|Vergean and I waiting for the elk to come in|
|Zach and Spenser glassing near a high country lake|
|What a view!|
Friday afternoon Clint and Kevin were able to return, and met up with be back at camp with Vergean. We quickly loaded up and headed for a new area where fellow hunters (and good friends) had directed us towards. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming days as we highlight their bulls!
Heading into new territory I was skeptical that we would see anything as the roads seemed well traveled, and we actually saw other hunters in the area. Coming out of the trees and into a large flat, we spotted a great bull, a little over 100 yards from us with a few cows. The bull froze, giving us the perfect opportunity. Unfortunately, looking directly into the sun Vergean was not able to get this awesome bull in his scope, and he made it into thick timber with his cows.
The evening found us sitting on water waiting for the bulls to come in to a wallow, however the only thing we could find this night was a bull and a few cows nearly a mile away, across the lake from us.
I was able to catch some great video of this bull chasing his cows! My Vortex "Ranger 1000" (review to come!) was unable to range this bull, as he was over 1000 yards! At my best guess using Google Earth he was at 1500-1600 yards! This footage was shot using my Vortex Razor HD spotting scope, with my Sony HDR-CX160 Handycam, which I brought all together with my Tines Up camera adapter (http://www.tinesup.com/tustore.html). The video is a bit rough, keep in mind there's a lot of magnification at work here, and it becomes extremely tough to film a moving target!
The Last Day: This was it, one last chance to hunt during the morning before we all had to head home. We decided to head to a spot where we had been onto several bulls over the last few days, but without luck. This time we would get in there a little bit earlier, and move a bit further north where we suspected the bulls to be. Things started off slow, as we could not hear a bugle at all before daylight. Shortly after sunup, the crisp morning air was pierced with the sound of a bugle a short distance away, and others further north. Working into the closest bull, we were quickly surprised to find the bull less than 50 yards away, with cows closer. After freezing in position, trying to see the bull, the bull picked up his cows and drove them away.
|The crew posing with a hard won trophy!|
|L to R: Clint, Jaxon, Kevin, Vergean|
I'll be back on the mountain this week, but check back soon as the elk hunt stories have been pouring in, and I'm sure we will also have some great tales to share from the upcoming deer hunts. Thanks so much to those that continue to submit photos and stories!
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