Welcome To Archer & Angler

Welcome to Archer & Angler. As you can see we have a growing community that shares your passion for the outdoors.
For your convenience Archer & Angler has some great tools for all your outdoor needs; Moon Phase Calculator, Fish Weight Calculator, Arrow Kinetic Energy Calculator, Topographic Maps, Fish ON-Line and so much more. Just use the navbar below to see them!
Only registered members can upload pics to our amazing photo galleries, post questions, contact other members, and so much more. Registration is quick, easy and absolutely free so why don't you join us today! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER



User Tag List

Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Outdoorsman's Avatar
    Country
    Canada
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Real Name
    Cory
    Posts
    1,580
    Blog Entries
    2
    My Listings
    1
    My Feedback
    ( 0 )
    (0% Positive Feedback)

    Five Ways to Beat the Crowd and Arrow a Trophy Pre-Rut Elk

    Five Ways to Beat the Crowd and Arrow a Trophy Pre-Rut Elk-bugleelk-jpg
    Article by Scott Bestul. Uploaded on August 09, 2012

    To most archers, elk hunting means rutting bulls bugling to estrous cows. But in many states, the archery opener precedes peak breeding by weeks. “You can wait for bulls to start bugling in earnest, but you’ll miss out on a lot of hunting at a time when bulls are comparatively unpressured,” says Chad Schearer, Montana elk expert and host of the popular Shoot Straight TV show. Schearer, a world-*champion elk caller, offers these five tips for arrowing a pre-rut trophy.


    Find the Herd
    “Getting into animals in the early season is the toughest part,” says Schearer. “I like to hike to a high observation point—a spot that lets me glass from 3 to 5 miles—and then I comb the entire area with a spotting scope. If there are animals nearby, I’ll see them. If I don’t find elk, I move until I do.”


    Beat Them to Bed
    Early-season elk are all about feeding, and one of their favorite sources is lowland alfalfa. “I’ve seen them travel 5 to 10 miles to hit a field and still get back to the mountain by daybreak,” Schearer notes. “I glass until I find a good bedding area and learn how elk approach. Then I try to get on the same slope ahead of them the next morning.”


    Wait Over Water
    Warm temperatures make water holes highly attractive to elk in early fall. Look for fresh tracks to reveal which water sources are getting hit hardest. “If a pond isn’t too remote, I’ll pack in a lightweight treestand and set up within bow range of the water’s edge,” Schearer says. “This is one of my favorite afternoon setups for a big bull.”


    Watch a Wallow
    Most hunters associate wallows with the rut, but even well before the breeding season begins, bulls love mucking themselves up in these messy mud pits, according to Schearer. “They coat themselves with mud to appear bigger while working out dominance among males prior to the rut. I look for wallows on north-facing slopes in or near dark timber. If it’s legal to do so, I’ll put up a trail camera set on video mode to find the hottest wallow and judge the quality of the bulls. Then I either set up a treestand or build a blind nearby.”


    Call Them to a Decoy
    As long as you avoid aggressive rut talk, calling can lure in an early-season bull, especially if you combine it with a fake. “I like soft chirps and mews, made with a diaphragm call,” says Schearer. “I’ll set up along a trail near an opening where I’ve got good shooting. Then I stake out a Montana Cow Elk Decoy about 20 yards away. If a bull responds to my calls, he’ll expect to see a cow. The decoy fills that need and gives him something to look at while I draw my bow.” 
    Archer & Angler
    Shoot Problems - Tackle Questions - Reel Answers

    Things to do on ArcherandAngler.com
    1) Introduce yourself to other A&A users.
    2) Upload some pictures to our gallery.
    3) Read some Reviews and add some of your own.
    4) Check out our Featured A&A Member Bios.
    5) Check our Announcements for the latest news.

    **Want to be Featured in an A&A Bio?**
    Five Ways to Beat the Crowd and Arrow a Trophy Pre-Rut Elk

    Seller's Items


  2. #2
    Bow String Depot's Avatar Elite Archer & Angler
    Country
    United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Real Name
    Hutch
    Posts
    445
    My Feedback
    ( 0 )
    (0% Positive Feedback)
    Lot of good info. I have never been Elk hunting but would like to try it. Some day.



    Hutch

  3. #3
    Outdoorsman's Avatar
    Country
    Canada
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Real Name
    Cory
    Posts
    1,580
    Blog Entries
    2
    My Listings
    1
    My Feedback
    ( 0 )
    (0% Positive Feedback)
    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch~n~Son Archery llc View Post
    Lot of good info. I have never been Elk hunting but would like to try it. Some day.



    Hutch
    Especially with the bow, now that would be amazing!
    Archer & Angler
    Shoot Problems - Tackle Questions - Reel Answers

    Things to do on ArcherandAngler.com
    1) Introduce yourself to other A&A users.
    2) Upload some pictures to our gallery.
    3) Read some Reviews and add some of your own.
    4) Check out our Featured A&A Member Bios.
    5) Check our Announcements for the latest news.

    **Want to be Featured in an A&A Bio?**
    Five Ways to Beat the Crowd and Arrow a Trophy Pre-Rut Elk

    Seller's Items


This website uses cookies
We use cookies to store session information to facilitate remembering your login information, to allow you to save website preferences, to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.
     

BACK TO TOP