I am very excited to share these photos and this post. Last year one of my buddies and I went out for Archery elk in Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington State. I was successful my first year with a bow harvesting a black tail. It was a spiritual experience. My buddy and I spent this last year going over maps, listening to podcast, and learning as much as we could. We identified some areas that we thought they might be residing in. After a year of planning we finally got our trip in to check it out. As soon as we dropped of the Pacific Crest trail and descended into the brush we heard the elk bugling. We made it down into a valley with no trails within a mile, northeast facing and full of grass. The camera photos are taken on one of the rub lines I saw last year pointing to this valley. Opening day is tomorrow for black tail and elk opens on the 11. I dropped into the valley and plan on letting it rest until the 11. I’m going to hunt the area around where my camera was in hopes of harvesting a bear or blacktail. Once Elk opens I plan on dropping into the valley. This year is turning out alright.
This is so awesome – I need to find a hunting buddy willing to put this amount of effort into a hunt. If only you and your friend created a little hunting club, I would love to learn alongside you and participate in hunts like this. There is nothing this amazing in the areas I hunt.