Sitka Mountain Gear
Wyoming Unit 38-9
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
codya 19-Dec-18
Brotsky 19-Dec-18
Trial153 19-Dec-18
bohuntr 19-Dec-18
c3 19-Dec-18
Bowfreak 19-Dec-18
midwest 19-Dec-18
Scoot 19-Dec-18
TXHunter 19-Dec-18
Sivart 19-Dec-18
Charlie Rehor 19-Dec-18
DEMO-Bowhunter 19-Dec-18
codya 19-Dec-18
Bowboy 19-Dec-18
glunker 19-Dec-18
Norseman 19-Dec-18
ElkNut1 19-Dec-18
Zim1 19-Dec-18
5575 21-Dec-18
BB 21-Dec-18
Scoot 21-Dec-18
Huntcell 21-Dec-18
t-roy 22-Dec-18
c3 22-Dec-18
Huntcell 22-Dec-18
codya 22-Dec-18
midwest 23-Dec-18
Rickm 23-Dec-18
BB 26-Dec-18
From: codya
19-Dec-18

codya's embedded Photo
A bull I killed a few years ago. Always better when dad is there to enjoy it with!
codya's embedded Photo
A bull I killed a few years ago. Always better when dad is there to enjoy it with!
Hoping to talk my pops and hunting partner into cashing in some points and going to the bighorns. As many of you know my dad (BB) has all but hung up his bow in favor of a camera but I hoping we can share once last elk camp together with tags in both our pockets. Jeff and I have both learned most hunting techniques and ideas from him and both would love to hunt elk in his home state one time with him.

We have the points to draw and I'm pretty sure he is onboard, although I'm not holding my breath for him to give up his elk photo trips in Colorado and the Tetons. Even if he doesn't pack his bow much or at all I hope to have him with us on one last good elk hunt!

Im hoping some of you that have hunted 38-9 in the past may share your thoughts and stories of the unit. Any info you may be willing to share would be a huge help in making the tough decision to cash in our points on what will most likely be a once in a lifetime hunt!

Thanks in advance and Merry Christmas!!!

Cody

From: Brotsky
19-Dec-18
I sure hope you guys get the chance to make this hunt happen Cody! If I had any valuable info I'd be happy to share it. Just wanted to post to let you know that myself and I'm sure many other Bowsiters would love to see this hunt come to fruition and hear the stories afterward. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

From: Trial153
19-Dec-18
I camped in 38 this year, and hunted 37 on type 9 tag. Shoot me a pm and I will be happy to help how I can

From: bohuntr
19-Dec-18
Hey Cody, I hope that you are able to get your dad convinced to do that hunt. I don’t know if you remember me but one of my friends and I had dinner with you and your dad in your toy hauler when you were hunting elk in Unit 61 in Colorado. I had a deer tag then. The same buddy, myself and another buddy hunted 38 in Wyoming a few years back. I will look to see if I have my old maps. I know that my buddy Tom kept a journal on that hunt with quite a bit of detail regarding where we hunted. I would be happy to share that info and my gps coordinates with you and your dad. We had a great hunt and I would love to go back there some day. I will look around for the info and send you a pm if you decide to apply. Let me know if you do. Your dad is just one of the best people I have had the pleasure to meet and I would love to help you guys.

From: c3
19-Dec-18
Curious on this one too. One of the three or four unit's I've been looking at.

Also curious how 38 compares to 39, 45 and 54 as far as they type of terrain and hunting.

Looking forward to seeing what you guys decide to do Cody !!!

Cheers, Pete

From: Bowfreak
19-Dec-18
Will be an awesome time Cody. I hope you can talk your dad into the hunt. He is one of the most selfless men I've ever met....plus he was shooting stuff with abow when most of us were still crapping yellow. :)

From: midwest
19-Dec-18
I wish I could help with that unit. I owe Bill for the Wyoming help he gave me.

Cody, you know darn well Bill won't put the camera down to shoot an elk! lol

Best of luck and looking forward to the pics and stories!

From: Scoot
19-Dec-18
Same deal here- I'm no help, but I wish you guys well and I hope you have a great trip! I hope your dad deflates one last elk!

From: TXHunter
19-Dec-18
My info is dated but I have hunted 38 three times - the last time probably 10 years ago.

It is beautiful country, very accessible in most places with roads throughout, but with several areas that are back in far enough to escape other hunters with a little effort.

The bulls are there and September is by far the best time to hunt them. They are not giant but expect to see bulls from 280-330. (Bigger ones are taken every year.)

I have somewhat kept up with the area and do not think things have changed much since I was there.

The Bighorns are beautiful, not as rough as the Rockies, and there are no wolves.

In short, IMO worth spending the points and pulling the tag.

From: Sivart
19-Dec-18
Good luck. Please share with us the photos after...… Great family...

19-Dec-18
Cody: I know your Dad pretty well and I think the odds are pretty good he’ll go on this hunt. After all, how many 400 inch elk does one need to photograph versus time with his son:) Good luck!

19-Dec-18
Sounds like it would be a great hunt!

From: codya
19-Dec-18

codya's embedded Photo
codya's embedded Photo
I want to thank everyone that has reached out and already started to share info and thoughts on this hunt!

I hope we can make this happen!

From: Bowboy
19-Dec-18
Congrats and say hi to you dad for me!

From: glunker
19-Dec-18
After you draw PM me. Good Luck.

From: Norseman
19-Dec-18
Glad to help out an awesome family! Send me a PM and we can get the ball rolling.

From: ElkNut1
19-Dec-18
Charlie X2!

ElkNut/Paul

From: Zim1
19-Dec-18
OP, Just search the archives on Bowsite & MM. That’s one of the most popular units for Bowsiters especially. It seems everyone on the site has hunted it.

From: 5575
21-Dec-18
Remember the good old days when you could draw the type 9 tag on the first try, back before the internet hype debacle. Have fun, your dad's work is stunning!

From: BB
21-Dec-18
Hay I need some help! Cody and Jeff are trying to beat me up and break my camera so I haver to go elk hunting with them. What do you guys think I should do? I hate to fight back too hard cause I might hurt one of those youngsters, and they both have kids to raise.

Truly any help you could give us would be greatly appreciated.

I most likely will be doing it just to keep those youngsters from getting hurt!

Have a great bow hunt and thanks for any and all help. BB

And when I get some time, I would like to tell the story about the deer photo that Cody posted. It's pretty funny! Merry Christmas to all. Bill

From: Scoot
21-Dec-18
Sounds like the potential for two stories from Bill. I look forward to both!

From: Huntcell
21-Dec-18
You need to go and do the calling or give up your BB nickname.

How else are they going get an elk close enough for a shot!

>>>>~~~~~>

From: t-roy
22-Dec-18
You’d better go with em and show them how to do it, Bill! You wouldn’t want them to pick up any bad habits! I can only imagine the pics that would go along with the story! I vote “yea” on you going.

From: c3
22-Dec-18
All I know is, there's one person who would love to spend their max points actually hunting with their dad for elk, in the very land that made him who he is !!!

Cheers, Pete

From: Huntcell
22-Dec-18

Huntcell 's embedded Photo
1969 bugling Bulls
Huntcell 's embedded Photo
1969 bugling Bulls
Make more Memories BB!

From: codya
22-Dec-18

codya's embedded Photo
codya's embedded Photo
Thanks everyone!

C3 hit the nail on the head!!! Nothing I want more then to hunt bulls one more time with my best friend!

On a side not Pete reached out to me and we are thinking about getting some of this hunt on Video and maybe all of us can get a little insight on what has made my dad and your BB tick. I can tell you all that don't know him or have never had that chance to hunt with him, his passion runs deep and their are very few who have been as successful as he because success in the woods is so much more then a harvest. He is as true and sincere as they come and I am blessed to have him as a dad and grandfather to my boys. I can't wait for this fall and hope this final chapter on elk hunting with "BB" has saved the best for last.

Thank you all and Merry Christmas!!!

PS. Pops you had better dig that old bow out and start flinging some arrows again! I love you

From: midwest
23-Dec-18
Oh, man, this just keeps getting better. Pete is one hell of a videographer!

From: Rickm
23-Dec-18
BB, go elk hunting!! You can still take a picture or two along the way.

From: BB
26-Dec-18
Way back when Cody was just a pup, I used to take him bowhunting with me, at a young age that long before most fathers would take their kids. We have had great times together and if your not taking your youngsters at an early age, you both are missing out on a lot.

Anyway to the photo that Cody posted of the small four point mule deer. I would guess that was about when Cody was 7 or 8 years old. We were hunting an area that I had hunted for years, and knew it reasonably well. My brother in law worked with a guy named Shane, and had an elk permit in this same area, on a hunt that opened later. I had never meant Shane but had heard a lot about him though Kevin, my brother in law. He said we were two peas in a pod.

So before I went on my deer hunt, Shane had called me and as if he could meet out there prior to when his hunt opened and let me show him around a bit. I had been out there for a week or 10 days when Shane showed up and only had a few days left before I had to get Cody home for the beginning of School. We had arranged a place and time to meet, and after we returned to camp from an evening hunt, Shane was there.

I told Shane I wanted to hunt the morning hunt and then we would be back about 10 or so and I would take him to some areas where I usually saw elk. We spent a the balance of the morning and a good portion of the afternoon with Shane showing a few different places. Finally it getting late enough we needed to get back to do the evening hunt.

On our way back Shane looked up a steep hill and saw the buck that's in the picture, laying in some oak brush near the top of a ridge. He stopped his truck and glassed and said something like this. "Boy he's in tough spot and would be impossible to get with a bow wouldn't he." And me being a big BS er, said, "Oh no, he would be a piece of cake to kill if you wanted him!" And Shane ask me how I would do it. I told him exactly what I would do, and exactly what the buck deer would do, and where I would hit him, and where he would run and die. He just shook his head and said, "Let's see you did it!" So I got out of the truck on the far side, slipped down the hill so the buck couldn't see me and then made tracks to where I finally came out above him on the ridge. There was a big pine tree on the ridge and I had told Shane I would come out there, and the buck would stand up, take a couple of steps forward, and that I would put an arrow right through his heart. And he would run down the hill about 60 yards and pile up. I said to Shane, when I was just filling him full of bull, that he and Cody could sit there and see the whole thing happen cause it would be so easy. That's when he said he wanted to see me do it.

So I came out at the pine tree, the buck stood up, took a couple steps forward, I put an arrow right through his heart, and he ran exactly where I told Shane he would run, and dropped over dead in Shane and Cody's sight!

Shane and I became good friends and we bowhunted together for many years. It did take long once he started hunting with me for me to loose that first impression I made upon him that afternoon.

Have a great bow hunt. BB

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