Been a busy month with hunting. My deer hunt got pushed back to accommodate a buddy coming with me. That meant I had time for elk so I went for 3 days in early November. Hiked for 3 days, 6.5 miles, 5.5 miles and then 2 on the 3rd day. Saw lots of sign, but only 1 bull elk.
My buddy got a new job and couldnt go on this trip. That led to some discussion in the household as i would be going on a hunt by myself. Wife's a little protective of me and I almost didn't go. I was supposed to go on a flight to scout the area, but some things got in the way. I ended up heading out Wednesday night. It rained all the way there and all night.
Thursday I drove about 100 miles of dirt roads to scout the area and located a few spots I wanted to explore more. Only saw 3 deer. Probably saw 1 buck hiding in the brush but didn't realize it at the time.
Rained and snowed last night. Got up a little late and drove the 45 minutes to the spot I wanted to try. On my way up the hill I glassed the draws I located a buck and doe and stalked on them. Got winded or seen and they took off. Back to the truck and continued up the hill, glassing the draws as I went up. Located some does so I drove past and out of site. Hiked over to a glassing point and then on the way to the next one I realized I forgot my rifle back at the truck. Grr. Hiked back up and then went back to my path. Saw the does again so I diverted my path around the side to stay hidden.
Walked and crawled over the next hill until I saw them. It took a while, but I located 4 does and then the buck. After I spotted the buck I realized I saw a hidden buck the day before. He was bedded while two does were bedded and two ate. I layed in the snow for about an hour watching the buck. Then a doe got up, then the other. A few minutes later the buck got up. He was moving out. Darn it. He paused for a second and I squeezed of a shot. He went down and the does took off. Went down where he was and started the process of quartering him out.
Only my second buck, but quite a bit bigger than last year's. 4 points on each side plus brow tines. Trying to decide what to do with the skull and antlers.
Took 3 trips to get him out.