We were up at 5:00 getting ready for another beautiful day of hunting cow elk in Northern Utah. It’s amazing how much more quickly I jump up when the alarm goes off so early on a hunting day. Terri Lee and I are having the hunting time of our life. Our guides, Dale Denney and Anthony Neiderling, picked us up at about 6:00 and we headed up into the mountains for another glorious day hunting cow elk.
We got up in the mountains right before daybreak and were blessed with an awesome sunrise. Not too long after daylight, as we rounded a curve (just one of thousands) , Terri Lee spotted movement near the top of a ridge. Anthony got right on it with his binos and saw that it was a coyote. We hadn’t gone too much further along the way and I noticed a small herd of nine mule deer. They didn’t get too excited with our presence there, so they milled around long enough for us to get some camera shots and tape footage.
While we were gandering at the mulies, our guide sighted two cow elk out at the end of the ridge we were on. They must have located us before we did them, because they dropped off the side of the ridge out of sight rather quickly. Dale and Anthony were very familiar with all the ridge roads and mountain roads, so they knew a way to get down and around the two cows that we had lost sight of. We meandered around to where the guides thought the cows would end up and we saw two more elk, although the direction they were traveling, Dale and Anthony weren’t sure they were the same two .
When Dale first caught a glimpse of these two, they were about 750 yards out, so we closed in about 300 yards and tried to get set up for about a 450-yard shot. I was able to get a full picture in my scope, but they were moving on over the hill and only presented their rear-end for a shot.
The rest of the day was spent moving to different areas and glassing the hillsides for the elusive cows. Right at the bewitching hour, as we were scoping out the landscape, we saw a few more mulies and Dale spotted a couple elk out about 1,500 yards.
So although we didn’t get any shots, we saw several elk throughout the day. It was a great day, and we’re ready to go out tomorrow and show the ladies we mean business.