2014 Hunting Journal
This is the seventh year since Starla and I took ownership of Beaver Creek Outfitting. We are looking forward too many more years and opportunities in the hunting industry. The Little Belt Mountain Range has proven time and again of it's prosperous game numbers and exceptional hunting environment. The archery season is my passion, to be apart of the elk rut and being a part of the action is an experience like no other. Getting up close and personal with a "growler" bull can make for heart stopping action, especially when you can smell their breath from a bugle and your ears ring from the pressure. The only thing between you and the eight hundred pound, "pissed off", dagger crowned, creature, is a stick and string! You can't get that from a Hawaiian vacation.
This year's rifle season, we took 13 elk, 12 mule deer bucks, had 5 hunters tagged out, had a lot of passes on smaller bulls and bucks, and some," heart breaking" missed shots. The first week of the rifle season, Pat, from Minnesota, (who has been hunting with us since we began, and hunted with Clayton before that), came first in September on an archery hunt and took a mule deer buck, then came back for rifle. He had a bear tag, knowing that we see a lot of bears during the early hunts. Mitch was guiding Pat when they rode right up to a nice black bear. At first, Pat didn't see the bear because he was looking too far away. When he realized it was only 40 yards, he bailed off his horse and downed the critter. Pat had brats made from it and said they were the best he ever had, but gave him the worst gas imaginable. The third week of season brought a real unusual storm. We had a down pour of rain on Sunday going in, then woke Monday to below zero temps. What a mess, everything was frozen. The cold weather hung on all week, It's good we had some of the tough guys of Wisconsin. They thought the weather was great. Pete, from the group, took the biggest bull of the year, and wrote a very nice review for us. I posted it on our testimonial page. The fourth week, we had the boys back from Minnesota. Bob and Jake were hunting with Mitch one evening when they spotted a great buck. Bob was able to put it on the wall, making it the biggest buck of the season.
We had a great time making memories this year, thanks to all who hunted with us!