American Hunter - October 2019 - 63

Then everything stopped, all quiet
except for the sound of scrambling horses
in the trailer. I realized the diesel engine
had died, and switched off the key before
lunging out the door to help my horses.
Relief washed over me in a wave; we'd
managed to slide almost 60 yards down
the road and past the dangerous portion
of the ravine before going over the edge by
the old cabin. An aspen stood firm behind
the trailer bumper, remarkably positioned
so that I could still open the rear door to
let the scrambling horses slide out the
back. We caught them, tied them to trees
a safe distance away and stood staring at
the disaster that could have been.
Four tire chains, a lot of shovel work
and three hours later I ground, jerked and
flung chain-ground ice across the snow
as I drove the growling diesel back onto
the road, turned around and parked. The
road was deadly slick, and we had escaped
a potentially deadly accident-the only
damage a small dimple atop my tailgate.
Still wearing silly, relief-inspired grins, we
climbed aboard our horses and pointed
their ears toward the high basin above.

A long day of hunting on horseback
turned up several small bucks, one
5-point bull elk and a couple handfuls

Shooting light
was all but gone
when I saw a
big form emerge
from a tight
aspen thicket
at the base of
the slope.
of does. Snow-bleary and wind-burned,
we hid the horses in a thick stand of
pines and settled into a new position
below Gimpy's basin two hours before
dark. It was bitter cold. Intermittent
snow flurries peppered our cheeks with
driven snow. Does and young bucks fed
across the top of the basin, small bucks

following them, lip-curling and showing
symptoms of the coming rut. Dusk fell,
and the wind died away. Bleary-eyed and
tired, we studied the basin with our binoculars, trying to turn up Ol' Gimpy.
Shooting light was all but gone when I
saw a big form emerge from a tight aspen
thicket at the base of the slope. It was a
nice buck we'd seen the second morning
of the hunt. Studying him, it occurred to
me that he was the second-best buck we
had seen all season.
"I'm going to shoot him," I told
Randsom.
Belly down in the snow, I had to prop
my Atlas bipod atop my pack to get
enough elevation for the steep upward
shot. I settled my finger on the trigger
shoe, and began to squeeze.
"There's my buck! There's Gimpy!
Right where your buck came out!"
The words were an explosion of
pent-up bad weather, hard hiking, tough
glassing and frosted fingers. I snicked on
my safety, rolled out of Randsom's way
and lunged behind the spotting scope
as he slid his rifle forward and bellied

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