You can count on elk being in herds, unless it's the breeding season, when satellite bulls go solo. Because bull elk vocalize during the breeding season, you can pinpoint them from a distance and then make a stalk without seeing them first. Be aware, however, that you could be stalking another hunter blowing a call. Typically, you want to call to the bull to coax it within range, but some herd bulls cannot be called. Their first impulse when hearing your bugle is to drive their cows away from you, believing you to be a rival. In this scenario, it's often best not to bugle at all, but to sneak in for a shot. Remember, however, that you're dealing with many eyes, ears and noses. But there's one small advantage in stalking a bunch of elk. The herd is often noisy and might not hear you advancing. To better your odds, don't make a direct stalk toward the bull in open areas, since he might be surrounded by cows. Instead, hang back at the edge of the cover where you believe the bull to be and try to softly cow call him in your direction.