Wyoming, 2009, DIY, Public Land
It was the middle of September and I was on the trail again. After a 13-mile horse ride and leading a pack string into the wilderness, I finally reached my destination. However, after two long weeks of a visually satisfying but unsuccessful bowhunting trip, I had to leave the mountains empty-handed.
It was only four days before the rifle opener - just enough time to regroup. I needed to get more supplies and think about all the close encounters I had and continue to dream about the some of the bulls I had seen. Now, I had to retire my bow for the 2009 elk hunting season and reunite with my .300 Win.-mag.
As I headed back to camp with my rifle and more supplies, the anticipation of the morning hunt was about to break me. I knew there were some big bulls here; now it was just a matter of finding them again.
We woke up at 5 a.m., wiped the sleep from our eyes, and fed the horses. Karinthia and I were overcome with thoughts of what might be and couldn’t wait to get started. We finished the camp chores by daylight and headed to my favorite place in the area.
We found a ridge overlooking a burn and some timbered canyons, so we put our binoculars and spotting scope to work. Within a few hours of glassing and turning down a couple of smaller bulls, we decided to move down the ridge a ways. As we approached the bottom, I stopped to glass an area we couldn’t see from our previous position on the ridge.
Seemingly out of nowhere, there he was! I could tell he was big with the binoculars, but the spotting scope revealed he was a bigframed, giant 7x7 – a definite shooter. Trying to figure out the path in which he was headed, I knew we had a long hike ahead of us.
Walking patiently and quietly up and down the steep, rugged country, we were slowly getting closer. Reaching the top of another ridge, I started glassing for the big boy again. Seconds later, I found him. He was bedded about 700 yards ahead of us with a few cows acting as his eyes and ears.
For a full account of Cody's adventure, go to page 14 in the October/November 2010 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.