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In trying out another new unit this year with a group of six, we harvested one cow (let the newbie take her), but were still left feeling like we had a lot of opportunities slip through our hands. Hiking into the wilderness Sunday morning we bumped a herd of nearly a dozen but it was too early to shoot, and then with all the snow we had on Tuesday and Wednesday we couldn't make anything happen. We had to move camp to a lower altitude so we missed the evening hunt on Tuesday when the elk should have been out, then spent all day on the horses Wednesday trying to cut a fresh track in the snow, but the elk were all hunkered down. We were hunting in a very low pressure unit, so the elk weren't being bumped around much. Anyway, even with getting one guy his first big game animal, having a mountain nearly all to ourselves (6 other guys that we know of hunting half of a large wilderness area) , seeing lots of sign, some elk, some grouse, and lots of deer, most of us still feel like we could have done better this year. Just in the right places at the wrong time (one guy killed an elk 300 yards from our camp, another killed a nice 6x6 on a trail just after 2 of our guys had passed through). Oh well, still a good time.

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We set up camp high and had to move on Friday night when the snow started flying. Saw lots of animals Saturady and the stalking and hunting was good. Sunday it began to snow so bad that we had to abandon camp and go home. We were near Wyoming north of Walden. Lots of animals and only 3 camps in 4 square miles. We would have had more animals if the weather had held.

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And some pictures to add to the story.
Camp, with circus tent and 60 year old GP Small Army tent:

The boys:

Elk country:



The snow:

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Well you sure were in some perty country...

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Very perty country!

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Great pics. Sounds like the elk didn't fully co-operate with you guys as was the same case for us during muzzleloader. Congrats to the new hunter who did get one!

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Hey Ex very tough year for elk. Great pics and at least the newby got one. Hopefully your third season will be better. Good luck and good hunting!

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