I know I am a little late but here is the up date on our hunting season. The hunting part was not good as between the three of us we saw one doe in 5 days of hunting and we did not get her. Never hunted the area before (unit 27/181 near Kremmiling) and never plan to hunt it again. Had to get left over tags due to the fact we did not know if I would be home from Iraq to even hunt this year. It was still better to get out than sit around wishing we were hunting.
If it was not for bad luck we would have not had any. Got to camp on Thursday and it snowed and did not completely stop until sometime Sunday. It was way colder at night than usual so the 12-15 inches of snow was super crunchy. I swear I could have crawled thru 5 miles of broken glass and jumped into a pool of alcohol and been quieter than walking on that snow. Then the thermostat in the camper broke which led to frozen water lines. Next day woke up to a flat tire (4 day old tires) but was it a simple nail, hell no, it was a cracked rim. Had to drive all the way to Steamboat to get a new one. 4 days and $100 later we had a new rim. Then due to the the thermostat breaking we came back to a frozen lock on the camper. I guess it was warm enough during the day to melt some snow that dripped into the lock. Had to build a fire and warm up the key to thaw out the lock. Well 50 minutes later we finally melted the ice berg in the lock and got in.
To be honest the trip was still fun. The best part was being together with my wife and son, we did see 4 moose, 2 cows, one calf and one young bull so that was cool. For sure we all will be looking forward to next years hunts. Spring bear in Idaho, hope to draw our either sex muzzle loader elk tags and our second season deer tags. Snow is cool but I think we will stick to muzzle loader and the early elk/deer seasons in our normal areas.