I've been pretty slow to keep this updated, my apologies to the viewers.
With the Utah archery hunt over, it was time to think Wyoming deer and elk. On Sept 19, we pulled out of town, two days later than I wanted, but I needed to get a Facet injection in my back, the T9 and T11 were not going to make this the most enjoyable trip.
A quick side bar: in the spring of 2010, my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The months of chemo and other myriad of drugs and hospital stays really took it out of him.
In 2011 we drew our limited entry archery elk tags. I was completely surprised how well dad did hiking the canyons for the 13 days we hunted. This year, well, dad is now 71 and 3 years in remission, but this year the hunting/hiking has been extremely hard on him.
The Wyo archery hunt was unsuccessful in terms of tags filled, but we had a great trip none the less
weather was great except for the 40 hours of constant rain.
The color on the Aspens, willows and brush was as bright as i've ever remembered seeing.
Over the course of the week, we both passed up a few smaller bucks. We both did find a couple bucks that were shooters but never got an arrow in the air.
The elk during the week were not being as vocal as we thought they might, but bugles were heard every evening/morning.
I watched a small 5x tear up this pine for 20 minutes, very neat to watch.
One afternoon I decided to take a long hike. About 3pm I got to the top of a secluded ridge and took a breather and some pics.
about 3:30 I let out a locator bugle and banged a tree for a few seconds and had an immediate response. Being by myself, I got a little unorthodox in my approach to this bull calling and closing the distance. The 6x6 ended up 72 yards from my position and no closer, all I could think about was "man, I need another person for this situation" anyway, he walked away, and I had another great elk memory of ivory tips and dark beams.
Now, it has been many years since our last visit to this area during a hunt, but it struck us as to how many archery hunters there were. It seemed half the archery hunters in the state were in this area.
A week home, then back up with rifles in hand,,,