Last weekend found a herd of 30ish elk, one decent bull and some raghorns/spikes but mostly cows and calves. I was about 1000+ yards away when I spotted them right at treeline and I was above them at the top of a ridge. Anyway long story short, I played the wind, got downwind of them at treeline and started closing the distance between me and the herd through the trees going in silent the whole way. I was able to close to within about 75-100 yards but where they were I felt like I was going to get busted had I gone any further. I decided to setup in the shadows and do some soft cow calls (don't feel like I am a bad caller). Anyway, as soon as I cow called they busted and the bull pushed the cows right past me about 100 yards up the hill from me. I cow called again and the bull stopped but eventually took off after his cows. I feel like I should have stayed quiet, tried to find the direction they were headed and tried to get ahead of them but I feel like this was just waiting for me to get winded. Like an idiot, I left my bugle tube in my pack at the top of the mountain but rather than cow call should I have bugled or raked trees?Prior to me taking off to stalk them the bigger bull was pushing out one of the rag horns if that makes any difference.