Snow on the Mountain – Part 3
At the time I posted the second article in this series, deer and elk had already converged on the alpine and their traditional summer areas, WAY ahead of schedule. Like I mentioned, this year–for many of us–is far from normal, with a good portion of the “abnormality” being the direct result of this past winter’s snowpack–or more precisely, lack thereof. In this article, I’ll talk about how a previous winter can affect summer conditions and forage availability (and ultimately deer and elk activity and habitat use), and then take a look at how this summer has progressed and identify a few points of consideration for those of us out there scouting and planning for our upcoming high country hunt.
By now most of us know whether or not we drew that limited deer or elk tag we hoped for, or whether we’ll be back to hunting in our general, “over-the-counter” areas again this year. As we start planning our hunts, one of the questions we should ask ourselves is: “Will animals be where I ‘expect’ them to be this year, and if so, how many?” As I outlined in Snow on the Mountain - Part 1 late-winter and early-spring mountain snowpack can significantly impact where animals might be in the summer and into the fall.
Snow on the Mountain
by Chris Roe
Snow on the mountain... how much, and where is it? Those are the two question high country elk and deer hunters need to be asking themselves right now in anticipation – and preparation – for this year’s upcoming hunting season. Believe it or not, few other environmental factors (…namely severe summer drought or wildfire) have the potential to impact your potential for success! By paying attention to this past winter’s snowpack and spring snowstorms now, you can help ensure you’re in the right place, at the right time, come this fall, and have realistic expectations once you get there.
Getting Your Wife To Go
by Luke & Becca Moffat
Luke and Becca Moffat have been hunting together for over five years, and married for four. They are continually asked how Becca became interested in hunting. Each of them wrote separate articles discussing how to get your wife to go hunting. Neither Luke or Becca knew what the other was writing in order to produce a completely unbiased and genuine approach to getting your woman to become interested in the sport of hunting. It is interesting to note how similar their views are on this subject matter.