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Day Trips to Elk Country

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Getting my first elk was a great experience. I was hunting with Joe Johnson and my Dad. We were walking up through a clearing and we saw the elk across the ridge. They went down into the valley so we climbed to the ridge and crossed it to get within range. I took one shot and she went behind a tree. She peeked her head around the corner of the tree so I knew I …

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This Prom Queen Wears Camo

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I jumped at the opportunity to join my grandfather, Dad, Uncle Pat, great Uncle Rick and Cousin Mike on our family elk hunt last fall. I am a 17-year-old senior in high school and despite my mother’s resistance to let me miss the first seven days of school, I went … and it was so worth it. We have a camp in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. My father and grandfather have immersed me in the …

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Doubling Down

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The first time I got an elk was very exciting because I was with my brother and we both got cows at the same time. My dad had got permission for the two of us to hunt together so on the day of our hunt, we walked out on into this field and sat down in a place where we could look on both sides. About an hour before sundown, we decided to move and …

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Sharing Caribou with the Bears

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Last August was my first time in Alaska and it was amazing. After spending two days in Anchorage with friends, we flew into our campsite about 100 miles away. We were there for 7 days and I loved all the animals I saw musk ox, grizzly bears and moose. The area we were hunting for caribou was really big in the middle of nowhere. It was super rainy so we stayed in the tents for …

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Hunting Both Sides of the Fence

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I would like to tell you about my experience hunting with my family on public and private land. When I have gone out with my dad and uncle, we mainly hunt on Pennsylvania state game land. We have shot several very big does along with our fair share of 5 to 8 pointers over the past years. We have had friends on private land shoot some large deer, along with a few smaller deer. When …

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An Elk for Emily

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You can bank on two things come mid-December in the Gunnison Basin of Western Colorado: snow and subzero temperatures. The year of our hunt would prove no different. There was already about 18 inches of the driest champagne powder on the winter range and the mercury was dipping to 20 degrees below zero at night –perfect conditions for a late season antlerless elk hunt. This was the first opportunity for my 12-year-old daughter, Emily, to …

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Family Time with a Doe in Tow

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I love hunting with my family, but it can be hard to find the time because hunting season is during football season. Last fall, our team had just won a game in Dillon so instead of riding back on the bus, I got in the car with my family and went to my brother’s house. He works on a big cattle ranch in the Big Hole Valley – which we drive through on our way …

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Teaching Others that Hunting is Conservation

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I have been hunting since I was 10 years old and tagging along with my grandpa before that. I have been a volunteer with and nonprofit organization called OE4A (Outdoor Experience 4 All) for the last seven years as well. We take kids who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses, kids with disabilities, kids of our fallen heroes, and Wounded Warriors out hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and camping. I attended the ADBSS trip to Montana …

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Never Too Young to Go Out

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Hunting is a pastime loved by the pros and the novices alike! Here’s the story of when I finally got my chance to put some meat in the freezer. Let’s start at the very beginning of the story: March 3, 2017 – the 20th annual RMEF Mile High Chapter banquet. The youth raffle for that year featured a Ruger American (donated by Sportsman’s Warehouse) and a compound bow (donated by No Limits Archery). I was …

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Bison Dream

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My odds of drawing a Montana bison tag were 11,000-to-40. So I was very surprised for the successful draw and was very excited to pursue another bucket list animal. I would be hunting with my dad, my sister and her friend for bison down by West Yellowstone. The first day of the hunt, we snowshoed along the Madison River in search of a herd outside of the park. After several hours of hiking around, we …

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The Chase

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Before driving up to Craig on Friday night, I was hesitant to go. Previous elk hunts hadn’t been all that successful, and they’d been cold and exhausting. But regardless, we drove the five hours up to Craig, and checked into our hotel at around 10 p.m. The next day, we woke up at 5:30 a.m., ate breakfast, and headed out with the other guys going on the hunt. Once we got onto the ranch our …

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Fastest Hunt Ever

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Last year, we went bear hunting with friends who had dogs. Within a couple minutes, the dogs had picked up a trail. We let the dogs go and in just a few minutes, they had the bear treed. We got to the tree and decided to shoot and the bear fell. I shot from about 50 yards away. I’ve always wanted to shoot a bear and it was really fun. The whole hunt took less …