Went archery hunting with son-in-law last week. Was a bust for elk. Went too high. It was too dry. Elk were lower. A scouting trip would have been a good thing. Unit 51 along with its neighboring units, 37A and 29 used to be some of the best elk areas in the state. No more. Of the many bad decisions I made was to leave my rifle in the camper. Who wants to carry a 14# LRH rig while hiking at 9400 +/- feet elevation? Google Earth, Sawmill Canyon Idaho and Timber Creek Pass Idaho to see where we were. We parked the ATV to the east of Timber Creek Pass and started a 6.5 mile hike to the west along the ridge top. Guess what? Upon entering the first clearing after the pass in the very early light @ about 60 or so yards . . . . . a large wolf. Too dark to tell color but was large and darker front and lighter back. My first wolf sighting and the XD-9 was in the back pack. There would have been no time for a rifle shot. Long story short, my son-in-law cow called a second wolf. I'm back in the shadows and he's jumping around like a school kid trying to get my attention. By the time he does and I sneak over to him and put up the bins, there's a young grey female looking at us. And my rifle is at camp!!! Never again! A rifle will be with me whenever I'm in the field in Idaho. Ya never know when you're gonna come across something that needs shootin'.