What You'll See:
In this video, Chris shows you a perfect example of why–often times–it can pay off being a little more patient in your set-ups, and let your set-ups and calling efforts “work” for a little bit before making any “aggressive” moves. Yes, sometimes it DOES pay to be aggressive, and move in quickly, and repeatedly, on a bull–especially if he’s moving. However…if he’s close, is interested in your calling, responds to your calling frequently and eagerly, and–this is especially important–you’re in somewhat open habitats, and you know you have a good calling location, STAY for a bit and let the bull’s curiosity get the better of him. As you’ve seen in other videos, it can sometimes take 30 minutes or MORE–from the same general set-up–for a bull to finally work his way in. Let your set-ups work!
Additionally, this video provides a second lesson: How shadowing a bull that’s moving away from you, and using purposeful, persistent calling, can be a great tactic for getting a bull to finally come in. That is…unless you inadvertently call in another animal, and THEY bust you in the process!
Setting the Stage:
Chris headed out this particular morning without knowing exactly where the elk would be, or who would be vocal if any were around. As soon as it started getting light, several bulls started to sound off in the distance, in multiple directions, but one in particular had a bugle that just had to be chased; deep, raspy, with an incredible growl, it had a voice that just screamed “monster bull!” …but what does Chris always say about judging a bull by his bugle???
Viewing / Listening Tips:
This sequence is best listened to via headphones or earbuds to pick up on the subtle sounds Chris identifies in the video. If you can’t listen with headphones, crank the volume as much as you can without getting yourself in trouble.