2022 Hunt Update Thread

cohunter14

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Jul 10, 2017
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Use this thread as a place to check in and to post updates as to how things are going in your hunt. Heading out? On the road? Made it to camp and have cell service? Hearing bugles? Got one down? Let us know! It's a great way for those who aren't currently in the woods to live vicariously through you! Also a great place to share any information on how the elk are acting in a particular state or general location (don't use specific units please).
 

ribo451

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Jun 4, 2013
257
I've been out 3 times. I caught a glimpse of a couple elk I spooked. That's been it for elk. I have seen a handful of deer and 7 black bears. Lots of bears in this area the last couple years. Other than that the only things to report are extreme heat (for north Idaho) and billions of hornets. I've never seen the hornets as bad as they are this year. Weather is supposed to cool down next week so I will be back at it soon.
 

ribo451

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Jun 4, 2013
257
The elk hunting this year had been as slow as this forum. I had only heard one elk bugle before I got into this elk. The other elk answered and the wind was in my favor. I was debating what to do when I felt the wind switch. I wasn't too worried because I didn't think the bull was going to come in. About a minute later there he was, 90 yards below me sniffing and then he was gone. After that a camp moved into the area and they don't appear to care about gate closures because they are riding 4-wheelers and side by sides behind all of them and bugling from the seat. There seems to be zero enforcement of the gate closures in this area so other than ruining there own hunting and everyone else's I don't see why they wouldn't ride around the gates.

A couple days later I was trying to find a place to go that wasn't being actively logged when I stopped at another gate I have hunted behind quite a bit in the past. I hadn't hunted there in years because there is usually a camp there. No camp this time so I went in.

I bugled from a spot in a creek bottom and got an answer from above. I kept calling but he didn't say anything else. I moved up thinking I was closer and called again. He finally answered but was lower on the hill than I thought. I went back down to get the wind right and while I was heading down he bugled again. I didn't answer because I didn't want him to know where I was just then. I think he didn't like that I didn't answer. He was barely bugling but after he did, and I said nothing he started bugling more and more. By the time I got back to the bottom he was bugling about every 2-3 minutes.

I was thinking he had cows with him and wouldn't leave them. Beings he was sounding off regularly I started sneaking up after him. I had planned to get close and call again but it was quiet enough that I could sneak around pretty effectively so I channeled my inner Chuck Adams and I tried to sneak into bow range without saying anything. I got close but he was moving up and left towards a water source that I figured they were headed to. I could hear that I was close but couldn't see through the brush until we got higher and it opened up a bit. After following him for around 500 yards I caught a glimpse of him and he was in bow range.

I started ranging things hoping he would move into the open for a shot. I was getting ready to follow him up some more when he turned and started walking down to a bush I had just ranged. He popped out at 45 yards and I plunked him. He only went about 40 yards before tipping over in a hole.

First elk I have ever shot with a bow that I didn't call in. It was a pretty exciting way to hunt him. It has been so dry and noisy the last several years that sneaking was pretty tough and had never worked out for me in the past.

I thought he had cows but if he did I didn't see any and when I was on his tracks it only looked like one set of feet had gone up in front of me. I'm not sure why he just kept bugling instead of coming in if he was alone. Maybe he was call shy. This area gets hit pretty hard.

Only other items of note that had happened so far this year involved predators. Once when my parents were hunting another area they set up and went through there whole calling sequence with no responses. After waiting a bit they caught a glimpse of something moving in. They couldn't tell what it was till it popped out in front of them. They said it was a pretty big mountain lion. No photos but pretty cool to call one in.

The other thing happened to me. I went to a spot to hunt and was there early but loggers and logging trucks had driven up the road ahead of me already. I got out of my car to go into my area when I noticed tracks in the road. I went over to look at them and saw that they were the biggest damn grizzly tracks that I have ever seen. He went right into the same area I was headed for. He had come by after all the logging activity but before I got there. I went somewhere else that day.
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cohunter14

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Jul 10, 2017
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Congrats Ribo!!! My archery hunt ended unsuccessfully. Got into some bugling action, but the wind switched on us and they disappeared. Learned a lot more about the area though. Can't wait to get back out there next year!!
 

Jason Balazs

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Aug 4, 2017
212
Been hunting since the 18th. Ran into two cows and one bull. The bull just didn’t work out. Yesterday I did a nine mile loop through a two year old burn (it sucked). There was so much blowdown. Seen a lot of moose. Called in 2 hunters tonight but I figured they would be catch and release. I’m hunting unit 14
 

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