Robb Goes for Elk – Day 4

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Robb Goes for Elk – Day 4

By Bob Robb

Sep 14, 2008 – 11:34:35 AM

Finally, We See a Big One

An hour before first light — 5:30 a.m. —
Scott Swensen, my outfitter, his good buddy Bill, and I drove to the top of the
mountain on the paved road to drive and glass as much country as we could in
the first two hours, listening for some bugling. There are a lot of hunters up
here in the

UintaNational Forest
virtually all of them have either cow or spike bull tags, or a mule deer
tag — but the number of people make me uneasy. We spot two bulls, both
small raghorns, and six cows. Dropping back down the mountain, we decide that
Scott and Bill will spend the afternoon scouting the low country alfalfa fields
and juniper/cedar hills, while I will backpack another tree stand into the small
wallow I found yesterday near where I had heard some bugling.


 By 1:00 p.m. I had the stand set, and heard a
bugle within a quarter mile of me, inside the dark timber located on a steep,
60-degree slope. Rather than wade into him — it just isn;’t time right now to
try and aggressively call a bull in — I slipped past him and wet to my higher
tree stand over the proven wallow. But when I had seen no elk by 5:00 p.m., I
slide down and wiggled back down the trail and crawled up into the lower stand,
where I sat until just before dark. I saw one cow elk walk out of the dark
timber on the mountain and drink from the creek, and heard three different
bulls each bugle only once before calling it a day.

An hour later I am back at camp, and
Scott brings encouraging news. He and Bill had spotted a herd coming into one
of the low fields, maybe 40-50 animals total, with 5 or 6 branch-antlered
bulls, one of them a dandy. We are trying to get permission to hunt this field,
but even if we do shooting this big daddy in the wide open field will be no
slam dunk. We’ll see how it goes.


 

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