Our annual elk hunt, abbreviated as it was by some sudden travel plans, ended with an empty sack. Note that I do not say “ended sadly,” as any time spent in the great Western outdoors is never cause for anything but happiness.
We had one good shot at filling one of our cow elk tags. Near the spot shown above, loyal sidekick Rat heard an elk mew softly in the timber. We split up and stalked into the pines in a pincer movement towards the patch of pines where the sound came from.
As we moved in, through the heavy dark timber I saw a pair of elk legs moving slowly upslope. I moved up to a large pine, found an opening in the trees, and braced against the tree to place Thunder Speaker’s scope on the opening. I saw an orange elk butt moving towards the opening from the left at a range of about fifty yards; then I saw in the scope a bit of elk neck, then an ear, then the head…
…then an antler. It was a young raghorn bull, and we had cow tags. Oh well.
Anyway, it was a highly enjoyable week. Photos follow.