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Old Jan 15, 2008, 12:53 PM   #1
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4 day elk hunt to get a keeper

Gear used: Pentax K10D with a Sigma 10-20 & a Canon 1D Mark3 with a 500mm & a 1.4 converter. Binoculars & a Spotting Scope


Three days in a row I found Bull Elk and got a few photos and never got out of the camera wagon. Sitting in the camera wagon drinking coffee and shooting at bull elk. Life is good and I sure got lucky.

These photos are from 4 days. First day I was driving around mid-morning and saw fresh elk tracks in two different spots not to far from the county road. I went about a mile on both sides of the tracks to verify they hadn't crossed the road. 2nd, 3rd & 4th days I went to the areas before daylight and waited to catch them going back into the timber to go to bed. 4th morning Thickest fog so far on this hunt. I decided I should go back the 4th day in the afternoon and wait and see if I could catch them coming out of the dark timber. YIPEE 4 days and I finally got a keeper. I think the elk called Mother Nature and asked her to make the conditions right so I would go away and stop bothering them.


Day #2







Day #3











Day #4 At daylight, thickest fog so far.



Played with one of them so you can see there really is elk there.


Day #4 evening - YIPEE 4 days and I finally got a keeper. I think the elk called Mother Nature and asked her to make the conditions right so I would go away and stop bothering them.

How did I know the 4thday in the afternoon was the time to get them ??? You can choose cuz I don't know.

1.Mental Telepathy

2. I have a phone line tap on Mother Natures phone

3. I got lucky

All the fresh track told me this is the ridge. Some of them had crossed the road from the earlier days.





With a close up







He must have a attitude, his #5 tine one one side and his #4 on the other is broke. Probably happened during the rut



A better look at his broken antlers.



About a mile down the road I found me another Bull. He also has a broke antler.





With a close up








Thanks for looking

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Bottom Line: Sometimes being a little stubborn and having good binoculars can get you a keeper or two.


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"Sitting in the camera wagon drinking coffee and shooting at bull elk. Life is good and I sure got lucky."

yeah, you could say that!! these are outstanding, as usual... i really love the shots of the elk standing in the snowy sagebrush on day 3... and that last one, of the elk with one antler broken off, is a keeper for sure... those guys get really screwed up when their antlers are unbalanced like that... i wonder how that one got along?

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"Sitting in the camera wagon drinking coffee and shooting at bull elk. Life is good and I sure got lucky."

yeah, you could say that!! these are outstanding, as usual... i really love the shots of the elk standing in the snowy sagebrush on day 3... and that last one, of the elk with one antler broken off, is a keeper for sure... those guys get really screwed up when their antlers are unbalanced like that... i wonder how that one got along?
Hi Rocky, I think they adjust to about anything real quick.

I am guessing but probably most folks that read the forum will never get a chance to go on a Elk hunt so I figured it would be fun to share a elk hunt with them. It would not be unusual to hunt elk for 4 days and not get close to getting a keeper.


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Great series Roger. I envy your setup of sitting, sipping, and shooting. Great stuff!!..cheers...Don
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cool shots as always wacky roger. it is fun to look into your pics and try to find the subject that your close up inserts shows. i'm always amazed when i find the subject because they are so far away and tiny!

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Great series Roger. I envy your setup of sitting, sipping, and shooting. Great stuff!!..cheers...Don
The 3 S's of Elk Hunting, sitting, sipping, and shooting. I like that THANKS


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cool shots as always wacky roger. it is fun to look into your pics and try to find the subject that your close up inserts shows. i'm always amazed when i find the subject because they are so far away and tiny!

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The reason I started this was so my clients could show their friends and family part of their hunt. "Here is where we found the elk and then a close up after we stalked in closer." Thanks for the nice comment.


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Holy cow Roger!! (Er... I mean Elk)... what a fabulous range of photos. I really do enjoy how you show us the far away shots and then the close ups. Cheers, Dan
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Holy cow Roger!! (Er... I mean Elk)... what a fabulous range of photos. I really do enjoy how you show us the far away shots and then the close ups. Cheers, Dan
Dan thank you SIR for the kind comment.


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Some great side views of the big ones, Roger, nice job.
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