Elk Hunting Part 6

After the successful shot…The work begins!

Now I realize how far away I am and how fortunate to get not only a shot at this elk, but a clean kill. I reload my rifle (I am hunting alone, although several others are a few miles away and there are bear and mountain lions in the woods ), put the safety on and hike up to my reward. She is big…and really far from any trail or foreseeable route out of the forest. Oh well, might as well start field dressing anyway. I hang my orange coat on a high branch to signal where I am and soon Erik appears. He has heard me shoot and hiked over the ridge, locating my exact whereabouts by spotting my orange coat. When I get to the ridge, I have a weak cell, but enough to text Loren to join us too, preferably with the ATV. Continue reading

Elk Hunting Part 5

Third Day’s a Charm

 Hunting has been especially rewarding this year, sort of a tipping point in both my hunting aptitude and attitude. I have enjoyed it more than ever and have been slightly less goal oriented. Each morning, beginning the first day of my eight-day elk and deer season, I leave the house happy to be able to go for “an armed hike.” If I see an animal, if I can get a good shot and an elk or deer, it would make my day. If I do not get a shot, or even see animals, I will not be discouraged and think they have all left my area; I will simply enjoy the woods! Continue reading

Elk Hunting Part 4

A Sunday afternoon off from elk hunting.

 After two mornings of seeing elk, I am feeling good about the chances of successfully filling the freezer this week. Since I have a deer license also, and have been watching several large bucks all summer, I decide to go to a different area, just a few minutes by car from my home and see if they are still around. More wonderful neighbors have given me permission to hunt deer on their 160 acres, even when they are not home. Continue reading

Elk Hunting Part 3

Happy Ending to the morning

I am a real hunter! I am within 75 yards of three elk and they don’t know I am here! I can picture the freezer full of unadulterated meat, no antibiotics, no hormones, high omega-3 content, high protein, low fat and yummy! We make our own sausage, too and can have it as lean and spicy as we want and avoid the preservatives I am deathly allergic to. Continue reading

Elk Hunting Part 2

Real Hunting

 Last week I told you about my style of hunting, minimalist and solitary. Today I will recount the first hours of the first day of my elk and deer season, October, 2012.

Quietly and on high alert, I cross the meadow west of my house. Erik  is going northeast, planning to climb a hill and drop down to the pond about a forty-minute walk away. If we do not see animals, we will probably meet up on the trail home within a few hours.  Continue reading