What You'll See:
This sequence kicks off about an hour after "Part One" was filmed, and provides another great example of just how well elk can pinpoint the location of your calling, and how easy it is to have bulls naturally stop right in front of you if you have your set-up right. Highlighting a great example of when to use a Passive Cow Calling Strategy, this sequence has a PILE of great bugling action just like "Part One" did!
Like in some of the other videos, this sequence is almost completely un-cut, so you'll see everything as it happened, as fast (or slow...) as it happened, out in the field. Although Chris stopped once or twice just to make sure he knew where the bull was so he could work his way in and get his set-up right, when he set the camera up and started calling, the cow calls he made after hitting record were pretty much the first ones he made to start actively working the bull.
Setting the Stage:
After the first encounter, Chris was able to hear the bull cross the valley, climb to the opposite ridge, and then settle into a relatively defined area – presumably the bull's bedding area given the time of morning. While Chris contemplated heading off to try and find a new bull, this one was just too good to walk away from. From the vocalizations he was doing, to how he responded to – and worked his way in to – a call, Chris decided that this bull had more lessons to share, so he headed out to try and call him in again.
Even though it was starting to get later in the morning, the bull was still bugling regularly enough for me to walk my way right in on him. Unfortunately, however – given the wind direction – the closest I could get to him was about 300 yards or so. You'll see there's a fairly sizable clearing between me and the bull; I wasn't sure I could make it across it without the him seeing me. As I looked around, I realized the vegetation was perfect for a set-up, so I parked it right there, hit the record button, and started calling.
Because I knew the bull was on his own and still looking for cows, I changed calls, and switched to a Passive calling strategy, to sound like different cows from the previous encounter.
Viewing / Listening Tips:
This sequence can be listened to via headphones or earbuds – to pick up on some of the subtle vocalizations that are made in this sequence. HOWEVER... this bull is EXTREMELY loud, so use CAUTION on where you set your volume; don't set it too loud or you may hurt your ears. In all honesty, this sequence can be listened to via your computer/device's speakers just fine with the volume turned up a bit.