Elk and Deer seasons opened today. My buddy bought a cow elk tag and decided to hunt some butte and pine country north of his place. I volunteered to go with in case he shot one. They are definitely a two man job. We walked in at 0400, I napped until 0600, and then sat until the legal hunting time came: 0714 today. We heard a few shots but knew we would come up short on elk: we could hear the bulls bugling behind us on the neighboring ranch, and at one point, got a whiff of a cow-elk herd passing up wind from us. After a while my friend got up to take a brief walk around the area. I went the other way. It was 0900 by then and the good game movement hours had passed. Not that it mattered to me; I didn't bring a rifle. If you need to haul out 1000# of elk the last thing you need to be dragging is a rifle. This was my friend's day.
So I walk a bit along the escarpment and what to I find? a pair of huge mule deer does on the flats about 120 yards away, oblivious to my presence. I have two doe tags in my pocket. No rifle.
Another day, I guess!~Muir