Alberta, 2008, DIY, Public Land
Heavy dark beams swept over his back as he lay with his harem on the prairie grass. The spotting scope whipped in the wind, my eyes filling with tears as I strained to study the herd bull at 45-power magnification through a thick mirage of early morning heat waves. He was a solid 330, an old monarch with heavy beams and ivory tipped eyeguards. Scrutinizing him hard, I found myself trying to determine if he was the kind of bull I wanted to shoot after waiting a patient nine years of building points.
The area I was hunting had long, golden prairie grass stretching over rolling hills as far as the eye could see. Although the landscape is beautiful, it is not typical elk terrain. The terrain is completely void of shrubbery; elk must use the corrugated landscape to their advantage.
Each person measures success in their own way, and I think that’s what makes our own successes so unique. Personally, my measure is directly related to the memories made and the friendships built through hard work. My goal for this hunt was a bull that stood out to me and one that provided a challenging and enjoyable hunt. This bull, although truly magnificent, didn’t have what I was looking for.
In the past, I have been fortunate enough to be on my share of successful elk hunts; however, this hunt would be different than most. I had been building points for a special license draw in the prairies of southern Alberta. This year was the first year that this particular WMU was open in Alberta for bulls and I was lucky enough to be one of the 16 people to draw a tag.
For a full account of Trevor's adventure, go to page 20 in the October/November 2009 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.