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FullGrown
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Sep-20-17, 
03:04 PM (MST)
"5A"

Where do the elk go(generally speaking) when it is windy? I have a friend on an archery hunt in 5A and he says the wind is blowing 25-35mph! He said he can't find the bulls if he can't hear them bugle. I told him they are probably in the thick stuff out of the wind.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: 5A  Gwagen      Sep-20-17   1 
  RE: 5A  FullGrown      Sep-20-17   2 
   RE: 5A  bonecollect...      Sep-20-17   3 
    RE: 5A  FullGrown      Sep-21-17   4 
     RE: 5A  CAelknuts      Sep-21-17   5 
      RE: 5A  FullGrown      Sep-21-17   6 
       RE: 5A  huntin50      Sep-22-17   7 
        RE: 5A  kalielkslay...      Sep-23-17   8 
         RE: 5A  NMPaul      Oct-01-17   9 
        RE: 5A  FullGrown      Oct-08-17   10 
         RE: 5A  huntazido      Oct-09-17   11 

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Gwagen
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Sep-20-17, 
06:52 PM (MST)
1. "RE: 5A"

"He said he can't find the bulls if he can't hear them bugle."

How about hunting as if it's not the rut? Look!

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FullGrown
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Sep-20-17, 
09:32 PM (MST)
2. "RE: 5A"

He is looking. I guess I should have said compared to the beginning of his hunt, when he could hear more bugles. They're trying their best, but the weather sucks. Saturday it's supposed to be better weather. Hopefully, he can get it done then.

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bonecollector777
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Sep-20-17, 
10:51 PM (MST)
3. "RE: 5A"

Elk tend to continue to do what they usually do you just can't hear them. We hunted with the wind this week and saw and heard some bugling still. They may stay in their beds longer but they'll still be around.

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FullGrown
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Sep-21-17, 
05:52 AM (MST)
4. "RE: 5A"

Thanks Bonecollector777

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CAelknuts
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Sep-21-17, 
07:30 PM (MST)
5. "RE: 5A"

Uh, they didn't all up and leave just because it got windy. They're still there.

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FullGrown
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Sep-21-17, 
08:09 PM (MST)
6. "RE: 5A"

Then where do they go? That's what my original post asked. I have only been on one elk hunt in my life, so I'm not exactly up on their habits. Do they go to the thick stuff, deep canyons, etc..?

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Sep-22-17, 
09:56 AM (MST)
7. "RE: 5A"

They will be in the same area. They may feed out of the wind more and get off windy ridges. They feed in windy rain, hail, lightening storms, etc. Be down wind and listen. Good luck.

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Sep-23-17, 
10:44 AM (MST)
8. "RE: 5A"

The wind blows regularly in that country.

Just scroll up Flagstaff on any weather app and check it daily for the next couple of months. Windier, more often than anywhere else except eastern Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas IMO.

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Oct-01-17, 
06:58 PM (MST)
9. "RE: 5A"

Be in the best position to glass big country at first glassing light even if it means hiking in 2-3 miles in the dark. Study maps and be able to look at some good clearings first thing in the morning. If he is familiar with the unit glass areas the elk feed.

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Oct-08-17, 
09:19 AM (MST)
10. "RE: 5A"

Thanks! My buddy struck out. Tag soup it is. I guess that is why they call it hunting and not killing.

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Oct-09-17, 
09:32 AM (MST)
11. "RE: 5A"

Where I hunted the elk were still pretty much in the same spots they normally are however they went very silent and did not move much at all. One herd I watched did not move more that 500 yards from where they were at dusk from where they bedded the next afternoon. I guess if they have water, food, cover and no pressure they aren't going to move much?

Sorry about your friend striking out. As I have gotten older I place very little importance on filling the tag. Experiences are much more important to me.

Good Hunting

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