26 October 2008
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Published on October 26th, 2008 @ 04:42:43 am, using 186 words, 1870 views
As many of you know, we are proud supporters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a group of mostly volunteers who have been responsible for preserving more than 5 million acres of land and habitat for Elk and all wildlife forever. This organization places these lands back in control of state and federal agencies in order to create public hunting and recreational opportunities for generations to come.
If you are a NASCAR fan and a lover of everything wild, check out Kevin Harvick’s #33 car paint job and logo by clicking on this link.
I had the pleasure of sharing the mountain earlier this spring with David Allen, who is the new CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and our friend and neighbor Richard Childress another NASCAR legend. The RMEF continues to gain great support not only for hunting, but for the great things the volunteers do to promote wide open spaces and curtail greedy land developers. For more information, please visit www.rmef.org, or call 1-800-call elk!
Best of luck this hunting season!
23 October 2008
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Published on October 23rd, 2008 @ 11:11:18 am, using 798 words, 1049 views
First off, I want to thank everyone who has been keeping up with things here and for reminding me of the popularity of this “blog". I am slowly accepting this new task to being an Outfitter and therefore sincerely appreciate all your kind words and thoughts.
THE SEASON IS UPON US
Last night I watched about 200 head in our hay field. There were several nice shooter bulls. I had thoughts of charging admission to the many onlookers who probably just left Yellowstone and in heading north through the ranch saw their first elk, since the wolves have pretty much pushed them all from the park.
Archery Season was exciting as always. We planned our weeks a little later this season which everyone agreed was a good call. Hunter comments ranged from “the best time ever", “this is the best crew I have ever hunted with", “Here’s my deposit for next season", and my personal favorite-"I don’t think I can hunt elk with a bow". Each day we had several opportunities and no complaints. The rest of was left up to the hunters who all put forth a great effort and went home with some unforgettable memories.
“SUCCESS IS WHEN PREPARATION AND OPPORTUNITY MEET”
I have said this a lot over the years, and it still stands to be the absolute truth in elk hunting. With rifle season upon us, I thought I would share some thoughts from past clients relative to mistakes you should try to avoid on any hunt.
1. PREPARATION: I’ve spoken to some of the boys who are already in route, these guys are ready. Listening to some of their work out regiments has truly impressed me. Anticipation is high for certain and I am confident as a result of their preparation, this first week of rifle will go down in the books as one with no stone left unturned, twice. Not only are they physically prepared, but they have practiced in realistic situations. Not only hunting on thier own, but at the range as well. While there is no way to fully walk yourself through every potential elk hunting situation, nothing can take the place of natural shooting abilities and consistent awareness. Opportunities in elk hunting happen 1% of the time, which is when you need 100% ability to seize the moment. Nuff Said.
2. GEAR: Just because something costs more doesn’t always mean it works better. Each season I consider getting into the retail business and away from outfitting. Seems the money would be easier. Intimacy with workable gear from your weapon to your hunting boots cannot be sacrificed. No matter what your gear, weapon, choice of camo, it’s all the same. Keep it simple, focus on YOU, the most important weapon.
3. LISTEN TO YOUR GUIDE: There are currently about a dozen arrows lost somewhere on the ranch property, good arrows, blood free, shot too far, shot at the wrong time, shot because of bad choices. I don’t mean to hurt any feelings here, but it is my primary job to keep hunting ethics high and respected. Check out my article in “Montana Sporting Journal"-"Trophy Hunting Mentality". For some reason, as hunters we place undue and unfair pressures on ourselves and make bad choices just because an animal is a trophy. This just doesn’t make sense. Listen to your guide, don’t suggest other ideas, trust me-your guide knows the program.
After 15 years of chasing elk, I have learned one spiritual reminder. Success comes to those who have a “blind faith". Our society has forced us all into this “I want it right now” mode. Thankfully, elk hunting will never get there, no matter what. Keeping it wild is what makes it so sacred and so sought after. The blind faith required is analogous to beating your head against a brick wall. It is probably going to hurt, bleed, etc., but if you do it enough the bricks will give, but it is going to take a whole lot of pounding-just trust me on this one.
BACK TO MY ROOTS
I made a trip “back East” to good ol’ Pine Flats PA. I was able to see the folks and family as well as some good pals. It sure was a good time. While there my dad kept trying to drag me off to go fishing for trout. However, he knows all too well of my love of the carp-which were just a short walk upstream. I think it safe to say he is now in the same group.
Just a gentle reminder that we are booking up quickly, 09, 10 are full for several weeks with just a few openings remaining. Please give me a call if you are considering a hunt for the future.
I look forward to seeing all your guys soon!