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Ryan's 1st elk tag
Elk
Contributors to this thread:
Scoot 13-Sep-20
Scoot 13-Sep-20
ElkNut1 13-Sep-20
GF 13-Sep-20
Scoot 13-Sep-20
Fields 13-Sep-20
bowbender77 13-Sep-20
fastflight 13-Sep-20
Treeline 13-Sep-20
t-roy 13-Sep-20
Scoot 13-Sep-20
Drahthaar 13-Sep-20
patience2spare 13-Sep-20
Bentstick54 13-Sep-20
easeup 13-Sep-20
GLP 13-Sep-20
Inshart 13-Sep-20
rattling_junkie 13-Sep-20
Grubby 13-Sep-20
Stoneman 13-Sep-20
Jasper 13-Sep-20
ND String Puller 13-Sep-20
KSflatlander 13-Sep-20
pav 14-Sep-20
Charlie Rehor 14-Sep-20
Mnhunter1980 14-Sep-20
GhostBird 14-Sep-20
Brotsky 14-Sep-20
Supernaut 14-Sep-20
maxracx 14-Sep-20
12yards 14-Sep-20
Alexis Desjardins 14-Sep-20
BOWNBIRDHNTR 14-Sep-20
deerslayer 14-Sep-20
GhostBird 14-Sep-20
bowhunter24 15-Sep-20
SBH 15-Sep-20
No Mercy 15-Sep-20
Scoot 17-Sep-20
OFFHNTN 17-Sep-20
Z Barebow 18-Sep-20
orionsbrother 18-Sep-20
GLP 19-Sep-20
GLP 19-Sep-20
Paul@thefort 19-Sep-20
Hood © 19-Sep-20
APauls 20-Sep-20
Scoot 21-Sep-20
Bwana 21-Sep-20
APauls 21-Sep-20
Scoot 02-Oct-20
Supernaut 02-Oct-20
Dale06 02-Oct-20
Beav 02-Oct-20
GLP 02-Oct-20
Bowboy 02-Oct-20
ElkNut1 02-Oct-20
midwest 02-Oct-20
ki-ke 02-Oct-20
Whocares 02-Oct-20
Scoot 10-Oct-20
LINK 10-Oct-20
Jaquomo 10-Oct-20
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Inshart 10-Oct-20
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Bwana 12-Oct-20
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From: Scoot
13-Sep-20
Ryan and I applied for several different elk hunts this season. We got no love from NM, AZ, and WY and didn't hit on an LE MT tag either. However, we were pleased to find out that we did draw a general tag in MT and we were both excited to get in the mountains on not only his first real mountain hunt, but also his first go at elk. Ryan is 15 and this is something I've literally dreamed about since before he was born. I've been building it up with him for over a decade and really been talking it up since we found out we had a tag in our pocket. This was going to be a great father-son experience and I planned to do my very best to teach him as much as I could.

From: Scoot
13-Sep-20
For six weeks we packed, repacked, and prepared. Ryan was kind of shocked at how anal I was regarding our gear and making sure everything was packed and prepared. Our gear was ready, we shot our bows a bunch and were shooting great. I knew a guy with horses in the area we planned to go to and we were going to get a ride into a reasonably remote area to hunt. Leave on the 11th, in the backcountry on the 12th, and come out a week later. Man we were excited!

From: ElkNut1
13-Sep-20
Awesome!

ElkNut

From: GF
13-Sep-20
Watching this one!

From: Scoot
13-Sep-20

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The father-son experience I envisioned ended up being quite different than expected. My dad has cancer and had been doing well. However, it moved into his pancreas and things changed quickly and dramatically through the month of August and into September. I'm sitting here on Sep. 13th (Dad's birthday) in his hospital room as I type this. I made the decision last week that our first father-son elk hunt would have to wait a year. Dad would be really upset if he knew I cancelled the trip, but he's not tracking that right now and I won't be mentioning it. Staying home was the right thing to do and I'm glad I did. There will be more elk seasons, but I've only got one dad.

It turns out this elk season provided a great opportunity for me to teach Ryan some really important lessons. He learned a ton about priorities and the importance of family.

From: Fields
13-Sep-20
ugh, not what i was expecting to read. Tough one. You made the right call!! As said, there will be many more elk seasons for you and the boy. Good luck to your dad.

From: bowbender77
13-Sep-20
Prayers for your Dad Scoot.

From: fastflight
13-Sep-20
Scoot, I didnt cancel a big trip like you have but I skipped things to spend time with my dad toward the end and I dont regret that at all. Probably regret not doing even more with him the last couple years he was still strong. You have taught Ryan more by not going than you ever could have by going. Hope things work out for your dad.

From: Treeline
13-Sep-20
Prayers for your Dad and your family in this tough time.

Great life lesson for your son. You and he will have many great hunting experiences in the future. Spend that time with your Dad and your family.

Good luck in the draws next year! May land a great tag to go with your son!

From: t-roy
13-Sep-20
More prayers sent for your entire family Scot. I’ve been wondering how your dad has been doing.

From: Scoot
13-Sep-20
Thanks guys, much appreciated. I'm not looking for a pity party here, for the record. My dad turned 74 today. When he was 36 he had a heart attack. I really spent all of my teens and adult life thinking he "might not be around for much longer". Here we are on his 74th birthday and I've been blessed with almost a half-century with an amazing dad. Most of the really good attributes I have (admittedly, there aren't too many of them), I have my dad to thank for. He taught me the fundamentals of right and wrong; how to treat and behave around women and kids (yes, I said that and it doesn't make me a chauvinistic pig), the beauty and joys mother nature can provide, the thrill of bowhunting, the importance of fidelity, and on and on. Mostly he taught me by example or through simple, semi-offhand comments that really stuck with me and shaped my beliefs. Not many people are as fortunate as I was by getting the parents I did. Neither is/was a perfect person, but both have been great, loving parents and no doubt I'm blessed to have had them.

Yes, I definitely made a good choice and don't regret it for a second. No doubt I'm bummed about how it worked out, but as Jaq once told me, "Ya gotta play the hand you're dealt." This hand stinks for all of us, but especially for my dad. Thanks again for the kind words of support, fellas.

From: Drahthaar
13-Sep-20
Hope your dad gets well soon. Forrest

13-Sep-20
Scoot, I want to say how proud I am of the example you have set for Ryan in this and so many other choices he has seen you make! From one father of a teenage son to another: Well done!

My 74 yr old Dad has beaten cancer 3 separate times and 2 heart attacks. Every day is a gift! I will be praying that you and your Dad are given more days and a contentment in the ones you have shared! Pete

From: Bentstick54
13-Sep-20
Praying for your dad. And I’m sure he would really be proud of you teaching Ryan the same level of priorities he taught you. I’m sure if he realized you cancelled your hunt on account of him he would argue, but it’s good you stayed. Hopefully there will be many more hunts in the future.

From: easeup
13-Sep-20
you are a good man mr. scoot and a great father.

From: GLP
13-Sep-20
Praying for you. And YES you did make the right decision. And taught Ryan a life lesson. Greg

From: Inshart
13-Sep-20
Good on you Scott. Will pray for your Dad and family. Next season is only 350 some days away, and as we get older,,,, that's only a blink away. God bless.

13-Sep-20
Scoot you undoubtedly made the right decision and like you said have taught Ryan a huge life lesson. Prayers sent your way!

From: Grubby
13-Sep-20
I’m looking forward to seeing Ryan’s first elk one year from now.

From: Stoneman
13-Sep-20
A decision you will not regret. Praying for your dad and peace for your family.

From: Jasper
13-Sep-20
Good decision! Prayers for your Dad!

13-Sep-20
Actions speak louder than words. You did right Scott. All of us surely realize the planning, preparation and anticipation that absolutely consumes us for these hunts. Mad respect for you, your father and your son. God Bless !

From: KSflatlander
13-Sep-20
Much respect. A good son and obviously good dads. Prayers for your dad.

From: pav
14-Sep-20
Prayers for your dad Scoot.

14-Sep-20
Thanks for posting your example of love.

From: Mnhunter1980
14-Sep-20
Prayers for your dad scoot, being by his side is very important. May God bless your family.

From: GhostBird
14-Sep-20
God bless your Dad and the whole family.

From: Brotsky
14-Sep-20
You know my feelings on this brother. Prayers for your dad, and for you and the rest of your family. God bless!

From: Supernaut
14-Sep-20
Scoot, prayers sent for your dad, you and your family.

From: maxracx
14-Sep-20
Prayers for your Dad and family....

From: 12yards
14-Sep-20
You're a great dad and human being Scoot. So sorry about your dad. Prayers and hope you and Ryan have a great bow season locally or wherever you are able to hunt.

14-Sep-20
Life throws us a curve ball once in a while pray God will give him peace and comfort, we will keep him and yous in prayer.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
14-Sep-20
Your dad taught you well and you are passing that right along to Ryan. Prayers to your family and best of luck the rest of the season.

From: deerslayer
14-Sep-20
Real sorry to hear all the way around Scott. I will be praying for your dad, you, and the family.

From: GhostBird
14-Sep-20
Scott, still thinking about you guys & praying for your Dad & whole family. Stay strong, you are a good man. You evidently learned from a good father, God Bless Him.

From: bowhunter24
15-Sep-20
Prayers sent. Well done sir on how you played the hand! I lost my Mom last year (only living parent) and got to hunt only 2 times but it was worth it to spend the time with her. You made the right call. God Bless.

From: SBH
15-Sep-20
Thats tough stuff Scott. Sorry to hear. Never a good time to deal with that. Hang in there. Prayers from MT.

From: No Mercy
15-Sep-20
Sending positive thoughts to you, Ryan, your dad and family Scott.

From: Scoot
17-Sep-20
Thank you all very much for the kind comments and support. All of the posts and PM's are very much appreciated.

No big change in my dad's status. I still has been home only four nights since August 3rd and in the hospital otherwise. Hoping to move to some kind of transitional care. Then he and we will have to decide if he's going to get a big surgical procedure or if it will simply be palliative care after that. He and we have some very tough decisions coming in the near future.

From: OFFHNTN
17-Sep-20
I am sorry Scott. That is a vey tough call, but the right call in my opinion. There will be many more hunts with Ryan, enjoy the time with your Dad. I'm thinking about all of you guys.

From: Z Barebow
18-Sep-20
Sorry to hear this Scott. Life is short. Relationships are priceless. It goes without saying that you did the right thing. Karma will smile upon you and Ryan. Prayers to your dad and family.

18-Sep-20
Scoot - I’ve posted this before and I’ll do it again. Kudos to you and your parenting. It can be hard to shoehorn bigger trips into active schedules and once prep and planning are done, it can be disappointing to have to cancel them. You are leading by example and instilling priorities and values that will aid your kids in life.

Myself and my family will keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.

From: GLP
19-Sep-20
Your in our thoughts! Please keep us posted when you can. Life is what happens as you make plans for the future. Heard that a long time ago and have realized it often.

From: GLP
19-Sep-20
Your in our thoughts! Please keep us posted when you can. Life is what happens as you make plans for the future. Heard that a long time ago and have realized it often.

From: Paul@thefort
19-Sep-20
Scott, I only hope and pray for the best outcome. my best, Paul

From: Hood ©
19-Sep-20
Prayers sent

From: APauls
20-Sep-20
Sorry to hear Scoot. But that’s making a decision you’ll never regret

From: Scoot
21-Sep-20
Thanks again to all who have inquired about Dad and given me support and encouragement. Dad's nutrition levels aren't bumping up like they want, so he needs to get that addressed before he could have a curative procedure. Working on that now and hope to have him in better shape before long. The method they choose to help that along will impact where he goes next.

From: Bwana
21-Sep-20
So sorry to hear this. Hoping for the best for Dad and all involved.

From: APauls
21-Sep-20
Sorry to hear Scoot. But that’s making a decision you’ll never regret

From: Scoot
02-Oct-20
Quite a few people have contacted me and asked for an update regarding my dad. Well... last Thursday he went into septic shock and nearly died. He's got several pseudocysts around his pancreas and one them became infected. We got that dealt with and now he's more stable. He's got a breathing tube in and our hope is to get that out tomorrow and be able to talk with him again. Any and all continued prayers are greatly appreciated! Thanks so much to all of you who have provided kind words, PM, and prayers.

One thing I can tell you is that I have absolutely no regrets about staying home from the elk hunt. Definitely the right choice and I'm glad I did it.

From: Supernaut
02-Oct-20
Prayers sent for your dad's continued healing and for you and your family.

From: Dale06
02-Oct-20
Hope you both get an elk on next years hunt.

From: Beav
02-Oct-20
Prayers for all of you Scoot!

From: GLP
02-Oct-20
Still praying!

From: Bowboy
02-Oct-20
Prayers you and your family scott! You're dad raised you right!

From: ElkNut1
02-Oct-20
Prayers for your Dad & your family Scott, tough times for sure! Hang in there!

ElkNut

From: midwest
02-Oct-20
First time I'm reading this, Scott. Didn't know the circumstances of your canceled elk hunt with Ryan until now. So sorry to hear and I pray for you, your dad, and the rest of your family. Best wishes, Nick.

From: ki-ke
02-Oct-20
Great life lessons your boy is learning Scott! Good on you and your family! Prayers from NJ.

From: Whocares
02-Oct-20
Prayers for your Dad and your family Scoot. You have the right values and know what's important.

From: Scoot
10-Oct-20
My dad, Roderick Engel, died early this AM- just after midnight. We were able to be by his side when he left his pain and suffering behind. RIP Pops!

From: LINK
10-Oct-20
I will be praying for you and your family Scott.

From: Jaquomo
10-Oct-20
So sorry to hear this, Scoot. Life is about gifts and about loss. Ryan is a gift and so was your Pops. Cherish what you have and hold onto the memories.

From: Treeline
10-Oct-20
Sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Big John
10-Oct-20
Prayers to your family Scoot!!!

From: jingalls
10-Oct-20
So sorry for your loss Scoot! And the angels rejoice in Heaven as another comes home to be with our lord. May he Rest In Peace! God bless!

From: Inshart
10-Oct-20
Prayers sent Scott, I'm sure he's looking down on all the beautiful fall colors.

From: t-roy
10-Oct-20
So sorry for your loss, Scott. Continued prayers for your entire family.

From: GLP
10-Oct-20
Sad to hear, and sorry for your loss! Lost my dad 5.5 years ago and miss him a lot. Praying for your family and you! Greg

From: GhostBird
10-Oct-20
Sorry for your loss Scott. Prayers for your entire family.

From: Bowfreak
10-Oct-20
Sorry for your loss Scott. Even though your dad would have wanted you to go on that hunt, you didn't because of the values he instilled in you. That's a testament to a great man who obviously left his mark for generations to come. I'm sending up a prayer for your family and that God will receive your dad with open arms.

From: midwest
10-Oct-20
So sorry to hear, Scott. Prayers from Iowa.

From: Z Barebow
10-Oct-20
Sorry to hear this Scott. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

10-Oct-20
I am sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort for you and your family. Pete

From: Royboy
10-Oct-20
Sorry for your loss.

11-Oct-20
Condolences to you and your family Scoot. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. But always worth it.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
12-Oct-20
Very sorry for your loss Scott. You and Ryan will continue to make your dad proud in so many ways.

From: Bwana
12-Oct-20
So very sorry for your loss.

From: No Mercy
12-Oct-20
very sorry to see Scott-thoughts are with you and Rod and your families.

From: iceman
12-Oct-20
Sorry for your loss, Scoot.

From: Dino
12-Oct-20
Just read this. Sorry for your loss. A sad story for sure. Happier days ahead!

From: Dino
12-Oct-20

12-Oct-20
Condolences Scott, thoughts and prayers from Manitoba.

From: ahawkeye
12-Oct-20
Very sorry for your loss. Prayers said for you and your family.

From: Grasshopper
12-Oct-20
Sorry to hear about your loss, prayers sent for your family

From: JMG
13-Oct-20
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. You did the right thing and made the right decision to delay your elk hunting trip. Family first!

From: Beav
13-Oct-20
Sorry to hear this news. Prayers for all of you.

From: wilbur
13-Oct-20
Thoughts & prayers are with you. Take some solace in knowing your father raised you right and you are passing that on to your son.

God Bless, go forth and continue the tradition.

From: pav
13-Oct-20
Sorry for your loss Scott. Prayers of strength and solace to you and your family from Indiana.

From: 12yards
13-Oct-20
My condolences to you and your family Scoot. Prayers for comfort and strength for you folks. Cherish the memories.

From: GBTG
13-Oct-20
Condolences to you and all who loved him.

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