Elk Hunting: Hunting Bull Elk During the Rut

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1 | Screaming Bull Elk

Thoughts of bugling bulls keep many a hunter awake at night.

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2 | Elk Bugling in the Water

Elk may scream for attention at any time during the rut.

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3 | Big 6x6 Bull Elk

Would you like to draw your bow on this 6x6?

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4 | Big Mouth

Big mouths make loud sounds.

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5 | Curious Spike

Notice the spike in the background. He’s wisely keeping his distance.

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6 | Herd Bull

You hear limbs cracking and smell the musk just before you see him…

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7 | Bull Elk Fighting

The screaming attracts plenty of challengers.

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8 | Bull Elk Chasing a Cow

Fighting aside, though, it’s all about girlfriends this time of year.

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9 | Eyes Closed

Yeah, it’s pretty loud.

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10 | Vanishing Bull

Elk are big, noisy — and can vanish in a heartbeat.

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11 | Satellite Bull Elk

Like a lonesome 2-year-old gobbler, satellite bulls are often the first to respond to calling.

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12 | Bull Elk with Harem

With his harem of cows, a bull is content — at least for a little while.

Editor's Note: This was originally published August 16, 2010.

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Elk bugles are the iconic sound of fall, the West, and big game hunting. Here are a dozen great shots of big bulls doing their thing.