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Everything Happens for a Reason


After having a rocky archery season which ended without harvest but with a high note, I regrouped and looked forward to the rifle season.  I had film jobs going throughout the first few weeks of November, so my elk hunting was going to have to wait until the end of the month.  With the last week of November upon me, I began my search.  Bursting with ambition and physically refueled, I began routinely strapping on my Crew Cab day after day loaded with all the hunting necessities including my video camera and tripod.  Miles were being logged and no bulls were to be found.  I couldn’t believe it. I had hunted as hard as I could throughout the fall for elk and just couldn’t seem to put anything together.  The days and miles sucked into my Crew Cab were running together.  Being tired was only part of it,  physiologically I was waning because of the old saying I stand by, “what you put in is what you get out!”  Well, I knew that I had put in a ton but was definitely not getting anything out.  I couldn’t find a nice bull no matter how far I hiked or long … READ MORE >

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Close Doesn’t Count!


The Author watches as the first sunlight reaches the high country. Photo by Tyler Johnerson

Well, I can’t say I didn’t have my chances.  I hiked into a completely new area and spent a total of 2 days scouring for elk.  I saw 18 different bulls with only 2 being shooters.  I had an opportunity at a smaller 5 x 6 on the first evening but he wasn’t what I was after.  I had one of the shooters at full draw Wednesday morning at 50 yards before he winded me and wheeled out not giving me any shot.  Pushing on I relocated the herd bull, four satellites and 18 cows. They were 2 basins away and this was the last morning of my fall archery hunting season.

It was freezing cold throughout the night and into the next morning.  Above treeline, the wind was brutal….. but that is where the elk were.  I waited about an hour for my opportunity to develop.  Laying there freezing for about 30 minutes in one spot, I let at least 10 cows and three of the five bulls leak by me at 10 to 50 yards away. I was perched in the cliffs in … READ MORE >

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