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Opening day morning in Starkey was a success for one of the hunters in our group....Way to go Steve.

The morning started off with rain and wind which then turned to snow around 8am. About 9am a group of cows with two spikes happens by Steve's stand. He was able to take one and then the work began.

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Where were Steve's partners? We had just met around 10am for breakfast back at the cabin. We were wondering where Steve was. We turned on a walkie talkie and tried to reach him. About 30 seconds later, another hunter happened by and asked if we had a Steve in our group? He said he had an elk down on the hill.

Well, breakfast was put on hold and we fast-breaked it up the hill. Several other hunters had helped him drag it down to a nearby road. One of our other hunting buddies had brought up his new toy, a Quad. I have never really liked quads in the past but I have to admit, for transporting elk back to camp there is nothing quite like it.

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After about a 15-20 minute trip, the elk was back in camp and hanging.

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The skinning process began. After about an hour we finished and wrapped it up. Nothing takes the pressure off a hunt like having one hanging in camp.

Breakfast then continued. Bisquits and gravy and some relaxing around the fire before heading out for the afternoon hunt.

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My brother does all of the cooking for the group which works out great. All we have to do is show up. Pictured is one of our evening meals of steak and baked potatoes.
Don't you just love roughing it out in the wilderness?

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The one spike was our only animal of the trip. It was another great time and we can't wait again until next year.
The last pic was taken early opening day morning. There was snow on the ground and fog in the valley. It was quite a sight.

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I've been archery hunting for 14 years and have yet to fill my elk tag. But I'm ok with it and not willing to put up the bow yet. But your pictures of the camp, and the fire, and the snow, makes me miss those days. Good times for sure.
Congrats on a trophy to take home. :applause:
 

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Awesome story and pics! Congrats to your friend Steve on a freezer full of meat! BH
 

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Opening day morning in Starkey was a success for one of the hunters in our group....Way to go Steve.

The morning started off with rain and wind which then turned to snow around 8am. About 9am a group of cows with two spikes happens by Steve's stand. He was able to take one and then the work began.
Sorry to rain on your parade, nice job BTW, but when you back the ATV up to your elk, the work did not begin.
 

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Brian,

I don't quite follow your response. The ATV was only a means of tranporting the elk back to camp. Yes, it was a very nice luxury. One that we have never had before. I admit, I liked it.

We have packed elk out in the past, used an elk cart, and boned,and quartered them and drug them out on a travois. It was hard work. This was something different and for the area that we were in, very acceptable.

We still had to hang it, skin it and bag it. Then we had to transport it to a processor. It's not like the ATV did all the work.

Other than that............How about them DUCKS!!!!! :wave:
 
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