bulls, but one of them was substantially bigger than the other one. I could have easily taken either bull with a rifle, but I was unable to close the distance with my bow. The bigger bull bugled twice, but the smaller bull didn’t want anything to do with my cow calls. Fortunately, I have some great pictures of both bulls that I was able to take when they were about 400 (smaller bull) and 200 yards (bigger bull) away from me. I also found two pretty nice buck deer shed antlers and a silent rattlesnake.
I didn’t push them hard so they should come back to the same bedding area and I will be waiting for them to return.
September 15, 2017:
I went back into the same location where I found the two bulls on the 14th, but they were not there. I found two small mule deer bucks, a coyote, a 3×4 mule deer shed antler set, a spike shed antler, a big 6 point bull shed antler, and a small 5 point bull elk shed antler. A rancher was moving cattle into the pasture I have been hunting, so I decided to move on to new areas for a while.
September 16, 2017:
I went from hunting at 5,400 feet in elevation to hunting around 8,000. I had one bull bugling first thing in the morning, but he would not exit the trees. I went on a hike for a few hours, but I didn’t see or hear any elk. There have been elk in that area recently, but today was just not my day I guess.
I love the fall colors and I had a blast hiking in the 40-degree weather. I love fall. It is by far my favorite season.
On my way home I saw at least a dozen buck antelope, but only one (black and white image) was on public land.
I don’t have plans to hunt a whole lot during the next few weeks, but I sure I will get out a few more time before October. My first rifle hunt will be on October 5th for antelope.