Listening to podcasts, daydreaming about September and just thought I'd throw this out there for conversation.
Date: September 20th; Archery
Elevation: 6,000 - 8,000 ft.
Terrain: Steep draws to rolling foothills; mostly juniper trees ranging from really thick pockets to wide open areas. Not an area know for huge numbers of elk, but there's enough that you see them every day.
Situation: It's morning and good daylight. The elk shouldn't bed down for at least an hour. You're hunting with one other person and you throw out a locator bugle. You get a response 800-1000 yards away but can't see the bull. You find a better vantage point and locate the bull. He has 5 cows, there's a raghorn hanging around with them, and they're at 1000 yards. It's been 15 minutes since the bull responded to your call, and he hasn't made a sound since. What do you do next?
1. Bugle where you are and see how he reacts?
2. Bed them down and then attempt a silent stalk?
3. Go after him and attempt an ambush without ever calling?
4. Cut the distance to 300 yards and cow call?
5. Cut the distance to 300 yards and rip a bugle?