October through December, 2013

Friend Ken had great luck this year. He got two white-tail deer in the first few days of the season and a cow elk on November 6, all taken from our property. Dan wants to try his hand at hunting this season and has just over 3 weeks to fill his tag.

The November 6 elk hunt did not start well. Ken and Dan gave up scouting along the creek and returned to the Carriage House. At the Carriage House they spotted a small herd in the wide gully above. Ken took a 150 yard shot using the Carriage House to steady himself and got a quick, clean kill. Getting the gut pile and carcass down to the road was largely a case of making sure the sled did not run over someone. With the pickup backed into the slope, the carcass slid right in. The gut pile was disposed of near the bottom of the property where the dogs won't find it and the coyotes will make short work of it.

This is the third year that Ken has killed an elk in this gully. Perhaps he should just sit in the Carriage House drinking coffee and keeping an eye on the gully.

UPDATE: Dan got his chance 2 days later but was not used to the hair trigger on Ken's gun so missed a great shot. Soon after, he had to get foot surgery for an ongoing problem and may not be able to hunt for the rest of the season.