2013 Hunting Journal
We began this season, the very first week of archery, in early September, and put in five weeks of bow hunting and another five weeks of rifle. I would say that every week was more fun than anybody should have at work. Every person we hunted this year was great. We saw good numbers of both deer and elk (even though a lot of areas in Montana have seen a decrease.) We were pleasantly surprised with the game herds that inhabit our mountain area.
We were fortunate to have Andy Ross from 'Maximum Archery' hunt with us again this year. With his busy schedule, it is hard for him to make tracks in a remote wilderness camp for a full week, but with his new-on-the-market "Ambush" re-curve bow, he was ready to draw blood from a wapiti. Unfortunately, no bulls that week wanted to cooperate. Thank again Andy, Dee Dee, and Mike for giving us a chance! Jesse and Grandpa say; "Great thanks for the Crossroad guitars." They have been pounding out Christian music for the church every chance they get.
The rifle season was a little slower this year than in years passed. We had a lot of shots at bulls that were either really good at dodging lead or just plain lucky. The first two bulls that we harvested came the second week, through a father and son team from WI/MN. Both were veterans who fought for our rights on foreign ground. It was fitting that Dan brought down a three-by-four bull on Veteran's Day, and his son, Eric, put a five-by-six down the next day.
The third week, Steve from Wisconsin was back with his brother-in-law, Ed. Steve was the hunter that had taken the big bull in 2011, which officially measured 398 inches. This year he was looking for an even bigger bull, but settled for a heavy-horned, four-by-seven, mountain buck. Just a gorgeous buck, Steve is going to run out of wall space for trophy horns.
The fourth week once again brought John, and the boys form MN, and, true to form, John dumped another four-by-four buck. Jake slid a bullet around the front leg of a 380 inch bull. Through the excitement, they passed each other at 25 yards in thick new growth. We tracked the bull the rest of the day but came up empty except for a new respect for the big bull. The last week was open for cows, and we made the most of it. Gary from WA was back with some friends of his, and they all filled freezers. Thanks again Gary for the apples and salmon. Rob from FL. was able to connect with a nice four-by-four "rutting hard" muley.
Thanks to all who came and hunted with us in 2013!