Black Gold Sights - Pure Gold
Ode to New Mexico (the Sequel)
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
Kodiak 05-Nov-19
Treeline 05-Nov-19
stick n string 05-Nov-19
cnelk 05-Nov-19
BOWNBIRDHNTR 05-Nov-19
elkster 05-Nov-19
Brotsky 05-Nov-19
fubar racin 05-Nov-19
Brun 05-Nov-19
KHNC 05-Nov-19
elkmtngear 05-Nov-19
Dyjack 05-Nov-19
Scoot 05-Nov-19
sdkhunter 05-Nov-19
SDHNTR(home) 05-Nov-19
Percy 05-Nov-19
Bowboy 05-Nov-19
Bowbender 05-Nov-19
fishnride 05-Nov-19
HUNT MAN 05-Nov-19
Stoneman 05-Nov-19
bowhunter24 06-Nov-19
TreeWalker 06-Nov-19
elkstabber 06-Nov-19
Backwoods 06-Nov-19
Whocares 06-Nov-19
Whocares 06-Nov-19
Trophyhill 06-Nov-19
deerslayer 06-Nov-19
ki-ke 06-Nov-19
elkmtngear 06-Nov-19
wooddamon1 06-Nov-19
Old School 06-Nov-19
BULELK1 07-Nov-19
TD 07-Nov-19
Cityhunter333 09-Nov-19
Beav 12-Nov-19
From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19
This is the "Play by Play", of our 2019 Elk Hunt, Illustrated, and put to verse:

ODE TO NEW MEXICO (THE SEQUEL)

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
Pull up a chair, top off your glass,

Enjoy the campfire’s glow

A story grows, with highs and lows

From Old New Mexico

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
Three Years ago, we beat the odds

Our Golden Tickets mailed

New Mexico fulfilled our dreams

Two badass bulls were nailed !

Well, lightning can indeed strike twice

For this Year was unreal

We drew 3rd Choice, same unit, too

Man, what a lucky deal !

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
September came, and NM bound

We left East Coast, and West

Arriving simultaneously

But, no time left for rest !

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
With opening day one night away

We threw up camp with fury

Then, split to different areas

To make the evening jury

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
One little squeal was all I heard

A disappointing night

But, Kenny hit the Mother Lode

Our morning plan was tight!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
The Opener found us up the ridge

Before the light of dawn

We settled in below the crest,

And soon, the game was on!

A growling bugle ripped above,

The herd soon came in view

The big bull skylined, on the ridge

We knew just what to do

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
As Kenny slipped up forward left,

I slipped my elk hat on

And popped the giant butt decoy

Trek pole insert withdrawn

I used the pole to wreck a tree

And firmly slap the ground

With Big Dan smiling from above

The Big Bull came right down!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
But then, quite unexpectedly

A 5x5 appeared

He came straight on at Kenny

Who drew back as he neared

At 15 yards the bull froze up

With Kenny in full view

He found the spot, the frontal shot,

The arrow buried true!

But, only entered halfway in

The “doorway” there is narrow

And, at this point I realized

I hadn’t nocked an arrow

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
The herd bull was at 30 yards,

I peeked around the blind,

The big guy caught my movement,

Turned, and left us far behind.

Kenny and I discussed the shot

With unsure penetration

We waited 90 minutes

And began investigation

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
The blood trail started slowly

And became a fine red spray,

And then, a pool of muddy blood

But, much to our dismay

The blood trail slowly petered out

We grid searched, tooth and nail,

Our time to track was running out,

A storm was on our tail

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
We left before the rains ensued

With heavy hearts, defeated

5 hours we’d searched to no avail

Our bag of tricks, depleted!

Perhaps he hit a single lung,

Too high to get the plumbing

It’s something we may never know

The prospect, sorely numbing

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
The rain let up late afternoon

A squealer gave us chase

He clammed up quick when we got close

And said things to his face

With rain forecast throughout the night

It wasn’t looking great

When morning came, we suited up

And hit the trailhead late.

Back to where the bull was hit

Wide circles, nose in wind

From high to low, we searched that ridge

Defeated, once again

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
By Afternoon, the storm had passed

We took another tack

And set up on a waterhole

A Timbered ridge in back

Two bulls traversed the ridgeline

And one screamed at a distance

Though, none came down, we had a plan

Because of their assistance

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
Next Morning, we were on the ridge

Encounters did abound

But, one by one, we screwed them up

We’ll get it right, next round!

Evening, no success as well

We sat a tank, and wallow

Our 2016 hunt, it was

A real tough act to follow!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
At Sunrise, on Day number four

The bulls soon started screaming

We started toward the nearest bull

Wind in our faces, streaming

At 80 yards, an open lane

Through timber did appear

As Kenny split for timber right

I quickly popped my gear

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
I raked the nearest brushy oak

The herd bull mocked us, chuckling

But, down the lane, a Satellite!

My stick, I was white-knuckling

And like a magnet, on he came

Right down the lane, as planned

And, Kenny had the broadside view

The shot was “ball in hand”!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
At 15 yards, he twists and jumps,

I knew the draw was caught!

I smacked the ground, to slow him down

And Kenny took the shot!

Back down the lane, the bull took off

I watched him stumble some

We gave him time to go down hard

Redemption soon to come!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
We found him in a peaceful pose

And felt our Spirits lift

As morning sunlight trickled in

Upon this welcome gift

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
Two loads apiece, to make 6 miles

And back to camp quite early

We showered up and felt refreshed

I’ll hunt the evening, surely!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
A waterhole had caught my eye

I’d seen on Google Earth

A killer spot for my tree stand

I’d try, for what it’s worth

A downhill trek, ¾ mile

I packed my sticks and stand

I found a pine, above the tank

That met all my demands

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
The Waterhole was nasty,

Like a bowl of diarrhea

Complete with floaters here and there

Looked elky ‘nuff to me, yeah !

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
At 6 PM, a bugle,

just above me and behind

I slowly stood, and grabbed my bow

Now was my time to shine!

A cow and calf came trotting down

And bailed into the pool

They swam around it, doing laps

I thought “Man, that is cool”!

Then, 3 more cows bailed right on in

The swim party was on!

And, at the far end, head held high

The Bull walked to the pond

He stands there watching all his cows

He’s 30 yards, I think

And just as I drew back, he turned

And walked in for a drink

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
I tried to let down slowly,

Not to give myself away

But, the lead cow right below me

Almost sabotaged the Day

She must have heard my movement,

Put her nose up in the air

And without hesitation,

All those cows were outta there!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
The bull, he jumps back up the bank

And stood broadside, head high

Now 45 yards from my tree

I drew, and let it fly

I watched it sail, and bury deep

Behind the shoulder, tight!

A wave of joy, there was no doubt

I’d killed my bull tonight!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
I heard a rumbling, bloody cough

Above and back behind

A peaceful 30 minute wait

And, down the tree I climbed

I found his jump marks right away

Then, tracks and blood with ease

Cold wind and Thermals hit my face

I smelled him in the breeze!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
I laid my bow on last blood found

And put my nose up high

I walked uphill, straight to the bull

A big old, beefy guy!

I snapped some pictures, tagged my bull

And jogged back up the hill

I drove back to get Kenny

To assist me with my kill

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
When I arrived, the coals were hot

His tenderloins were searing

My Hunting Buddy is the best!

I’m sad, trip’s end is nearing!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
We drove out after supper

Broke him down, some time invested

And, back in camp by Midnight

Beaten bodies finally rested!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19

elkmtngear's embedded Photo
elkmtngear's embedded Photo
We rode the highs, and weathered lows

NM success hard-earned

Packed up next day, we parted ways

With hopes we’d soon return

~the End~

From: Kodiak
05-Nov-19
Great thread.

Congrats on a great experience.

From: Treeline
05-Nov-19
Excellent hunt, results and poetry!

Congratulations to the both of you on an excellent adventure!

05-Nov-19
Fantastic!

From: cnelk
05-Nov-19
Awesome! Fun read :)

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
05-Nov-19
Congrats to you both. Fun way to follow along!

From: elkster
05-Nov-19
Well done, thanks for sharing.

From: Brotsky
05-Nov-19
Excellent! Far better than the night before Christmas!

Congrats to you each as these passing years teach, there is nothing better than spending Septembers together!

From: fubar racin
05-Nov-19
That’s an awesome thread and hunt sir!

From: Brun
05-Nov-19
Great job on the hunt and write up.Congrats to you both.

From: KHNC
05-Nov-19
That Jeff is a writing machine!! Thanks for putting all the work in on this buddy! Had a blast as usual!

From: elkmtngear
05-Nov-19
"Had a blast as usual"!

Me too, Kenny...C'mon September! ;^)

From: Dyjack
05-Nov-19
Thank you for sharing! Enjoyed the poetry too. Good work!

From: Scoot
05-Nov-19
Many congrats!

From: sdkhunter
05-Nov-19
Very nice! Congrats!

From: SDHNTR(home)
05-Nov-19
That was really cool and fun to read! You made my day. Thanks.

From: Percy
05-Nov-19
Thank you!!! Percy

From: Bowboy
05-Nov-19
Great pictures and story. Congrats !

From: Bowbender
05-Nov-19
That was a fun read! Congrats!!

From: fishnride
05-Nov-19
That was pretty cool. Unique way to tell the story. I was hooked for sure.

From: HUNT MAN
05-Nov-19
Great post!’

From: Stoneman
05-Nov-19
Nice twist! Thanks for taking the time.

From: bowhunter24
06-Nov-19
I don't recall a thread read quite like this but I really enjoyed it just the same thanks for taking the time to do it! Congrats on the success as well!

From: TreeWalker
06-Nov-19
I like the cut of your jib. This Ode should become part of a Hall of Fame of Bowsite threads.

From: elkstabber
06-Nov-19
Every good story deserves a sequel. Thanks for sharing.

From: Backwoods
06-Nov-19
That was great. Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing.....

From: Whocares
06-Nov-19

From: Whocares
06-Nov-19
That was fun! Congrats and thanks!

From: Trophyhill
06-Nov-19
Well done!

From: deerslayer
06-Nov-19
Awesome! I don’t know what I’m impressed with more, your bull or your rhymes! LOL!!! Great job all the way around!

From: ki-ke
06-Nov-19
That was cool! Unique way to tell a great story! Thanks for sharing

From: elkmtngear
06-Nov-19

elkmtngear's Link
Thanks for all the comments, it was a great Season for KHNC and I.

See the link provided, for the original thread from 2016, in case you may have missed it.

From: wooddamon1
06-Nov-19
Awesome, congrats!

From: Old School
06-Nov-19
Great recap and poetry. Congrats

-Mitch

From: BULELK1
07-Nov-19
Very Kool indeed!

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: TD
07-Nov-19
That was cool! Very artsy..... I could hear a cello in the background...... =D

Congrats on another great hunt! And thanks for taking the time to share it. Much appreciated.

09-Nov-19
Congratulations

From: Beav
12-Nov-19
Well done! Congrats!

  • Sitka Gear