My First Elk

Chain up, it is about to get wild around here. The final weekend of the season and my last chance to fill my cow tag, proved to be one action packed epic adventure up on the Mountain again. That place never leaves you feeling lackluster or bored. Fourteen inches of fresh fluffy snow packed down…

Life Ups

We crossed the Idaho/Montana border last night without a white-tailed deer in our possession. The beautiful and complicated high mountain prairie canyons were reluctant to give up their elusive whitetails. Tristan had an opportunity at a smaller 4×5 early on in the weekend but decided to pass on him in hopes of seeing a larger…

The Search

Crunch crunch…frozen snow makes a noise similar to a five year old with a bag of Doritos. We sounded like three five year olds with 3 party size bags of Doritos this morning as we made our way out into the frozen woods. There would be no sneaking up on game this morning. Lucky for…

Stay Tuned…

It has been a great hunting season this year. We have lots of antelope and elk in the freezer and many great new adventures logged away in our minds but it is far from over! Many tags are left to fill in this household. Tristan has two whitetail tags left…one in Idaho and one here…

Thanksgiving Musings

Thanksgiving is almost here. I can almost smell the steaming potatoes smothered in smooth, turkey flavored gravy. Many great days, in the life of me, have revolved around Thanksgiving. It is a time of celebration, a time of good food and the rut is happening. Ah, the rut. That elusive, wise, whitetail buck who is…

Rags to Riches

This tale takes place on the weekend of the Beaver Moon. I had never heard about a Beaver Moon until Tristan and I were headed up the mountain and I looked out my window to see a most gorgeous view of the full moon. I commented on how beautiful it was and Tristan told me…

Truth Rings Louder In The Woods

I am getting ready for this weekend’s elk hunt. You might think I am packing up my gear or washing camo and I will be doing all of that soon, but since I am a mother of three little awesome tornados, my getting ready for a hunting weekend looks a lot different than it used…

Skull Stew

If you have a weak stomach, do yourself a favor and read something else. Proceed at your own risk. It isn’t really that bad but any topic revolving around brains, eyeballs and teeth can cause some queasiness in folks. It is that time of year again. Time to get those skulls ready for the wall…

Freezer Overflow

Perhaps this is not an issue you deal with personally. My husband and I are mostly meat hunters and are not going to burn a tag during hunting season just because the antlers were smaller than the Jones’. That mindset does however produce a vast supply of wild game meat and even though we have…

Ragged Raghorn

This epic weekend spent with the Mountain Man is logged into my life book as time well spent. It was opening weekend for elk on the mountain so naturally Tristan and I were on our way to elk camp on Friday night, armed with rifles, tags and excitement. There was a flurry of activity when…

Bannack High Country Antelope

Fast paced, action packed fun…that is what this long awaited antelope hunt turned out to be. For months, my husband, father and I were anticipating the adventure. Finally, the day arrived to set out in search of the prairie goat. We left our home at 3:00 AM in order to make the four hour drive. We wanted to get…

Mouse Tales

The stars finally aligned. All my ducks were in a row. The 2014 maiden hunt was about to commence. Seems like going out on a simple archery whitetail hunt should not be so difficult to prepare for. Difficult or not I had somehow managed to have milk in the fridge for the baby, Grandma in…