Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Hunt.

Who can forget their first elk hunt?  Certainly not me.

I've never been interested in hunting; in fact, the thought of shooting an animal for sport made my stomach turn.  Lump me with animal rights activists, PETA, or something.  I love Yellowstone because of the LIVE animals, not dead ones.

I went with my brother-in-law, two of his sons, B-I-L's brother, and a small group of "city folk" who had elk tags.  I laughed when I compared my family dressed in carharts, old flannels, old hats, worn out boots, and the people they took on the hunt donning snow-camouflage, top of the line gear, the works.  Add to that, my 14 year-old nephew shot the first elk with his first shot while the other guys complained about "bad rounds," and a few other excuses for their poor performance, "Didn't I hit one?  Look for a blood trail.  I'm sure I got one."  Call me harsh, I know, but it was pretty comical.  It doesn't matter how good you look--If you can't shoot, you can't shoot.  I love life's little contradictions.  The clothes certainly don't make the man, right?  Let me just say my brother-in-law is a smart hunter and I respect him.  I loved watching him teach his boys how to do it right: tracking, shooting, cleaning [nicer term for gutting], hauling out.  It was like a rite of passage into manhood or something.

MY greatest thrill was that the day was spent on horseback.  I was in heaven.  Give me a horse, give me some mountains, and I'm in paradise.  I soaked up every minute [all the while mentally-thanking Ben for watching the kids ALL DAY].  And it was dream-ee!  Nothing was expected of me, I was just along for the ride [insert Lanette yelling, "FREE-DOM," in all my Braveheart-ness.  Wait, the more I think about that line, isn't that when Mel Gibson is being "gutted," too, like our little elk?  How appropriate, considering the circumstances.  Okay, gross, I know].

 You better believe I'd do it again.  Any day.

1 comment:

Ashton & Co. said...

That sounds like an amazing day. I love all your pictures. I hope you guys had a very Merry Christmas and happy new year! thanks for the card! :)

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