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While some people are pages deep into their HAC, recent events have inspired me to start an my own.
With 19 points going into the draw for 2016 my father was sure he would draw the Boulder Early Rifle elk tag. We geared up to get the good word, and when it came it was UNSUCCESSFUL!. To say the least my dad was depressed! So in an effort to cure his depression, and because we now had no hunts going on in September, I found an OTC archery elk hunt to do in Idaho. We set aside September 13-20th to go chase bugling bulls with our bows.
My younger brother has been deployed in Iraq for the past year, and is scheduled to come home within the next few weeks. He sent my dad an email saying he got a message on 8/24/16 and he is the first alternate for the Wasatch early any weapon elk tag. My dad called to confirm this, and happily accepted the tag. He emailed my brother and said "lets go hunting!". The only problem is that our Idaho dates conflict with my little brothers LE dates. The priority obviously goes to my little brothers hunt, so with 3 weeks to prepare for this hunt, we are going to give it our every effort to help him harvest a once in a lifetime bull, and put Idaho on the back burner.
The current plan is to scout like crazy up until Sept. 10th, then on the 11-15 head to Idaho, leaving my brothers here to continue scouting. Then return for one final day of scouting on the 16th before the opener of his hunt on the 17th. He has never killed an elk before, and I want to make sure his first is a good one!
So now that you have the back story, here goes my HAC, better late than never..........Did I mention that 5 days ago I thought I broke my leg and my season was OVER.......