|Snow falling on the Boulder Mountain yesterday|
Today however, we are talking spike elk hunting. Many of us started the 2012 spike elk (and general any bull elk hunts) waking up to pretty warm conditions. Those lucky enough to have cold weather didn't report much of a change that would be enough to get the elk moving a whole lot. Early success in the spike hunt was hard to come by this year, as the elk would draw back into the trees shortly after daylight, and didn't want to make another appearance until almost dark.
|Zach and Mike glassing|
|Zach glassing a canyon|
This year I had the great privilege to be invited along with my good friends, Zach and Spenser Owens, along with friends and family. We were joined by the Owens' buys father, Doug Owens, brother Layden, Spenser's wife Laura, and good friends Mike Marshall and Ryan Dastrup. Along with this group, we were quite often visited at camp by other great friends from the Panguitch area, some who found success in this hunt a bit earlier than the rest of us! Way to go Kenny Tebbs' group, as I we watched from across the canyon as the boys got into some great shooting just after sunrise! I understand some young guys, Daxtyn and Chandylr Tebbs (Kenny's nephews) got into the shooting action, and the group brought 2 spikes in on the opener. Before pulling the trigger uncle Kenny asked the boys if they knew what they were getting into. Kenny's brother David says that the boys got to experience the hard work it can be to pack an elk out of a nasty canyon! Seven hours later the group had the bulls packed out, and were back to camp. Well, hopefully it didn't sour the experience. We hope to hear of more success from the Tebbs family in the future! Congrats boys on a couple of fine spikes!
|Cache with his spike|
|My boys celebrating the kill|
|All packed up, ready to head out|
The best part of it all, having my family along that evening. What a blast hiking my wife and kids into the canyon to take care of my kill. It's only a spike, but if you could have heard my boys you would have thought we had brought down a 400" monster bull! It was dark when we made it back to the truck, and we had a good time talking about the experience all the way home. I have to give out a big thanks to Gregg Christensen, for meeting up with me that morning, bringing along a good horse, and for helping me quarter and pack my elk out so I could get home in time for Dallin's birthday. Thanks a ton Gregg!
The next day I received word that Zach and Ryan were also able to bring in 2 more long tines! Switching locations back to a favorite spot, the boys had no trouble filling their tags. In addition, they are out trying to find another one that they spotted last night. Hopefully that will bring success to the rest of the Owens/Mike Marshall group!
|The Viper HD spotter was a valuable tool for this hunt!|
As for the rest of the group, well, there's still almost a full week left to hunt, and the snow that is falling is only going to help things for them. Good luck to all of you that are out there still trying to fill your tags. Be sure to send some pictures our way! You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them (or tag them) to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/suhuntandfish.
|Amazing country, and great friends. This is what the spike hunt is all about!|