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SAR
09-03-2012, 05:51 PM
Are the elk still rutting and bugling during the 1st rifle season?

Old Hunter
09-03-2012, 06:35 PM
Could be. Usually are. Great season to hunt.

I like it better than the muzzleloader season i'm doing this year.

SAR
09-03-2012, 08:34 PM
Thanks for sharing that info Pete!

Scott

SAR
09-12-2012, 08:00 PM
Come on fellows, someone else must have an opinion on the subject.

In God We Trust
09-12-2012, 08:45 PM
Not to be vague but it really depends from year to year. I would say it catches the tail end of the rut more often than not. I have a 49 first rifle tag this year and I am excited. Even if it misses the rut some years it is a great season. If you can get a light dusting of snow at the beginning of the season all the better. Good luck.

SAR
09-12-2012, 09:25 PM
Thanks, that's good stuff! Good luck in 49.

wapiti66
09-12-2012, 09:27 PM
I hunted their 10 years ago on a youth cow tag, and I remember hearing some bugling 1st rifle. Not really info to go on but that's my 49 experience. Hoping to draw there next year for archery, so I hope they are bugling then. Personally I wish they would stop moving the last day of archery season up. I haven't hunted rifle since that youth tag but it seems at least the last 2 years in south colorado it hasn't seemed like the rut had really got going by the end of archery season, so I'd expect 1st season has rut potential.

7mmshot
09-12-2012, 11:51 PM
Usually they are still making some noise. The big bulls have moved on.. There are decent sized satalites around to be taken. But the big bulls took care of business and are hunkered down..

SAR
09-19-2012, 05:39 PM
Thank you fellows, I get the picture! Good luck too all this year, I drew a nice elk tag for Oregon after 8 years worth of points maybe i'll get lucky too.

gon4elk
09-26-2012, 08:49 PM
Will be there in 2 weeks for the first rifle hunt in the South West part of the state. In years past they are bugling some. Biggest bull I've ever killed was in this unit opening morning followed his and another bulls bugle, had a dozen cows and 100 yards dumped him within an hour of the opener. Beautiful 6X8 340. I love the first rifle hunt in Colorado, plus they limit the tags to 450 hunters.

SAR
09-30-2012, 08:11 AM
Great story gon4elk, I can picture that hunt in my head and it just makes me even more excited. Thanks for sharing your hunt with me.

BleuBijou
10-21-2012, 06:19 PM
I have had them Bugling 2nd season after the Orange storm left!!! Flurries and the Bulls started Bugling Back and forth!! Sure it wasn't the Big Boys but some Cows must of been hot !!! They still did not want to leave the timber but would skirt the edges!! Elevation was around 10,000 ft Just below timberline. More common during first season!!

SAR
10-21-2012, 08:23 PM
I have had them Bugling 2nd season after the Orange storm left!!! Flurries and the Bulls started Bugling Back and forth!! Sure it wasn't the Big Boys but some Cows must of been hot !!! They still did not want to leave the timber but would skirt the edges!! Elevation was around 10,000 ft Just below timberline. More common during first season!!

Thanks Bleu. 5 of my friends just got home this weekend from WY general elk and killed 4 bulls, they said the elk were still bugling and managed to call in some bulls. They all killed small bulls but 4 out of 5 on a general season hunt is pretty darn good in my eyes.