After a non eventful plane trip into northern Utah I have joined Tammy Ballew for a cow elk hunt. After picking up the rental car and heading east we got our first glimpse of wildlife alongside the highway. We saw two large mule deer bucks perusing the roadway as we sped on by. Thankfully Tammy had her camera out taking pictures of the picturesque scenery and captured the big boys on film.
We arrived at our hotel around 8:30. We contacted Dale Denny of Bear Paw Outfitters and set up to meet our morning’s guide Anthony Neidlinger at 6:00 a.m.
Anthony picked us up right on time and we headed out to an area where out the elk have been spotted and hopefully get our first chance at a nice cow elk. The morning hunt brought us no luck but we did meet up with Mr. Altitude and he kicked our butts on a 300 yard trip to the edge of a canyon looking for fresh tracks and cow elk. We got some great pictures and awesome footage of the canyons and hills despite all the huffing and puffing.
We met up with Dale after lunch and continued our hunt, but to no avail. After a fun filled day of checking out the countryside and getting to know our guides we headed back for dinner and some relaxation at the hotel.
Day one was a no show by the elk but we are confident that we will be reporting elk down tomorrow. Either way the trip has already been both exhilarating and breathtaking.