On August 6th, Chris Grudzinski, John Arnold, Sam Bruner, Mike Kuntz and Elizabeth Regland went to Drummond for a field clean-up day to meet the land owners for permission to hunt for elk during the shoulder season. We all brought shovels and rakes to help clean up dead fall before the season open for a special tag cow elk. It was a hot day that had us all sweating but earned the permission from the land owners to hunt the shoulder season.
On September 23-25, the ranch called on short notice to offer the weekend for the elk hunt to the Montana Wounded Warriors who came for the clean-up day. The only warriors able to come on short notice were John Arnold and Sam Bruner. They camped in the field on the ranch and picked out a perfect spot to watch for the elk traveling from one property to the next. The window of opportunity for elk to come their way was a small one and had to be taken when presented. Sam had never shot an elk before so John was going to give him the first go at it. Being this was a cow only shoulder season, Sam was eager to get the chance at an elk. When the elk presented themselves, Sam took the shot and hit his elk. John had a very difficult window to shoot his cow but he kept focus on Sam\’s elk to assure they could find her. They found Sam\’s first cow elk and he could not have been happier. They radioed the ranch owners and they came and loaded up the elk into Sam\’s truck. How’s that for service! Due to the heat of it being September and the chance of the elk spoiling, Sam headed home immediately to avoid the elk meat spoiling. The only picture that was taken was of Sam\’s truck leaving for home with the legs sticking up. John stayed and didn\’t get another chance at an elk before it was time to go. It was a fast but exciting trip and opportunity to be able to hunt this early in the season and it extends till January 15 of 2017.