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their hunting camp north of Emporium.
There was a confidence about them.
The field where they would open the
season had at least seven elk taken from
it in previous seasons, and they'd seen elk
there repeatedly.
Surely an elk was in the cards.
Heather was hoping for a quick one,
too, because she already was missing her
daughters Bailey, 6, and Jordyn, 3, the
first night at camp. She knew they were
in good hands, being cared for by Mike's
mom, Terri Griffith, and Heather's parents Sue and Bill Brownlee. But Heather
wasn't used to spending nights away
from them.
They also had a camp support team:
Mike's dad, Bob Griffith, who cooked
dinners, and his cousin, Wayne Griffith,
who offered to help with the elk, which
was the only thing yet missing in Heather's and Mike's hunt plan.
Everything seemed to be going their
way, until the rain came.
"It rained hard all night into the morning," Heather said.
It was rainy and windy when Heather
and Mike arrived near the field about 30
minutes before shooting hours opened.
With only five other hunters afield
over Elk Hunt Zone 4's more than 50,000
acres, it was unlikely they'd be competing
with someone else.
As the season began, Heather moved
into position, and the rain eventually
stopped. But a quiet, foggy morning
ensued.
Later that day, she had a loner 6-by-6
bull at about 50 yards, but no cows came
by day's end.
So much for a quick one, she thought.
Total rainfall over the first day of the
season was 1ΒΌ inches, enough to chase
almost any hunter home.
But many stayed afield.
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Eighteen elk were taken by hunters by
9 a.m. Over the next three hours, 20 more
fell. Another 21 were taken after noon.
By the close of the first day, about half
of all licensed elk hunters had filled their
tags. For those who hadn't, their upcoming hunts wouldn't be getting any easier.
Rain remained in the forecast.
Tuesday morning, Heather was back
afield under an overcast sky, waiting for
dawn and elk that didn't come. A spritzing
rain harassed her.
Mike and she called it a day at lunch
to head home to see the girls. Bailey had
a kindergarten Halloween party they
wanted to attend.
After a quiet sit by a promising field
Wednesday morning, Heather and Mike
decided to still-hunt the woods in the early
afternoon.
Scouting had showed them where oaks
were dropping acorns and they hoped to
catch elk scarfing up some afternoon nuts.
Their sneaking got them close to two
small bulls. But, again, there were no
cows.
Their evening sit was the "rainiest night
of the hunt." If only they knew elk weren't
coming, their evening could have been a
drier one.
"The weather was so bad; rain, cold,
wind," recalled Heather. "It was apparent
the elk we'd scouted had changed their
patterns. They weren't in the fields they
had used before the season started.
"We were exhausted and got discouraged," Heather noted. "I was hoping to
be back with the kids by mid-week. That
didn't happen."
It was a grueling experience that would
have challenged the most veteran of hunters, let alone someone still gaining experience. But Heather stayed the course.
The next day, morning and evening
sits brought nothing but glimpses of deer



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