What’s Up Outdoors: Elk hunt starts off fall with a bang
This fall is off to a great start, now let’s see how whitetail and mule deer season goes. But truthfully it doesn’t matter now.
So, the plan was to get a bunch of work done this spring. And that turned into a summer of no fishing or anything fun for that matter.
But all that led to planning a great elk hunt and, looking back, it was so worth it. So if anyone was wondering where I’ve been, I wasn’t doing anything worth writing about.
After finding a spot to hunt with some big bulls, all I could think about was all the little things that could go wrong with the plan. Any little wind switch or for some reason they changed their route and it would be a wasted day.
On opening morning we headed into the valley they were traveling the morning before and got set up, hoping they repeated yesterday’s path. As the herd slowly made their way closer they got a little spooked by something but luckily they mellowed out and kept coming to an opening in the timber where I ranged it at 340 yards. Now I get really excited every time I elk hunt but knowing this might be my chance on a big bull I was beyond excited.
I braced myself on the bipod and squeezed, then immediately chambered another round and got back on my scope and saw the shot was perfect and there was no need for another. Within seconds it was over and all the planning was worth it, and all the worrying was unnecessary.
To my amazement another elk season was done in the first hour and for the first time I didn't shoot the first bull I saw, and I’m sure glad I waited. This fall is off to a great start, now let’s see how whitetail and mule deer season goes. But truthfully it doesn’t matter now.
JAMIE DIETMAN, What’s Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.