What Happens in Elk Camp
Cool! Downright chilly.
New elk hunter blooded now.
She loves my down coat.
Being in elk camp always produces interesting results. This year the opener was hot and dry. Two days later we were at 13 degrees in 8 inches of snow. It was the change in weather, mostly that made us acquainted with a young couple who camped near us. We have a nice camp with a roomy tent that has a sheepherder stove for heat. They had a small room in a cold metal horse trailer with no light (broken lantern mantle). They had pulled in near us fairly late, after dark before the opener, so we did not see them when they moved in.
Turned out, he is very good at calling elk; had had hunted the area in bow season. She was really a new hunter, only having taken a deer before this. He pulled in a big bull to only 30 yards, and managed to pull it back several times until she could get a shot. She made a great shot at a small target, hitting him square in the nose as he stood looking straight at them, and breaking his neck from the straight-through shot. (I have hidden her face for her privacy.) What a bull, and what an exciting way to get it, for your first elk hunt!!
Very nice couple. We met them the following night after dark once they had finished packing out meat, getting it to a locker, and then he tried hunting that evening. That was when we found they had no mantle for their gas light. We always have extras. It was clear she was freezing as the change of weather came in. We fixed their lantern, invited them back for apple pie, and that evening I loaned her my down-filled jacket, which she wore for the remainder of her stay up there. While the other three of us hunted, she stayed in our tent and tended the wood stove – well enough that she was in shirt sleeves when we returned at dark. They were a delightful, very considerate couple, so young and yet so conservative, thoughtful, and insightful. They really added to our trip.
Our own adventures? Later…