Good Luck, Flatlanders!

By Scott Engel

Scott EngelScott Engel
Wyoming, 2007, DIY, Public Land

Our trip started out the same way most elk hunting trips start for a group of flatlanders with no experience chasing wapiti. It was a faint dream that began with a thought along the lines of, "Wouldn’t it be great if..."

I'm not entirely sure what flipped the switch for me, but one day I finally decided that I'd had enough of this fantasy; I wanted to make it happen. I called my buddy Jon and we started putting the wheels in motion. We soon had a hunting party (the two of us, Jon’s brother, my brother Rod, and our friend Steve), but we still needed a place to hunt. We had a buddy whose father had hunted a good area in Wyoming, and after considerable coaxing we got some details out of him. We decided to focus our efforts there.

My line of work is in research, so I did what I do well - I dug into every elkrelated magazine, book, DVD, and internet site I could find. I poured over them for countless hours and soon learned that we...well...had a lot of learning to do. We learned about different elk hunting styles, the enormous differences between whitetail and elk hunting, calling techniques, and on and on. We also got in really good shape. We upped our running time and exercised regularly - we were going to be physically ready and armed with as much knowledge as possible.

I also spoke with anyone who might be able to provide useful information for our hunt including my dad and uncle, a dozen guys from internet sites, the big game biologist and game warden from the area we were going to hunt, and many others.

Scott Engel

For a full account of Scott's adventure, go to page 36 in the May/June 2009 issue of Eastmans' Bowhunting Journal.