Hunting Hard for Hangay
Standing out here again at 3am in the pitch black. The stars are gorgeous today and yesterday it finally cleared off so we got some nice weather in the afternoon. We hunted hard but we just couldn't find those bull rams that we had spotted the day earlier. We did find one group of ewes and lambs but that was it all day long. We saw a few more elk, which was quite surprising. The day before we saw a seven elk and yesterday we saw another two, one was a pretty good one, probably a 325 bull and we saw one wolf yesterday too.
The weather is good, starting to get nice and hot so we can dry out our clothes from the day before when it was so wet. We're going to give this area a rest today and hunt a different area. We've been working the same mountain range as we did the first day and those rams have gone somewhere that we just can't find. Tons of wild flowers everywhere, it's really pretty out here now that the fog has cleared. There's entire square miles of wild onions that are blooming right now and sage, the herb, is everywhere as well. So anywhere you're standing out here it's the most amazing smell of sage and onion and it seems like you're standing on top of one big roasted chicken. It's quite pleasant out here, but we just need to find the big ram now.
The Next Day…
Yesterday we got up and went to a further mountain range that we hadn't hunted yet. We drove all the way there in the pitch black and right as we got there, we spotted six rams but all of them were too small. It wasn't a big mountain range, so we worked our way around before it got scorching hot. The guys on the one side spotted two more rams so we went over there and walked up the mountain. It didn't seem big when we were driving around it but as soon as we started walking, it suddenly got a lot bigger. It got hotter and hotter as we climbed to the top where we spotted three rams. We went down the mountain ridge to cut around them and just got there when we saw them heading out towards the flats to the next mountain range. So then we went back down, had lunch, and then crawled back up the mountain and just as we got to the top, two rams came within 550 yards which was way too far to shoot and they were too small anyways. We spotted some ewes and lambs later on another mountain range and basically from there the day started to dribble off into nothing. We hunted and looked at every single spot that they thought there could be rams, but there was nothing.
So nothing big enough yesterday, it was a long day and today we're up early again and ready to get at it again. Hopefully we're getting closer to getting this ram. We're definitely figuring out where they're not, which is good in a way because we're not wasting time hunting there anymore. Hopefully we'll get some luck on our side today so we'll see.