A lot of us were a bit excited about hunting elk this year, knowing that if it was dry it would be easier to concentrate on those old water holes that are constantly reliable. For those that have been planning on that, the constant rains since mid July have resulted in numerous water holes, and rejuvenation to many streams that were mostly dry this summer. Elk are once again fairly scattered, as are the deer. Dry grasslands are now very green and lush with feed.
Hopefully the cooler conditions bring about a bit more success for hunters. I am hearing of more smaller bucks being taken, but still only a couple of big bucks and I haven't heard of one bull being taken yet. One thing I would point out, even with all the rain many of the twigs and pine cones on the ground are still very crunchy. I think that really shows us how bad the hot and dry conditions were earlier this summer. During the rainstorms yesterday we had very good success sneaking up on bucks, and the deer and elk were out enjoying the rain, that's for sure. Still, we had to be very careful as the sticks were still snapping.
These photos were taken with by my Wildgame Innovations "Red 6" trail camera. Check out my review of this camera: http://www.suhuntandfish.com/2012/07/product-review-wildgame-innovations-red.html
I had to throw these pictures in. I hope it gives you a laugh as he tries to get that hard to reach itch!
And how about this? I know a lot of frustrated spike hunters that would like to stumble on to this spot!