So the Elk did not make a good showing! In fact talking to all the old timers hunting the area for the past 20-30 years they all claim that the since the outlawing of hunting cats woth dogs the cows and calves never cross into the area we could hunt. Only the bulls drop down. We heard one shot opening day, nothing the next two days and three shots yesterday. We did eat pretty good. Tri tip, scarbelly wings, smoked chili burgers, pork loin.
Saw all kinds of weather. Rain, sleet, hail, sun. Woke up to 3" of snow yesterday. Nice and toasty in the wall tent with the wood stove chugging along. Thought it might have snowed, gets really quite at night when the snow falls. Sure enough it did!
The area was super steep, thick and to get to it you had to cross the river. Luckily this time of year the river isn't all that deep.
Camp the first evening. There is a river crossing here and the forested mountains loom up behind.
We set up our tent facing East as the predominate wind is from the West. Can see the Desert mountains to the North. Since I didn't have a tag I spent most of my time up in those hills Glassing back across to the area where my friend was hunting. There is no vehicle access allowed off road so my legs got a great work out!
Always fun to pull a few pranks at camp. I think my buddies tongue has recovered...
Thick steep stuff!
Tri tip (sliced with the grain in preparation of slicing against the grain)
Smoked some taters up too. That's all of the food photos. Was too wet the rest of the trip to get good shots of anything.