I am in the coastal mountains of Northwestern California sitting in a saddle. Not a saddle that is on a horse but a low area between two mountains. I am positioned near a heavily used elk trail, waiting for action.
I find myself in a very unique position. I will have the opportunity to hunt all three elk species of North American elk in the next thirty days. I will be hunting Tule Elk here in the coastal mountains of Northwestern California, Roosevelt Elk in Western Oregon and Yellowstone Elk in Western Nebraska. This was not a planned venture, so let me explain how it has come to be.
I have been faithfully applying for years to many of the western states trying to build points and draw quality tags for all big game animals. Having 21 points for species in some states puts my chances of drawing tags quite high.
With nearly maximum post in Oregon my drawing odds were almost 95%. I had researched the Powers unit and was hoping to draw in 2015. In early summer I checked for my draw results and I had indeed drawn.
I had also researched the possibility of hunting Tule Elk and found most good opportunities to be very expensive and on private ground. I happened to mention this fact to a well-known hunter, saying to him I would probably never be able to afford a Tule hunt and he smiled and gave me a phone number. I called the number and discuss the possibility of hunting for a management bull. This particular ranch is granted from the state 5 tags per year and take one management bull every other year. I decided to send a deposit for 2017. I also was told that the ranch was for sale and my money may be returned. As luck would have it I was contacted and told that a trophy hunter had canceled and they were willing to take me this season.
I discussed the situation with my wife Rhonda and told her that I would finally sell all those shed antlers filling up the garage. With a frown for her face and a smile on mine, the hunt was booked for today.
THEN! About a week later came the notification that I had drawn a Nebraska elk tag!!
I am very blessed.
Without the understanding of my spouse and employees handling my business professionally in my absence, these hunts would not be possible.
So if you would like follow along the next few weeks as I post this blog, please feel free to ask questions and let me know what you are interested in hearing about.
Mike Lutt has been bow hunting since 1976 and has been a member of the NBA for 30 years. He has been married for 32 years to Rhonda and they have three children that are out of the nest! Mike spends hours scouting and bow hunting in Nebraska and any other place he can find.