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Elk Hunt Trail Diary: Day 13

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We slept in. The thermostat said 35-degrees in the cargo trailer and 33-degrees in the tent. Burrrrrrrr!

At 6am, our neighbor Mr. Hoot Owl was hooting up a storm. By 7am, the camp robbers (the jays we had been feeding for two weeks) were dancing all around the top of the cargo trailer. They were hungry and wanted breakfast.

We fed the jays meal-worms and left over breakfast.

I start their day with a plate full of meal-worms and then add to it based on what we don't finish from breakfast or last night's leftovers. They are spoiled!

Elk Hunt Trail Diary: Day 12

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Our last great hunt of the season. We know where they are but nobody will go in with us. The area is huge. Gary knows the area but one of the courses we need to take is "uncharted territory" as he stated. We told a few if the other hunters what our plan of attack was and they basically told us "good luck" because of the vast area and thick reprod.

Our last great hunt of the season.

Elk Hunt Trail Diary: Day 11

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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

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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

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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.

Elk Hunt Trail Diary: The Weekend

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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!!

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