It was a little too chili for Reggie in the morning.
We watched the bulls feed for a while before they finally bedded down. I apologize for the poor quality. The pics were taken from video.
Here is the picture when we finally hiked up to where they bedded down. This is what we spotted after the Ghost bull walked by:
We couldn't tell how big he was intially.
We moved within 60 yds and from another angle, then we could tell he was a small five. He then stood and started to feed with his spike buddy.
It was a great opening day full of action. Unfortunately, with family time, work and my hunt, I don't have much time to edit and throw in the video. I will do an entire video at the end.
The next day was Sunday. I do not hunt on Sundays and I decided to drive back and spend the day with my family.
In fact, here is a great scripture exemplifying one of the many reasons I choose not to hunt on Sunday, for those that enjoy the good word:
“For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;. . . . . Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;
17 Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;
18 Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;
19 Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.
20 And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.”
. I hiked into an area to check my camera. This is an area that I'm expecting to improve once the rut picks up. The area is scattered throughout with elk rutting signs. Unfortunately, I didn't even get one picture of an elk on my camera; only the same doe and fawn from before. I hiked into the surrounding areas to investigate further elk sign. In one canyon I spotted a lone calf elk making all sorts of noise, like a lost little puppy, but sounded more like a kitten getting stepped on. I thought maybe she was slowly being devoured by a lion but to my surprise, she was just zig-zagging up and down through the pines. This continued for about 45 minutes and then she bedded down. She must have found her binky?
I hiked a total of 12 miles that morning. I was a little fatigued, so I decided to drive to a new area. On the way, I met a good guy named Mark P. from Lehi. He gave me some very good information about a big bull that he had seen only a few days ago and pointed me in the right direction. I quickly drove up there in search of this big beast! On the way, I met some deer hunters who also told me about a big bull they had seen including a few that had almost run them over on their 4-wheelers. This was all very reassuring news about the area.
It started raining and when I got there, nothing was out feeding. I sat and glassed and the deer hunters came back down to look for deer as well. It started to get dark, so I thought that I would hurry and hike out of there so I could get more sleep and wake up earlier the next morning. On my way out, I noticed that I had cell-phone service. Wow, I thought. Maybe I should check in with my wife. I stopped and gave her a call only to be interrupted a few minutes later by the deer hunters. They asked me if I saw the elk just below me. Apparently, from my angle I wasn't able to see the elk; it must have been in my blind spot. They told me that they couldn’t tell if it was a bull or cow because it was too dark already.
I laid in my sleeping bag that night and listened to the owls hooting. I was puzzled with the decision I had to make for the following morning. Should I take Mark’s word along with the deer hunters and go back in there and look for the big bull? Or should I go look for Hooker-7? Tomorrow would be my last day before I would have to return to work the next day.
To be continued...