OK here is My “Rant and Rave”
I have spent a lot of time and effort on the “War Chiefs” elk hunt this year, Her first elk hunt. Drew the tag that was possible in unit 15, many scouting trips, lots of miles on the boots (even though I know a lot of the unit).
Opening morning: we arrived a jump off point 0430. Get the pack on check and recheck here rifle (see gets mad, I’m double checking everything). Start down the trail with headlights (Red light) for the 2 mile hike. Doing good arrive to the area before the coyotes sound off, still total darkness, I can hear the vehicle from the camp camps pulling off and going to their areas. We settle into a good location, adjust the shooting sticks, check the lanes and distances. Only miss the elk at this time, they should be there about 30-60 minutes after sun-up. Big Red starts coming up, I’m keeping my mouth shut by now. Coyotes sound off to meet the morning, crows start the calls.
In the distance I hear some ATV’s. No problem, this is a road less area the only road in blocked by a gate that is locked and talked with the rancher who has the key (old friend). I start hearing the ATV’s from a different direction; they are coming in behind us, Sounds like they are having a great time lots on noise.
They have moved into the valley we are waiting and decided to tear the hell out of a hidden bowl and the side of the hill, this just happen to be the area that the elk come though to their bedding area.
I make my way over the little know and walk down the finger and just stand there, one of them sees me and comes over, (I’m Pissed) then the other two start to follow, I ask the first guy what the hell he is doing back here tearing up the area, he say they were riding here last night and no one was here, so they thought it was a good place to ride. The other 2 ( 1 ATV & a 2 person cart) arrive, I explain to them that it’s elk season, they said they know it was they were up here with some buddies that where hunting. I told them that they are not allowed to just ride around and tear up the area they see fit; they must stay on the road and not tear up the place. The second guy starts bowing up and acting tough, he can ride any place he pleases and do whatever he wants, with the ending of “what are you going to do about it”. (I wanted to put a round though his engine) but I have to let those fillings pass. I told them I would report them to the Game Warden, and State Police). Mr. Mouth said something and ways with One Finger as they left. I would expect this from young kids but these where men in the mid 30’s.
I know all users of ATV’s are not like this, but they a lasting impression after that.
Moved to a back-up area and found more ATV tracks all over the place.
Does anyone hunt on foot any more, or is done from the back of an ATV?
Best Wishes for the Holidays
Mon, 2008-12-01 15:56
ATV's durning Hunting season
OK here is My “Rant and Rave”