Friday, November 14, 2014


For some strange reason,
I was under the impression that November would slow down.
We just received our first snow
which was also our first frost.
(Out our back door)
Well, God certainly does have a sense of humor.
I am the only one in the family - 
including brother, bro-in-law, etc. who drew an elk tag.
Oh yes, me who does not like the cold drew a spike only tag.
That means last Sat. and Mon. (had a commitment Sun.)
So Saturday~
woke at 4:30 AM - not unusual around here,
drove up the road to where we would park,
hike up hill 2000 vertical feet,
look around at absence of elk,
sit on watch while being wind blown by frigid wind,
eat cold beef stick for 'lunch,'
decide there were no elk,
walk around ridges for a bit,
hike (descend) 2000 vertical feet,
get home about dark,
still need to eat so fix dinner,
shower then crash.

repeat, but now there is snow to hike through,
saw a few elk - cows and branch bulls.
There was a spike, but he treed-up and 
I could neither get him out nor get a clean shot.
This weekend~
now with snow down here where it's "warmer,"
we will repeat last Sat. and Mon.
My only consolation is that God is getting a good chuckle:)
If you are so inclined,
maybe say a little prayer that I get one first thing in the morning.
Then we have all day to quarter and pack it out.

Hopefully, next week, I will get back with the program
and be able to spend a little more time
actually in the house where it's warm.

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches


  1. rather you than me, that climb would have been the death of me. Rather ignorant when it comes to elk wondering what is a spike?

    1. A spike is a 2 year old bull elk (still young & tender.) Once they get older, their horns grow larger and they become branch bulls - if you google each, you can see the difference. They loose their horns each year so we find sheds at times - which are the horns that they have shed.

  2. Good morning :) So you actually hunt? How exciting!

    Sending a prayer of safety too!

    1. I'm not so sure exciting would be the word I would use - maybe just nuts! :)

  3. I certainly hope you can find your elusive elk! I had cow elk literally run into my vehicle a couple of years ago, and the state trooper awarded us the road kill. It was awesome!!!! We enjoyed that elk meat all winter and next summer long! I will say a prayer for you that you are able to get your elk :)