|Bull Elk I was going after!|
As I mentioned in my last post, I was a little nervous to be hiking into our elk hunting area in the dark due to our recent sign of grizzly bears and wolves. I felt confident that we would be safe, but we all packed our bear spray and our pistols just in case. We ourselves never encountered a bear or wolf, but it some out of state hunters a few ridges over weren't as lucky! Check out this article about some unlucky out of state hunters! http://www.islandparknews.com/atf.php?sid=12060
Our hunt was full of some good action right from the get go. We got to the spot we planned to get to and shortly after we made a few cow calls we heard a bull bugle back at us. From that point on we chased elk for the next few days. At times we would spot and stalk when other times we would sit by ponds and trails the elk frequented. I myself had to drive back and forth every day because I am a football coach at our local high school. I hunted in the mornings and afternoons, but then drove back in time for football practice.
One evening when I was coaching football my dad told me that he had shot a "spike" right before it got to dark, but said that he did not track it any further than the first sign of blood. He told me that he wasn't super sure he had made a good shot, and did not want to push the elk if his shot wasn't as good as he had hoped. We decided that the next morning Dustin and Rudy would take off after the elk they had encountered the day before while my dad and I tracked down his elk.
That morning he and I went to the first sign of blood and started tracking. While tracking I kept looking around in hopes of spotting another elk or maybe even the elk my dad had shot if it wasn't dead already. After tracking it for about 50 yards, I spotted a cat like creature jump up onto a fallen log. I was a bit confused about what this animal was until it walked out into a clearing and this is what I saw.
|Crazy looking elk... looks more like a red stag...|
|Packin' it out!|
|Packin it out|