The backpack has been packed and repacked…
“Knives sharpened?” Check.
“Extra bowstring?” Check.
“Is my fire starting kit ready?”
I read and re-read my list a dozen times. Everything appears in order and ready to roll.
I’ve hiked, biked , crunched and push up’d more than I can count. I’ve shot hundreds of arrows through my longbow getting ready for my first trip to the Rockies. Like a sponge, I’ve absorbed all the info I could about elk hunting over the past few months. I’m sure I’ve raised some questions from my neighbors as I’ve blown an elk bugle trying my best to sound like the king of the mountain. I’ve counted down the days, like a kid and Christmas and it’s finally here. By the time this week’s edition of ‘Along the Trail’ is out, I’ll be well on my to Colorado.
Hunters hunt for different reasons.
Sure, we enjoy the meat from our endeavors and who doesn’t enjoy and admire the antlers or horns from a mature animal. Of course there’s the challenge of it all but, at this point in my hunting career, the anticipation is as much a part of the hunt as the actual hunt itself. For months now, I’ve bored many of you and anyone that would listen about my upcoming hunt. It’s that anticipation, the impending excitement, the opportunity for adventure that drives me!
I have no idea if I’ll take an animal on this trip or if I’ll even see one, but I know it will still be a success. I’ll get to see another part of our great country. I’ll be in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, in the backcountry, true wilderness and I can barely wait! I’ll get to share a camp with two good friends and plow my way up and down, through dark timber with my bow in hand.
I’ll hopefully see some elk, mule deer and if I’m lucky a black bear or two and maybe even a mountain lion. I’ll eat over an open fire and enjoy the night sky full of stars and void of street lights, traffic and noise, politics and people.
But, most of all, I’ll get to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I honestly don’t know why I had waited so long, but I intend to make the most of it. I hope to come back with some good stories to share and maybe some photos too. One thing I am sure of, it will be an adventure.
As for now, the mountains are calling and I must go…
Wish me luck.
– David Hewitt