Man! What an interesting week! Went solo this year into the High Uintas with two Awesome Horses. Tennessee Walkers, but they are some mountain horses! It was crowded on the mountain this year and I had some drama with a couple of young men breaking their word to me on where they were hunting. They heard bugles, saw some bulls and could not help themselves so they burned me and cut me off to get to the elk in the area they said they would NOT hunt. That stung and we had some words. They were incredulous. If you're gonna screw over a stranger don't hide behind the old trope 'it's public land'. Just say the elk was worth more than your word and be done with it.
Oh well, I kept on and kept at it. Managed to find an area where the elk were still talking after most folks headed for home. I called in this little 5 point to 70 yards and gave him 2 rounds from the trusty 30-06. My TSX reloads sure do a number on shoulder blades! I had to get creative to get him broke down with rope holding legs tied off and such. The ponies did a heck of a job getting to the downed elk through the steep and deep. Took 9 hours to break him down and get him back to camp then 7 or was it 10 miles back to the truck the next day.
Was 6 days solo hunting on this one. Lot's of fun! I'm not the best hunter, but I know how to work hard and cover country and it lends itself to this hunt. I may have to take next year off--I'm getting older but dang it is rewarding!
Daamn dude! That’s about as awesome as it gets! I don’t even know the right number of cred to grant. 100? 10000?
Lame about the hunters that cut you off. We had the exact same thing happen on my dads LE elk hunt this year. Talked to a guy the night before the opener and worked out a plan to stay out of each other’s way. Discussed the different routes we would each take and talked about hopefully pushing animals to each other only to see them hiking directly into where we said we were going in the dark opening morning. They saw us behind them and just marched our path that we discussed the night before without a care in the world. Some people’s kids.
Great hunt! I wouldn't go as far as calling it a "solo hunt" though. You had a couple 800lb buddies to help with the heavy lifting. Ohhhhhh yes, the horse years when I could kill elk every year and not be worn out when I got back to camp with an animal.