Summary of our 2012 elk hunt. Not a Question, but an Answer to a couple of inquiries posted here to refrain from hijacking a thread off topic.
Beekeeper and his crew met up with WAM’s crew in Craig, CO on Thursday p.m. and settled in for chores and rest before going out to the ranch property to drop gear and trailers on Friday. We had a couple of new hunters this year rounding out the group; a friend of Beekeeper’s and one of my waterfowl hunting buddies who is primarily an archery hunter.
Weather was pretty crappy all week. The first four days were very windy with temps 15+ degrees above average. Despite the wind on opening day, Lance made a long stalk to get inside 250 yards of a great buck that should score 200+, the largest he has taken on the property in 12 or 13 seasons. It was a dandy. I saw a few good ones the same morning, one of which would have made him cry, but I chose not to shoot at 320+ yards in a 30+ MPH crosswind at a deer in and out of the oak brush. I waited all day for a better opportunity that never materialized, nor did I see either of the other good bucks again. Ron left some elk feeding in a meadow at dark, so I guided Randy back there at first light and he took a nice cow with a .308 Win at 120 yards once again proving that a .308 Win is potent elk medicine at reasonable ranges. My son and Beekeeper doubled down on cow elk two days later on different parts of the ranch. One more cow was taken for a total of four for seven hunters for the week.
Then the weather really turned to crap the middle of the week with two days of snow and cold buffeted by high winds. Really tough to hunt in those blowing snow conditions. My son took a mule deer the next to last day, but Lance and I kept holding out for a good shooter bull until the end of the hunt. We finished the week with four elk for seven hunters, not a spectacular result, but we had a great time getting together with old friends and making a few new ones! I’m sure the extreme drought conditions of the summer contributed to the distribution of deer and elk this year.
Question by WA Mtnhunter. Uploaded on October 30, 2012