December/January 2012 EHJ (Issue 128) - When’s the right time to spend your preference points? It was always one of the discussions we had every year at hunting camp. How many points do you have? How many points to pull this unit? Sound familiar? Well, last year when the topic came up, I said, "I want to hunt.” By the end of the conversation, we agreed on a five-year game plan. With myself having the most preference points, I was first up and one of my hunting partners would follow each year thereafter.
To hunt a trophy elk unit in Colorado, expect it to take a lot of points, unless luck is on your side and you draw one of the new hybrid tags. I was sitting on a bunch of points and every year I gained a point, it seemed I gave it back the next year as the points required kept climbing. The thought was, continue hunting my OTC elk unit with my daughter and son and we all collect preference points slowly but surely. It all seemed to make way to much sense.
My muzzleloader tag showed up in June and it was time to start chapter one of five. It started with the first of many scouting trips, each which turned up more leads and areas to scout. Labor Day weekend found my son, Jason, and I up scouting again. The bulls were bugling and our excitement was on the rise. It was Thursday before the season opener, camp was set up and I was on my way to what we call ‘the lookout’. With views for miles, the elk started to pour out of the cool timber pockets into the grassy meadows as the sun started its descent. Spotting numerous mature bulls, one definitely stood out as a shooter. With the excitement and anticipation of the hunt going thru the roof, I called Ray to give him the report. As we closed our conversation, it was time to hit the hay to the sounds of bugling bulls - talk about being in elk heaven!
For a full account of Richard's adventure, go to page 40 in the December/January 2012 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.