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    Is it too HOT for the elk to start rutting...?

    Its been in the mid-80's and only getting down to the mid-40's at night in southern WY. Has anyone been out and heard any bugles or seen any rutting activity? I am heading out next week but a little worried about the heat.

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    Was out Saturday evening, did not hear any bugles. I did see a group of cows with a bull. Before this weekend I was just seeing bulls in their bachelor groups.

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    Ok thanks I am headed down your way taking my wife out on her first elk hunt. First as in she gets to do the shooting. I am gonna hunt 110. Have you ever hunted there? I have recently moved from southeast Idaho to Cheyenne.

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    Have spent more time in the North Platte wilderness area than in the Savage Run wilderness area. The best time to hunt that area is towards the end of the season with some snow on the ground. It gets very crowded, especially west of Pelton Creek. You would be amazed on how many people get elk out there by driving around. You drive by these camps and they have whole elk hanging in the tree. Where we got ours there was no way in he@# he was coming out whole. PM me if you want some more info.

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    It felt much cooler this morning I don't know about the elk but I am getting sooo excited. Driving the neighbors crazy with all the bugling. I get a few days off next week I hope it turns cold and they kick it up a notch.

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    I wouldn't say rut yet but I spent a weekend filled of close encounters and bugled a bull in 10 minutes after shooting light... They are setting dominance and bugling like crazy.... Could be different 10 miles away though.

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    they are rutting in idaho, not alot going on but deff got into some. watched a small 6 point working 7 cows. i dont think the heat plays into it, look at new mexico and arizona, those boys are rutting in 100 degree weather.

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    The heat really does not have anything to do with the rut IMO. The elk have to breed about the same time every year for calf survival. Thats just my opinion though. The heat may keep them just to rutting in the evenings.

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    Great I am even more excited now! Thanks for all the information and feedback. I wish all of you the best of luck this season. I am headed out on the 13th or 14th for a few days taking my wife out to hunt for her first elk. I will hope to have some pics.

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    Should be cold the first day of ML season this Sat at 12,000ft. It looks like a cold front is moving through.

    I may be moving faster than normal to stay warm.

 

 

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