2022 is GO!!!
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From: WYOelker
01-Sep-22

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A sleep at first light. Dang kids these days!
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A sleep at first light. Dang kids these days!
Well it is off… 2022 hunting is here and already going at a fast pace…

This year I have a decent lope tag here in WY, however it is more of a migration tag and the numbers in late October will be 3-4 times animals.

Along with that I have a general bear tag, general elk tag, and general deer….

The most exciting part is my son is finally old enough to hunt here in WY. We have hunted rofle MT deer last 2 years on the mentor tags with awesome luck. But he shot all summer. Is 12 years old pulling just over 50 pounds. He has shot a lot and is currently shooting well enough to shoot out to 30 yards…

He and I have been chasing lopes last 2 weekends with lots of lopes, but only 2 I want to peruse. My attempts to pursue each have been a joke…

My son will be chasing elk, deer and bears.

We will be joined by a buddy from Iowa later this month who will Be hunting elk and my Wife is tagging along for elk and deer as well…

With all that being said…

One of the best parts of early lope hunting is the ability to sleep under the stars. The first 2 weekends we checked the weather and luckily we were Clear to sleep out under the stars.

This system Works great as you can be super mobile, hunt until dark and camp exactly where you want to start in the am… this allows glassing while some may not be so fast to get up…

From: WYOelker
01-Sep-22

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This old buck has my sons name all over it.
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This old buck has my sons name all over it.
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Another good buck. A little Younger but solid buck…
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Another good buck. A little Younger but solid buck…
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One more on the hot list…
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One more on the hot list…
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One last target buck… This one we don’t have a pattern in but we know where he is…
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One last target buck… This one we don’t have a pattern in but we know where he is…
We also have done some Scouting. Found a few target bucks…

From: WYOelker
01-Sep-22

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Bears sick and we have been provoked into war!!
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Bears sick and we have been provoked into war!!
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My son learned that when you “try on boots” you try on both. Opening day he was in tennis shoes as both were right feet boots…
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My son learned that when you “try on boots” you try on both. Opening day he was in tennis shoes as both were right feet boots…
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Also had to relearn, always close the gate from the same side as the truck, especially on tight gates..
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Also had to relearn, always close the gate from the same side as the truck, especially on tight gates..
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Archery mid day naps are amazing… Even bouncing around in the truck..
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Archery mid day naps are amazing… Even bouncing around in the truck..
We have also learned a few lessons…

From: WYOelker
01-Sep-22

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The ID 10 T Error. stuck the ram in the sand dunes… away wrong vehicle for sand… 3 hours and we were free…
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The ID 10 T Error. stuck the ram in the sand dunes… away wrong vehicle for sand… 3 hours and we were free…
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Hymm not the best site. Off road race. Some guys were racing over 100 miles on this… Of course right through my unit…
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Hymm not the best site. Off road race. Some guys were racing over 100 miles on this… Of course right through my unit…
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Always prefer to not see and buzz worms…
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Always prefer to not see and buzz worms…
A few things to not like…the ugly!!!

From: WYOelker
01-Sep-22
Tomorrow night we head out for opening g weekend. Here goes nothing. We have lots of tags to fill.

01-Sep-22
Good luck! Thanks for taking us along!

From: midwest
01-Sep-22
Best of luck to you and your son! Thanks for passing it on.

01-Sep-22
OMG! I forgot to pack the "farm jack"! Thanks for the reminder WYOelker

From: Pyrannah
01-Sep-22
wow looks really fun, very jealous

enjoy

01-Sep-22
Oh to be young again! Good luck!!

From: ki-ke
01-Sep-22
Your boy is in for quite the adventure! Hope you guys have a spectacular season!! Following g closely

From: Scoot
01-Sep-22
Awesome thread! Good luck to you and your son! I hope you both have a safe fun time together and build some wonderful memories.

01-Sep-22
Awesome.

From: t-roy
01-Sep-22
Gonna be an epic adventure for both of you! Loving this so far. Good luck to both you and your son! Keep it coming!

From: WYOelker
01-Sep-22
The farm jack/hi lift is never taken from my truck. Been one of the most important items I have… Along with a solid shovel, saw and polaski.

From: Grey Ghost
01-Sep-22
A lot of 4x4 guys frown on the high lift jacks. They think they are dangerous. I use mine all the time, and have never had a problem.

This is shaping up to be an amazing hunt and thread. Keep it rolling!!

Matt

From: stringgunner
01-Sep-22
Nice read so far. Excited to hear how this one plays out. My oldest is 13 and finally hunting elk with his bow. Pulling the 50 lbs was a bit of work. Like your son, he is solid to 30 yards. Next week, we have a 9 day elk hunt planned. Should be an awesome time.

From: maxracx
01-Sep-22
Good luck on all your adventures!!!

From: WYOelker
01-Sep-22
Grey Ghost… Inhave wheeled all Over and used that jack for 20 plus years… They can get sketchy, but you just have to go slow, think things through and pay attention. Never had anything dangerous happen, but definitely have some sketchy situations…

I think guys hear stories, then they struggle to understand the physics, and fail to practice with the jacks…

I have made my son use the jack at home for practice several times…

They are a great tool that is used properly can really save your butt…

This was about the sketchiest time I had used it, the sand was unstable and even with the drop hitch as my lift, I had to lift the back end above my waist. On the front it was everything I could push to lift the diff wheel a couple inches. But it got done and I never felt in danger!!

01-Sep-22
Looking forward to this one good luck fellas!

01-Sep-22
Good luck!

From: keepemsharp
01-Sep-22
The high lift jacks are wonderful but can take some care, real jaw breakers.

From: drycreek
01-Sep-22
You need to buy a lotto ticket….or two. With that many tags and your son to hunt with you you got to be one lucky son-of-a-gun ! Or maybe just a good Dad !

From: APauls
02-Sep-22
Very cool. Farm jack is a staple around here!!

From: Scrappy
02-Sep-22
I used to be from Iowa and I have a gen tag, am I the fellow your waiting to guide into the wilderness. Ok just kidding kinda.

Ya have an awesome time and thanks for bringing us along.

From: Bowbender
02-Sep-22
I'm on TacomaWorld a good bit and hi-lifts seem to be a standard staple in the off-road group. I know mine's always in the bed.

Looking to be a great thread!

From: WYOelker
03-Sep-22

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Dang rocks…
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Dang rocks…
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Sneaking into position…
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Sneaking into position…
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Picture of the smaller of the 2 big bucks. Again we’ll within my kill range but my bow was in the truck.
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Picture of the smaller of the 2 big bucks. Again we’ll within my kill range but my bow was in the truck.
Well our first day was a blast, and a beating!!!

We left home around 6:00 pm on Thursday after William got done with football practice… Had camp set up around 10:30 and in bed by 11…

Next morning we get up around 4:30 and head out looking for deer in the desert…

After several hours glassing we turn up exactly zero deer. It is hot by 10:30 am into the upper 70s low 80s… We decide to go check one more “Honey Hole” before driving an hour back to camp.

Again lots of glassing and no luck. We head to one last well pad to turn around and head out… 50 yards from the well pad I look off the road and into a little hole… There I see 2 bucks… A little fork horn and a spike.

Going to not here, all summer Will has been holding out for a big one. But the second he glassed the fork horn, holding out went bye bye and instantly he said I would shoot that buck…

Well the wind direction was wrong for an approach and they were both already alert etc. so I decided we would drive past the bucks and onto the pad. There we got out and made a big circle looking for tiger deer with the wind in our face.

All the while watching the area where the little buck had been.

When we got done with the circle we never saw the bucks leave. I figured that since it had been 45 minutes nearly and hour that the bucks might have settled in and bedded in the hole… So another circle to get the wind right and snuck in the area where they had been.

I was leading and without my bow, my son was hot on my tail and my wife bringing up the rear.

We cut into a small wash and slowly made our way around.

Being tall at times has an advantage. I can see just over sand dunes sooner… Sneaking up a little dune and I catch a glimpse of velvet covered antler tips in the sage just ahead. I hit the sand and crawl up. Having my son stay about 10 yard back until I can sort out what we have and options for a shot.

The velvet buck it at 40 yards and feeing away but right under in taller sage is the 2 point. He is at 20 yard but all I can see is the buck raking the brush.

I have my son slip up to me… As he does the velvet 4x4 turn around and heads back toward us. I whisper to Will to hurry and nock and arrow.

He does just as the buck catches movement… the stalemate begins. The buck can easily see me, can see Will and likely can see My wife.

He starts to circle and work towards our wind. He gives lots of shot opportunity but is at 40 yards and Will is only allowed to shoot 30…. Soon the fork horn and the little spike are alert as well and working towards our wind.

The wind swirls and the velvet buck takes. Flight pulling the little buck with them.

As they flee we sit and let ‘em go… They go about 150 yards out onto the skyline and watch us. I shift around, Will puts his arrow away and Melissa comes up and sits down.

We were talking about how cool it was. I was sitting looking west and Will and Melissa south. I spot 2 little fawns take off our in the sage 300 yards away. I say more fawns, both Melissa and Will get bugged eye and say don’t move there is another buck… This one was bigger and a great archery buck. I sat for ever not even able to turn around and look.

The buck has us pegged but we all sit still… He begins to circle, 60 yards, then to 50 yards then to 40 yards… I left my bow in the truck, had I been packing I could have easily got the shot. He kept looking was nervous but would look back then up to where the other bucks were on the skyline etc. eventually he spooks and runs off to the south. Melissa had nicked and arrow as he was about to enter a lane for her to shoot 40 yards. Again just out of wills range.

We laugh and are talking about how close that was when another buck shows up from the exact same location as the last one. And starts to do the same thing… Still always put, the first bigger buck that has just spooked came back on the the little ridge above us. At 36 yards and just before he gave a good shot he spoils again.

As he spoils the “new” bigger buck circles in. After what seemed forever my wife drew her bow and settled in for the shot. The buck locked up and was in high alert. He snorted right as she shot and the buck jumped the string the arrow would have been perfect buck the buck spun and the arrows just missed. A split second slower and that buck was done…

It was a pretty epic end to the morning hunt. How we got 3 people into range of what ended up to be 5 bucks. Nearly killing 2.

On the way back to camp we have a tire go flat. The desert oil and gas roads are hard on tires for sure. The rock did not look that bad but regardless we had to stop the hunt and camp and go for a repair. Swung into the little town. Found a station that fixes flats took the tire off and the rock had created a bid rip. Too big to repair.

Luckily the guy had one tire the right size that was used. $50 to mount and balance and we ended up having a spare again. Going to get new tire this week I suppose.

From: WYOelker
03-Sep-22

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The grass this year is in great shape…
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The grass this year is in great shape…

From: WYOelker
03-Sep-22

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The grass this year is in great shape…
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The grass this year is in great shape…
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Good spirits on the way in about 2 miles in…
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Good spirits on the way in about 2 miles in…
Since we were stuck in town we grabbed a bite to eat and headed a different direction for the evening. When we pulled up to the parking area a person was just ahead of us heading in.

It was apparent they were headed to a specific spot, the same spot we were wanting…

So we opted for a different direction.

It was hot, 85 degrees, at 4:00.

We haul butt… Get up into a little canyon with water that was a good hard hike… As we get into the canyon we meet a grumpy guy coming out. Said it had been quiet all day. Not very friendly. We went ahead with our plan as he was heading out.

We made a loop up into the water and no sign… but we did have a distraction with a few grouse. Will shot just high…

By this time we were 3.3 miles in and the sun was setting.

So we decide to head back out and hunt the tree edges. As we head out, we look across the sage flat to a hill and spot elk in the sun. We count 13 cows in one group 5 in another and one decent 5x5 bull.

We bugle with the bull and cow call, but wind and time were not on our side. Watching the bull it was obvious he was not fired up but vocal.

As we watched and called a cow showed up behind us and had 2 spikes following her..

We get ready and the cow goes below us. Before the spikes come in the cow gets our wind. Another knocked arrow and a very close chance…

By the time we make the 3 miles back to the truck we are beat and it is 9:00

Melissa was not able to join us, ever since she had covid she gets migraines and the heat and work earlier kept her in the truck sleeping and relaxing…

It was a pretty good day. However the 6 miles did William in…

The second morning neither Melissa or Will got up. I made a loop by camp and did not see much. It is time to pack up for the 2nd evening…

From: WYOelker
04-Sep-22

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Our resting spot after our 3 mile death hike… it’s a good thing that trophy husbands are not based on head gear!!!
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Our resting spot after our 3 mile death hike… it’s a good thing that trophy husbands are not based on head gear!!!
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Not a bad view… Just wish it had elk!!!
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Not a bad view… Just wish it had elk!!!
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Wish we had a little cover for set up. Luckily the elk were looking right into the sun…
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Wish we had a little cover for set up. Luckily the elk were looking right into the sun…
Saturday night we leave camp early get up to a walkin area and find 1 truck there already, we get our gear out and a second truck shows up.

Talk with second truck find out he is on a pond in a tree stand. He says the other truck is also a guy in a tree stand. With that knowledge we decided to put our head down and hike in to the area past everyone else. At 3 miles in we sit watching a valley and 2 ponds. As we near 6 we get to shuffle around and try some calling. We call in one cow right between my wife and son. No shot. She spins and heads out. No bugles, no other elk just a lone cow.

It was a great evening and when all was said and done 6.5 mile hike…

Sunday morning we get up early and head into an area with a crap ton of roads.

Area is marginal at best for elk but has deer. On the way in we see a couple bucks in the headlights. Before the sun peaks out we start working a little loop. About 20 minutes in we spot 3 spikes about 100 yards out. They were bumped from below by a truck, and were initially moving away. We are pretty open so I have Will drop down and get set up. Not anywhere for him to really go. I scramble back to my wife who was bringing up the rear and have her drop with me just off the edge behind us.

I can just see the antler tops of the biggest spike from where I start, William was right in line between us. Hit the call and the one I saw turned and was coming. I drop back in the hole a touch more and call. Will knocks an arrow and sits in suspense. The bulls circle down wind of him as they come in and I am watching. I can’t see the bulls but I can tell what is happening by the way he is shifting. He acts like he is going to draw a couple times but hesitates. They spent a good chunk of time at 30 yards and at 1 point were as close to him as 23… when they circled they ended up18 yards from Where I had my wife posted. But she never got her bow out of the sling. By this time they were past Will to us and any second going to hit the wind. I look at her and say get ready. They are right there, she gets angry at me and says I don’t have my quiver…

Then the elk hit the wind and head out. Another close call. My son was trying to time his draw when all 3 were looking away but never got it. He and I talked that he was right to try and time it, but when they are going to hit your wind it is better to draw and try for a shot then to just let them wind you.

Especially with younger animals, they may just freeze when you draw or on gets excited but the 2 might stand and be dumb…

04-Sep-22
Good times ! Unless you don’t have your arrows with! I’ve done that with my release... ugh! Now I make sure there is a spare in my pack LOL It’s been great following along...next stop bloody arrows! Good luck

From: WYOelker
06-Sep-22

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Taking it apart… trying to find the issue…
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Taking it apart… trying to find the issue…
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That’s not good… But what caused it? Answer: bent caliper pin seized the caliper and ate it up….
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That’s not good… But what caused it? Answer: bent caliper pin seized the caliper and ate it up….
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Monday morning was super slow… So we went and explored and did some sight seeing. Thomas Edison was known to Fly Fish this lake in the 1800s…
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Monday morning was super slow… So we went and explored and did some sight seeing. Thomas Edison was known to Fly Fish this lake in the 1800s…
After the 3 spike encounter we glass a few spots but by 8:30 all the animals had disappeared and were bedded. On the way back to camp I send my wife and son into some still hunt situations. They worked 2 sections of crunch. One section held 13 deer including a few bucks. My son actually got to full draw on a fork… But never got a clear view of the vitals. My wife was wishing 30 yards of a 3x3 but never got a clear shot.

The second set of cover my son went solo while we sat and watched from the truck. He got into a mother small buck, no shot. He was walking towards the truck, he stopped for a second then he turned inside out trying to leave the area. I laughed as I knew he had ran into a rattler.

He came back told a story about how he was standing there glassing, and then suddenly near his frat he heard the buzz looked down and the snake was only a couple feet away and huge… I laugh as I know that they are always bigger and closer when they startle you… Well I ended up having the same issue later that evening…

Earlier in the week my dad had called and we made plans for him to meet us at camp for lunch… so we headed back to make lunch. As we did I could hear/feel my rear brake dragging a bit. It sounded like metal on metal wear… not good… So we hit camp and I park the truck to where the awning would cover the rear wheel… My dad arrives just was we pull the tire off. It is obvious that something was not right. The outer pad hat 80% of pad left. The inner pad was metal on metal… I take the clipper off and start trying to figure out why…

Inspection I found that one of the retaining clips/guides had broke? But was missing and I found one little piece that was left but chewed up… This caused the pad to angle, the uneven wear bent the caliper pin, which prevented the caliper from releasing and ever time I hit the brakes it ate up the pad…

So a quick call into Craig and we confirmed Orielly had tue parts I needed… We are a pork chop salad and Mac and cheese before driving to Craig and back…

After the trip I had the truck back together and better than new in about 40 minutes… my dad headed home. It was a good visit in the truck to grab the parts…

That evening we headed up to another spot. We found a ton of deer including 7 bucks. My son tried a couple different stalls with no luck. We bumped a spike bull and then a group of cow elk. But no real action. As the sunset we watching a spike and a rag horn, neither one cares for our cow calls…

Monday morning we got to a super glassing spot at first light. We spotted several groups of cow elk, none with a bull. We saw 5-6 bulls all solo. Eating and very lazy. No deer out at all. By the time the sun was up everything had moved into trees. No bugles, no cow calls, nothing. So Monday morning we drove around explored new roads and new areas. Despite no real hunting it was very successful in adding new areas to hunt and finding easier roads to connect areas etc…

From: WYOelker
06-Sep-22
It was a fun opening weekend with lots of action. Broken vehicles, flat tires, near misses with rattle snakes, good food, generator problem, and more…

From: WYOelker
12-Sep-22

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30+ degree drop in temp had us excited. But it was not the Magic we needed…
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30+ degree drop in temp had us excited. But it was not the Magic we needed…
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We covered about 3 miles and only found a little elk sign and a couple mule deer doe…
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We covered about 3 miles and only found a little elk sign and a couple mule deer doe…
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The old growth wind twisted snags are amazing in the area. Especially ominous in the fog…
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The old growth wind twisted snags are amazing in the area. Especially ominous in the fog…
This weekend went by way too fast… Friday we had a cold front. Temps dropped a bunch. After school we loaded up and hit a spot above the house. In the fog and as the temp dipped just enough to switch over from rain to snow… it was a fun time to be in the woods, but no elk. Only a few mule deer doe/fawn… The local general unit is really hard with tons of roads and people…

From: WYOelker
12-Sep-22

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Gaining elevation… Bit hazy out!
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Gaining elevation… Bit hazy out!
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Spirits were high despite our death March up…
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Spirits were high despite our death March up…
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I am not sure they would taste very good but there were a ton of these caterpillars around. This year we also have thousands of funnel spiders…
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I am not sure they would taste very good but there were a ton of these caterpillars around. This year we also have thousands of funnel spiders…
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Total distance was right around 4 miles with 1000 elevation gain… Not bad for a 12 year old packing a bow, water, pack and survival kit…
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Total distance was right around 4 miles with 1000 elevation gain… Not bad for a 12 year old packing a bow, water, pack and survival kit…
Saturday we have a football game early morning. The game ended with a win for William and a lot of learning lessons…. After the game William was present with 2 options…

1. Hunt above the house and try some new areas

2. Drive 3 hours to our usually stomping grounds

(both my wallet and body were hoping for option 1)

3 hours across the state around 4 we pull up to a hunting area we have wanted to try… There are 2 big camps where we park, but we have no idea where the hunters had went. So we decide to head up… Hoping to out climb the others and find some elk. At 4:15 we are on the trail. We arrive back at the truck around 8:45. On our trek we find a bear track to follow up a trail. We both have bear tags. About 20 yards into an alder/willow bottom we jump a grouse and both of us turn inside out…

Near the top of our hike we start seeing significant elk sign tracks etc. we slow our roll a bit and just before we top out we end up in the middle of a small herd with a bull in the trees bugling. We get one cow to break cover at 28 yards. Despite our attempts the other cows and bull do not break cover until the wind swirls and they break is hard in the wrong direction.

We wrap around up high after and as the sun sets we are working 2 distant bugles but neither came in, we did end up with another cow in range but she was flying solo. After dark we hustled down the hill about as fast as my knees could handle…

From: WYOelker
12-Sep-22
Saturday night we scarfed down a couple sandwiches… I took some ibuprofen and a Benadryl. We slept in the back of the truck…

At first light we go to a great glassing location and a great chance to hear bugles. Nothing exciting. We see 5 cows without a bull at all. 3 bulls running solo feeding and not acting rutty. We did see a bachelor group of mule deer bucks with a solid 4x4 and a cool 3x3, but the fed and bedded in an impossible spot to stalk.

So after that we headed to explore some new areas. Found a spot and made another 3 mile loop. Bear tracks, several mule deer doe, and no elk, no calls nothing…

We have a Peak Chicken Penne for lunch. Very good, along with some salad and chocolate milk. Then it is nap time for me…

For the evening hunt we are going to run and gun from the truck. We start to see the deer up and feeding by 4. We look over several and the only bucks early we see are on private. Around 4:30 we pull onto our preferred ridge…

Immediately we spot a bull across the canyon. Awesome e is solo on the hillside. Feeding and taking a second to rake a tree. We move into position with a decent wind. Let out a cow call he turns looks out way then eats some more… a couple more cow calls and whimsy bugle. The bull decides to bed… Crap!

So then we go to our next spot, go 80 yards over the edge from the truck and call. We spot some deer but no elk….

So we jump to the next spot and call off both sides of the ridge. See a lone elk in our last canyon, but it is a lone bull and feeding. Not even looking at us or our calls…

We go again and find a few deer no elk. We jump into the truck trying to hustle to beat the sun set. Right as the sun sets we look into the next canyon to call and 300 yards from the truck is a good 6x6 bull, 3 rag horn bulls and 5 cows. We drive past out of sight. Work out way back. The 6x6 is gone. The rag horns are hanging with the cows and no response at all to calls. No talking, nothing. Even the rag horns just feed… At dark we hope in the truck to make the 3 hour drive home…

From: WYOelker
12-Sep-22

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Our Sunday morning g area was lousy with balsam root arrow leaf… It was dry and super noisy.
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Our Sunday morning g area was lousy with balsam root arrow leaf… It was dry and super noisy.
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Cooking lunch on the tailgate… Peak Chicken Penne is decent!
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Cooking lunch on the tailgate… Peak Chicken Penne is decent!

From: Jasper
12-Sep-22
Best of luck making memories with your son!!!

From: Inshart
12-Sep-22
Completely enjoying this thread, keep it coming.

From: t-roy
12-Sep-22
Loving this thread, as well! It’s gonna happen any day! Keep after em!

From: Buffalo1
12-Sep-22
keep it rolling !!

From: WYOelker
19-Sep-22

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Great area… Just no elk. Did find a bear track in creek and tried hunting it.. no luck
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Great area… Just no elk. Did find a bear track in creek and tried hunting it.. no luck
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God makes some cool legos
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God makes some cool legos
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Even hiking up a steep ledge into a hell hole no elk
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Even hiking up a steep ledge into a hell hole no elk
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The Forrest is awesome for hiking. Thick but not too thick…
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The Forrest is awesome for hiking. Thick but not too thick…
So this week I went solo above the house on both Wednesday and Friday. 2 different areas that were hard to access no one else had been in… Over 7 miles total and only cut 1 elk track. Luckily the ground is awesome and full of great views and more…

From: WYOelker
19-Sep-22

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We heard a bugle off this edge in the bottom… Uggh!!
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We heard a bugle off this edge in the bottom… Uggh!!
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We found a way off the ledge it was way steep!!!
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We found a way off the ledge it was way steep!!!
Saturday we had a football game and the 6 hour drive time for the game and the game ate up most of the day. We did get a chance to sight in rifles for rifle season as it is fast approaching…

On Sunday William and I loaded into the jeep and were out of the house before 5. We drove up a super rough road hoping the road would serve as a barrier to other hunters. As first light hot we stopped and listened. One bugle sounded off well us we gave chase with no luck. Never seen or heard the elk again.

From: WYOelker
19-Sep-22

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No yogi home…
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No yogi home…
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Neat cave to explore
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Neat cave to explore
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We ended up making a 3.5 mile loop called in another hunter before nap time
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We ended up making a 3.5 mile loop called in another hunter before nap time
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We had a little lunch and headed to a new area… Mountain House Spaghetti
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We had a little lunch and headed to a new area… Mountain House Spaghetti
After chasing elk way down off the edge. We decided to go high…

From: nchunter
19-Sep-22
Great tracking of your adventure. Its awesome that your son is with you to share this time with. You live in one heck of a beautiful area.

From: WYOelker
19-Sep-22

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Doesn’t look like much but the dang jeep goes about anywhere and does it with a certain style…
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Doesn’t look like much but the dang jeep goes about anywhere and does it with a certain style…
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Did I mention that road was rough and rocky…
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Did I mention that road was rough and rocky…
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The long beat the crap out of you road had a heck of view on top…
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The long beat the crap out of you road had a heck of view on top…
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It was super windy on top so we came back down to hunt.
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It was super windy on top so we came back down to hunt.
We decided to drive to a new location after lunch. I bought my jeep in 1994. It was my first vehicle. Still going on adventures every year.

From: WYOelker
19-Sep-22

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Pretty happy with his first grouse. That evening we drove out without any other excitement just a long 2 hours getting beat in the jeep…
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Pretty happy with his first grouse. That evening we drove out without any other excitement just a long 2 hours getting beat in the jeep…
On the way back down William Spots a couple grouse. He has been trying for 3 years to get a grouse with his bow… never got a shot. He finally got his shot.

He shot 20 yards and nailed the grouse. As it was flopping I told him to hurry and grab it before it flies… he hesitates and watches in heartbreak as the bird jump up and take flight with his arrow in tow. The bird flies up out of the trees and out of sight…

Crap!

We start a search, and go a 100 yards maybe more in the direction the bird left. Can’t find the arrow can’t find the bird.

We circle back to the jeep and have a chat. We jump in the jeep and head back down the road. We are chatting see a doe and a fawn, then just over a 1/2 mile from the shot my son says stop I see my arrow. I stop (only was going like 2 mph) and my son jump out. As he does the arrow goes bouncing through the brush…

Quick grab the bow… He makes a move and gets a second shot off. Dead bird.

Who would have ever guessed that bird would fly over a 1/2 mile and land less than 10 yards from the road. Then my son actually spotted it and recovered the arrow and bird…

20-Sep-22
Awesome memories made with your son. Thanks for the updates, good luck on the next episode!

From: APauls
20-Sep-22
lol what an insane story on that bird!!! You guys will remember that forever! Super duper. Keep it coming.

From: Inshart
23-Sep-22
Brought a smile to my face - making memories for sure! Great post, keep it coming.

From: WYOelker
24-Sep-22

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Not many deer in here but the rocks are fun to explore and play on…
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Not many deer in here but the rocks are fun to explore and play on…
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The big buck stopped and took a crap between the tree and the truck!!! Jerk!
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The big buck stopped and took a crap between the tree and the truck!!! Jerk!
So “MY” Hunt kind of states this week. I have the next 2 weeks off for fall break. My son unfortunately had to go to Cody for football games so he and mom headed north as I headed south… Got to camp late last night and found the rancher had moved a water truck and tank into my camp location. So I had to find a new location last night and finally found a spot just after midnight.

My buddy is coming from Iowa as I type he arrive today and will hunt the week with me. He has a NR general tag. I hope there is more action for him than what I have had…

This morning I went into a cool set of trees. At first light I left the truck and made it 80 yards before I bumped up a decent mule deer buck. I made a move on him in the trees. He made me look like a fool. Event taking the time to stop and crap 18 yards from my truck. Fresh tracks I followed for 2.5 hours before I lost where he went. I then made a couple 1.5 mile loops looking in all the needing areas I could find but only found a couple doe and fawns….

Dang it…

Tonight if we get time we will make a quick hunt by camp, then in the am on Sunday we will get serious about finding a. Elk or 2…

25-Sep-22
Bring it ! Good luck!

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