Originally Posted by HunterDave
I was out bowhunting the first week of October and I had some success calling in a small bull but I couldn't get a clean shot. I've been told that a large percentage of the cows get impregnated during the first week of October so that's probably the peak of the rut. I might have time to go out again early next week but I was wondering what I could expect as far as calling in a bull. Will they still come to the call, answer but not come to it or pretty much ignor it altogether? No matter, I want to scout around and see how the bucks are doing anyway so it'll be nice to get out.
Yes calling can still be effective at this time of year.. Certainly not as effective as during the peak of the rut but still effective.. Of course they will come in to be curious but at least they will come in.. The trick is to not be to aggressive and expect smaller bulls. Do not and I repeat do not bull call,, short sequenced cow calls only.. Couple short to medium length calls about a half hr apart at one spot then move on and try again.
The thing is you at least have the advantage of the call possibly bringing one in you can't go wrong.. I have called moose in,, now not a lot a couple over the years as late as Nov.