Utah Elk Hunt: Days 4-7: Bulls On The Move

We've covered a ton of ground in the past few days. Hunting with the approach of splitting our team up and glassing as much country as possible. We've spotted quite a few mature bulls and been out from dawn to dusk for a few straight days. Three of our group members had to leave camp this morning so we had a nice pork chop dinner last night and rather than scout, we took the evening off to organize our gear and enjoy the great company.

On the afternoon hunt of day 4, Andrew and Troy found a few bulls in a huge canyon just west of camp. They weren't positive how big the biggest of the bulls was so we decided to head there first thing on the morning of Day 5…. What a day we had! Almost immediately our group had bulls spotted on various fingered ridges throughout the canyon. The best bull, one we'd estimate in the 350"-360" range, was worth a closer look so we attempted an all day, top to bottom to top of the canyon stalk! Andrew has set a goal to harvest a beautiful and symmetrical 6 point and this bull fit the bill. Although he never fed out that evening, we had a great day attempting to get in on such a beautiful elk. We captured some great video and photos of the bull and hope we can find another one like him for Andrew to hunt! We made it back to camp past 10 p.m. for the second straight night after leaving camp at 5 a.m.. After going hard for three weeks straight, to say I was spent would be an understatement. I told the group I'd be sleeping in the next morning.

Yesterday Andrew, Lance, and Troy went out to glass the canyon again and nothing could be found at all. Guess my gamble to stay in camp and enjoy sleeping in paid off!!! We spent the rest of the day going through gear and getting only the necessities ready for the next leg of our Monroe Hunt.

I can't believe how great it was to spend a week in Elk Camp with my longtime friend and elk hunting mentor John Armstrong and my father Scott Seacat. These guys spent the whole week hanging out and relaxing in camp, while always having a warm meal ready when we were leaving or coming back home. We can't thank you enough guys for all your help!

Now, I'm sitting in my truck at the edge of a mountain reservoir, wishing the wind would die down a bit so I can go for a swim… We're in the process of moving camp further north to where the majority of elk call home in this unit. We'll soon find another spot to set up our camp and be hunting by tonight. On the way up here, Andrew spotted a herd of at least a dozen cows and a 6x7 bull that would have gone 330". The bull didn't even act like we were there. A distant bugle cut the air, and it's only noon, and we've already been rejuvenated by a 30 second experience. Ahhh, it's good to be in elk country.

- Mark Seacat