FRIDAY FRONTIER: ELK 1985 – Now

K PIC 1 BARLEY DARTS

 

November 1985.  This was the beginning of my pursuit of Rocky Mountain Elk.  My first season was quite successful.  I met and made new friends, became reacquainted with old friends, and harvested a cow elk.  This all took place in western Montana.  I was twenty years old.

ELK KEITH FIRST 1984 BARLEY DARTS

Approximately, ten years would pass, before I would make another westward journey in search of the mighty elk.  This time my destination would be Colorado.  Over the past twenty years or so, I have made that Colorado trip happen fifteen times.  Most of those trips have included my co-worker and friend, Tim.  There have also been a few other friends, who join us periodically.

Both Tim and I feel very strongly about including younger hunters.  As we prepare for this year’s elk trip, we have two young men eagerly waiting to join us;  Tim’s son, Ben and Shae’s son, Rick.  This will be the second time for both of them.  At this point, I believe we have successfully passed on our passion for elk preservation and hunting to another generation.  Oh, and we are also building life-long memories, together.

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