We hunted hard the first 5 days, as in dawn til dusk hiking and glassing 10-15 miles a day hard. My legs were spent and my heels completely raw. I had already missed two shots and doubt filled my mind. Am I strong enough to keep going? Can I keep up with my hunting partner and beat the the physical exhaustion and the rattlesnakes? He spotted a large group of bedded elk. We got within range to bugle and “steal” his cows and three bulls roared to life. This is what we came for. I stood under a tree with an arrow knocked. I had eyes on two of the bulls but only heard the third. He was coming in hot and I knew he might surprise us. Before I could turn 180 to face the other lane I heard hooves and he was broadside at 30 yards. I turned to shoot but he spooked and ran off. That was close. My hunting partner was frustrated, so was I. I know animals are unpredictable and this was just like turkey hunting but with a 500 pound giant. How in the world did I mess that up? I told my friend to hunt alone. I wasn’t executing and wanted to quit, or at least that’s what I said. It was his turn and it would be easier with me out of the way.
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The Grind - Week 3 - Field to Fork! Go to our Instagram TV feed or YouTube channel to see the whole video. The hunt is half the battle. What is just as important is how you process your game. Nothing beats harvesting, butchering and grilling up a hard earned elk steak. Knowing your food source is important. Eating something you have worked so hard for is very rewarding.
So the three amigos from the selfies with the elk decided on dedicating to what we enjoy. Me and Ryan made our first YouTube channel and first video almost 4 years ago, I also was with Ben videoing his first mule deer kill 3 seasons back. Ben has been filming his hunts for years now, and we most likely mix alot of old with new. So even though we are just now organizing and it seems new, it's something we've been flirting with for sometime now.
I do have to say Ryan is the slave driver when it comes to making sure we record everything lol, so much so he got sick of us just using my gopros, cell phones, and a old junky camcorder, last season he broke down and bought a awesome camera. This year in the elk woods I got stuck on camera duty (which I learned I actually loved it) and we capured every thing we could on Ryan's cannon.
We made mistakes and messed up on setups, but had a blast and captured some really funny moments.
So I said all that to say this, we came up with the name UnGuided, since..... well no need to explain lol. Even though most (not all) of the footage we currently have is of us as of right now, we have so many close friends that we love to hunt and hang out with, the videos to come won't just be of us. We have friends that are way more entertaining than what we are and can't wait to get them on film!
If you can take the time to subscribe to our new YouTube channel, we do have a teaser posted. It is what we will really be dedicating time to. There is also a link in the UnGuided bio.
Also follow us on IG @unguided_outdoors
I can't say we are close to being pros, and we are far from perfect but I do think you will be entertained. Thanks in advance!
So this is how my elk hunt has been so far.... got on a nice 5x5 yesterday morning in some really thick timber full of dead fall. A spike had snuck in on us and busted when I drew my bow so I rushed a shot through the only small hole I had, and needless to say I was 2” too far to the left. Still on them though!
The hardest part of the hunt is always goodbye no matter what the outcome is. Goodbye to people that you can still laugh with even in hard times, sore and exhausted, being together day after day, goodbye to the incredible wilderness that accepts you as one of its own and the creatures we pursue that consume our minds, bodies and souls leaving sometimes empty handed, but wishing for one more day. This is why we do it though, am I right? Missing these two incredible human beings that I’m lucky enough to call my friends, two people I’d hike anywhere with after just about anything. As for any great hunting trip, the very last words we exchanged shouting though the departures parking lot of PDX wouldn’t have been anything less than, “We need to plan when the hell we’re going back ASAP!” @dannerboots | @opalbutteoutfitters | #elk