I left Clark on a high perch to watch as I walked down through the park to the far ridge. I decided to hug the lip of the park so I could see down into the basin. As I got 3/4 of the way, I spooked something in the bushes ahead of me. It didn't sound like a deer, and it definitely wasn't an elk. I made my way to a small hill to see, and surprise! a mountain lion! Very cool to see her sleeking into the foliage away from me. As I walked a bit further, I heard more rustling. I got a bit spooked thinking I was the hunted this time. It turned out to be deer this time, not mountain lion.
I hunted up around to the right of the high point on the far side of the park. There isn't much visibility up here and is quite noisy with all the brush. Sticking to the open face of the point works just as well. As you get to the far side you can see down into the ajoining basin and onto some secluded parks. I didn't spot anything and made my way back to Clark by early afternoon.
We hunted from the end of the lower road that evening. We spooked a deer right as we came to the lookout point, but spotted no elk in the far basin.
|arrow in tree|
|spot the hunter?|
Wednesday brought Steve, Justin and Dave back to camp. We decided to give b&b one more try since I had seen elk both previous days. We all parked in the same meadow, but Steve and I went up the road to the large park on top. Steve entered where I had come out on Tuesday, I went farther and it took awhile to find a way in without getting into the thick timber. The area always looks different based on the exact small rolling meadow you are in. I met up with Dave late morning and nobody had seen elk. When we got back to the atvs, we found Steve napping. Dave used his elk call, but Steve didn't budge. Dave let out a huge bugle and Steve jumped up! A good laugh was had by all.
|see the porcupine?|
Late in the day Steve and Justin went back down to pick up Clark who was hunting the low end of this area. Dave went up the service road and I hiked down blue grouse trail. I was about an hour in, when I spotted many deer. The hunting got really good. Finally I spooked some cow elk. There was a bull with them! A spike... damn. At the same time, I seen a porcupine. He waddled away up a small trail.
Stay tuned for part two!