By Steve Wall

This is Part 2 of an Elk Hunting adventure from 2011.  If you haven’t already, read Part 1!!

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Similar to many other hunts back in Wisconsin, the night before opening day of the 2011 archery elk season in Colorado was pretty much a sleepless one!  As I mentioned before, the outfitter said that he would take us out on the first morning to show us some of the area we were hunting.  He met us up at our cabin just before daybreak and we started down the trail.  We were about 300 yards down the trail and my dad stops us.  “I forgot my release!”  The outfitter and I waited as my dad hurried back up the trail to the cabin to get his release.  He returned a short while later with his release; he later revealed to me (he didn’t want to embarrass himself in front of the outfitter) that he ended up finding the release in his pocket, not in the cabin!!

The outfitter pointed out that there were three or four really good trails that run horizontally along the mountain.  We followed the outfitter as he led us up the valley along the bottom trail.  He would point out areas for us to watch for and set up later in the week.  We came to a really large tree and we sat down to see if anything would come from the creek.  The over-the-counter tag for the unit we were hunting was either sex.  As we sat in this first spot, the outfitter suggested that we be willing to take a cow if the opportunity presented itself.  As we were sitting there, a cow and a calf came up out of the creek bottom towards us.  The elk came up on the side that my dad was facing but they saw us before he was able to get a shot.  Our first setup and we already spotted our first elk, what a great way to start our hunt!

After the close encounter on our first setup, we continued up the mountain to the next set of trails.  We set up in a few more places as we worked back across the mountain.  We setup along a trail and started to discuss a game-plan for the rest of the day.  As we were sitting there, we heard movement coming above us.  Then, almost out of nowhere, a herd of elk came through about 20 yards above us!  There were lots of cows and calves and a few smaller bulls.  I watched as my dad drew back his bow and set his sight on a cow standing 20 yards away.  He released the arrow and the herd took off along the side of the mountain.  We sat there waiting for a few minutes to let things settle down.  I think I was shaking just as much as my dad after he got the shot!  I was able to draw on the herd but was not able to release an arrow!  With the outfitter still with us, we searched the area the cow was standing when my dad shot.  We were unable to find any blood at the point of impact, so we spread out along the area to search for blood.  We spent quite a while looking and could not come up with any blood.  We just couldn’t figure out what would have happened.  We returned to camp to eat some lunch and make a plan for the afternoon.

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We had a few other close encounters during the week but just couldn’t get quite close enough.  I had a nice bull at about 60 yards in the woods and just couldn’t get an opening for a shot.  I also had a big cow at about 40 yards just before dark one evening but couldn’t get a shot on that one either.  Along with the elk, we encountered various other animals during our hunt.  We saw a few mule deer and also had a rare sighting of a bull and cow moose!  According to the outfitter, moose were just starting to be reintroduced to the area.  I was able to call the moose into about 30 yards just using my mouth as a call!  We also had a few encounters with some black bears during our hunt.  One encounter in particular was a little to close for comfort!  About mid-week the outfitter was going to show us another area that we could hunt.  We started down a trail and came upon a black bear feeding on a dead elk carcass.  We stood on the trail watching this amazing sight.  We were probably only 40 yards from this bear.  The outfitter drew his sidearm just incase the bear spotted us and didn’t like us being there.  Well, that is just what happened!!  The outfitter tried yelling at the bear to scare it off and instead of running away the bear came off of the elk carcass and bluff charged us!  The outfitter fired a couple of warning shots towards the bear and the bear ran about 30 yards and looked back at us.  We headed back up the trail the way we came and got out of there as quick as we could!  What a scary yet exciting experience, something I will always remember.

It is experiences like this that truly make the hunt!  Whether an animal is harvested or not, hunting is all about the experiences and the memories created!  To be able to have these experiences with my dad is something that I will cherish forever!  These are stories I will be able to share with my children and hopefully someday create new memories with them!  I look forward to teaching my children the honor and tradition associated with hunting!  As well as the respect we must show for the land we hunt on and the animals we harvest!

 

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By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

The company started because we wanted to continue to help fellow hunters.  We initially came up with the idea for the product several years ago and have since used various prototypes on every harvest. However, in the last 18 months after multiple meetings which gradually became more formal, the idea to bring the product to market and share it with other hunters was realized. Eventually we came up with the name Game Pegs and over the last 12 months have been working effortlessly with various manufacturers to get the finished product down to a price that we hope will make it accessible for all hunters. Now with a completed, manufacturing ready, product we decided that the best way to get the tool out to the most hunters by the 2015 deer season would be through a kickstarter campaign. For any of your readers who are not familiar with kickstarter I encourage them to go and check out https://www.kickstarter.com/hello?ref=footer This platform is a great way for smaller start-up companies like ourselves to get innovative products out to the hunting world without all the red tape of going through a major distributor/retailer. We plan to launch the campaign on April 20th (to coincide with the start of Turkey season in Canada) with door crasher specials for the first customers.

 

How long have you been in business?

 

Game Pegs has been in development for approximately 3 years but we have really only been working on our branding through our association with thehuntblog.com for the last 12 months. Furthermore the vision for our future development is continuing to be shaped through our parent company, Upper Canada Hunting. UCH was established just this year, and is very excited to be working toward bringing a number of products to retail stores in the next couple years.  We cannot talk about them at this time, as they are still in their early stages, but we can assure you, they will make your life in the woods considerably better.

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What do you enjoy most about what you do?

 

What we enjoy most about this is knowing that the time we spend in the woods is going to help make a difference for other hunters.  Every time set foot in the woods there is opportunity for research and development.  Every accessory we develop is intended to help us become more successful hunters, and we enjoy sharing our research, knowledge and expertise with the hunting community.  As previously mentioned we are working on our branding and development through our association with The Hunt Blog, and our mission remains the same, ‘to preserve the traditions of our past for future generations of hunters’.

 

What are your most popular products?

 

Game Pegs is the premiere product but keep a close eye at thehuntblog.com and gamepegs.com for all of our upcoming innovations.

Who is your target audience?

 

Our targeted audience with this product is deer hunters across North America of all experience levels. Game Pegs is a field dressing aid which allows hunters to make precise cuts safely, and effortlessly. This product is going to revolutionize how you process your deer in the field. You can view a short demo on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXzN3pWkZqg or at thehuntblog.com/video  While our target audience is white tail hunters, we also have our manufacturer ready with our “Big Game Pegs” which will help field dress and quarter larger animals such as moose and elk coming fall 2016.

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

Our favorite memory has to be the first time we harvested a deer together.  For two of the three of us, this was our first harvest, and for all three of us, it was our first harvest together.  It was a day of firsts, and those are few and far between these days. The track wasnt particularly difficult or memorable, but the effort and skill required to harvest a deer made an impression on us. We enjoyed working through the different cuts of meat, safely preparing it for storage, and getting it to the table. Of course this involved the best part, enjoying some fresh venison!

 

Game Pegs—Get your game to the table!

 

Contact Info:

Website: gamepegs.com
Twitter: @gamepegs

 

 As we all know, the work begins after we harvest an animal!  The Game Peg will definitely be a useful tool to have in your pack to make field dressing your next animal much easier!