The preparation part was that I had full knowledge that the down hill cool currents could continue until around 9 am to about 9:10 am. and then because of the warming of the sun, that wind would start to change direction in the opposite direction. And that is when I would be gathering equipment and climbing out of the tree stand and heading away. We also know that the current/wind scheduled can change depending on other weather factors, some times earlier and some time a little later.
So the lucky part was that, that morning is was very still and the cool currents were consistent and seem to be on schedule for the, around the 9 am time frame. The other lucky part was that I "milked" those last few minuted before the wind change. And then, another lucky part was the bull elk, now only 10 yards away behind the thicket, 9:05 am, did not come a 30 seconds later when I was getting down or that he heard me getting ready to get down.
One can plan and prepare for these elk hunts but some times all the planning and preparation might mean nothing without a little LUCK.
I am sure many of you have experienced much of the same during your hunts. LUCK IS GOOD.
my best, Paul
It was preparation, and boot leather that put you there in the first place, but I hear what you're saying Paul...luck has always played some part in my successful elk hunts.
Then there is making your own luck by picking the right area to be at the right time with the right conditions then getting lucky when it all works together for a successful result.