Went up for our deer and cow elk hunt this past week. Battled drifting snow and cold for a couple of days then the sun came out and melted off the snow cover in most spots.
Pre rut is just starting, mature bucks are travelling and staging with doe groups right now. saw plenty of 1 1/2 bucks first couple of days then on Oct 30 everything changed, big boys showed up.
Found this guy bedded on a ridge line, looked left to glass and spotted some elk in a crack bedded down.
When the buck stood up I took my shot, 243 yards, he went down within 10 yards. The cow elk just looked around and then bedded down again, they were about 800 yards away.
We took care of the buck and loaded him up then made the short drive around behind the elk and stalked the cow. She died in a steep crack, made for a hard 75 yard pack down. Could have been much worse. Unfortunately , I think she is 20 years old, front teeth are worn all the way down to the gums.