Finally today has come and we will be heading up to hunting camp very soon. Just need to pack up those last minute things and we are off. Of course all the rain will slow us down a bit but that is a minor set back. Good luck to al the other ML folks headed out and hope to have a story or two to share after the hunt.
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Fri, 2013-09-13 07:53
Finally Time to Hunt
Fri, 2013-09-13 08:44#1
Good luck!!! We'll be waiting
Good luck!!! We'll be waiting to hear about the big one that didn't get away....
Fri, 2013-09-13 09:09#2
Good luck. Hope to see some
Good luck. Hope to see some nice pics.
Fri, 2013-09-13 09:39#3
Good luck Russ and enjoy!
Good luck Russ and enjoy! Looking forward to the pictures and the successs story!
Wed, 2013-09-25 18:26#4
50 Percent is not bad!
We are finally back home and cleaned up after the hunt or should I say the swimming marathon. First 5 days it rain almost none stop and everything from light showers to monster down pours. As if that was not enough throw in some wicked lightening, thunder and hail. Animals were not moving much as you can guess but we did see a few each day. Despite the bad weather it did clear up on the sixth day and the gods were good to us. At about 0715 while dropping into the bowl we hunt a cow elk made the mistake or getting within range of my muzzy. She was doing that stiff legged trot thru fairly heavy Aspens but I managed to put one into her lungs at about 50 yards. Spent the rest of the morning gutting, quartering and packing back to camp. It was only about a mile and the game cart was a real asset. After cleaning up and lunch, the wife, son and I headed back down into the bowl. This time my wife filled her doe tag on a nice doe with no fawns to be seen at about 25 yards. She was happy until she realized it was about 2 1/2 mile uphill to camp. Hunted the 7th and 8th day but could not get within range or a clear shot at anything else. So 50% on elk and deer is pretty good in my book and a very successful hunt. I only saw one buck the whole week but had no chance at him. My son who was archery hunting elk did see a dandy 4x4 at about 50 yards but of course no tag. Oh well that is hunting. Sorry to say no pictures as we did not take a chance with the camera and the rain and all cell phones where back at camp or better yet at home. Now time to start preparing for the Idaho deer/wolf hunt in November and the late season cow hunt in Colorado.
Wed, 2013-09-25 21:19#5
It sounds like you had a tough season with all the rain. Congrats on the cow and the doe ! It sounds like you made the best of your hunt though and still made it happen.
Thanks for sharing the stories and good luck on the rest of your hunts.
Wed, 2013-09-25 21:52#6
Just keep telling yourself,
Just keep telling yourself, there is no place like hunting, there is no place like hunting. At least that is what I have been saying. I have a deer tag and all I have been running into are elk and bears, lots of bears. I have had them anywhere from 20 yards out. I even had a couple of nice 5x5 and 6x6 elk within bow range and had to throw rocks at them. The only nice thing about this rain and snow is that you can put the sneek on them quite easy. I even took today off to get some yard work done and it was the nicest day in 3 weeks.
Congrats on the animals, there will be some good eatting in weeks to come.
Thu, 2013-09-26 01:01#8
Congratulations on your success.
It sounds like you had some less than optimal conditions and yet you still managed to pull it off. 50% success is nothing to sneeze at and a bad day hunting still beats a good day at work in my book.
Thu, 2013-09-26 03:49#9
Congrats on the successful
Congrats on the successful hunt and good luck on the next planned ones!
Thu, 2013-09-26 09:36#10
That is a perfect example of
That is a perfect example of perseverance pays off! 6 days in the rain is hard on anyones spirits. Congrats on a successfully hunt. Were you in the same area as last year?