6:30 am: The Ol’ Knight 45 is ready for action. Hoping to get her some today. Glassing across a huge canyon right now. If I see bucks over there, it will be tonight before I can hunt them but often that is the only way to find a big deer. I think I’ve glassed over 16 hours so far on this hunt.
11:00 am: Glassed about 2.5 hours. Saw another nice buck. There’s defintely plenty of the 160 to 170 class bucks available this year- even more than last year. Just waiting to see one a step above those. This morning’s bucks were also too far to video (2+ miles). Today, I was only a 1/2 mile from the truck to glass, so I took the big Swarovski tripod along with my compact Leuopold and both the big optics. This canyon has heavy heavy cover so you just catch the bucks between the oaks & junipers and have to be ready to get the spotter on them. It takes a lot of glass to do this. I looked like a garage sale going up the mountain this morning
Super nice feature about the big Swaro tripod is that when your back gets tired or the terrain is too steep for a compact, you can raise it way up there.
It’s too big for the backcountry, but for hunting from a road camp, it’s way nice, way stable, way functional
Here’s a quick video from this morning:
4:07, headed out for some higher quakie/conifer habitat. Tougher to glass but big buck potential! My daughter Grace has a singing recital tonight. Oh how I wish I was there…
9:08 pm: Got to a big saddle and sat down about 5:30. Hunted higher. About 10 K. Saw my first elk of the trip A good six by six trying to breed a cow and tearing up the quakies. Didn’t see any deer but with the leaves on the quakies and oak it’s tough to glass. I still think it has good potential so I’ll glass it one more morning. Some big bucks live in the aspen/conifer zone of Colorado, Idaho, and Utah. Just tough to hunt without snow.