Elk Hunt – Leaving in the Morning
The much-anticipated day is finally here, I am leaving in the morning for my archery elk hunt and fishing trip in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area of Colorado. Everything has come together nicely to make my preparation for this trip pretty smooth, and as a bonus my repaired Sage fly rod arrived on Saturday, so I am thankful to have that to take with me while I fish the Yampa River when I am not hunting elk. As an even added bonus, I hope I have a new reader tonight from the paralegal on the 10th floor; it was nice talking with you today, and I look forward to seeing you when I return.
The weather here in Colorado has been very rainy the past few days, and it is forecast to be the same for the next few days. Cool, rainy and possibly snowy days this time of year are great for elk hunting. The moisture on the ground makes stalking much quieter, and the cool, shorter days and time of year usually get the elk going strong into the rut. That is what I am hoping for when I head out in the morning after getting some last minute things and pack up the truck. At this time tomorrow night I will have completed my first evening hunt and will likely be making dinner in my canvas wall tent with a fire blazing in the wood stove. That is, unless I was lucky enough to find and harvest an elk, in which case I will be skinning and quartering in the dark with the help of my headlamp. Either way will be fine with me.
I have a lot of different thoughts about this trip than I have had about elk hunting trips in the past. While I still have a strong desire to take an elk with my bow this year, that isn’t the hot-blooded driving force behind everything about the trip like it used to be with me. Hunters say this all the time, and non-hunters may not understand it, but it is more about the experience than the result. I will be escaping to complete wilderness, I will find elk and observe the behavior of these magnificent animals during their mating season, which is an amazing thing to see. I will be in beautiful, wild country. I will likely encounter bears, bad weather, and long days in my boots with a pack on my back. I will catch wild trout in Sarvis Creek and the Yampa River. I will spend my nights writing, listening to the crackling of the wood stove, and maybe hearing a bull bugling in the distance. To me, that is the description of a wonderful trip, whether I bring an elk back or not, and I can’t wait to get there.
So you won’t be hearing from me for a while, but I will have a lot to write about when I get back. I want to take a moment to thank all of my readers; I really appreciate your interest in what I have to say. I continue to be amazed at the number of people around the world who read this post, averaging around 18,000 people a day now, and that is great! I promise interesting and exciting stories when I return.