We had pretty good action the first couple weeks of the season then for whatever reason the heart of the rut went weirdly silent.
Still, our camp did pretty good - I was able to participate in the recovery and pack out of 3 bulls during the course of the season. I experienced one of my most epic elk encounters ever, calling in an absolute monster bull to 10 yards for a 20 second full draw stare down - I wasn't able to get a shot because he stopped behind a tree that completely concealed his vitals, but it was still a thrilling adrenaline rush.
In the end, my hunting buddy tagged a 6x6, my son, Alek, tagged a 6x6 (his first archery elk!
) and thanks to my wife and her prayer group, I was fortunate to put an arrow into a 4x5 in the last few days of the season.