On the way to Buffalobob's campsite I stopped in Salmon at the tire store to get my hitch tightened. While there I asked a fellow how the elk hunting was going. He cussed and swore and bad mouthed the wolves. (I don't think this fellow ever stepped in the woods in his life.) He said they had the elk busted up into small herds and those were down in the depths of Horse Creek, over the mountain from where we were.
There were wolves all right. Jim was on location from Oct 1st and I showed up on the 7th or 8th. While Jim was there and I wasn't we are more than fairly sure that the wolf/s were there too.
We were able to observe several groups of elk and one of what I would call a herd, maybe. 1) 9 cows and a 5X5. 2) 4 Cows and a 5X5 (twice), 12 Cows, 7 Cows. A group of 4 were just over the ridge from our shooting point but never crossed to our side. Also, there were no spikes or rag horns seen. Odd, huh?
Note: the cartridges used for size comparison are 338 Rums/300 SMKS & COL of a bit over 3.9"
Here's some of the old boy's tracks.
Here's some stuff he left behind. Note he backed into a bunch grass in the center of the dozer road. Had to be a male. A lady wouldn't have backed into a bush.
Did a visual inspection to see what the fella had been eatin'. Nothing but hare hair in there.
Smelled pretty bad so I didn't do a taste test.