Went out with a friend last week that has the Ft Rich DV muzzleloader tag to help him find a moose. I had spotted a small bull, probably 35" or so that we tried to call in, I knew he was in the area but he was closer than I had expected and we didn't get a shot at him. Had him at close to 50 yards but a lone spruce tree prevented him from taking the shot.
I'm a bit perplexed about the rut, the small bull came in to my calls but came in silent, no grunting, no brush/tree raking, nothing. If I hadn't been watching closely we might not have even seen him. Is the rut late or is it over? I've found trees that were rubbed and a small rut pit but could get nothing to respond to my calls, bull and cow calls. I know the weather hasn't been very cold nor have we had clear skies at night, which I belive could be affecting thier behavior. So what's the deal, did we miss the rut or is it late? Any Ft Rich hunters out there have an opinion on this they'd be willing to share? This one has me baffled.