Update October 2016 Hunting
Yes I know its been awhile but for all who have emailed and asked, Yes I am fine.
Hunting season went very well, with 2 young bull Elk shot within 50 yards of us on day #2 of our September hunt.
As usual, the first day was devoted to scouting and locating the animals. Not usual were the numbers of Deer we saw.
Literally herds of 40-50 Mule deer where I usually see 1 or 2 in the season.
The typical strategy for a public land hunt was the same.
Check the high spots with roads surrounding them ,and let the road hunters keep the animals located in easy to hunt spots.
I have shared this technique here on this site as well as more than a few others. People consistently stay in their trucks.
Sometimes they get lucky but mostly they go home with an empty gas tank, cooler and freezer at the end of their season.
A shame because public land hunts can be the best for the hunter who is willing to get out and look around.
We found these 2 on the second day of the hunt, they were traveling to the hunt area boundary and we were sitting watching a hillside when they showed up.
Again they were avoiding road hunters and never identified us as a threat. Shot within 50 yards of each other.
While they were being dressed out, skinned and loaded into the truck at least 4 Elk in one group, and a number later ( too dark to see for sure) stopped to look at us. No fear at all, and I believe it is because we were off the roads and not behaving in the same manner of the road hunting crew.
We drug one up to the other with the truck, so we could work on them both using the lights we installed in the new rear bumper on the truck.
These were awesome, but I need to wire a switch because they are rigged into the reverse light circuit and I’m not a fan of having the truck in gear to keep the lights on.
It was 80 degrees when we shot these Elk at 430 in the afternoon. We skinned them on the spot to get them cooled off as fast as we could, loaded them after cutting each in half at the second rib so we didn’t damage the tenderloins and then ran for the gate to check out. We got back to where we were staying at 1130 PM.
This hunt was a Disabled Veteran hunt with myself and partner loading Elk in a truck.
A lift kit in the truck was great driving, not so great when my shoulders and back gave out after dressing and skinning. Not to mention him having 1 leg balancing trying to load pieces of Elk in the dark.
Too much fun but we both have freezers full today.
I cant stress the importance of learning to locate animals quickly, and effectively shoot under stress in short windows of time.
More posts are coming about the Rifles and shooting. Stay with me here, Ive been busy this fall doing instead of writing. I know, it doesn’t help you but I’m catching up
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Update October 2016 Hunting