This is my elk trophy for this year. Just a picture. And I hope he is around next year. Rifle season is over now and to my knowledge he is still alive. I have been so busy finishing up my house since returning from Alaska not much time for hunting. I backpacked in for the last two days of archery elk season to try and get a 280-320 class herd bull with my bow. First day I called in three that size to 10-20 steps for easy shots. Problem is I got greedy. This big guy had all the cows and when I would call the 280-320 satelite bulls were all over me. I would have to shut up and lay still hoping they wouldn't see me or smell me. One time I had a nice 6x6 raking his antlers on one side of a spruce while I was hid under the other side. I got to greedy and wanted the big one. I snapped this picture through my telephoto just before dark on the first evening when there was no chance of getting him closer than 110 yards because to many elk were in the way.
I wasn't concerned because I knew I would get him the last day with all day to work him. Two more mature bulls joined the herd that night as I listenned to the bugling from my tent. Middle of the night wolves started howling and the elk went silent. Wolves chased the elk that night and by daylight there wasn't an elk around in the drainage. I hunted hard all day and right at sunset, three miles from camp, I saw two cows and a 310 class 6x6 bull step into a meadow. They were 800 yards from me the wrong way from camp. I had time to go shoot him before dark but I was three miles from a trail in terrible rugged deadfall country. I was still upset with the wolves and let the bull walk. If I had shot him it would have been dangerous all night getting out of there by myself with a bad leg. I decided to go home and start back work on the house. I will get him next year when I have more time.
I do have an antelope tag good till this weekend and a deer tag if I get time to use it. I also have a buffalo tag for this year and hope to use it sometime before December 31. Hope to get time and put something on the ground.
I forgot to put in the main reason I didn't shoot the last one I saw. A big grizzly walked through a meadow about 300 yards from me just before I saw the last bull at sundown. I thought all night through remote rugged country covered in bloody elk meat and a grizzly on my ridge. I have a bow. I decided to leave.