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Day 1&2: Learning the elk- For the better part of these two days, scouting took place. We were trying to pattern and see what kind of activity the elk had after the first hunt had just concluded. Rut activity was extremely limited, you can hear a few bugles off in the distance, but would quickly fade as the sun rose. During the day, we were able to glass up a bedded 6×6 with two cows. They were a long way out and proceeded to stay put as evening was approaching. As night approaches, we start to hear bugles. I look...

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CRAZY ABOUT SHEDS If you ask me one of the best feelings in the world that you can experience is walking around a tree and the first thing you see is the tines of a big ole brown elk or deer shed. That little spurt of adrenaline you get from that is one of the many reasons I shed hunt. That feeling never gets old.I recently found a good sized brown moose paddle with my good friend Mason. Finding a moose shed s something I have dreamed about and wanted to find for a long time now. When I came...

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EXTREMELY PROUD It’s not very often that I say publicly that I am EXTREMELY proud of myself. But May 3, 2017 I had my very first successful solo hunt. This was the very first turkey I’ve ever shot. And if you understood how many hours I put into finding and harvesting this bird, you’d understand. HERE'S MY STORY I’d been out probably 10 times prior to this hunt in the season, give or take. I’d had close encounters almost every time. But turkeys are smart, fast, agile, and quiet (when they’re not gobbling). These were public land hunts, and trust...

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MOTIVATED The 2017 Fallow Deer season was different for me. Hunting on a new and unfamiliar property was a daunting prospect but this year I accepted the challenge. I put countless hours underfoot, many weekends were spent searching endlessly only to find one or two does on the odd occasion. I soon realized that this area has a very low deer population, almost non-existent in fact! I knew I had my work cut out to find a male deer, let alone a trophy class buck! Frequently left frustrated and disappointed, I often found it hard to push on. However, I...

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PACKING IN ALONE 16 miles with a pack like this will wear you out! It’s always fun exploring new country. Packing in alone can be a little eerie especially in grizzly country. I only had one encounter. I couldn’t get the big buck to come out of the trees but his little sidekick posed for a few pictures. Hopefully I’ll find him again in two weeks with a rifle this time! BUCKED OFF TWICE The last few days have been the toughest hunt I’ve ever been on! After being rained on every day, 3 inches of snow last night, and...

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