I am getting really excited and decided to write a few things down. As you all know I am someone who shares my thoughts and hunting adventures both good and bad. I am getting the last few things together this morning before I leave tonight. Its a bit strange as this time I am guiding my girlfriend Beth and my son Croix. This will be my son's first time with a riffle in his hands for big game as he is 12. He is an excellent shot and has killed plenty of small game already. It will be Beth's second time as she was with me last year when I took my cow elk. We are heading back up to area 14 North of Steamboat Springs. I was lucky enough to be in elk every day on the last week of bow season in the same area and I am hoping that the elk are still there and they are still rutting. Both Beth and Croix have either sex tags so it will make my job a little easier to find them a legal elk. My dad has agreed again to come and be the camp cook and pack mule but I think at his age I am going to let him just cook and pick us up in the truck if we need that. The area has gotten some snow and I suspect the elk will be around. My plan for now is to sit on a couple of places and cow call a little to see what comes in or lets us know whats around at least. Beth and I agreed that we will let Croix take the first shot with her ready on back up if there is only one legal animal. I will try and post up some day by day action as I'll have internet at camp. (You got to love technology! Its a blessing and a curse) So tag along on this trip of a lifetime with us and share in the experience.
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Thu, 2011-10-13 09:40
A Passing of the torch.
Thu, 2011-10-13 09:50#1
That sounds like an awesome
That sounds like an awesome time. My sons are 3 years old and 3 months old. Can't wait until they are old enough to understand and then take them out and pass on the knowledge and skills for hunting, as well. Good luck and happy hunting!
Thu, 2011-10-13 11:04#2
That is great about getting your son and girlfriend out!
H2O, that is great about getting your son and girlfriend out. I think I was more excited on my sons first hunt than he was. Also very cool that this is year two for Beth. She must have liked year one so you did something right. Never know where these crazy elk will be but not sure there will be any rutting going on. If so it will be the very end of it. Have got to love those either sex tags as it sure takes some of the pressure off a hunter and for your son it is perfect. Very cool on letting him take the first shot that is presented. Sounds like you are doing things the right way and wish you a safe and successful hunt. For sure keep us posted and hope to see some photos of the proud hunters and their guide. Good luck to all and be safe.
Thu, 2011-10-13 16:00#3
I just can't wait to get my
I just can't wait to get my son(s) out there, but like you, I have to wait till they are 12 for hunting big game in California. They too will start on small game, probably doves out here. The oldest is 5 now, so I have a little time to go.
I bet you are one anxious father. Have a great time with Croix and Beth, and may they all have a safe, and hopefully successful hunt! And, having your Dad along sounds like a great bonus. I bet though that if his grandson gets an elk down, you're not going to be able to stop him from helping out.
Bring back lots of photos and a great story to post! And as you said, keep us updated with some day to day posts. I am not necessarily a fan of all love modern technology, but it's cool to be able to post while in the field now, huh?
Thu, 2011-10-13 19:44#4
Way cool !!!!
It is an amazing feeling when your child takes there first biggame animal. I look forward to the day by day and the hunting story itself. It is already a successsfull hunt being able to hunt with the whole family. Good luck !
Sat, 2011-10-15 22:24#5
I'll be following along...
I'll be following your story as you post them. That's pretty cool with the remote access to the internet. Now you just need to work out that telecommuting option at work and....
As far a rutting activity, I think the elk will still be rutting pretty good. The activity was pretty intense just a few days ago for my hunt. I'd think first rifle will be excellent this year for hearing some bugles and maybe even calling in some bulls. My son's first elk hunt will be next weekend and I'm not sure who's the most excited about it!
Sun, 2011-10-16 20:18#6
Congratulations on finally
Congratulations on finally being able to take him out on his first big game hunt. I'm sure like the reast of us it's something you have dreamed about for a very long time and for that day to finally be here is really exciting. I hope your busy packing meat as it's day 2 now of the season with no report yet.
Good luck and I hope your boy and girlfriend both get one down.
Tue, 2011-10-18 07:48#7
Finally have internet
Ok So I had internet at camp but it was so slow the one time I typed out our day and tried to post it never went thourgh. So here is a brief update. Opening morning the Elk were buggling and talking like crazy behind my camp so Beth, Croix, and I took off after em. We closed the distance and got to about 75 yrds. I got croix next to a tree as I figured the big bull that was screaming would be coming into this little opening. Beth moved about 25 yards to our left where she could see better. She signaled me that she could shoot a cow. I said ok and she took the shot at 30 yards. The elk stumbled out from behind a tree at our feet almost. She racked another round and put a second shot into it. The elk continued to bugle even after the two shots. So I continued to cow call. This went on for about another 25 mins or so but the elk stayed back in the trees. Another hunter and his daughter decided to crash our party after hearing the shots and bugling going on. The elk moved on and we went over to Beth's elk. I freaked out when I got up to the elk. It was a spike bull. Beth said that there was a couple cows and she didn't see any horns. So I gave the DOW a call and the officer told me to field dress it and bring it down to the main road. He was dealing with some bigger issues. So we gutted it out and loaded it up in the truck. My dad and Beth went down to the road while I stayed at camp with Croix. He and I headed back out after getting a little food. We sat about 150 yards away from camp on a hill side and I started glassing the trees. I spotted three cows and told him where they were. He tells me no there is more. Sure enough there was the herd and the big herd bull. A huge 6 x6. The problem was they were 580 yards away. Not a big deal for me and the 7mm mag Croix was shooting. But for a first timer, not the best. I asked him what he wanted to do? We sat there for a few minutes discussing it and watching them. Finally a cow seperated from the herd and was broadside. He said he would take a shot at her. I said ok. He was comfortable with his neeling shot and he pulled the trigger. The elk never moved. He said he was holding a little over her back. At 600 yards my gun has a 48 inch drop. I told him he needed to hold a bit higher. He took one more shot. The elk still didn't move. I told him to wait and see what the ellk were going to do. The bull just stood there facing us in all his glory. The cows just continued to mill around for another 5 minutes or so then they moved back into the trees further and out of sight. Croix and I headed over to see if we could find any blood. The snow on the ground was about 4 inches and it showed no signes of a hit. We headed back to camp to find Beth and my Dad back. The officer had meet them and issued Beth a ticket and donated the Elk to my Dad. Not the way to start our hunting trip. The officer allowed Beth to keep her licens and said she could still hunt cause she did the right thing by calling. We headed out and sat on another hill side. I spotted some really big bucks and I decided I would shoot them with my camera. No elk were seen and we headed for camp. Sunday came and we hunted all day long but no elk only doe deer were seen. Monday morning came and we woke up to several inches of new snow. My Dad and I decided that the one elk was enough and we headed home. With everything that went on we all decided it was still a good hunt and we enjoyed ourselves. I was hoping that my son could have got his first elk. I personally have taken so much away from this trip. I have lots of pictures but not sure if I should post the ones of the spike? Whats your all thoughts?
Wed, 2011-10-19 05:59#8
H2O, glad to hear you and
H2O, glad to hear you and Beth did the right thing by reporting that she shot the spike. Yes you got a fine but still better than leaving it to rot out in the woods. Also it was good the DOW let your dad take it so it was used. As for the photos, no I would not post them as it is still an illegal kill. All in all sounds like you had a good time and glad you did the right thing.
Wed, 2011-10-19 16:33#9
Wow. That's actually kind of
Wow. That's actually kind of interesting. Granted, she got the ticket, but she still got to keep the elk, adn can go get another? Don't see that every day. really surprised that happened.
But, it goes to show you that the best thing to do is be honest. No sense trying to cover something up, it will only get you into more trouble. I am sure it probably scared her enough to make sure next time before shooting, At least I hope so.
Glad you still enjoyed yourself. I agree, I would probably not post the photos up.
Thu, 2011-10-20 16:50#10
Great story - the before
Great story - the before and after one!
It is too bad about your girlfriend's start to the hunting season. However it was great of the DOW officer to see it as it was - a simple mistake in identification and donated the animal to your Dad.
Having both your son and your girlfriend and your Dad out on a hunting trip is a great thing. I'm working on my wife in joining me! I have more work to get this to happen!
Glad you had a memorable hunt and thanks for sharing with us!