What You'll See:
Sometimes we have to absolutely scramble to get on a bull as quickly as possible before he moves off, it get’s too dark, or we just run out of time to capitalize on a particular situation. In this video, Chris races the diminishing daylight to try and call in a bull that had - up to this point - been almost completely nocturnal. Another example of using the Targeted Strategy, this time, very few Assembly Mews were used; this was a calling “set-up” that used Lost Mews for 90+% of the vocalizations, and provides an example of the technique Chris talks about in the Lost Mew video of the Understanding Cow Elk Vocalizations and Communication series.
Setting the Stage:
For several nights prior to this one, a particular bull would start bugling just after dark - way up on a ridge - and then work his way down onto a grass and sagebrush flat behind Chris’ camp, and hang out with a bunch of cows and bugle all night long. By daybreak, he was always way back up on the ridge again, and impossible to find.
On this day, it had rained HARD all day long (dumping several inches of rain), when suddenly the weather broke, and the wind went almost completely calm, just before the sun hit the horizon. Hoping the break in the weather would get the bull up on his feet, moving, and vocalizing a little earlier than normal, Chris started out where the bull usually came out of the timber each night, hit record, and started in up the ridge.
Viewing / Listening Tips:
This video has some great soft, subtle sounds that are awesome to pick up on, but also some extremely loud sections when the bull is bugling. Use headphones or ear-buds, but just be careful with the volume. …when the bull gets close, start turning down the volume.