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No two-fer on archery elk

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.

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I guess that is why the call

I guess that is why the call it hunting and not killing.  It is always fun trying to fool the elk on the outside of the herd when you are trying to put a arrow into one near the center.  But then that is what makes it so much fun and willing to do it again the next year.  

Great story and good luck on the rest of your tags. 

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Thanks, and congrats on your

Thanks, and congrats on your ML success!!  Any more elk chasing for you this year? 

Last year, I was lucky enough to get my elk very early in Sept, and even though I didn't connect this year, I did enjoy getting out there for so many days this time.  Plus I got more familiar with some of the area near home, which is always a good thing to have in the back pocket I suppose.

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Your season sounds

Your season sounds like several of the ones I have had!  It's good just to get out in the woods even if you don't score. Good luck on your upcoming hunt, don't know if I could take my wife though! It would be too hard to get a TV, satelite and a bathtub up there! I do take my dad though, but at 68 yrs old I believe this is going to be his last year. We are headed out Monday.

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Good Luck to you and your

Good Luck to you and your dad! 

We'll see how the wife likes it.   She seems excited, but a couple nights in a tent if we get some colder weather could change that in a hurry!

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I had similar success

In Montana the elk were around but it was far more pressure than we had in rifle season two years ago. We did get to see some spikes but they are off limits there as well. Got to hear a few bugle that is always cool. We tent camped up there it was beautiful. If I was taking my wife tent camping that time of year there would have to be a wall tent with wood heat. Good luck on the rifle hunt.

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Sorry you had no luck this

Sorry you had no luck this year. It happens to all of us some years. I imagine the warm weather didn't help the hunting.

I have 19 days until the rifle opener in Montana. I'm hunting for elk in region 3 the first weekend. And again later in the season if/when we get some snow. I hope to be sitting in a high saddle pass by daylight opening morning and sit tight all day for two days and see what gets pushed around.

Good luck to those toting rifles in the upcoming weeks.

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Cool story and sounds like a

Cool story and sounds like a lot of fun. Have a few days like that and each one is special and memerable for sure. Had a spike come in this year during ML season and bed down not 20 yards from the wife and me. Was really cool but sure wish he had no antlers. OH\h well that is the fun of hunting. Good luck on the cow hunt but cannot help you with the area as I have not hunted there. Also very cool on your wife and her first hunt. My wife goes on at least one of the big hunts every year. She really like ML season with the changing trees, elk talking and all the other fun stuff.  

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I think my wife would like

I think my wife would like the earlier season of either ML or archery better, I know I do.......more chance of elk talking, aspens turning, usually a little warmer.  If this year doesn't scare her off, will probably try to get her to join me in Sept next year. 

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Agree totally but my wife

Agree totally but my wife will still go even if it is 2nd or 3rd season if we do not draw ML tags. We also do a lot of ice fishing but as long as she stays warm she is good to go.

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Sounds

Sounds like you had a fun archery season. You know why archery is so fun. Its the most challenging and rewarding in my opinion. ML is close as well but in Idaho the ML season is in December so it doesn't mix with the rut. There is nothing like having those elk right on top of you bugling. Good times. Now if we could only find a way to make the wind stay in one direction.

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