Summit Treestands
Horn Hunting Wyoming Style
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Contributors to this thread:
Ron Niziolek 07-Jul-20
0hndycp 07-Jul-20
WI Shedhead 07-Jul-20
tkjwonta 07-Jul-20
Treeline 07-Jul-20
Brotsky 07-Jul-20
hdaman 07-Jul-20
bentshaft 07-Jul-20
Ermine 07-Jul-20
Grunter 07-Jul-20
stringgunner 07-Jul-20
Ron Niziolek 07-Jul-20
Destroyer350 07-Jul-20
BillyD 07-Jul-20
SBH 08-Jul-20
bowhunter24 08-Jul-20
BULELK1 08-Jul-20
midwest 08-Jul-20
Rgiesey 08-Jul-20
JW 08-Jul-20
wild1 08-Jul-20
elkmtngear 08-Jul-20
Scoot 08-Jul-20
RonS 08-Jul-20
dakotaduner 08-Jul-20
Whocares 08-Jul-20
jdbbowhunter 08-Jul-20
Shug 08-Jul-20
Shiras42 08-Jul-20
orionsbrother 08-Jul-20
goelk 08-Jul-20
rjlefty3 08-Jul-20
ki-ke 08-Jul-20
Z Barebow 08-Jul-20
BigStriper 08-Jul-20
Muddyboots 08-Jul-20
Charlie Rehor 09-Jul-20
Ron Niziolek 09-Jul-20
t-roy 09-Jul-20
TrapperKayak 11-Jul-20
Royboy 11-Jul-20
DL 11-Jul-20
axle2axle 11-Jul-20
ElkNut1 11-Jul-20
From: Ron Niziolek
07-Jul-20

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Trashed tent from a grizzly
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Trashed tent from a grizzly
Ron Niziolek's embedded Photo
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I wanted to inject some adventure and humor into the forums. This is a very long story but hopefully worth your time.

Horn Hunting – Wyoming Style

Bear slobber and wolf piss….

I love looking for elk sheds and find it a great way to learn more about my elk hunting unit. Finding antlers is a bonus and lets me know what bulls have survived the fall and winter and shows the growth potential for the upcoming archery season. My hunting companions and I spend countless hours exploring the unit in the springtime while we’re not so focused on putting an elk in the freezer. Our elk unit is also full of large predators. This spring, my friend, Adam Miles and I had a very unusual experience, one I’m sure will never be exceeded for surprise, adrenaline and humor.

Adam and I packed into one of our favorite places on April 21st. After setting camp and dropping off gear about noon, we were off looking for elk antlers. The afternoon passed quickly and we were fortunate to pack a few antlers back to our camp – or what was left of it. A bear of unknown species, (we suspect the large fuzzy kind) had completely trashed Adam’s KUIU tent. The bear tore it up and broke most of the poles. We’d seen plenty of black bear, grizzly and wolf tracks in the past few hours, but hadn’t expected one to trash camp the first day.

Our sleeping bags were still intact but were covered in bear slobber and had several holes. The night was supposed to be clear, so we decided to take the remainder of the tent down and sleep under the stars. After eating a couple sandwiches away from camp and stashing our food in a tree, we hit the bags as the stars began showing. Our packs were leaning against a nearby rock. My damp shirt and socks were in my bag to dry out during the night. My boots, headlamp and pistol were right next to me. Adam’s side wasn’t much different, except for his shirt and socks hung in some sagebrush.

The night was clear and stars were abundant. There’s nothing quite like sleeping under the stars in the mountains. Soon I could hear Adam snoring a little so I popped some ear plugs in. People think I’m crazy to do that, but I’m a very light sleeper and any noise keeps me awake. I just figure I’ll wake up in the very remote chance a bear grabs hold of me. Well sometime during the night I was awakened by wolves howling close by. It lasted about five minutes and I was back to sleep soon after they quit.

Next thing I hear is Adam hollering “Get out of here! Get out of here!” I quickly sat up and pulled my earplugs out while grabbing my pistol. About that time Adam’s headlamp came on and illuminates a black wolf standing at most, 10 feet away just looking at us. Adam hollered at him again. This time the wolf listened, but grabbed one of Adam’s boots before running off. Adam sounded panicked and yelled “He’s got my f’in boot!” Good reason to worry since it was a very long walk out if he had to do it barefoot. He couldn’t see it but the wolf had stopped maybe 20 yards off. I could see his silhouette so I cranked a round at him. The muzzle blast blinded us and we didn’t know if I hit him or not or whether he’d kept the boot and run off.

We got our camp shoes and headlamps on and started looking around. First thing Adam says is ”My backpack is gone.” Sure enough, even though it was exactly five feet from his head (measured later), the wolf had dragged it off without waking him. My pack was also missing. Adam said he couldn’t believe he slept through that, but what woke him up was the wolf actually sniffing his face. It was surreal. What the hell? Wolves in this area get hunted. We began searching the sagebrush and found both packs and Adam’s boot. We saw no dead wolf or any sign of a hit. Both a blessing and a curse in my mind - no wolf should have that little fear of man. But at least I didn’t have to explain to the feds that I shot a wolf because it was running off with a freakin boot.

It was cold, and my water bottle had some ice in it already. It was one in the morning now. With the packs back in their proper place against the rock and excitement winding down, we were soon back asleep. No ear plugs for me this time. The morning came early and very cold. My water bottle was frozen solid so I brought it in the sleeping bag for a bit to thaw just so I could get a drink. Shortly after that I got out, stomped into my boots and went looking around the clearing again. No wolf, no blood. On the way back to camp, I found Adam’s socks. This wolf definitely had a thing for Adam because he had chewed the hell out of one. I couldn’t stop laughing. It just kept getting better! Adam hadn’t packed spare socks so he had to endure with the chewed up pair. His ankle was completely exposed to the leather of his boot but he toughed out another 17 mile day.

We changed into our hiking clothes and spent the morning picking up a couple more antlers, covering about nine miles. Halfway through our hike, we meet up and with a weird face Adam says,”Dude, I think the wolf pissed on my shirt.” He had thought it was still sweaty from the day before or wet from the frost when he put it on that morning. Wrong. He held out his arm for me and it stunk so much worse than BO, I just busted up laughing all over again. It was like this wolf had something personal against Adam. I loved it! Eventually we make our way back to our camp clearing and when we come through the trees talking, there’s the damn wolf staring at us about 40 yards away. He quickly trots up to 20, stops and stares like “Hey guys - What’s up?” It sounded like a gunfight as we escorted him out of the clearing. What a prick! F-er! All we could think was – what the hell did he do to our stuff while we were gone? Turns out, he hadn’t touched another thing. Maybe we interrupted him or maybe he just hadn’t gotten there yet.

So we get packing up for the long hike out with camp and antlers. Just as we hoist the packs on, a wolf starts howling at straight up noon, joined by a few others. Thankfully we’d only encountered one. He was trouble enough. That one ended up having the last laugh as well. I got a text from Adam the nest day that said, “Dude, check your pack. That bastard pissed on mine.” He hadn’t noticed it before because his shirt stunk so badly. He had left his pack in his truck overnight about puked from the smell when he opened the door that morning. My pack is fine, so I guess you can say that it was me that had the last laugh.

Final notes: After sharing the experience with our local warden, he relayed that the wolf was most likely from a pack that had just moved out of Yellowstone National Park, where they are habituated to humans. There had been problems on some nearby ranches with livestock and pets and the ranches had shoot on sight permission.

I do not currently have a dog but Adam has seven. We figure the wolf was curious about the dog smell and was marking his territory.

For the rest of my life I will never forget the wolf at ten feet in the headlamp or Adam’s panicked voice yelling “He’s got my f’in boot.”

Life in the mountains of Wyoming is never boring!

From: 0hndycp
07-Jul-20
That’s a hilarious, and thankfully, a safe trip to the predator infested woods Ron!

I also am told by most I backpack with in grizzly country that I’m nuts for sleeping with ear plugs. My mind will never stop analyzing noise if I don’t and I won’t sleep a wink.

Still giggling as I write this.....good stuff!

From: WI Shedhead
07-Jul-20
That story is unreal!!! Only on the mountain!!!!!

From: tkjwonta
07-Jul-20
Wow Ron, that's quite the story, thanks for sharing.

From: Treeline
07-Jul-20
Sounds like a good time was had by all! At least Adam has good cover scent for the upcoming hunting season;-)

From: Brotsky
07-Jul-20
This is such an epic story! This stuff seems to follow you around Ron! Love it!

From: hdaman
07-Jul-20
That's was a great recap of your adventure! I smiled through the whole thing. Thanks for sharing!

From: bentshaft
07-Jul-20
Good story! Thanks.

From: Ermine
07-Jul-20
Wild!

From: Grunter
07-Jul-20
Thanks for sharing that story! Made me laugh. Def will remember that trip.

From: stringgunner
07-Jul-20
This was great. Thanks for sharing this.

From: Ron Niziolek
07-Jul-20

Ron Niziolek's embedded Photo
A decent set
Ron Niziolek's embedded Photo
A decent set

From: Destroyer350
07-Jul-20
That's hilarious! Maybe the wolf tore up the tent instead of a bear? Probably not likely but sounded like the wolf was a trouble maker lol

From: BillyD
07-Jul-20
Funny stuff Ron! It’s all about making memories afield - won’t soon forget that one! I think you nailed it with the dog smell/marking. Thanks for sharing.

From: SBH
08-Jul-20
Thats an awesome story Ron! Thanks for sharing. Glad you posted up some pics of the horns too! Heckuva find.

From: bowhunter24
08-Jul-20
Great story and write up! Thanks for making a big grin on my face at work!

From: BULELK1
08-Jul-20
Good reading!

Thanks for sharing with us,

Robb

From: midwest
08-Jul-20
Thanks for sharing that one here. I'm laughing my ass off all over again!

From: Rgiesey
08-Jul-20
Who would believe a story like this? You are blessed or cursed with some unbelievable experiences. Still laughing!

From: JW
08-Jul-20
Great story Ron! Loved it!!!

From: wild1
08-Jul-20
Great read!! Enjoyed that!

From: elkmtngear
08-Jul-20
Hilarious! I would have loved to have seen Adam's face, when he started connecting the dots, lol !

From: Scoot
08-Jul-20
That's great stuff, Ron! Loved it and your story came at a great time. Fun and entertaining read.

From: RonS
08-Jul-20
Great story. You had me laughing out loud.

From: dakotaduner
08-Jul-20
Thanks for sharing. Started my morning just right

From: Whocares
08-Jul-20
Can't beat fun! Thanks for the story Ron

From: jdbbowhunter
08-Jul-20
Great story! Enjoyed it.

From: Shug
08-Jul-20
Great story... ty

From: Shiras42
08-Jul-20
This one makes the "Bowsite Classic" list for sure! HA!!! Yep, earplugs are the only way to go. :)

Thanks for great story.

08-Jul-20
Wolf piss cologne on pack and shirt... Oooooooh...

That’s funnier if you’re not the one wearing it.

From: goelk
08-Jul-20
thanks for sharing Ron! Memories forever! Glad you're okay! Never now whats going to happen in the backwoods. Live life!

From: rjlefty3
08-Jul-20
Great read! What a crazy story!

From: ki-ke
08-Jul-20
That wolf had some set of jewels!! "He has my f'n Boot!! Absolute classic! Thanks for sharing

From: Z Barebow
08-Jul-20
This is an epic story. Thanks for sharing Ron!

From: BigStriper
08-Jul-20
Great story Ron, I had a good laugh, but I did feel a little bad for your buddy Adam. I mean that Wolf was all over his A$$, LOL. Nice sheds by the way.

Kurt

From: Muddyboots
08-Jul-20
Might want to leave Adam home next time!

09-Jul-20
Female wolf??

Adam and Ron's future camping/shed trips may need to be chaperoned. Ha!

From: Ron Niziolek
09-Jul-20
Yep, wolf Charlie. We couldn't talk anyone into being "camp cook" :-)

From: t-roy
09-Jul-20
You can’t make that stuff up! Great story, Ron!

From: TrapperKayak
11-Jul-20
Dang funny story and adventure! I miss doing that, but it was minus the wolves, so relatively speaking, my trips paled, except for the sheds. Funny stuff!

From: Royboy
11-Jul-20
Great story and that’s why I’m hunting farther south this year

From: DL
11-Jul-20
It’s always funny when it happens to someone else.

From: axle2axle
11-Jul-20
All smiles here...great story! Especially liked the "sniffing his face" moment! Wow! Kevin

From: ElkNut1
11-Jul-20
Yes, great adventure for sure! Most likely not so fun while it was happening! (grin) Your buddy may never get that stench out of his clothes. I'll bet even if it's gone he'll still swear he can smell it! Good stuff Ron!

ElkNut

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