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Title: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 04, 2021, 12:25:47 PM
Hunting the Blues with a quality elk tag in my pocket.

Does it get any better than that?

Iím currently on the road down to live that dreamÖ

Iíll hunt the opener on Monday, head back to work for a few days and then be back chasing them from the 9-23.  Iíll post updates here as things allow.


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: CNELK on September 04, 2021, 12:33:52 PM
I wish you the best of luck! Hopefully you fill your tag with a giant! I will be heading that way in October with the rifle tag in my pocket!

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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: pianoman9701 on September 04, 2021, 01:33:35 PM
Tag of a lifetime, right there. Best of luck!  :tup:
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: jackelope on September 04, 2021, 02:35:24 PM
Go get em!!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: huntnfmly on September 04, 2021, 02:50:36 PM
Enjoy the hunt good luck
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Post by: Mfowl on September 04, 2021, 03:05:30 PM
Best of luck! Enjoy your hunt!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: bracer40 on September 04, 2021, 05:46:47 PM
Following along. Saw some nice ones down in the holes last year!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: andersonjk4 on September 04, 2021, 06:49:30 PM
Best of luck. I love spending time in Mt. View. This is a dream tag of mine as well. My Buddy finally drew after 25years, so weíll also be down there during rifle season.

Anybody heard if/when they will be opening the National Forest in Mt View and Lick Creek?
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Timberstalker on September 04, 2021, 07:05:13 PM
Best of luck. How sweet it must be after all these damn fires and closures.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: nwwanderer on September 04, 2021, 08:22:08 PM
Be careful, mighty dry still.  Keep us posted
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: NorthFork on September 05, 2021, 03:32:18 AM
You might want to check with the Forest Service in Pomeroy (509 843 1891) as well as WDFW-as far as I know most (if not all) access to Mt. View is still under a fire closure. The FS did open some areas in the Blues as of 9/2 but the area you need was not part of that revision. I do hope you can get in there but it sure doesn't look good-I know the local GW in the area is patrolling for violations of the closures-- it isn't worth a citation to ignore the closure. To date, there has been no announcement as to when things might open again. Best of luck--
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 05, 2021, 06:36:59 AM
You might want to check with the Forest Service in Pomeroy (509 843 1891) as well as WDFW-as far as I know most (if not all) access to Mt. View is still under a fire closure. The FS did open some areas in the Blues as of 9/2 but the area you need was not part of that revision. I do hope you can get in there but it sure doesn't look good-I know the local GW in the area is patrolling for violations of the closures-- it isn't worth a citation to ignore the closure. To date, there has been no announcement as to when things might open again. Best of luck--
The 4-0 is open.  Rumor has it the National Forest opens next weekend!


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: teanawayslayer on September 05, 2021, 07:10:43 AM
You might want to check with the Forest Service in Pomeroy (509 843 1891) as well as WDFW-as far as I know most (if not all) access to Mt. View is still under a fire closure. The FS did open some areas in the Blues as of 9/2 but the area you need was not part of that revision. I do hope you can get in there but it sure doesn't look good-I know the local GW in the area is patrolling for violations of the closures-- it isn't worth a citation to ignore the closure. To date, there has been no announcement as to when things might open again. Best of luck--
The 4-0 is open.  Rumor has it the National Forest opens next weekend!


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I hope the rumors are true for you and the other tag holders
Title: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 06, 2021, 10:40:51 AM
Opening Weekend of my Quality Elk TagÖ

This weekend I began a journey Iíve been waiting 13 years to embark on. 

Hunting branch antlered bulls in the Blue Mountains of Washington.

The fires kept most of my unit closed until Friday, and with a Monday opener, the stress level was high.  My plan was to scout and hunt the morning (today) and then head home for a few days before returning for the rest of the season Thursday night.

For those who donít know, as September ripens, the elk become hotter and hotter in the rut.  They become more susceptible to calling, and are generally dumber and easier to locate. 

So as the ideology goes in September:  it gets better every day.

After being unable to locate an elk on either Saturday or Sunday, I was a bit high strung heading into the opener today.

I was hiking in the dark to make it to a ridge top above my target drainage.  I let out a small bugle, and received silence as a reply.  Turning north to continue along the spine, I was rewarded with 3 separate bugles, spiking my adrenaline.

None of the bulls would respond to my cow calls, but would helpfully sound off every few minutes allowing me to inch closer.

I was finally able to put eyes on one of the bulls, and to my horror, he was a nice 6 point, with weak tops.  Probably in the 280 ish range. 

I say horror, because sometimes my blood list kicks in, and I didnít want a bull like that to tempt my itchy trigger finger.  I have weeks to chase and find bulls, and I didnít want to punch my tag 15 minutes into opening morning and miss out on the magic of chasing elk in the rut.

I moved to try and get into position anyways, mostly to try and get a better look, and to give it another evaluation from close range.  Moving ahead to get into an ambush position along the ridge, I came out too high and the bull pinned me at 40 yards, never giving me a shot opportunity.

For the next three hours I chased bugles around the mountain, logging 7 miles until the bulls shut down around 9am as the unseasonal heat ramped up.

As I left the mountain today, I was perfectly content with my hunt. I feel no pressure and all just enjoying the process.

Iíll be back on Thursday this week, and Iíll be hunting them until the 23.  Iíll update as I can.

Thanks for following along!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: elkrack on September 06, 2021, 11:08:48 AM
Awesome! Canít wait to see how this one turns out :tup:
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: RB on September 06, 2021, 11:12:00 AM
Awesome, best of luck!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 06, 2021, 04:41:36 PM
Updated my post with a cleaner write up.


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: hunthard on September 06, 2021, 05:32:30 PM
I'll be watching for this one.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: trophyhunt on September 06, 2021, 06:31:51 PM
Kill a pig!!! Soak it all in buddy!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Rutnbuxnbulls on September 06, 2021, 07:28:48 PM
Kill a biggun, thanks for the play by play great write up!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Rainier10 on September 06, 2021, 09:00:35 PM
Good luck. Looking forward to the ride along.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Gonehuntin01 on September 07, 2021, 03:21:35 PM
Be patient and enjoy the hunt.  They are in there and hold out for the one that makes your hunt.  Good luck and keep us posted.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: nwwanderer on September 07, 2021, 04:31:14 PM
Line up a pack out crew if this weather holds, thanks
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Pathfinder101 on September 07, 2021, 04:47:14 PM
good luck  :tup:
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 08, 2021, 08:40:40 AM
Line up a pack out crew if this weather holds, thanks
My back works great!


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: HikerHunter on September 08, 2021, 03:09:05 PM
Can't wait to hear this one unfold, tagging along!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: whacker1 on September 08, 2021, 03:10:38 PM
best of luck
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: luvmystang67 on September 09, 2021, 03:05:39 PM
Hope you get one.  Did you ever find a caller or is it just you?

If you end up calling solo... my two cents is that they can pinpoint location from sound much better than we do.  If you start to get in close, make a final stand of calls and then rush forward to set up 50+ yards ahead of where you last called and try to sit quietly.  Hopefully they go to where they last heard you.

I find if I don't do this, they always hang up about 80-100 yards out (if they come at all).

Good luck, kill a monster!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 10, 2021, 05:33:03 AM
Well.

Here we go.

After patiently (ya right) working all week, itís time to rock.

Rain and cooler temperatures on the horizon and 2 tag holders already tagged out means I have my unit pretty much to myself.  Letís see if the bloodlust kicks in full force and I wet an arrowÖ

Oh.  And it looks like the NF opened up!


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: CNELK on September 10, 2021, 05:45:29 AM
Looking forward to seeing how your trip turns out! Good luck to you.

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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Magnum_Willys on September 10, 2021, 05:51:35 AM
Donít forget to range it  :tup:
Good Luck LT !
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Meattoeat on September 10, 2021, 09:03:34 AM
Get some!! We are all excited to hear how you kill a monster 300+ bull
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: luvmystang67 on September 10, 2021, 09:44:07 AM
Get some!! We are all excited to hear how you kill a monster 300+ bull

Dont even show your face unless its 350+
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: emac on September 10, 2021, 10:41:13 AM
Good luck you know what caliber the other tag holders got

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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 11, 2021, 06:50:13 PM
The word of the day is:  Elk

They are literally everywhere!  Unfortunately, they arenít responding to calls yet, and after moving around to the NF side, they are hanging in the thick nasty stuff, which makes it difficult to stalk.

Iíve blown 5 stalks in the last two days, most with the bulls under 40 yards and I just couldnít see them.

Tonight, I stalked around in perfect position, wind in my face, only to be busted by a cow and a spike while the herd bull screamed just out of sight.

So farÖthis hunt is living up to expectations!

I will also note, I bonked last night.  If youíre unfamiliar with the term, basically I over exerted myself and got super dehydrated.  I hadnít drank a ton of water earlier in the day, and I ran out 1.5 hours before the 1500í climb back to camp.

1/10 would not recommend.  The only way to get through it is to force hydrate and force eat.  Symptoms include disorientation, shivering, loss of appetite and thirst.  Donít be fooled!  (Iím fine mom).

AlsoÖmy bloodlust is kicking in.  300Ē bulls are in danger


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: downtownbrown0610 on September 11, 2021, 08:49:12 PM
This is so good to follow along. I am glad that the tag is living up to its expectation. Also Dehydration is no joke. Seen it completely wipe guys out for days. Glad you were back up and at it so soon. Good luck!!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Magnum_Willys on September 11, 2021, 09:35:12 PM
Herd Bulls were chasing off satellite bulls and bugling today in Montana - they shoukd be talking over there any day! 


Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Nwgunner on September 12, 2021, 06:38:40 PM
Tagging along
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 12, 2021, 07:01:24 PM
Sunday

What a strange day! It started with a 430 am wake up call and Jess and I (he is another tag holder) were out of camp.

We are going to hunt opposite sides of a drainage that weíve had plenty of luck on.

On my side, I would be skirting private land, and wouldnít you know itÖ3 bulls light up in the adjacent private. Oh well.

Two more bulls begin lighting up down on the public and the chase was on!

Iíll spare you the details of my boring descent.  But I was way way down at the bottom, and unfortunately the bulls didnít want to play.

Iíve been changing tactics up trying to find the formula to get a bull to slip up.  No dice.

I eventually backed out because of the swirling wind and hightailed it back down for my evening hunt in another area.

Iím not ashamed to say this.  Iím exhausted.

So once I found a nice hilltop vantage point in the sunÖsleep came quickly.  After my much needed cat nap, I was getting antsy to explore and stay mobile.

Picking my way through the jack firs, I kept kicking up nice bucks (file that away for later).

Unfortunately, I also kicked two does out of their bed that ran right intoÖELK!

A rag 5 and a cow were confused and jetted back into the meadow.  Slipping through the timber I saw a herd of about 40, including a shooter bull!  The herd didnít really know what was going on so they meandered and milled slowly towards the timber:

I slipped back into a depression and sprinted a few hundred yards to try and get ahead.  I was in a perfect lineÖthe herd had no idea I was shadowing themÖ

BOOM.

Two more bucks explode and run straight at the herd.  They jump into action and over the edge they go.  I took a side road to try and stay with them but eventually lost them a mile later. I got in another 300 ish bull who wanted nothing to do with the herd, but he was cruising and I never got closer than 100 yards.

I havenít stepped foot in the woods yet without an encounter.  Itís only a matter of timeÖ


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Magnum_Willys on September 13, 2021, 12:56:34 PM
Matter of time now 0- Time for that young bull bugle -they should be ready. 
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Rainier10 on September 13, 2021, 01:06:50 PM
It's just a matter of time.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 13, 2021, 09:17:04 PM
Monday

Iím not sure where to begin todayÖ

It started weirdÖended weirdÖand in the middle?

The middle was magic.

To alleviate the suspense up front, my tag remains unpunched.

I wonít explain every encounter in detail, thereís too many.  I lost count on how many bugles I chased, but I think the number is around 18 different bugles.  Of which, I had 4 legit opportunities that didnít pan out for one reason or another.

The day started when I opened my truck door and immediately hear a bull bugling in the public pasture above.  In the mad dash to get my stuff together I set my car alarm off.  YayÖ

Thankfully the elk didnít care.

Rushing to setup, Iím sprinting the 3/4 of a mile across the open field to try and cut the herd off.  They are feeding along the edge of the field towards the timber.  Just then, I see a truck drive near them.  It doesnít spook them per say, but it does move them about 200 yards further than I was anticipating and Iím struggling to adapt with my positioning.

I sat still and silent in the middle of the herd, and 50-60 yards from the 6x7.  He would never step free, despite me having lanes picked out.  I am not sure what happened, but I suspect a cow eventually saw or smelled me, and the herd busted.

Over the next 13 hours, I would spend nearly all of it chasing bugle after bugle.  I logged 18.6 miles today (personal best!) and I left the mountain with a smile on my face.

While chatting at the camp ground with a fellow tag holder, I hear one last bugle deep in the corner of the pasture.  Thereís just enough light to make a play, and off I go!

Ironically, itís nearly in the same spot as my attempt at first light, though this is a different bull.

Heís a nice six with great tops.  He also had the unfortunate luck of being next to the road!

I snuck down and around along the timber line, rushing because I was racing the fading light.

He had been pushing a hot cow the last time I had eyes on him, and he had pushed her right toward the timber. She bolted when I popped up, and I froze the bull with a cow callÖunfortunately all his vitals were covered and he wouldnít stop again.

Oh well.

Thereís always tomorrow!

OhÖI also passed on a yearling bear today.  Before you judge, he wasnít even taller than the grass he was running through and what am I going to do with the meat while I elk hunt!  If it was a big bear Iíd run it home.  But this guy was tiiiiiny.


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Magnum_Willys on September 13, 2021, 09:24:02 PM
Those pesky car alarms...........  :chuckle:  I see another chapter in the making for the book !
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: trophyhunt on September 14, 2021, 06:33:25 AM
Make Tuesdays great again!!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Timberstalker on September 14, 2021, 06:54:06 AM
What an awesome dialogue.  Keep up the good work and thanks for taking us along for the ride.

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Post by: elkrack on September 14, 2021, 07:57:52 AM
What an awesome dialogue.  Keep up the good work and thanks for taking us along for the ride.

 :yeah:
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: OutHouse on September 14, 2021, 08:06:42 AM
Lots to follow between this and Rainier's bull elk hunt. Keep up with the updates and thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Meattoeat on September 14, 2021, 08:18:01 AM
I love reading the updates. Pushing the rest of us to get out there!!

Canít wait to see that 300Ē bull we know youíre gonna take out of there.

Also way to enjoy every minute of such a special tag
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Dhoey07 on September 14, 2021, 08:19:58 AM
Keep at it man!! It's been fun to follow along  :tup:
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Magnum_Willys on September 14, 2021, 09:30:01 PM
Getn pretty late - you Bonked again or packin????
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Meattoeat on September 14, 2021, 09:42:06 PM
Getn pretty late - you Bonked again or packin????

I think we all hope heís packing, but I think weíre all going to miss the updates if heís tagged out!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 15, 2021, 01:15:19 PM
Tuesday/Wednesday

So I know Wednesday isnít over yet, but I think we might have some action in store tonight!

Tuesday started in the NF, and it was an effort in frustration as I dropped nearly 1800í chasing over 10 vocal bulls, only to never catch sight. I bumped bulls while trying to get to bulls, and as a last option, when it was apparent getting to the elk through the mass of vegetation wasnít going to work, I called.

Nothing worked.

Frustrated, I packed up camp and relocated down south to spend some time there.  Hunting the afternoon, I heard four different bugles, 1 being on private, and 1 catching me on the sneak.

Tired and frustrated, I hopped in the truck and drove the 1/4 mile around the corner, to see another tag holder Keaton.  As we BSíd, another truck came around the corner, one who had passed me moments before.

They explained a herd had just crossed the road and it had a spike and a nice bull.  They pointed in the direction it ran, and I couldnít help but wonder if it was the same herd I had been on the night before.  With not enough light to put a real stalk together, I managed to clear the ridge with just enough time to verifyÖsame bull, same herd, same corner.

Looks like theyíve got a pattern.

This morning I did a short walk before giving my body a rest today.  I snuck into a herd of 10 cows this morning before light, and I could never find a bull before they eventually spotted me.  I also got to 80 on a nice 6 who gave a weak response to my bugle, startling me because he was right behind me on the ridge!

But somehow he slipped out after I spotted him.

So then I gave my body a rest today.  Naps, snacks, water.

But tonight I sit, and I hope Mr. Bull repeats his habit of bringing the herd to the back cornerÖ


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: trophyhunt on September 15, 2021, 01:41:56 PM
Isnít grouse flats in your unit? That place looks like the perfect place to be.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 15, 2021, 01:45:09 PM
Maybe Iíll try it in the morning.  I donít know that anyone has been over there yet.


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Timberstalker on September 15, 2021, 02:02:05 PM
Lots of time left in your hunt, and prime time hasn't hit yet.
Good luck man.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: rosscrazyelk on September 15, 2021, 05:56:23 PM
You keep mentioning private. So I dont think you are in the areas I told you to go.   :chuckle:
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Rainier10 on September 15, 2021, 06:03:31 PM
Lots of time left in your hunt, and prime time hasn't hit yet.
Good luck man.
:yeah:
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 16, 2021, 07:50:28 AM
You keep mentioning private. So I dont think you are in the areas I told you to go.   :chuckle:
Thereís private everywhere!


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: HntnFsh on September 18, 2021, 08:06:22 PM
Thursday, Friday, Saturday Updates please!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on September 18, 2021, 08:11:06 PM
Rainier10 got a 380+ plus bull, oh boy pressure is on you now.🤣
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: CascadeCruiser on September 19, 2021, 12:04:04 AM
Rainier10 got a 380+ plus bull, oh boy pressure is on you now.🤣

Where? I want to see that!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Dan-o on September 19, 2021, 12:46:03 AM
Rainier10 got a 380+ plus bull, oh boy pressure is on you now.🤣

Where? I want to see that!

Elk forum.
2021 East Side Raffle Tag (or something like that.)

It's a beast.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: luvmystang67 on September 20, 2021, 09:48:19 PM
Donít be afraid to rely on a cow call. Sometimes love might be more powerful than the prospect of a duel.   Keep at itÖ elk like to get you a rock bottom before offering a glimmer of hope.


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Rainier10 on September 21, 2021, 09:04:03 AM
All the bugle would do for me last weekend was get reactions.  Cow calls, lots of different variations would bring them in to see what was going on.  It still wasn't on fire when I got mine.  Right now and later in the week it will really heat up.  I know time is running out for you but don't give up.  No time for naps, go all day.  Midday is going to still be good.

You've got this!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Rainier10 on September 21, 2021, 09:12:21 AM
Never give up.
Title: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 22, 2021, 05:19:46 PM
WellÖI know itís been a minute, but I havenít had service to update you guys. 

My tag remains unpunched.

I could bore you with the details of double digit bull encounters nearly daily.  Sleepless nights as elk ripped bugles and fought 50 yards from my tent.  Or maybe youíd rather hear of the countless times I thought to myself ďalmost.Ē

Or would you rather know that I was at full draw 4 times in the last two daysÖwith one miss, and one that thunked into the shoulder/no manís land, never to be seen again. (He will live)

Iíve got 1 day and 1 evening to get it done, but the elk are getting dumber and dumber.  Iíve had more legitimate opportunities in the last two days then the previous 12. 

So hereís hoping for some last day magic!

Also of note, only 2/7 tag holders have filled to my knowledge.  I know another tag holder also shot and lost a bull today (havenít heard if he eventually recovered it.)


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Mfowl on September 22, 2021, 05:29:03 PM
Good luck! Enjoy the remainder of your hunt! Sounds like its been a good one!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: CNELK on September 22, 2021, 06:25:14 PM
Keep your head up and I have the faith you will get it done! Hope you tag out on a giant

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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: trophyhunt on September 22, 2021, 06:50:15 PM
Keep your head up and I have the faith you will get it done! Hope you tag out on a giant

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:yeah:  ahh, the last day bull story has yet to be written!! You got this buddy!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Rainier10 on September 22, 2021, 07:50:54 PM
Keep your head up and I have the faith you will get it done! Hope you tag out on a giant

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:yeah:  ahh, the last day bull story has yet to be written!! You got this buddy!
:yeah: Youíve got this!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Magnum_Willys on September 22, 2021, 08:19:16 PM
2moro is the day !  Breathe, hold off the shoulder.  Gonna happen!   Good Luck!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: elkrack on September 22, 2021, 09:26:31 PM
Pullin for ya man! :tup:
Good luck tomorrow hit it hard
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Fatherof5 on September 22, 2021, 09:35:32 PM
Man, I sure am cheering for you! I canít wait to see the pictures. Have faith it will happen  :tup: :tup:
Title: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 23, 2021, 06:14:56 PM
2021 Mountain View Archery

Well, Iím coming home with an unpunched tag.

Hereís some fun stats for ya, before I get into the meatÖ

My phone logged a total of 190.6 miles over 15 total days of season. 

Plus, 2176 floors climbed, which equates to 21,760 feet of cumulative elevation gain.

Iím estimating 8-10 bulls encountered per day on average, which gives me nearly 150 different encounters with bulls.  To be honest, Iím estimating on the low endÖ

I didnít shoot an arrow for 13 days, and launched two in a 20 min period.

Only 4/7 tags were filled.

I lost 10 pounds during the hunt, consumed 30 beers, and drank a half gallon of whiskey

Iím a better hunter today than I was two weeks ago, and the growth wasnít by a small amount.  I learned how to stalk and ambushÖtools I thought I had, but my abilities now are substantially better.

I learned how to manage noise in a noisy environment.

I learned how to hear the elk before they heard me.

For 9 mornings straight there was a bull in the pasture across from the campground.  For 9 mornings straight, he outsmarted me, despite my most devious attempts at success.

I was busted by deer, grouse, chipmunks, cows, spikes, and satellites. 

Calls were mainly ineffective, a common theme among other tag holders.

But wowÖwhat an experience.  How many years does it take a general season elk hunter to get 150 different encounters? I think I shaved some of my learning curve.

Archery is really hard, and itís harder when your only option is stalk and ambush. 

Iíve come to a point in my life where I generally measure the success of a hunt on my punched tag, but the feeling of satisfaction I have from this hunt is something I canít really describeÖyouíd have had to experience it for yourself.

Archery elk remains my white whale.

But this experience doesnít taint thatÖit illuminates the value.

Thank you Blue MountainsÖyou certainly did not disappoint.


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: teanawayslayer on September 23, 2021, 06:21:14 PM
Man I was pulling for ya! Iím glad to hear you had a quality experience! Thatís what itís about tag filled or not! Thanks for sharing the ride.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: JakeLand on September 23, 2021, 06:22:04 PM
Good on you !! One hell of a experience and one youíll not soon forget ! Thanks for sharing with us !
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on September 23, 2021, 06:28:22 PM
Well done, you gave  it your best thatís all that matters. Youíve gotten an an experience most of us are still dreaming about.👍
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: jstone on September 23, 2021, 07:12:08 PM
Awesome hunt.!!! Sounds like a great time.!

Did you see lots of cows?
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: howlow on September 23, 2021, 07:36:51 PM
curious was the beer and whiskey on the last night lol    was fun following your story.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: goosehunter12 on September 23, 2021, 07:42:14 PM
Thanks for sharing your experience, the blues are a special place!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 23, 2021, 07:44:02 PM
curious was the beer and whiskey on the last night lol    was fun following your story.
Ha, nope.  I would get a little drunk every night to put me to sleep faster


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 23, 2021, 07:44:11 PM
Awesome hunt.!!! Sounds like a great time.!

Did you see lots of cows?
Oh ya!


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: elkrack on September 23, 2021, 07:46:14 PM
Sounds like an epic trip!  :tup:
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: trophyhunt on September 23, 2021, 07:54:16 PM
Great attitude and way to make it a positive!! We were all pulling for ya!  Maybe you have some stuff to put down in another book!! Enjoyed your first one.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Magnum_Willys on September 23, 2021, 09:32:32 PM
Like Jim Shockey says, the sense of accomplishment is in direct proportion to the degree of difficulty.   You are laying the foundation for great success.

Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Rainier10 on September 23, 2021, 10:02:37 PM
As a guy who ate a colockum elk archery tag in 2017 I can totally relate to so many things youíve said.  Itís humbling but you are right the experience is awesome even if you donít fill the tag.

You had a great hunt, congratulations and thank you for sharing the experience here.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: whacker1 on September 24, 2021, 04:09:17 AM
great write up, thanks for taking us along for the ride
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: highbuckklr on September 24, 2021, 08:06:42 AM
All I can say is that you have a great attitude!!!
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: CNELK on September 24, 2021, 09:03:41 AM
First off, I truly appreciate the optimistic outlook on your hunt and it goes to show us all that being successful doesn't always mean punching a tag! We as sportsman off get clouded judgment on what success should look like when drawing special permits. When in fact success starts when drawing a special permit and often times means a once in a lifetime opportunity, that most might not ever get to experience. Having the Mt. View rifle permit myself this year, you have inspired me to be humble and hope to find the silver lining in "embracing the suck" in such rugged terrain! Thank you for sharing your experiences!

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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Netminder01 on September 27, 2021, 08:55:59 AM

...

Or would you rather know that I was at full draw 4 times in the last two daysÖwith one miss, and one that thunked into the shoulder/no manís land, never to be seen again. (He will live)

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Bummer, I thought for sure you'd tag out!

Since I won't be flinging arrows at elk this year and now that your hunt is over... will you paint a more detailed picture on your misses and hunt so others (me) might benefit from it?

- what would you do differently (if anything) on your two shots?
- How was the wind?
- Shot distances?
- Did both feel good on release?
- Is there anything from this hunt you plan on incorporating into prep for future hunts?
- Besides not tagging out, any regrets?
- Best single memory of the trip




Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 27, 2021, 09:40:10 PM

...

Or would you rather know that I was at full draw 4 times in the last two daysÖwith one miss, and one that thunked into the shoulder/no manís land, never to be seen again. (He will live)

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Bummer, I thought for sure you'd tag out!

Since I won't be flinging arrows at elk this year and now that your hunt is over... will you paint a more detailed picture on your misses and hunt so others (me) might benefit from it?

- what would you do differently (if anything) on your two shots?
- How was the wind?
- Shot distances?
- Did both feel good on release?
- Is there anything from this hunt you plan on incorporating into prep for future hunts?
- Besides not tagging out, any regrets?
- Best single memory of the trip
Great questionsÖ

The one I think about more than the others was my first full draw on Tuesday, where no arrow was released.

I had two lunker bulls at 58 yards who had no idea I was there.  They were just over a rise, antlers only as they began to work back around.  The larger of the two needed to take one more step to clear his vitalsÖand he decided to rake a tree instead and then move back down. 

At this point I tried to move forward ten yards to reestablish a shot. 

In hindsight, I wish I would have dropped to my belly and crawled to the ledge.

My two shots were 71 and 83 yards.  Long for many, but within my wheel house, though not the distance I prefer.  Closing distances was a serious struggle for me as these bulls were burying themselves in thick dry nasty timber and not coming to calls or setups.

The bull on my high shoulder was calm and standing broadside.  Never moved until the arrow hit him.  I should have taken an extra 3 seconds and breathed deep.  Iíve made that shot a thousand times.  I was still breathing a little hard from the 400 yard sprint across the basin to try and cut him off before he made the open hillside.

Another tag holder had a hell of a time with wind.  It was occasionally an issue, but I believe it only accounted for 10-15% of my failed setups/stalks.

I canít think of any blatantly terrible moves that I repeatedÖevery situation was a little differentÖand you never know how many elk were there.  I was pinned a few times by wayward cows and spikes.


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Netminder01 on September 29, 2021, 08:01:11 AM
whoa!  I can't imagine flinging an arrow at an elk that far. You had to be confident to do it twice!   8) Fixed or expandable?

My practice routine includes a 75-yard target but it seems like so much could go wrong in the time between release & impact; that's about 2+ seconds, right?

So, one of the misses was the shoulder hit, right? The other a clean miss?


Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Gonehuntin01 on September 29, 2021, 08:30:30 AM
Sounds like you had an amazing hunt.  Great job on the write up and glad you enjoyed the hunt.  Hunts like this will always make us a better hunter.  Too bad you didn't tag out, but looks like you still had an amazing experience. 
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: HntnFsh on September 29, 2021, 08:34:15 AM
Honestly I have to question this also. You say that 71 and 83 yards are in your wheel house but you had a miss and thunked a shoulder at those ranges. It's a lot different hitting a target at those ranges than putting a lethal shot into a bull elk at those ranges. I would think it might be time to reassess what is in your wheelhouse.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 29, 2021, 11:54:19 AM
Honestly I have to question this also. You say that 71 and 83 yards are in your wheel house but you had a miss and thunked a shoulder at those ranges. It's a lot different hitting a target at those ranges than putting a lethal shot into a bull elk at those ranges. I would think it might be time to reassess what is in your wheelhouse.
Thanks for your opinion.


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 29, 2021, 11:59:46 AM
whoa!  I can't imagine flinging an arrow at an elk that far. You had to be confident to do it twice!   8) Fixed or expandable?

My practice routine includes a 75-yard target but it seems like so much could go wrong in the time between release & impact; that's about 2+ seconds, right?

So, one of the misses was the shoulder hit, right? The other a clean miss?
Yup.

I needed to take one extra second and get my breathing under control. 

I am confident in those ranges.  It wasnít something I strive for, but it was the opportunity presented.  Iíve seen guys make errors at 30 and 40 yards too

Iím not here to argue about anyone elseís ethics when applied to myself. I also donít pull any punches, I knew the Karenís would be out in full force after I posted that.


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Matth on September 29, 2021, 01:26:02 PM
whoa!  I can't imagine flinging an arrow at an elk that far. You had to be confident to do it twice!   8) Fixed or expandable?

My practice routine includes a 75-yard target but it seems like so much could go wrong in the time between release & impact; that's about 2+ seconds, right?

So, one of the misses was the shoulder hit, right? The other a clean miss?
Yup.

I needed to take one extra second and get my breathing under control. 

I am confident in those ranges.  It wasnít something I strive for, but it was the opportunity presented.  Iíve seen guys make errors at 30 and 40 yards too

Iím not here to argue about anyone elseís ethics when applied to myself. I also donít pull any punches, I knew the Karenís would be out in full force after I posted that.


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I donít think I would call anyone a Karen, itís just well outside most peopleís wheel house. Including mine, some folks just need their opinion to be heard.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Netminder01 on September 29, 2021, 03:31:45 PM
whoa!  I can't imagine flinging an arrow at an elk that far. You had to be confident to do it twice!   8) Fixed or expandable?

My practice routine includes a 75-yard target but it seems like so much could go wrong in the time between release & impact; that's about 2+ seconds, right?

So, one of the misses was the shoulder hit, right? The other a clean miss?
Yup.

I needed to take one extra second and get my breathing under control. 

I am confident in those ranges.  It wasnít something I strive for, but it was the opportunity presented.  Iíve seen guys make errors at 30 and 40 yards too

Iím not here to argue about anyone elseís ethics when applied to myself. I also donít pull any punches, I knew the Karenís would be out in full force after I posted that.


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Wait, you're not associating "Karen" with me are ya? There was nothing snarky intended w/ my note, just thinking how far that is outside of my comfortable range.

Good vibes
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Timberstalker on September 29, 2021, 03:40:26 PM
Thanks for an honest and raw documentary, Travis.

This is top notch and shows the reality of hunting - it's not all horn porn, fancy camo and the number of social media followers one can obtain.

You showed grit, left it all on the mountain and are taking it on the chin. 

Thank you.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 29, 2021, 03:54:11 PM
whoa!  I can't imagine flinging an arrow at an elk that far. You had to be confident to do it twice!   8) Fixed or expandable?

My practice routine includes a 75-yard target but it seems like so much could go wrong in the time between release & impact; that's about 2+ seconds, right?

So, one of the misses was the shoulder hit, right? The other a clean miss?
Yup.

I needed to take one extra second and get my breathing under control. 

I am confident in those ranges.  It wasnít something I strive for, but it was the opportunity presented.  Iíve seen guys make errors at 30 and 40 yards too

Iím not here to argue about anyone elseís ethics when applied to myself. I also donít pull any punches, I knew the Karenís would be out in full force after I posted that.


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Wait, you're not associating "Karen" with me are ya? There was nothing snarky intended w/ my note, just thinking how far that is outside of my comfortable range.

Good vibes

Nope!


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: Netminder01 on September 29, 2021, 03:59:49 PM
whoa!  I can't imagine flinging an arrow at an elk that far. You had to be confident to do it twice!   8) Fixed or expandable?

My practice routine includes a 75-yard target but it seems like so much could go wrong in the time between release & impact; that's about 2+ seconds, right?

So, one of the misses was the shoulder hit, right? The other a clean miss?
Yup.

I needed to take one extra second and get my breathing under control. 

I am confident in those ranges.  It wasnít something I strive for, but it was the opportunity presented.  Iíve seen guys make errors at 30 and 40 yards too

Iím not here to argue about anyone elseís ethics when applied to myself. I also donít pull any punches, I knew the Karenís would be out in full force after I posted that.


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Wait, you're not associating "Karen" with me are ya? There was nothing snarky intended w/ my note, just thinking how far that is outside of my comfortable range.

Good vibes

Nope!


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Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: HntnFsh on September 29, 2021, 08:20:13 PM
whoa!  I can't imagine flinging an arrow at an elk that far. You had to be confident to do it twice!   8) Fixed or expandable?

My practice routine includes a 75-yard target but it seems like so much could go wrong in the time between release & impact; that's about 2+ seconds, right?

So, one of the misses was the shoulder hit, right? The other a clean miss?
Yup.

I needed to take one extra second and get my breathing under control. 

I am confident in those ranges.  It wasnít something I strive for, but it was the opportunity presented.  Iíve seen guys make errors at 30 and 40 yards too

Iím not here to argue about anyone elseís ethics when applied to myself. I also donít pull any punches, I knew the Karenís would be out in full force after I posted that.


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Wait, you're not associating "Karen" with me are ya? There was nothing snarky intended w/ my note, just thinking how far that is outside of my comfortable range.

Good vibes

Nope!


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I have no doubt it was directed towards me. But no, not a Karen here.

I am sure you did everything within your power to make this not just a successful hunt, but also a great experience. I enjoyed following along and reading all of your posts. I have no doubt you put more into this than most people would or could and I commend you for that!

Maybe I should have phrased my comments a little better. Sometimes thats something I'm just not the best at. But I also know that that there are times when we need to reassess our capabilities. Especially under certain circumstances It seems to be happening to me more and more often! :chuckle:

You are right. I have also seen people make errors at what are considered pretty close range, or chip shots with any type of weapon. I also know that the odds of things going bad at those ranges are or should be greatly reduced. Heck Ive been there. Thats when I have had to do a reassessment.

I apologize for ruffling your feathers.  :sry:I probably would be a bit defensive also.
Title: Re: A Dream Realized: Mountain View
Post by: SilkOnTheDrySide on September 29, 2021, 11:40:01 PM
whoa!  I can't imagine flinging an arrow at an elk that far. You had to be confident to do it twice!   8) Fixed or expandable?

My practice routine includes a 75-yard target but it seems like so much could go wrong in the time between release & impact; that's about 2+ seconds, right?

So, one of the misses was the shoulder hit, right? The other a clean miss?
Yup.

I needed to take one extra second and get my breathing under control. 

I am confident in those ranges.  It wasnít something I strive for, but it was the opportunity presented.  Iíve seen guys make errors at 30 and 40 yards too

Iím not here to argue about anyone elseís ethics when applied to myself. I also donít pull any punches, I knew the Karenís would be out in full force after I posted that.


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Wait, you're not associating "Karen" with me are ya? There was nothing snarky intended w/ my note, just thinking how far that is outside of my comfortable range.

Good vibes

Nope!


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I have no doubt it was directed towards me. But no, not a Karen here.

I am sure you did everything within your power to make this not just a successful hunt, but also a great experience. I enjoyed following along and reading all of your posts. I have no doubt you put more into this than most people would or could and I commend you for that!

Maybe I should have phrased my comments a little better. Sometimes thats something I'm just not the best at. But I also know that that there are times when we need to reassess our capabilities. Especially under certain circumstances It seems to be happening to me more and more often! :chuckle:

You are right. I have also seen people make errors at what are considered pretty close range, or chip shots with any type of weapon. I also know that the odds of things going bad at those ranges are or should be greatly reduced. Heck Ive been there. Thats when I have had to do a reassessment.

I apologize for ruffling your feathers.  :sry:I probably would be a bit defensive also.
Itís all good! Thanks for following along!


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