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A buddy of mine has been trying to draw an elk tag in the big horns. He hasn't yet, but decided to go out scouting to just check the area out. I couldn't refuse the offer to go along, thinking of all the cool stuff we would see. We left on 7/1 and returned 7/5. It was a very fun trip. Not knowing where we would set up camp till that evening. Hiking in the middle of no where. Of course we saw elk.




I was surprised on how many moose we saw. I never saw one in the wild before. We saw 16 different moose on saturday alone.


Not sure what these bulls were up to!


Tons of mule deer were seen.








Cut throat trout being released.


As I said, it was an awesome trip. I can't wait to go back someday. Hope you enjoyed the images.

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Great stuff Man! My favs are the first mountain bluebird and the sunset.

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Thank you! My husband used to hunt elk in the Bighorns. I always wanted to go just to see what you have showed us. I don't know--the only pics I saw were men in blaze orange with dead animals. The sunset, the mule deer, the head on moose pic--no wonder they loved going back year after year. Love these!

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Very nice work, thanks for sharing! I like them all, especially those Western mtn. bluebirds and the two young bulls standing amoung the wild flowers!

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Nice set of pics. Of course, when you go hunting you won't see that many elk.

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