Congrats on your kill. I will take a cow any day. I just love the hunt. I don't know much about the rut in other areas so I can't help you there. I was in North Colorado this morning at day break. Near Walden. It was 37 degrees and the trees were changing colors. I was workin so I wasn't able to get out and bugle but it felt like elk season. No snow but it had rained just before I got there.