Photo: Adam Saunders poses with the cow he harvested.
Adam and I met and found we share a love for hunting. He wanted to observe how we hunt and call in bull elk. So, we decided to hunt for cow elk in muzzleloader season with two other hunters, Jim Gross and Keith Whitlatch.
Adam was so hyped, good to see a hunter that way! While setting up camp in Unit 67, he spotted a 2x2 bull and a cow and we watched them until dark, everybody's hopes were high! We ate and got our gear ready for opening morning.
Leaving camp on 4-wheelers in the dark with 32-degree wind in your face will wake you up! We found a spot and heard a bull bugling across the opening. Suddenly, Adam told me not to move, he saw a cow standing 130 yards across the field. Resting on a tree he took aim and, "Boom!" It was 7 a.m. on opening morning.
Crossing the field, we found where he thought it had been standing. I found one drop of blood on an aspen leaf and thought to myself it was going to be a long morning of tracking. Soon I saw it lying on the ground and yelled for Adam. He walked within 10 feet of it and never knew it was so close. He took two steps and saw it. High fives and pictures, then the fun began: field dressing and getting it back to camp for processing.
A first-time elk hunter and an opening morning kill - it doesn't get any better! I killed mine on the sixth day at 60 yards.
Submitted by: Mark Miller, Quincy, Ill.