My elk season started last Monday and since I'm a self employed cabinetmaker I can slip out and hunt for a few hours in the morning. Monday I got out, they were bugling, and I was into 2 different herds of elk but not wanting to spook any I didn't pursue them and just went for a long hike. Wednesday morning again I got into em. 6 cows and a spike at 100 yds across a meadow so I plopped down and watched. The spike fed to within 27 yds broadside. Woulda been good eating that one. After they moved off I went over to a little ground blind I have by a wallow and did a bugle to see if I could get a response. No bugle but had a silent 6x6 come in to the wallow at 30 yds. Today again more cows that I did not pursue and then later while hiding under a big spruce had a nice healthy 5 point again come in silently to me about 15 minutes after I bugled. He never knew I was there and stopped broadside at 16 yds! I was at full draw and just had to touch the release but I let down instead and let him walk. I'm not ready to kill anything yet as I'm having such a good time hunting. Last year I shot my bull on my fourth day out and it made for a long October with no elk hunting fun. I have a long season still and unlike you guys who get to hunt multiple deer I only get one elk a year so have to make it last. Also, knowing I got my elk early last year everyone was calling me to help hump theirs out of the hills. Good hunting to all.