Archery Bull Elk Non Responsive to Cow call
by Danny Plumlee
Went Archery elk hunting for the first time. I was not the shooter but decided to help a friend with his hunt. Neither of us had any experience with archery elk or elk hunting, period.
My friend drew a tag here in Nevada and we had several months to try to learn. I knew as a team I would become the caller and he would position himself 60+ yards in front of me between me and the bulls. Long story short when we made our set ups the bulls would answer bugles but were unresponsive to any cow calls.
I think we hit the place pre-rut or just beginning of rut because all the bulls were still in pairs. Like I said they would answer bugles but would not approach any calls whatsoever.
We ended up getting a shot at 46 yards but that is another story. I want to prepare for next season and need to know what we could have done different in the call department. Were these bulls just not ready to defend their territory or to mate?