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    Elk hunting early Sept before M/L or late Sept closer to the rut??

    Hello all,

    Just wondering what opinions everyone has about archery season in Colorado. Is it better to hunt the 2nd week of Sept just before Muzzle loader season when the elk haven't been pushed or to hunt after when its the last week of Sept and closer to the rut?

    Also, wondering how full moon affects elk activities in September? Do they have little movement during the day and mostly at night or it doesn't matter?

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    I can't weigh in on hunting Colorado but I can definitely say that in Idaho and Oregon moon phases are becoming a very determining factor on activity before and during the rut. My thought is it is mostly hunting pressure that is making the elk very active at night with any kind of moon. In the last few years I've camped in several basins that have lots of elk and do get some pressure. I can listen to them bugle and run around all night but then 1/2 to an hour before shooting light its like a light switch turned off. With a moon and at peak rut, mid-day can be excellent. 3 of 6 bulls I've harvested in the last 7 years has been at noon, even when hot. Anymore, I can predict what hunting the rut is like by looking at the moon phases and I plan accordingly. The 2nd half of September the year is looking good for active animals during shooting light.

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    It depends on what you want for a hunt. If you go earlier in September you have a good chance at calling in a good bull while he's still rounding up cows for the rut. After they get into the rut and are with cows and if there has been a muzzleloading season with pressure it will just compound getting close to a good bull. If you can't hunt before and after the ML season, I'd go early to do some scouting and then hunt the first part of the month before they're pressured and while they're still very receptive to cow calls.
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    I second what cnalder has stated! Sometimes mid day is better than first light in one of the areas I hunt in Oregon. Where I usually hunt, bugling bulls are hard to find till mid September, I don't expect much action this fall till after the 15th. With the full moon the week prior, personally I wouldn't be taking that week off to hunt elk. I think the first week of September would be better than the second, the first week I would be trying to call in the big guy before he has his girls rounded up This is my experience in Oregon, Colorado could be different?

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    I think all you bow hunters should stay at home until AFTER the M/L season is over. Give all of us M/L hunters a chance!!! LOL LOL LOL

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    We don't have a Muzzle loader season here in Oregon CC. Archery season usually starts late Aug and ends late Sept here. I guess I don't have good input for Colorado.

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    Something else to think about is... archery tags are over the counter, muzzleloader tags are not. They are draw only. The reason I bring this up is I think everyone assumes there's way more "pressure" during muzzleloader season. IMO, that's not always the case. In some places there are just as many and more archery camps before, during, and after muzzleloading season. Something to take into consideration.

    I should add... I'm assuming your talking about an OTC unit...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberstalker View Post
    We don't have a Muzzle loader season here in Oregon CC.
    What a shame... LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoHiCntry View Post
    Something else to think about is... archery tags are over the counter, muzzleloader tags are not. They are draw only. The reason I bring this up is I think everyone assumes there's way more "pressure" during muzzleloader season. IMO, that's not always the case. In some places there are just as many and more archery camps before, during, and after muzzleloading season. Something to take into consideration.

    I should add... I'm assuming your talking about an OTC unit...
    I agree with you 100%. The reason I hunt M/L after hunting almost my whole life with a rifle, is I don't have to deal with nearly as many hunters. ( I almost said the Orange Army then I realized we still have to wear orange, I guess so we don't shoot each other) That in addition to being able to hunt as close to the rut as we are able to.
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