The author bagged this 6-by-6, 900-pound bull elk on his first day of hunting in southern Montana. (Contributed photo)

What you are about to read is good stuff and it is about one of the craziest, most unique and challenging days of my 61 years walking this earth. Five days earlier I had left Wisconsin on a solo, public-land elk and mule deer hunt. My plan was to put much of my time and energy into scouting and building a base camp, as well as a spike camp in the Gallatin National Forest in southern Montana. This column is about the first day of my hunt which was Montana’s opening day.

Saturday, Oct. 22


The author returned to his camp to find the snowstorm had collapsed his shelter. He celebrated the successful day with a couple of beers and some granola bars. (Contributed photo)

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