Interesting trip for sure this year.
My number one priority was elk, I figured timing wise per past years calendar I would nail the rut. I would soon find out unfortunately, that the extremely dry weather changed up the patterns and location of the elk.
Not that it would matter because I soon scoped up a stud mulie that I decided would be me goal very quickly. He was a main frame 5x5 with deep front and back forks. He was every bet of 180 and most likely even better. He was still in velvet so I thought he would be pretty predictable. I ended up playing cat and mouse with this deer for the whole week. I can honestly say I think I pulled ever trick I had, even sat a water hole for 10 hours only for him to bust me at 3yards down wind. I even cut his track and tried stalking beds mid day. Spent hours behind the glass trying to pattern him. My hit list evolved in to three deer- king(velvet 180's 5x5), pitchforks' running buddy(solid hard horned 160's 5x5), and key hanger( massive 3x3 with lots of junk). Oddly enough I ended up with shot opportunities on all three deer in 8 days of hunting. But I came up short, except on the last 10mins of the last day.
It was a rough week, the next few pictures will give you an idea of fun and non explanatory issues that just seem to pop up on the mountain.
Day 1 big kitty following bull elk, very fresh track
Day 4( with two brand new tires one the back)
Now I'm in Mexico drinking a beer taking it all in. I should hear from the insurance company next week on what happened with the truck.