Solo hunting elk for 65+ hunters
by B Christy
I am a retired Park Ranger and Law Enforcement Officer 65+. I have been hunting big game deer and elk since I was 20 years old. Through the years, I have been forced to redefine my hunting style to match my age. I mostly hunt cow elk in November because the elk have mostly herded together and are located in lower elevations. Additionally, the colder temperatures help prevent meat spoilage. I "Spot & Stalk" along rivers and streams flowing through good grazing ground bordering forests. I solely rifle hunt because, at my age, distance is my friend. Most hunters do not like hunting with old men, so my game cart is my "pack mule." It follows me everywhere these old bones can go. I only park it with my backpack when I'm setting up for a shot. I can cart out an entire cow elk in one trip. This comes in handy here in grizzly country. I mostly hunt along back roads and game trails. I come and go from my hunting camp, which consists of my pickup truck with camper shell for sleeping, and small cargo trailer filled with all my hunting stuff. I can keep warm with a Buddy heater and it keeps the bears away. I can also relocate my camp in a hurry. I only hunt as far back as these old bones will carry me in and out of the back country. If nothing else, I enjoy the camping trip!