I opted to not scout too much as the hunt approached after I had decided where I was going to hunt. Since this is a Limited Opportunity area, there really are not alot of elk. The units are nowhere close to what their carrying capacity is. You will see elk in one spot, then you won't see elk in that area for a month, then the next month you will find them there again. They move around alot depending on where rain falls, feed, pressure, and whatever suits their fancy.
Scenery isn't bad out in Gods creation:
Hiked almost 60 miles in 6.5 days of hunting. Our sweet spot was in one of these:
One sample pic of a bull on one of the waters during the hunt, looks like good fronts, skinny, but long:
Wallow that the bulls were using alot early in the hunt before it rained a bunch.
It was a fun but difficult hunt. Hot days, lots of hiking, only three mornings where we had bugles. Those three mornings were sure fun though up on a mesa in the wilderness area, they would come in to cow calls and had some great action. Buddy killed the fourth bull I called in for him:
After those three days, it got warm and the rut shut down and/or we overhunted our sweet spot. Could not find the couple herds that were up there. Was down to crunch time. The last day of the season my dad joined me and we got out an hour before light and started a big loop in the wilderness area. No bugles. We called in a little rag horn, but no other elk. I was really thinking about calling it a hunt after the morning ended. We got back to the truck, checked a couple of waters, and I almost headed home, but dad and my wife encouraged me to just try one of the waters that had some sign of recent elk even though it rained two days ago.
I was very glad I decided to stick it out. My bull came in to make a wallow at the water several minutes after her cows had come in to drink and play. It was around 1:50pm in the afternoon and very hot. I could not believe my luck after just getting settled into the natural made blind. I almost made the mistake of calling it quits too early. I'll work on a video of the hunt to maybe post as the final entry.
The unique bull on the ground: