Cool mountain air filled my lungs as I unzipped the tent door and searched for my boots. Yesterday’s hike had left me tired and sore, but now wasn’t the time to inventory my aches. I slipped into my boots, double-checked the contents of my day pack, donned my headlamp and headed out. I left camp and began gaining elevation along a creek, which I used to navigate and cover my noise.
The destination for this morning was a saddle on a high ridge that towered 800 feet above camp. From this saddle I could keep an eye on two basins, and hopefully, once the sun rose, I could locate a bull before he went to bed in the dark timber. Just before I reached the saddle the quietness of the still-dark mountain was interrupted by a bull elk’s raspy bugle.
Photo by Tony Bynum
Okay, so the story that I just shared with you hasn’t happened… yet. For years I have been dreaming of chasing elk with a bow, in the Rocky Mountains. This year that dream will become a reality. Throughout this year I will be documenting everything that it takes to plan for, prepare for, and then execute this type of trip. I have limited money, limited time, and since I live in the Midwest, I have extremely limited access to elk country. But, I can make this happen. (And guess what?…You can too!)
Clearly, I am no expert on elk hunting, but luckily I have had an opportunity to learn from many great hunters – some of which will be helping me share some great content throughout this year. I have already outlined over 50 posts that I want to write – each one specifically designed to share information regarding going on a do-it-yourself backcountry archery elk hunt.
If you are going on your first elk hunt this year, just dreaming about hunting elk in 10 years, or you are already an elk hunter – I hope that you will join me in this adventure to learn how to effectively hunt elk on your own.