FRIDAY FRONTIER: HUNTING RAM

TRUCK RAM BARLEY DARTS

 

We went hunting today.  This time, it wasn’t for deer or elk.  Instead, we searched for a replacement Ram for the homestead.  Sadly, our faithful Ram must be retired.  Its final days will be spent out on pasture.  So, after grieving, we sought out viable prospects.  However, it’s been twenty-years since either of us tracked one down.  And naturally, today’s most handsome Bighorns are going to be higher.  Fortunately, we won’t be eating tag soup.  We found a good guide.  We don’t even purchase a license, until we get what we want.  Decisions.  Decisions.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD: BUCK-RUB

BUCK SCRAPE 2017 BARLEY DARTS

Buck-rub: Stripped bark or abrasions on a tree made by a buck’s antlers.  Buck-rubs serve many purposes.  It polishes a buck’s antlers, strengthens his shoulder and neck muscles, and leaves behind his pheromones.  These pheromones stimulate female deer, called does, for breeding season.   They also also communicate the ranking status of the buck to his competitors.

FRIDAY FRONTIER: 2017 ELK

ELK KEITH'S COW 2017 BARLEY DARTS

Yes, I got my elk.  We’re still busy unpacking from our trip and deer opener is tomorrow.  Elk camp stories to follow, next Friday.

FRIDAY FRONTIER: HOW I SEE IT

VISTA

Unlike me, this mountain view will never grow old.

K PIC 1 BARLEY DARTS

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.