Elk hunting is hard

I have only been bow hunting twice since my last report a week ago and I have not even released an arrow.

On Tuesday, it was so windy I could not shoot more than about 40 yards. I started the evening off hiking into a canyon on the National Forest along a small creek. It was beautiful, but I didn’t see any elk sign at all, which surprised me. I did see a few small deer and several antelope. Then I watched for elk coming off the mountains behind a ranch that I have permission to hunt. No elk.

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On Friday I put a stalk on a nice buck (black and white picture) on a piece of state land, and then I did a four-mile hike on the ranch where I saw very fresh elk sign, but no elk.  I did see the other antelope (three images below) on the ranch, but the landowner only signed my deer and elk licenses, not my antelope license.

I did see a nice buck antelope (three images below) at 30 yards on the ranch I have been hunting, but the landowner only signed my deer and elk licenses, not my antelope license.

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Below is Laramie Peak from a distance during the rainy weather.

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I only have one week of archery left and then it will be time for the rifle hunts to open.

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