Dave, I just finished reading your report. You guys had a hell of a hunt. Thanks for "dragging" us along. That is the sort of retirement gift we'd all like to give ourselves. Did you load the ammo used in both rifles?
Beautiful area and some nice bulls. Sounds like a great hunt. You timed it right. Warming up and melting the snow. Good shooting. Congrats
I had a look back in the 2017 book and it looks like the knife you had, gave to the guide then replaced with another for yourself is the Safari knife with a scandi grind so that explains the "stout" remark . Great hunt report with 2 very nice animals taken.
Dave, how about doing a follow-up on this hunt explaining in detail how you prepared for it? There is a significant difference in latitude, altitude and unexpected weather conditions from where you live to where you hunted. I think a lot of others would benefit from knowing what you did, and what you packed. Besides that, this not being your first rodeo gave you some valuable incite that needs to be shared with those contemplating an Elk hunt.
Dave, you certainly know how to make a guy jealous.