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BLooDTRaCKeR
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Oct-14-18, 
10:27 AM (MST)
"The pains of success"

This elk hunt may go down as the toughest and scariest hunt of my career. Dad and I headed back up to sacred hunting grounds to maintain the tradition of a father/son elk hunting trip. I took the week off work and planned to stay until we filled one or two tags. Opening day was good to us. We saw a cow that morning and I got into a herd that evening right at dark. I saw a spike, a couple cows and a 5x5. So, without hesitation, I took a shot at the bull, heard the whap, and watched him run off. I went down to where he was and followed his tracks. I jumped him 50 yards into the trees and decided to back out of the area and come back in the morning to resume tracking. There was a fair amount of blood to follow, I just did not want to push him into the steep, thick pines as we were already 4.5 miles in on foot.

The next morning we woke up to snow. There was 5 inches down and still snowing hard! All hopes of finding this bull were gone. It was foggy, windy, and snowing like crazy. We set out on foot anyway to do the responsible thing.

Once in the area, we split up and started gridding. I had made one pass and was coming back up when I smelt elk. Another 50 yards and I look over to see my bull laying at the edge of the trees. Talk about luck! I fully expected to never find this animal due to the circumstances. (I guess I should change my user name from Blood Tracker to LUCKY!

Or was I luckyÖ..

I spent the rest of day cutting and leap frogging meat up the mountain to the top where I could centralize everything for the next days pack out. Mother Nature spent the rest of the day dumping snow on us until evening; there was roughly 12 inches of snow down when dad and I decided we had better get out of there. The snow was so deep that we could not ride our mountain bikes out. It was snowing and blowing so hard that we struggled to see where we were going. On top of all this, my dad, (age 71) started having heart complications due to overexertion. We had no cell phone service, and we were 4.5 miles in. At that point, I have never felt so helpless in my life.

Iíll admit, I was scared, and even had an anxiety attack when I realized the situation we were now in. If anything further happened to my dads health, we would be spending the night inside a pine or worse. We left my dads mountain bike on the mountain, I started kicking a trail out of that area, going as slow as possible so as to not push my dad beyond his health limitations. Somehow, (through one 3 hour continuous prayer) we made it to camp. The next day, (hours later) we woke up to more snow. The snow was so deep (and still snowing) that we decided to get off that mountain, leave the elk, dads bike, and come back later for everything.

The truck tires were chained up, the 29 foot trailer hooked up, and we were off. Pulling that rig out of there was a bit sketchy but we got it out.

Fast forward to yesterday. I went back up with a brother, located all the meat, and packed it all out (yes, even the mountain bike). The whole drive up it was sunny. Once we started up the trail, the snow hit and it never stopped snowing until 2:00 am this morning when we got closer to home. Got home at 3:00 am this morning.

Regardless of the circumstances this year, success is success. I used to think you couldnít put a price tag on a successful hunt. I sing a different tune today, as I am lucky to still have my old man standing beside me after that ordeal on the mountain. No elk or animal is worth the life of a loved one. We now await the results from the heart doctorís tests. I am sure the good old days of trudging up that mountain with me are over for my dad. However, having him around for many more years is more important than any old hunting tradition.


Dad on the day before the opener


Dad on the opener. (starting to get cold)


The snow hits


The elk is found!


Celebration pic


The work begins


Dad keeping the fire going while I make trips up the mountain with meat


yes, those are mountain bikes...


At the sight of this, it was time to get off the mountain.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: The pains ...  hogg_65      Oct-14-18   1 
  RE: The pains ...  Wapitiwilly      Oct-14-18   2 
 RE: The pains ...  Alwayshunti...      Oct-14-18   3 
  RE: The pains ...  Shadow      Oct-14-18   4 
 RE: The pains ...  rmanwill      Oct-14-18   5 
  RE: The pains ...  Gator      Oct-14-18   6 
   RE: The pains ...  JB48      Oct-14-18   7 
    RE: The pains ...  elkassassin      Oct-14-18   8 
     RE: The pains ...  DH56      Oct-15-18   9 
 RE: The pains ...  ReinerDude      Oct-15-18   10 
  RE: The pains ...  smokepoll      Oct-15-18   11 
 RE: The pains ...  HIcountryman      Oct-15-18   12 
 RE: The pains ...  98caxj      Oct-15-18   13 
 RE: The pains ...  tex270      Oct-16-18   14 
 RE: The pains ...  JOLLY60      Oct-16-18   15 
  RE: The pains ...  BPKHunter      Oct-16-18   16 
   RE: The pains ...  mmwb      Oct-17-18   17 
 RE: The pains ...  Founder      Oct-18-18   18 

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hogg_65
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Oct-14-18, 
10:41 AM (MST)
1. "RE: The pains of success"

Good Luck to your Father, may he find good heart health.

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Wapitiwilly
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Oct-14-18, 
12:11 PM (MST)
2. "RE: The pains of success"

Thanks for sharing your hunting story. Enjoy the quality time with your dad. He oooks like a young 71 and Iím sure he has several good hunts in the future.🇺🇸

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Alwayshunting
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Oct-14-18, 
12:29 PM (MST)
3. "RE: The pains of success"

Scary stuff... My dad (71) is the self appointed chilli pot tender due to similar circumstance. And has better luck than the rest of us idiots out hiking half the time...

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Shadow
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Oct-14-18, 
12:54 PM (MST)
4. "RE: The pains of success"

That's one you'll never forget. It's tough sledding when the old man can't do it like he used too, and trust me, the hunts are even tougher after he's gone. Glad you could share it with him and here's to hoping he has many more. 71 isn't really that old.

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rmanwill
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Oct-14-18, 
03:49 PM (MST)
5. "RE: The pains of success"

Thanks for sharing. Best of luck to your father. Scary stuff there. .Any memories made to remember. Might have to be some easier hunts, but hope there is many more years of memories to make.

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Gator
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Oct-14-18, 
04:47 PM (MST)
6. "RE: The pains of success"

That will be a hunt for the Books,
Hope things turn out ok for your Pops.

"I have found if you go the extra mile it's Never crowded".
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JB48
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Oct-14-18, 
07:32 PM (MST)
7. "RE: The pains of success"

Dam, hope your father is ok.

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elkassassin
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Oct-14-18, 
08:22 PM (MST)
8. "RE: The pains of success"

Don't Ever Think You can Out-Guess Mother Nature!

She'll Throw You a Curve like You've Never Seen!

Glad You got Your Dad Out Safely First & Then the Bull!


I know so many people in so many places
They make allot of money but they got sad faces

It Ain't Easy being Me!

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DH56
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Oct-15-18, 
07:18 AM (MST)
9. "RE: The pains of success"

LAST EDITED ON Oct-15-18 AT 07:20 AM (MST)

LAST EDITED ON Oct-15-18 AT 07:19†AM (MST)

Congrats and memories were made hunting with your dada. Hope your dad feels better.

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ReinerDude
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Oct-15-18, 
12:18 PM (MST)
10. "RE: The pains of success"

Congrats, I hope everything turns out well with your Dad.

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smokepoll
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Oct-15-18, 
12:42 PM (MST)
11. "RE: The pains of success"

I really enjoyed reading this. I hope all turns out ok.

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HIcountryman
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Oct-15-18, 
04:07 PM (MST)
12. "RE: The pains of success"

Bloodtracker, may your dad recover and enjoy good health for many years to come. I lost my own dad at age 61 to his 2nd heart attack. I have dreams of him being out west with me hunting muleys and elk and i am aware in them that they are dreams - he never made it out here to hunt the west.
Our last whitetail season in FL was memorable as he had seen a piebald doe 1st day of archery and wanted it to be a rug! Last day of season we agreed to sit all day in our treestands so i was a puzzled when he came walkin up to my stand at about 8am. He had shot the doe at first light and lost blood trail. We went there and luckily i found where a bit of blood had smudged on a tree and we found her after a bit of a tracking job. We were excited and made a pole and hung her between us to carry out so as not to destroy hair.
I have a pic somewhere of us holding her up on that pole at home. I ll try to find and post.

Again, glad you made it out safely and hope you guys get to enjoy many years together - regardless of whether you can hunt or not!

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Oct-15-18, 
05:06 PM (MST)
13. "RE: The pains of success"

Congrats on your success. I hope your Dad is doing OK, Im sure this is a hunt that will be remember forever.

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tex270
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Oct-16-18, 
05:46 AM (MST)
14. "RE: The pains of success"

Thanks for sharing your story, and the pictures. Glad everything worked out. Congrats on a hard earned trophy and memories you will never forget.

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JOLLY60
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Oct-16-18, 
02:12 PM (MST)
15. "RE: The pains of success"

Excellent story and I am glad everyone got out safe. Sometimes you have to stop and give yourself a sanity check. Looks like you made the best choices possible given the circumstances. Congrats on a successful hunt; I hope your dad is doing better.

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BPKHunter
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Oct-16-18, 
03:12 PM (MST)
16. "RE: The pains of success"

Good marketing for InReach.

I bought one 4 years ago for an elk hunt with my dad, just in case. I never go alone without it.

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mmwb
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Oct-17-18, 
11:13 PM (MST)
17. "RE: The pains of success"

My hat's off to you buddy. You did what you had to do. Took care of your dad, took care of business. Best wishes to your dad. Enjoy that elk.

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Founder
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Oct-18-18, 
10:12 AM (MST)
18. "RE: The pains of success"

Scary deal right there. Doesn't sound like a fun hunt at all. Hope your dad is okay.

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