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Planning your 2019 archery elk hunt by using the moon and equinox -
posted 6 months ago
John C. - As you will read in my comment to John. I feel you are right on with this one! I think the sheer number of cows coming into estrus will trigger some reactions out of those Satelite bulls just waiting for their opportunity. I would not be afraid to hunt from the equinox on for sure. Like I said before, my ideas are simply an odds concentrator. I'm trying to put together hunts and timing to increase and stack the odds in my favor for killing a very mature bull.
Bruce B.- I will be in the woods for most of September on three archery hunts. I will have the chance to evaluate the data in my article first hand. I start hunting August 30th and will go up until the very end of September. My "A" hunts are exactly the ones I put in the article. I like to practice what I preach... ...
Ulrich W. - I have hunting the Roots several times and the timing and schedule it seems to be similar to me. There are reports of wolves keeping bulls a little quieter than may they have been historically. You will be fighting the moon like the rest of us, so I would use the tactics I talk about in the article. I will be hunting Montana during that time as well so we are in the same boat. I feel like it's going to be amazing the feed quantity and quality is suburb this year.
John H. - Sorry, for the late response, I just got back from a trip. Sept. 23rd Colorado...hmmmmm. You will have to face the fact and keep in mind that you will probably be hunting pressured or recently pressured elk. If you can find that sweet lower pressure spot, you could find cooperative elk. The herds will be pretty established at that point, so calling herd bulls, although very possible, will be somewhat challenging for sure. If you are OK with satellite type bulls, I think you have a good shot. The majority of cows coming into heat on the equinox, you could have a lot of bulls trying to get in on the action and that could prove very rewarding. The moon is really starting to work in your favor, so that is an added benefit. I would love for you to post how this all works out.... Just remember, any day elk hunting is better than not!
Justin S. - You got it? Sucess is success, I have a similar spot that just seems to be better earlier in the season. Remember, my whole approach is an odds game. There are always exceptions, it just comes down to putting as many odds in your favor as possible... Good Luck This Year!