2013 Utah Youth Elk Hunt — Dallen Shoots Big Ol' Charlie One Horn

Sitting in Cliffs Elk Hunting

Dallen watching for elk from some cliffs.

 

X-Bolt Stainless Stalker with Vortex Viper HSLR Scope

My X-Bolt 270 WSM with a Vortex Viper HS LR 4-16x50 rifle scope and EGW 20 MOA picatinny rail.

 

Browning Powerhouse Ground Blind

We packed in a Browning Powerhouse ground blind so that we could crawl into it during rain storms. Actually there is no need to crawl into this ground blind it's extra tall allowing for you to easily get in it, stand in it and move around. Just what I like.

 

Big Black Bear

Here's the first big black bear that we spotted  while elk hunting. Looks like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, very big bear.

 

Black Bear

This black bear was smaller than the first bear that we saw but this bear by all means wasn't tiny. I think this bear is one of the bears that messes with my trail cameras. See video below.

 

Hiking in cliffs while elk hunting.

Dallen hiking in cliffs while elk hunting.

 

Hunting with clouds in background.

Dallen watching for elk and bears with some cool looking clouds in the background as the sun sets.

 

Dallen and I with his 2013 bull elk - Charlie One Horn

Dallen and I with his 2013 bull elk — Big Ol' Charlie One Horn.

 

Dallen Walking up to his 2013 bull elk.

Dallen walking up to Charlie One Horn. Later we found that Charlie One Horn walked past one of my trail cameras minutes before Dallen takes him. You can see the footage in one of the videos on this page.

 

Dallen with his 2013 bull elk and a Pack Wheel game cart.

Dallen with a Pack Wheel game cart all prepared to haul his elk off the mountain.

 

Elk meat all loaded on a Pack Wheel game cart.

Dallen's bull elk all boned out, on the Pack Wheel ready to haul off the mountain.

 

Dallen packing elk head

Dallen carrying out the head of his 2013 bull elk while I used the Pack Wheel to wheel out all of the meat.

 

After I successfully took a spike elk with my bow we were hopeful that Dallen would be able to harvest one of the larger 5x6 bulls that we had been seeing in the area on my Browning trail cameras. However that last time any of my trail cameras had captured one of the 5x6 bulls was the day before the archery elk opener.

The week before Dallen's opener in rained almost every day. When it rains on the mountain we are hunting the roads get really greasy... So the night before the opener we chained up all four wheels and crawled our way up the greasy mud. We made it but the wheel wells were packed in with the muddy mess.

Opening morning we crawled out of our sleeping bags and started up the mountain. We took a steeper route than normal trying to avoid spooking elk and deer on the way in. Once we got to our first location to hunt we sat for an hour or so with no activity. We decided to move to our second location and sat until mid-day without seeing any elk.

At mid-day we headed back to the area where I shot my spike with a bow two weeks prior. We hadn't been there long when Dallen spots a bull elk working it's way up the canyon. Dallen was excited however once we got our optics on the bull we could see that it was a 4x4 bull. Basically the same size as the bull he shot in 2012. He decided to pass on it. I did my best to try and encourage him to take the bull but Dallen wanted something better and kudos for him not giving in under the pressure I was putting on him. Dallen knew that there were better bulls in the area.

You know the good thing about trail cameras is that you know what is in the area and the bad thing about trail cameras is that you know what is in the area. Trail cameras sure help in the decision making of where to hunt and what to shoot. Dallen was holding out for at least a 5 point. We knew from the trail cameras that there are several five point bulls in the area and a couple 5x6 bulls. Dallen wanted one at least that big.

Later in the evening after seeing the 4x4 bull we watched two different Black Bears come out of the quaking aspens just a 100 yards to our right. It was kind of funny as I spotted the first bear I told Dallen not to move because there was a bear to his right. After I watched the bear a little more I looked back at Dallen and he was froze solid still looking to his left. I guess I should have explained myself better. I think he thought the bear was right next to him. I just didn't want to scare the bear away. Pretty funny.

Three minutes after the bear came through Dallen spotted another bear coming out and down the same trail that the first one went down. Very cool!

We were good boys and came home Saturday evening so that we could attend church on Sunday.

Monday I picked Dallen up a little early from school and we flew up the mountain. We made it into position about 4:30 to watch the canyon we watched the bears in on Saturday evening. At around 5:30 I spotted a good bull sneaking around the quaking aspens out about 300 yards. It walked through an opening and disappeared. I told Dallen not to fear. I pulled out a cow call and mewed and quickly he bugled back, awesome! I then laided into two of my favorite Primos calls with some aggressive hot cow calls. The bull was hooked. He cut out of the trees and into a clearing and that is when we noticed that he was missing an antler. He crossed the canyon and popped up on a ridge line 150 yards across from us and then turned broadside walking along the hillside. Dallen and I went back and forth. Dallen would say, "he's only got one antler"... I then would respond "but he's big", "he's only got one antler"... "do you want him or not?" Ok dad, I'll take him. Hold on, I'll stop him. Mew, BANG!

In typical Dallen fashion shortly after putting down the bull Dallen had him named. Charlie One Horn.

We then boned out the elk to haul it off the mountain. While boning one of the front shoulders we found the second bullet that was fired from 189 yards. I really wanted to open up the chest cavity and find the other bullet but by the time we finished boning out the elk it was three in the morning. I didn't want to spend another hour looking for that bullet. I can say that there was no sign that it travel anywhere near to the opposite side of the rib cage.

After boning out the elk Dallen strapped on the head to his pack and I carried the backstraps in my pack and the rest of the elk meat in Pack Wheel Panniers strapped to a Pack Wheel game cart. The Pack Wheel game cart made it a breeze to get off the mountain. Because the cart is so lightweight and collapsible I carried the cart with me while we were hunting. This makes it really nice so we don't have to make any extra trips. We just bone out the elk and load it on the Pack Wheel and go.

I personally took 210 lbs. of meat out easily by myself in one trip. The meat the Pack Wheel carried was 185 lbs. and I had 25 pounds of meat in my pack.  The head that Dallen was carrying was 40 pounds. Pretty dang heavy for a one antlered elk. With a bullet through both shoulders we probably lost about 20 pounds of meat. It sure was nice to take a whole elk off the mountain in one easy trip.

Recovered from elk 150 Gr. Accubond LR
Recovered 150 Gr. Accubond Long Range bullet. With a muzzle velocity of 3034 FPS from my X-Bolt this 150 Gr. Bullet is reduced to 29 grains of bare copper after a 189 yard shot into Dallen's elk.  Isn't the lead supposed to be bonded to the copper? Are these really Accubonds? Looks like just a really fragile Ballistic Tip.

For this hunt Dallen was using my Browning X-Bolt 270 WSM setup with a EGW 20 MOA rail and a Vortex Viper HS LR 4-16x50 rifle scope. We are using a new bullet this year. Nosler's new Accubond LR in the 150 Gr. .277 diameter variety. I really like the EGW rail and Vortex rifle scope setup on this rifle. The "Accubond" LR bullets I'm a little disappointed with. Yes, Dallen shot his elk at closer range (154 and 189 Yards) but the bullet I recovered went from 150 grains down to 29 grains in about 10 inches of penetration along the shoulder. What concerned me the most was that there is absolutely no sign that this bullet has the lead bonded to the copper.

I love bullets that penetrate enough to make it across the elk but fragment like crazy. The 140 Accubond has been a great bullet for me over the years and performs very well. The "Accubond" LR I know is designed to open at slower velocities that you have at extreme long range however it shows no signs of bonding that help maintain bullet weight and penetration.

Although I have not tried the 150 Gr Berger VLD, I would bet that it penetrates further than the 150 Gr. Accubond LR. Is the Accubond LR really an Accubond or just a super fragile Ballistic Tip? I'd bet that ballistic tips are tougher and penetrate better. I started getting a little nervous about the strength of the bullet when I found that I could not load compressed powder loads, as seating the bullet would crush a ring into the ogive of the bullet.

Now with all this said about the Accubond LR I am not completely disappointed. It did a fine job of putting Dallen's elk on the ground with a 154 yard shot through the shoulder and a quick follow-up shot across the other shoulder at 189 yards as a precaution. However, he was dead on the first shot.

Dallen's first shot was at 154 yards and went directly through the shoulder and into the chest cavity. It penetrated through the four inches or so of muscle of the shoulder and made a 1 1/2" hole through the ribs and into the chest cavity. The elk was really sick and slowly turned and walked back the way he came. My rule on elk is to keep shooting until they fall over, so Dallen slid another bullet just to the side of his rear and into the opposite shoulder as it was walking directly away from us. This shot was at 189 yards and the bullet penetrated from the back of the shoulder to near the front of the shoulder crushing the scapula in the process. This bullet penetrated around 10 inches and was recovered weighing only 29 Grains and showing absolutely no lead bonded to the copper.

Using trail cameras has made all the difference this elk hunting season. We are hunting such a small piece of property that gets very limited elk traffic. Yes, elk are there but not every day. Using the trail cameras throughout the summer and fall has really helped us narrow down general patterns that the elk have. Generally they like to move from here to here in the evening and in the morning they generally might move in this location etc. Armed with this kind of information Dallen and I were both able to be successful in bringing home meat for the family from a very tough area to hunt. The key has been the use of multiple trail cameras and moving them around the mountain until I found the key locations where I see the most activity. I was a little surprised where the elk were and especially where the elk weren't. I thought for sure they would be in one particular area but there was no sign of them there.

Dallen's bull really has some mass in it's antler. I think I will send some of it's teeth off to deerage.com to find out how old it is.

Dallen also pointed out how cool a European Skull mount this bull will make. The pedicle looks like it was broke years ago and it grows out the side of it's head.

Cliffs at sunset wihle Elk Hunting

Elk Antler at Sunset

X-Bolt Stailnless Stalk with Bull Elk

View of some cliffs at sunset while out elk hunting. Elk Antler at sunset. X-Bolt 270 WSM with Dallen's 2013 bull elk.

Minutes before Dallen shoots this bull elk it walks past a Browning Range Ops trail camera (shown directly below). Unfortunately for whatever reason the camera didn't pick him up until he was almost all the way past the camera. The camera usually does better, I'm guessing the bull was walking directly towards the camera then turned? They detect the IR signature change and motion better when the animals pass directly broadside.

 

Here's some video of bears on the trail cameras over the past couple of weeks. They seem to like to try and take out my cameras lately. Starting to be a regular theme by the stinkers.

 

Here's some video of a five point bull elk on the trail cameras that was hanging around the past couple of weeks.

European Skull Mount of Charlie One Horn Elk

Elk Antler at Sunset

European Skull Mount of Charlie One Horn Elk

European Skull mount of Charlie One Horn. Because the one antler is so heavy we have not been able to find a way to mount him on the wall. So for now he makes for a great desktop mount. At some point in his life he broke the pedicel off his skull right off exposing his brain. Lots of arthritis has grown around his eye socket. Bone grew back over his brain except one small half inch sized spot.

 

2013 Archery Elk Hunting — Taking A Spike at 35 Yards

Real Tree Xtra Camo Elk Hunting

Sitting/standing in the spot where I shot my spike elk.

Trying out Real Tree Xtra camo for the first time on this hunt. I like the pattern however my favorite camo pattern is still Real Tree Max-1.

 

My 2013 Spike Elk Taken with a Browning Adrenaline Bow

My 2013 spike elk taken with my custom Browning Adrenaline bow (I placed longer limbs on the bow and made custom strings to give me a 32 1/2" draw length), QuikSpin Speed Hunter vanes, GoldTip Series 22 shafts and Rocket Stricknine broadhead.

 

Alps Pathfinder with Spike Elk

I use the heck out of my Alps Pathfinder pack. It is a very versatile hunting pack and in comes in Max-1 my favorite camo pattern.

 

Sticknine broadhead entry hole on elk

After boning out one side of the elk I flip it over to see the entry hole made by the Rocket Sticknine broadhead.

 

Bloody QuikSpin ST Speed Hunter arrow vanes.

Here's the the back half of my arrow the elk broke off when he ran. It shows my favorite arrow vanes, QuikSpin Speed Hunters.

 

Pack Wheel game cart with Spike Elk

Back with my Pack Wheel game cart ready to start boning out the elk meat.

 

One side of Pack Wheel loaded with elk meat.

Half of the elk meat loaded in a Pack Wheel Pannier ready to load the second half.

 

Pack Wheel game cart loaded with spike elk

The whole elk boned out and loaded on the Pack Wheel ready to haul it off the mountain. 133 pounds of meat and a 20 pound head (I forgot my saw to cut the antlers off so I had to take the whole head. The antlers might make for some cool knife handles some day.)

 

The first two weeks have just been incredibly hot. Not unlike my experience hunting the Wasatch Limited Entry Unit last year. I highly dislike hunting in the extreme heat. I really wish that the Utah archery elk season was at least two weeks later.

With the extreme heat I think the elk have no been moving around much. I can see it from the activity or should I say lack of activity on my trail cameras. The elk just aren't moving around like they were back the first of July.

Friday even I headed back up the mountain to see what I could find. I decided to go into the area that I had moved a trail camera to watch a muddy spring area. I checked the three cameras that are in that general area and found some really cool videos of a small five point bull that plops down in the mud right in from of the Browning Recon Force trail camera (see video below). The bull wallowed in the mud the night before I got there so I decided to sit on that spring for the evening.

Nothing came in Friday evening so in the morning I headed for my ambush location were elk like to walk past in the morning hours. Nothing passed my ambush however a large bull came down a trail about 150 yards from me and turned down the wrong trail or I might have been able to get him. Dang it!

I forced myself to wait until noon just encase the large bull I saw got up and moved up to get water and bed down in a cooler area. At noon I slowly moved around the mountain and over to the muddy spring. It was a hot one and the sweat was a poring as I worked my way around the mountain.

I took a small collapsible shovel in my Alps Pathfinder pack. When I got to the muddy spring I used the shovel to help make the muddy spot where the 5x5 bull had wallowed two nights prior into a larger pocket. I was amazed that the bull wallowed right in front of the camera so I thought I might encourage more bulls to do the same and see if I can get them on the camera.

At 35 yards to the right of the wallow I setup with my back against a maple tree. Being one o-clock I tried to get a little rest but the flies and ants did a good job on crawling all over my face and hands keeping me awake. By four o-clock I stood up and rested my back against the tree.

Around seven o-clock I heard something to my right and I watched two spikes working their way through the trees. They weren't exactly what I would have preferred to shoot but I really could use the elk meat this year. I didn't draw cow elk tag and I knew that Dallen would be "trophy" hunting with his tag coming up in a couple weeks so elk meat was elk meat and spikes always taste great. With this in mind I decided to see if I could encourage the spikes to come down to the spring. A couple cow calls and they turned and started circling down and around the spring. Oops they went a little to far. After they were out of sight for a few minutes I gave one soft high pitched calf call and back they appeared this time headed straight for the spring. As they got within a couple yards of the spring they stopped broadside and I zipped a 463 Grain, Series 22 shaft tipped with a Rocket Stricknine broadhead through his shoulder. He ran about 30 yards and tipped over.

The shot placed a good one inch entry hole through the shoulder just behind the joint that articulates forward. The arrow then angled back and stopped against the rib cage behind the opposite shoulder. I really like the combination of QuikSpin ST Speed Hunter vanes, the original heavy Series 22 Goldtip shafts (that they don't make anymore), and Rocket Sticknine expandable broadheads that have a huge cutting diameter. I have been very sucsessful with this combination for years.

After a few quick photos I hiked back out to get my Pack Wheel game cart. Buy the time I returned it was well after dark. While boning out the meat I was surprised at the amount of blood shot tissue that was all around the shoulder that the arrow entered. It looked similar to a rifle shot. I was able to get 133 lbs of meat. I could have gotten another 5 to 10 lbs around that shoulder but I wasn't going to eat that nasty looking bloody meat.

I loaded up the Pack Wheel Panniers full of meat onto the Pack Wheel and off the mountain I went. Aside from going over several large downed trees I used little to no effort hauling the whole elk in one trip back to my Montero in no time.

One might ask with all the time I have spent scouting and using trail cameras this summer why would I shoot a spike? When it comes to elk I primarily hunt for meat. Our family loves elk meat. Also Dallen, my oldest son has a youth elk tag this year, right after the archery season ends his hunt starts. This has been my primary goal for learning what elk are in the area and their movements. Dallen is more of a trophy hunter than I think I am and I want him to have a great experience. He has passed a few bucks and bulls in his early hunting years. With me getting a spike this really helps our family out with keeping the freezer full of meat as we generally go through two full elk a year and Dallen can hold out for a big one without me putting pressure on him to shot something he doesn't want to.

The trail cameras really have paided off for me in knowing which spring the elk generally came to in the evenings and which areas they generally went through in the mornings. Using several trail cameras in an area really teach you a lot about the movements and patterns of the game in the area you are hunting.

Now I can focus on Dallen's youth elk hunt.

 

2013 Archery Elk Hunting — First Week Of The Hunt

Cow and calf elk on Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

Two cows, two calves and a spike elk pass my ambush location one night when I wasn't there.

 

My ambush site for elk

Sitting in my ambush spot waiting for elk to pass by at 13 yards.

 

Leupold RX-100i Range Finder bow hunting

A Leupold RX-1000i range finder. I like this little range finder with a Bow mode and it fits perfectly on my Browning Bino Hub.

 

Browning Recon Force trail camera and trail camera mount wrapped around a cluster of small trees.

The only trees near this muddy spring was a cluster of really small ones. I was able to use the Browning trail camera mounting bracket and cinch it around several of these small trees and made a pretty darn solid location for the camera to watch the spring.

 

With the heat, lack of vacation time and the lack of elk that I have seen on the trail cameras the past couple of weeks, I decided it best to save my vacation to hunt when the elk are talking more. I only went out elk hunting on the opener and the following Friday and Saturday.

Friday and Saturday I decided to sit in an ambush site I had picked out while scouting. The 5x6 with shed velvet walked right past this ambush the day before opening day. The site provides a great place for me to shoot an elk as it walks past at 13 yards. Unfortunately nothing passed my ambush Friday night and Saturday morning while I sat for many hours each time.

Saturday around noon I started rounding up all the SDHC cards from all the cameras to see what activity had taken place the first week of the hunt. From reviewing the videos on the trail cameras there still wasn't much activity however there was a cow and calf the show up from time to time on the cameras. In fact Friday evening while I was sitting in my ambush location the cow and calf were captured on camera about 200 yards to the south of me. I would shoot a cow if she didn't have a calf with her.

After reviewing the trail camera video footage on the mountain on my Galaxy S3 phone I decided to move one of the cameras to watch a spring closer to the center of most of the elk activity. (read how I review the cameras photos and video with my S3 phone.)

I just love having the cameras to help me know what is and isn't in the area. Without the cameras watching the area I would be very discouraged with three days of hunting and not seeing or hearing a single elk. Now I would admit there aren't the elk in this area right now like there were in mid July. It's was crawling with elk in July and they all but vanished about the last week of July. I would go elsewhere but the elk in this area have moved into the local giant CWMU and unfortunately that's a no fly zone for average income hunters like myself. Anyways, I really enjoy the extra challenge and the trail cameras are giving me the faith that it will come together either with my archery tag or with Dallen's late September youth elk tag.

 

2013 Archery Elk Hunting Opening Day — Checking My Trail Cameras

5x6 Bull Elk on Browning Recon Force Trail Camera

This 5x6 bull walked by the camera the day before the opener with his velvet shed. Yes! The elk are still here and I highly dislike velvet.

 

Huge Wold Spider

I found this huge wolf spider the night before the archery opener. This critter is about the size of the palm of my hand.

 

Checking the Browning Trail Cameras

This camera captured the nice 3x4 mule deer buck I had the previous time out.

 

Lots of Ruff Grouse on the mountain this year.

It's nice to see lots of Ruff Grouse on the mountain this year.

 

Opening day of the archery elk season is finally here. After reviewing the patterns of where the elk had been all summer, thanks to my Browning Trail cameras, I was hopeful to get into some on opening day. Opening day also marked two weeks out from the last time checking my trail cameras so I pulled SDHC cards come mid-day.

The night before the opener found me driving up the mountain in my old Montero. I spent the night across the two front seats of the Montero and awoke early to hiking up into the area I have watched the highest concentration of elk over the summer.

After spending all morning in the baking heat not finding any elk or sign of them to speak of I started hiking to all of my trail cameras to pull the SDHC cards and see what activity was in the area over the past two weeks. As I suspected the elk had all but vanished. Where I had been getting daily elk activity on about three of the cameras there were only a couple of elk passing by in the past two weeks.

The five or more spike elk and the two 4&5 point bulls that had been in the area were not on a single camera. They were all gone. Although the cows and younger bulls had vanished the two largest bulls we had on camera made a couple passes by the cameras. Yes!

The bull that both Dallen and I want to shoot passed by one of my trail cameras the day before the opener with it's velvet already shed. This gave me needed encouragement to get back in there. If I didn't have the trail cameras to show me a little of what is going on in the area I might have completely given up on the area and hunted somewhere else. Thankfully the cameras work great at capturing the activity of the elk.

I'll be back soon.

 

 

Young Rubber Boa Snake

Resting in some cliffs while archery elk hunting

These snakes are so cool. This a a very young Rubber Boa. The third Rubber Boa I have found on this mountain while hunting over the years.

 

Taking a break in some cliffs after hunting the opening morning.

 

Real Tree Max-1 in black and white

Getting ready to check one of my Recon Force trail cameras

The Real Tree Max-1 looks really good in black and white. Walking up to check one of my Recon Force trail cameras.

 

A Black Bear on Video! Mounting Trail Cameras to Get The Best View.

Black Bear on a Range Ops Trail Camera

One frame from the video of the Black Bear on the Range Ops trail camera.

 

Browning Recon Force Trail Camera Canted on Tree

Canting the trail camera to match the incline of the trail it is recording gets the animal better framed in the images and video.

The Browning Trail Camera Tree Mount makes it easy to point the camera the way you need it.

I placed this new camera out today on a trail leading up into the pines.

 

Red Squirrel Eating Pine Nuts

This Red Squirrel munched on pine nuts next to me while checking the trail cameras. They can rip through a pine cone in blazing speed.

 

Browning AA Trail Camera Batteries

The Browning AA trail camera batteries look really cool. I'm giving them a try for the first time. (Dec. 2013: These are good batteries and you can view favorite batteries for my trail cameras.)

 

I got the black bear on video! I have twice had a black bear get captured at night with IR black and white images in weeks past. Two weeks ago I even ran into a bear at 30 yards when I was on my way in checking my cameras. It was a cool and exciting experience. Especially cool because bears are unheard of in this area.

After using the trail cameras for about a month I was sold on the video that the browning trail cameras capture. With every encounter you get you capture so much more with the video than you do with the images. I had hopes that I had captured the bear on one of the cameras two weeks ago but didn't. After setting all my cameras to capture video I had yet to get the bear on the cameras until now.

After reviewing the footage of the black bear it would appear that he smells something he doesn't like. As the bear comes into frame he starts to get more and more nervous, then he eventually turns around (during the 5 second delay between captures) then bolts away running directly away from the camera. He smelled something he didn't like. I just don't see how it could have been the camera. Who knows???

As I spend more and more time working with the trail cameras I have found that I like to rotate the camera to be on the same plain as the trail that the camera is watching. Often my cameras are setup watching a trail that is on an incline. If I set the camera level watching a inclined trail, animals are not in full frame as they cross through the viewing area. On one side I get chopped off legs and on the other side, chopped off antlers. Rotating the camera to be on the same angle as the trail gives me video and images with the animal fully framed all the way across the viewing area.

When the trail cameras are canted on the tree they sure look like they are mounted incorrectly but they capture great footage with the animals fully framed in the viewing area. Unless I mentioned that the image is canted you would never know that the video or image has been canted to match the incline.

With the Browning trail camera tree mounts I have found a couple of different ways that I can mount them on the tree. 1. You can do the typical two straps around the tree. 2. There are two holes in the mounting plate where two quarter inch lag bolts can be used to secure it to the tree. I recommend using the sharp grabbing screw of a tree stand foot peg to bore a pilot hole to use to get the lag bolts to screw into the tree. The lag bolts do not have the sharpest point and are a little difficult to get to start into the tree unless you have a pilot hole to get them started. 3. I have also found using the mounts great for use on small diameter trees by placing the mount sideways across the tree.

I picked up a couple more Recon Force Browning trail cams this week and set them out while checking the others cameras. One new camera I placed on a trail on the edge of heavy dark pines. I would figure that the elk would use this area to transition into the cool bedding areas of the pines. It didn't see any elk sign in the area where I set the camera at. Plenty of deer tracks and some cattle. We'll see in two weeks what is using the trail.

I set the second new Recon force trail camera back in the original location I had a camera along a well used trail in the heavy maple trees. The new location I moved the camera too two weeks ago produced beautiful video of elk and mule deer in the early morning light although I didn't get a lot of elk and deer passing by it. In fact for that matter I got the least number of critters on camera since I started putting them out this summer. I'm not sure what might be changing their habits. Heat, human traffic on the adjacent property, bears???

In two weeks I'll be back out checking the cameras and I will be carrying my bow. :) Hopefully a good bull is hanging around.

Mule Deer Buck Skull

Browning Trail Camera Mount with Lag Bolts

I found this partial piece of a mule deer skull. This was a pretty good buck that died with it's antlers. Lion kill, wounded by a hunter? The highly zigzagging sutures in the skull show this was an older buck.

 

Here's the Browning Trail Camera Tree Mount securely mounted using 1/4 x 2" lag bolts.

 

Spike Elk with Recon Force Trail Camera

Cow and calf elk on Recon Force trail camera

Here's a spike elk walking past one of my a Recon Force trail cameras.

This location makes for making beautiful photos in the early morning light.

Here's a cow and calf elk walking past the trail cam.

Mule Deer Buck on Recon Force Trail Camera

Bull Elk on Recon Force trail camera

The best mule deer buck that we have had on the trail cameras. Looks like a big 3x4 with eye guards. This bull elk isn't to shabby. He has really small g5 points budding. If they are long enough or grow more he'll be a 6x6. This might be the same bull  I got on video the last time I checked the camera.

 

 

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