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Makin' Hay Opening Day

As unpredictable as elk usually are, I was fortunate enough to pattern a small herd to be feeding across a stubble field between heavily treed pasture and standing corn.  Having eyes on them morning and night for 3 continual days before the season, I was able to identify the two main points of entry which they were using in and out of the timber.  Although 12 elk nonchalantly crossed the field opening morning, I unfortunately chose the wrong trail to set up on.  Sitting in anguish, but knowing there was really no other choice, I decided to not pressure.  Admittedly I did at first take a few steps closer, but soon thereafter my brain sent a clear message to not mess...

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