With the drought in a lot of the western States this year, did it seem to effect where the Elk were, compared to normal years ?. I didn't see the Elk that i normally do, and just wondered if others had the same problem ?.
Yes. I spoke to a Colorado Parks & Wildlife officer at their Gunnison office during 2nd rifle season and they told me the elk were at lower elevations early this year due to the lack of rainfall and the lack of food at higher elevations.
The drought really concerns me, even for next year. I have had some great tags on drought years, or years after the animals have really been stressed, and it made for some really tough hunting and trophy quality was way off. I am likely just going to apply for points in most units next year.
All of us, at one time or another have gone on a hunting trip and had what we call “Blue Bird” weather. Warm evenings and almost hot days. We hunt in our t-shirts and enjoy the sunshine. We are way up in the mountains and have a whole week to hunt. How could it get any better?
That is, until we score on that big buck or bull. We work to get it out of the field and skinned as quickly as possible to cool it down. But try as we might, we just can’t get...