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Elk Hunt Trail Diary: Day 11

Roberta Kellis's picture

Really cold night last night. Woke up to 37°. By dawn it dropped to 34°. The frost on the ground is thick. It's so cold that the steel of my rifle is like ice on my fingers.

I dropped Gary off on an old road parallel to the areas we are hunting. The last fresh sign was way above and over. We are making sure that they didn't get pushed this way by all of the action on the other side.

Nothing. The only thing that has been here since it rained was a deer, a coyote, and another hunter.

Elk Hunt Trail Diary: Day 10

Roberta Kellis's picture

Another cold, foggy, wet morning. Starting off by staging a truck at our exit point and then checking the roads.

Staging a truck at our exit point.

Our first hunt took us back to yesterday's area only this time we will approach from the upper end, not the lower end.

Our first hunt took us back to yesterday's area.

Elk Hunt Trail Diary: Day 9

Roberta Kellis's picture

Day three of yet another excellent wet morning. Not much fog to speak of. We are going into the place where Gary walked for 2 hours and found the fresh tracks that had just been made. The elk we are looking for has been living in this area for more than one year. He has old beds, new beds, old rubs, new rubs all strewn about the area.

We are going into the place where Gary walked for 2 hours and found the fresh tracks that had just been made.

3 Important Tips for Practicing Your Aim

Jeremiah Doughty's picture

I cannot tell you how many times I have headed out into the field with a friend, new hunter or family member and I hear, “I really wish I could have spent more time practicing shooting first, before the hunt.

Elk Hunt Trail Diary: The Weekend

Roberta Kellis's picture

Elk are tucked away as far as we know, so we came back to camp to eat lunch and do some chores before the rain starts. Wood is chopped, solar panel charging our equipment, ropes and tarp hung over the meat pole, new latrine dug, showers felt great, lanterns filled, snacks for tomorrow in the trucks, coffee pot filled and ready for opening day. I think we are ready. Hopefully the elk don't stir too much tonight. Isn't our camp setup fantastic?! My honey is prepared for anything. He's the man!!

Elk Hunt Trail Diary: Day 6

Roberta Kellis's picture

Here is a beautiful snow lake that is just a mud hole now. We glass it (with binoculars) every time we drive by looking to see if a herd has been through it or not. Last time I saw fresh sign moving through it was Monday. 

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