Very proud of my friend and @hookandarrow podcast parter JT for the awesome archery Elk on his latest unguided hunt. Packing it out himself in 3 trips @cameronrhanes style! Huge accomplishment! #elk#hunt#archery#fitnessmotivation
North American #elk , or wapiti, were once plentifulin the #RockyMountainNationalPark area. As Euro-Americans settled the Estes Valley, they hunted elk intensively, sending much of the meat to market in Denver. By 1890 few, if any, elk remained.
In 1913 and 1914, before the national park's establishment, the Estes Valley Improvement Association and United States Forest Service transplanted 49 elk from Yellowstone National Park to this area. Around the same time, an all-out effort began to eliminate predators—including the gray wolf and the grizzly bear. The resulting decrease in predators and hands-off management of elk hastened the recovery of Rocky's elk population. The population grew to record high numbers in the late 1990's causing deterioration of vegetation and other wildlife communities.
Another day striking out, but that's okay. It's not about getting the animal, although that is a reward. It's about getting out in mother nature and creating memories. When I'm out there I feel centered, I feel at one with myself and everything around me. There is no background noise other than that of the wind and the birds, the rain falling. There are no distressed thoughts, matter of fact there is no thinking at all, besides for the thought of how amazing of a gift and how beautiful life is. It's a reminder to let go and to breathe. It's a reminder of what life is truly about. Adventures and good times. (Photo Credit - @stevestravelingsoul ) #Wyoming#Archery#Hunting#Elk#BearArchery#Nature#GoodTimes
Sitting here reflecting on an archery season passed. This season was completely unexpected as I got an archery tag 4 days into the season on the reissue list, and it did not disappoint! The season was full of highs and lows, but overall my best season to date here in Colorado. Getting to sit with my uncle as he harvested his first bull with the old stick and string, learning a completely new area, bugling in my first heard bull to 36 yards, 30+ miles on foot in four days, and maybe the thing I'm most proud of is getting into elk every single day on every hunt morning or afternoon I seen elk or made a play and came up short. I cannot wait until next year and the season ended yesterday! #archery#archeryhunting#archeryelk#Colorado#gunnison#elk#wapiti#elkhunting @sitkagear @vortexoptics @swarovskioptik_hunting @officialgoldtip @mathewsinc @kuiu_official
Goodbye Montana. Archery Elk hunt is over for me, I had to call it a few days early and head home for family reasons. But I loved being back in Montana, seeing the sunrise every morning in the mountains and the views from every ridge we climbed. I found out I'm about as coordinated as a new born calf when hiking in deadfall, in the snow also. I found out I'm out of shape but I have enough grit to hike around the mountains from sun up to sun down. Most importantly, I found out just how addicting elk hunting is. Thank you @montanafullcircle for taking me hunting and all your hospitality. I hope you guys have a killer rest of your season!
Next year is already planned with two of my favorite hunting buddies, my brother and el Jefe. I'll be prepping all year to chase bulls in a few states! And this year I hope to make it back for rifle season this October or November and possibly put a notch in my tag. #archery#elk#hunting#montana#whatgetsyououtdoors#publicland#publiclandowner
It's amazing the lengths these Bulls will go to during the Rut Season, even fighting to the death, sadly in this case there is no winner, they both won't make it. Nature took its course... #rockymountainelk#elk#northernnm
Visited Rocky Mountain National Park and saw a bull elk rolling around and flinging mud in the air. He looked like he was having fun playing in the mud! Elk pee on themselves and also roll around in their urine and mud to make themselves attractive to the ladies. Glad I'm not an elk!