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Old Jan 19, 2008, 7:49 PM   #1
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Brrrrrrrr Minus 17f / Elk Hunt

Pentax K10D w/ Sigma 10-20 lens & Canon 1D Mark 3 w/ Canon 500mm & a 1.4 converter

A little before daylight I was glassing for elk and I found Antlers down in the bottom of a small canyon. I went down the road about 1/4 mile so I could try and get to a ridge with thick cedars and catch the bull on his way to bed. from the tracks I had seen it looked like he should cross a open area just before he got into the timber on his way to bed. I only had to cross two small ridges to get to where I wanted to be, about 1/4 mile hike then hide and wait.

When I got out of the Camera Wagon I thought to myself damn its a bit nippy this morning. I got to the ridge and settled in under a big cedar, now this means I was in the shade but no way to hide and be in the sun. About 10 minutes later (Seemed like at least an hour cuz the 10 to 15 mile a hour wind was cold) the Bull showed up.

Here he is approaching the top.
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Arrow marks the spot.
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Approaching the bald spot near the top.
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A closer look.
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Steady Climbing.
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He decides to stop for a few munchies.
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This was a good thing cuz it gave me some time to get out my crow call. I wanted to try and stop him for a few more shots.
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I used my crow call as he was lifting his head and he turned to find the crow.

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He still had a little grass in his mouth
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This is my best side for the next photo or damn fleas itch.
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Since he didn't seem to be real interested in the crow as he continued his climb I got out my Cow Elk Call. YUP!!! he was so interested he turned around.
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GOOOOD News, better than a Flea Collar a Magpie
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Magpie having breakfast
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Checking to see if the Magpie did a good job.
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I did another soft cow call and he was listening.
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I saved my favorite of this series for last. For me it just tell the story of the hunt.
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When I got back to the camera wagon I looked at the temperature gauge.
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Bottom Line: DO NOT look at the temperature gage before you get out of your camera wagon. You might change your mind about going in to get the photo. As you can see sometimes I have to use more than 1 wildlife call to get the animal to do what I want.


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Old Jan 19, 2008, 7:57 PM   #2
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Awesome series, Roger!
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S-S-Sevent-t-t-teend-d-degrees? G-G-Good th-th-thing th-th-the a-a-anti-s-s-shake w-w-works in th-th-the c-c-cold! (really!)
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Awesome series, Roger!
Even as cool as it was it was a fun morning. I had never had a chance to get a bird on a deer or elk. I have seen it numerous times but never could get a photo.


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Fantastic photos
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Very nice shots Roger.

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Super series Roger! You really present these wonderfully. Love the Magpie having a meal. Lol. These are great...cheers...Don
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S-S-Sevent-t-t-teend-d-degrees? G-G-Good th-th-thing th-th-the a-a-anti-s-s-shake w-w-works in th-th-the c-c-cold! (really!)
If the IS hadn't of been working I am sure all I would of gotten was Blurrs.



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Great shots, really liked the one with the bird on the Elk.
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Fantastic photos
Thanks a bunch for such a nice comment.



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