Tommore: go to black mountain area in the route forest. Take the old sawmill road off highway 13. It’s about 12 miles out of Craig going to Baggs. Keep driving on this road until you get to the fork go towards lost park. Keep driving on road 110 until you get almost out of the forest. Stop beside the little beaver pond. It’s three miles inside the forest boundaries from the whispering pines lodge. There is a trail on the east side of the road that will take you to sawtooth mtn. Hunt on the north side of the mountain after crossing sawtooth creek. It has always been good to me, especially if you have some cold snowy weather. If after a couple of days you have not seen any elk go back to the south end of the forest and hunt near Bear’s Ears park and Cold Springs. You will see elk in either of these two places. Good luck!!
Get a map of this area from the DOW office in Craig!!!
Be prepared for the hunt of your life.
And remember the big one is waiting.
[ This Message was edited by: Elkman on 2003-08-09 13:10 ]
I'll back up Elkman's good suggestions. That is a good place to start, lot of land to cover so do get good maps. Also that is starting to get up in elevation and storms can roll in during the course of a day hunt. Dress in layers and be prepared if a cold front should roll in.
Good luck and enjoy the scenery it is pretty up there.
Tommore, one other suggestion I would make ::: don’t hunt alone!
These new go-faster radios would be nice to have in case something goes wrong.
I broke my leg up there a few years ago> bad. It was about lunchtime when I did it. It was in the snow; I found a hole with my right leg. My body went down hill, my right leg stayed up hill. I had a CB radio, which helped, in my rescue. I had my fire built, eat my lunch. Then set my leg with the help of two Aspen trees growing in a V. I was comfortable (as you can be with a broke leg) when my other hunter friends found me at about 5:30. I finally made it to the Craig hospital at 9:30 that night. Bad hunt: special memories!
Ouch! Snow piles and drifts are notorious for hiding roots, holes, rocks, and other nasties. Glad to hear you made it out ok, sometimes people get stuck overnight, could have been a dangerous situation.
bitmasher; it would have been really bad. The temperature was below zero that night. I had gathered all the wood in my area of crawling distance to keep my fire going. I was glad to see my hunting partners. That is why I tell every one to not hunt alone. I think of all the times I hunted alone before, and I shutter. I guess experience and age makes the difference. All the radios we had made the difference in finding me that day before it got really dark. I must say the forest was the most beautiful I had ever seen it the next year when I went back to the place where I broke my leg. That was when I had a long talk with my big brother (Jesus). I sit next to the place where the fire had been built all that first day of hunting season just watching the sky, the trees and I let every animal pass; all of them. The next day I got my deer and elk before lunch.
The high forest is still the best place to be on vacation.
[ This Message was edited by: Elkman on 2003-08-12 18:50 ]
Thanks to all for the terrific suggestions!! Greatly appreciate the assistance. Hope, my son and I have a good hunt. Greatly appreciate the safety advice...my son and I hunt together and it is a wonderful way to spend some time with my boy. Clothing wise we are pretty prepared so we should be good to go.
[ This Message was edited by: tommore on 2003-08-15 09:40 ]
The first deer I shot, way back in 1958, was taken to the local meat shop and processed into steaks, roasts and some burger. Back then in that little Idaho town, when you took a deer into the butcher, you got the same deer back. Unfortunately, times have changed. The last time I took an animal to a butcher, in the mid 60's, I don't have a clue who's meat I got back, but I sure don't think it was mine. I ended up throwing the burger as it stunk the house up every time we...