The beauty of Idaho took a wonderful turn this morning as we woke to 6 inches of stunning white powder. The landscape immediately changed as the snow covered pines and white meadows created a picturesque view. We took it all in as we prepared for the morning hike.
Thankful for our Farm to Feet socks and multiple King’s Camo layers, we departed from camp at first light, with our goal today to work higher elevations glassing down into the heavy, timbered draws. We were accompanied by Colton, a guide for LocKey U Outfitters.
The woods were as beautiful as any vision you could illustrate or capture with a picture. Snow-covered trees and grasses glistening in the morning sun, added to the pure enjoyment of our hike. There was, once again, no shortage of whitetails moving, with both bucks and does working through the timber.
We had a very brief opportunity at a mature 4×4, likely a 3-½ year old deer with good tine and beam length and average width. He was short in brow tine length but certainly a buck we would have shot, had the opportunity provided. Still-hunting through the timber is not an easy task, especially while filming and getting all of our cameras set up quickly.
We took a few hours back at camp to enjoy conversation and gather some still photos of the horses, the camp, and the landscape here in Idaho. It’s easy to stay on our feet and enjoy the moments at this very unique camp.
The afternoon hunt included still-hunting our way up a ridge west of camp and then a mile or so north. Our total miles logged today were 8.7, which we all could feel by the end of the day. With sunset shortly after 4pm and dinner around 630pm, the evening comes to a close relatively early with everyone feeling pretty exhausted from the day.
It’s our plan to stretch our legs even further tomorrow and travel to some elevations we have not yet hunted. We are hopeful to see good rutting activity and a buck that will fit what I am looking for.