Well, I hope all of you had better luck than I did in your archery/muzzle hunts. I know at least some of you did as I've enjoyed reading the stories!
Last year was my first archery hunt and I was fortunate to connect, which I shared my story about. Went back to the same location the first week of the season this year, hoping that lady luck would strike twice....she did not. The area is a high alpine bowl where if the elk are in there, you're probably gonna find them, as we did last year, but this year we hunted hard, saw some monster bucks and a bear, but not a single elk :( So I spent the rest of the month hunting early morning and evenings near my home, as it is also in an OTC unit. I got close a couple of times, but it didn't work out. I'd always wanted to be in the thick of them while they were bugling, and about a week and a half ago I was out one morning near my home and I got right into a herd that was making all kinds of racket. I had an either sex tag and I could have easily taken a shot at two spikes, but of course that is the one thing I couldn't shoot at!!! Figures I guess. The intensity of that morning was the best hunting experience I've had so far in my short career though. It was just one of those things where those spikes where like the guards to the gate, and if I'd zig the rest of the heard would zag, and so on. I saw a nice shooter bull, who of course came into the area I was just in, right after I decided to make a move up and around to try to get past the spikes unnoticed. Then I had a bull 'bark' at me from SO close through the thick stuff that it was quite the experience, but I never did see him. Shortly after that they all disappeared without a trace. Had another close encounter or two, but never close enough.
So......was really hoping to repeat on my 2nd archery season, but that's hunting.
Now its on to 1st riffle cow tags, where my wife will be joining me for her first ever hunt. Its either going to be a blast or a disaster ;) Nah, I'm sure it will be great. I just got back from scouting 444, along the eagle/thomasville road, and it was a soupy mess! Very lucky I managed not to get stuck. Its a beautiful area, but I'm not too familiar with it and didn't see any elk or elk sign......lots of cows of the moo variety though. Also took a few side detours in unit 45 on my way home....a week away and still not sure where to go. I just hope we find a nice place to camp and hopefully have the wife see some elk to get her hooked on this like I now am!
just wanted to share my '14 hunting story so far this year, and say good luck to those that will be out there in the coming months.