Anyway, just to relieve the anxiety, no, I didn't get one. Shot at one, followed it, busted the herd from cover, and lost them. Either she went down and I didn't find her, or she kept going.
Ah well, such is the life of a hunter. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. If was a fantastic week, even though I didn't bring dinner home. We literally drove down over 100 miles of dirt roads over the week, and hiked just over 35 miles. We saw loads of deer, a good amount of elk ( most of the time before it was light enough to shoot....) and even saw three pronghorn the last day.
I got some amazing shots I thought you all would like. (Lisa, I found a few spots you would die in if you didn't have a camera with you....)
Ready for gorgeous?
Ok, I was totally not talking about me - cut me some slack. That's me on the scouting trip a week before season opened.
|This is what I meant....|
Evening before the opening morning
|An oak-covered hillside and barb-wire fence we had to work along|
|Most of the time you were down in the trees and couldn't see above 150 yards, so when we popped out above the tree line, my camera came out pretty quick. : )|
|Aspen grove we ran across|
|Gotta love Aspens|
|Yes, I love Aspens|
|Muddy tires - tell-tale signs of elk hunting.|
|And don't forget the muddy truck. Like, really muddy. Epicly muddy. I was in a good mood and hit the biggest mud hole in the area really fast. Made me in an even better mood. : )|
|Ah, open scenery - Love open scenery|
|Yours truly, in my hunting rig|
|Oh, and more Aspens|
|Gee willy that is a lot of trees|
|You should recognize that chap by now....|
|Hunting luxury - Found that out in the forest, not to far from a road where we parked|
|We eventually got smart and tried a new hunting format - Relax and wait....|
|Last day, tired, and loving the open miles of dirt roads and beautiful scenery|
|I think that is pretty close to the best shot of the week|
|And that is why I hunt|
|Had a great time.....|
|......But bummed we didn't get anything|
|Last shot of the week - sun going down in the forest|
Getting meat is only half of the reason I hunt. I simply love spending a week in the wild enjoying the great outdoors. Driving home, I just stuck my head out the window, and enjoyed being cold and smelling fresh, fresh air, just one more time.
Elk or no, the trip was still a success. God gives, and sometimes God doesn't give.
But such is the life of a hunter.