What You'll See:
What you're about to see is probably one of the best videos we can share with you to kick off this section because it puts a BUNCH of the principles, ideas, vocalizations, and strategies that we talk about throughout the entire elk module - in play, in one 6-minute encounter - where you can see everything come together.
We titled it "108" not just because it was unique and something that you'd remember, but because the bull you're about to see has an ear tag in his ear with the number "108" on it. This particular bull had been marked as part of an elk movement study that had been going on in the area over the past several years.
Setting the Stage:
It's late September, it was the end of Chris' first full day in this new area, the sun had just set, and he was out driving and listening to see if he could figure out where the elk were so he knew where he needed to be the next morning.
"While driving in, I saw a really good bull standing off on the side of the road - all by himself - so I drove up the road a ways, parked, and then planned to walk back toward him to see if I couldn't call him in and film him. Well, when I got out, another bull bugled back toward where the first bull was, but on my side of the road, and - what sounded like - a bit closer. So…I figured I'd go after the bull that was talking, first, and then go after the one I saw along side the road."
"Well, as I started out after this first bull, I realized pretty quickly that he was on the move, and actually moving away from me slightly - so I hi-tailed it as fast as I could to get within a couple hundred yards of him before I set-up to start calling. When I got to this particular spot, I realized that this was where I needed to stop and set-up, so I plopped the tripod down and hit the record button on the camera, and - what you're about to see - is the entire encounter from that point on."
Viewing / Listening Tips:
The best audio is heard while wearing headphones or ear-buds so you can hear all the subtle sounds that are going on, in addition to the prominent bugles and Chris' calling. Use CAUTION, however, setting your volume too high, or - at the very least - be ready to REDUCE your volume when the cue to do so in the video pops up. This bull let's loose with a bugle that'll definitely hurt your ears if you have the volume up too loud!