Wyoming Elk Hunt

October 7, 2009 by Tate Leave a reply »

tatetop1Every Fall I find myself in the hillsides in and around Jackson, Wyoming, in search of resident bull elk.  The elk found near Jackson earlier in the season are generally smaller than bulls in “the Park” who migrate south later in the year.  I prefer to bow hunt during the early weeks of September when the weather is warmer and the elk are vocal and actively seeking their harems.  In my opinion, this time of year is more enjoyable than waiting for the larger elk and the beginning of rifle season which typically entails snowy weather.  


tateresized3This year I was fortunate enough to harvest a nice 5×5 with my bow approximately 1 mile from my truck just before dark on September 10th.  I had two friends with me who decided to trade in their bows for rifles in favor of the opening day of the cow deprivation hunt in the area.  Needless to say, I was the only hunter with a bow.  When we reached the top of the ridge, we heard an elk bugle.  It’s often difficult to decide who gets to be the shooter in these instances so we generally rotate to make it fair.  Not this time as I was the only bow hunter of the group.  We set up quickly and within 10 minutes my friends had worked up a bull with cow calls and bulges. He let down his guard and came within 20 yards of me into a wide open field, standing broadside.  I couldn’t have asked for a better encounter and a great day was had by all.

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