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Scoutin' Wyo
01-16-2011, 12:17 AM
That’s what the biologist’s temperature gauge read Monday morning, as we followed well over two dozen sets of elk tracks towards a ridge line. I was in the lead and wishing I hadn’t left my spike camp and hand warmer in the back seat of the truck on this quick little walk to glass a distant bowl. Sure enough the three of us (myself, my friend Mike, and a Wyo G&F biologist) find the elk just on the far end of the ridge about to continue over the top and spill into the flats beyond. We stop to let them continue on their path, which will allow us to rush the ledge while being out of site. As we scurry to a potential vantage point I notice several beds in the snow and assume that we got them up just minutes ago. Looking down from the ridge we see over 20 cows and two spikes feeding 120 yards away. I’ve got my rifle set in some shooting sticks and quickly find my scope full of brown bodies. Mike and I whisper about which cow looks the healthiest and for the first time I notice that his beard, as well as my own, is full of ice. My fingers start to burn as I wonder if a cow will ever feed away from the others.

I picked up a cow elk tag for a unit that is well over the projected herd population and waited until the snow started to fly to chase them. A rancher I know allowed me to hunt on his ranch which sits at the base of some foothills. He “guaranteed me” a cow, as he had seen hundreds of elk there this Sept/Oct while chasing big bulls. Well all I ever found were big bulls and big bucks. Not a single cow! Ya know what they say about easy hunts right. So I found a Game & Fish hunter management area that would allow a hunter access to three ranches that held wintering elk.

Here are some pictures from the “guaranteed cow hunt”. Can you see the buck?

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Here he is shot through my binos.

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Some more deer.

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Back to the deep freeze.
Mike and I finally agreed that the cow standing broadside staring at us looked like a perfect blend of health, age, and aloneness so I let ‘er rip. She was between 3 and 4 years old and was dry. It proved a little bit of a challenge to get her back over the ridge to the truck, but with good friends anything is possible. Thanks Mike & Jeremy!!

For the first time in several years I filled all three of my tags. The freezer looks GREAT!



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SLG
01-16-2011, 07:35 AM
Very nice! A full freezer is a wonderful thing.

Smokepole
01-16-2011, 08:17 AM
Noice, are you going back after that buck?

Herb
01-16-2011, 09:34 AM
Very nice, pretty country.

Scoutin' Wyo
01-16-2011, 09:34 AM
Noice, are you going back after that buck?

The rancher doesn't let you touch those guys.

T Bone
01-16-2011, 10:17 AM
Nice work! Assuming all digits are intact, it's much better than sitting on the couch.

P.S. I've located a Travellette in killer original condition.....just need to follow up and see if the owner is willing to let her go.

Ermine
01-16-2011, 11:55 AM
Brrrr! Good work. The other day went lion hunting and it was 20 below. Too cold for me!

DP
01-16-2011, 12:58 PM
Awesome pictures and a great story. Thanks for sharing.

mgutman
01-16-2011, 04:16 PM
I got a chill just looking at those pics. Congrats on a fine addition to the freezer.

Jon S
01-16-2011, 04:56 PM
Good work, was thinking you would be up chasing those wily wapiti. Glad you connected with an up close shot (by Wyoming standards). That looks cold, but glad you have some meat to make WY warm.
Hope all is well and look forward to seeing you sooner than May (hint: the Winter rondy) or maybe a weekend jaunt one day in February.

Ken
01-16-2011, 06:53 PM
Nicely done! Those pic's do look chilly.

Smokepole
01-16-2011, 08:06 PM
The rancher doesn't let you touch those guys.

What, does he think he owns the place or something?

Huntsman22
01-16-2011, 09:41 PM
Scoutin', With all that coldness, the gutless method wouln't have afforded you much of a chance to warm yer fingers up in the offal......

colohunter303
01-17-2011, 02:36 PM
Sounds like a great hunt SW. its always good to fill up the freezer. Looks like you got a great place to chase big bucks as well.

snakey2
01-18-2011, 11:07 AM
Very cool/cold!

Smokepole
01-19-2011, 07:04 AM
I keep wondering that there's no snot-cicles in the photos, they must've cleaned themselves up,

Scoutin' Wyo
01-23-2011, 10:38 PM
I keep wondering that there's no snot-cicles in the photos, they must've cleaned themselves up,

Even us IH drivin hicks got standards man!

Just got the results of her CDW test,,,NEGATIVE! She was estimated to have been between 3-4 years old. Yumm!

Huntsman22
01-24-2011, 06:48 AM
estimated? You had a BIOLOGIST along, fer cripies sake. How was he earning his keep? Weight and measure? Why didn't heat least section a tooth? Just another taxpayer funded free ride?

Huntsman22
01-24-2011, 07:06 AM
Someday, when I grow up, I wanna be a wyo biol-o-gist. And get to play with the competitions (meat-eeyor-all-ogist's) toys, to boot. Like them hi-tech new 'temperature guages'. What the hecks the matter with us taxpayers only payin' fer a plain-jane thermometer? Great gig, that......

By the way, I'd wild-assed guessed, eerrr, I mean, uhh, yeah thats it, 'ESTIMATED' is the word I'm searching for,... her as a 2 year old.......

Lab-Roamer
01-24-2011, 07:33 AM
:D


estimated? You had a BIOLOGIST along, fer cripies sake. How was he earning his keep? Weight and measure? Why didn't heat least section a tooth? Just another taxpayer funded free ride

<LI id=post_252413 class="postbit postbitim postcontainer">Someday, when I grow up, I wanna be a wyo biol-o-gist. And get to play with the competitions (meat-eeyor-all-ogist's) toys, to boot. Like them hi-tech new 'temperature guages'. What the hecks the matter with us taxpayers only payin' fer a plain-jane thermometer? Great gig, that......

By the way, I'd wild-assed guessed, eerrr, I mean, uhh, yeah thats it, 'ESTIMATED' is the word I'm searching for,... her as a 2 year old.......
:D:o:cool:

Now that's good stuff

Scoutin' Wyo
01-24-2011, 11:49 AM
Someday, when I grow up, I wanna be a wyo biol-o-gist. And get to play with the competitions (meat-eeyor-all-ogist's) toys, to boot. Like them hi-tech new 'temperature guages'. What the hecks the matter with us taxpayers only payin' fer a plain-jane thermometer? Great gig, that......

By the way, I'd wild-assed guessed, eerrr, I mean, uhh, yeah thats it, 'ESTIMATED' is the word I'm searching for,... her as a 2 year old.......

Huntsman is in rare form for sure. I love it!!

Ya might want to check the dampner on yer wood stove cowboy, the O2 level may be gettin low in yer livin area. ;)