2011 Hunting Journal
Looking back on the 2011 season, I would have to say it was about as much fun as a person can have at work! The more years we hunt this area, the more inpressive places we find, and the more we learn about the animals in their habitat. This translates to a lot of great action for the hunters. We had two hunters take bulls that scored over 350" B.C., and another two bulls that score over 300" B.C..
One of the nicer bulls was taken in the archery season by a hunter from Oklahoma. We had spotted the bull early one evening from a high point. It was evident he was a BIG heard bull with cows. Our stratage was to get in close and bugle as if he was being threatend by a smaller bull.
We got within 30 yards of him in heavy timber, and when I used the bugle the bull cut me off with a return bugle before I could even finish. It was so loud that we had to check if our hats were still on our heads. It took another ten minutes of me bugling and the bull cutting me off, before the bull decided the he was going to put the hurt on this unwanted intruder. The bull came in, plowing through small timber so thick that all the hunter, Jeff, could see was a frontal view of the chest and two 14" brow tines. The shot was good and the hunter, Jeff, was able to take home a knarly set of Montana bull elk antlers.
The 2011 rifle season was awesome, barely a day went by that we weren't seeing shootable bulls. The third week of the season brought three hunters from Wisconson, a father son team, Don and Cody, and their friend, Steve. Don and Cody, with Jeff as their guide, got on a big heard the second day of the hunt. Two bulls were grazing at 200 yards with about 80 elk surrounding them, both shot and two bulls fell, only one bull was just pretending and got back up and ran off with the heard. The next day, Steve harvested the biggest bull of the season. We guessed the score around 370"
The last week of the season, Thanksgiving week, we had a family from Minnesota. John, Nora, and their 17 year old son, Brett. John bought our hunt that we donated to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet in Plymouth, MN and decided to bring his family along. By the time we ate the turkey, Thanksgiving evening, they had filled their tags and were done hunting.
In all we had 17 rifle hunters and harvested 11 elk. God blessed this season greatly and we at Beaver Creek Outfitting are 'anxiously waiting next season.