Scoot Posted September 25, 2012 Share Posted September 25, 2012 My buddies, Jon and Gabe, and I went to Montana on September 14th. We came home on the 23rd and we had quite the adventure! Below is the summary of the happenings while we were on the mountain chasing elk (and our tags were good for mule deer too). As always, our trip was do-it-yourself (DIY), but as you’ll see in the end, we got a hand from a local gentleman and his friends before the trip was over. A couple heads up- this was very different country than we’ve hunted elk in during the past. The country we hunted in during the ’07 and ’08 seasons was more like this. However, this country was thick, dark, and almost entirely covered in lodge pole pines, big and tall evergreens, and brush of all kinds. The typical view from most locations looked like this. This made for some hurdles we weren’t used to jumping while elk hunting, but it also made for extremely difficult conditions for taking pictures. I’ll tell you up front- we didn’t take one picture of an elk on the hoof during the entire trip. The question is, did we take some pics of elk with us smiling behind them? You’ll have to follow along to see… Another heads up that I was really frustrated with- my camera gave me problems the entire trip. For some reason, the flash quit working and even when I didn’t need a flash, I got a lot of poor quality pictures- stinkin’ camera problems! I’ll make use of the best pics I got, but I’m afraid they are generally of poor quality. I’m glad Jon and Gabe did a nice job of taking plenty of pictures too. Further, many of the days of our trip were clouded by smoke from fires all over the West. This made glassing tough, but also made getting pictures of the scenery difficult. So, with all of those excuses in mind, here are the happenings of the ’12 DIY Public Land Elk Hunt for Team Elkblood (this team name was the direct result of two factors: 1) immaturity, and 2) too much time on our hands on the drive out). A little background about the trip: Several times before this trip we were reminded that the success rate of non-guided, non-resident hunters in general units of MT is 4-7%. Even though those odds weren’t encouraging, we knew we were ahead of the game by being willing to pack into an area that was miles away from the nearest trail that allowed motorized vehicles. We were armed with bivy gear- lightweight packs, tents, sleeping bags, etc. This would allow us to pack into our hunting area with everything we’d need on our backs. Importantly, getting away from the well traveled roads would get us to an area where few people were foolish enough to go to for an elk. The Trip- Day 1: We were up at 2:00 AM on Fri, Sep. 14th. Jon and Gabe met me at my house on the way out of town and we were on the road fifteen minutes later. Before too long we reached the Eastern border of our destination state. I was brimming with excitement and was meticulously planning the final details of our trip. A small wrong turn on a gravel road and a small wrong turn on a dirt trail, but the trip in went pretty well. While crossing private land we saw several deer. A coyote whose sneak on some muleys we ruined- haha!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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