So Monday night last week I left home alone and set up camp late in the Gifford Pinchot NF near Packwood, WA.
I heard one lone bugle that night around 2am which made me worry less about the rain and made me excited to start Tuesday morning.
At 5:30 I left camp and wandered to no avail. Returning at lunch time the rain had lessened and the sun even broke so my spirits were raised, temporarily. When I left for the evening hunt the rain was back in force. It dampened my spirits as much as the forest around me.
But nothing is as devastating as returning from the evening hunt to discover it had rained INSIDE my tent. This was the first time I had used the Coleman in the rain and it FAILED miserably. I refuse to camp overnight without my Marmot or Mountain Hardware tents from now on.
After hunting WED morning in the rain and fog I packed it up and went home.
Saturday I went back with my cousins when the weather had improved. It was another discouraging morning but by 9am we were in the middle of it! Jumping cow after cow after cow.
So many firsts on this trip! I was at full draw on a cow, first time I've had the choice of shoot or not shoot... I chose not to shoot since there were too many bushes in the way to be confident. Both cousins had shots but missed.
By far it was the best day of archery elk hunting I have experienced since I took it up three years ago... no meat in the truck, but I consider it a succesful trip since so much progress was made... along with great memories.