I Saved a Baby Elk from a Pack of Coyotes #colorado #camping

I Saved a Baby Elk from a Pack of Coyotes #colorado #camping elk hunting colorado colorado camping elktour

Last week, my family and I spent a few days camping in the Routt/Medicine Bow National Forest in north central Colorado. The days were in the 60′s and the nights in the mid 20′s. A refreshing break from the heat on the Front Range.

Friday morning, I awoke as the light from the sun started to light up our tent. It was around 5:30 am. Both my wife and I had a few beers the night before after the kids went to bed and we both needed to wet the grass so to speak I Saved a Baby Elk from a Pack of Coyotes #colorado #camping elk hunting colorado colorado camping elktour

As we walked back to the tent, my wife heard some sounds coming from about 300 yards away. As we looked, we can see a large dark object and some smaller white grey ones running frantically back and forth at the tree line.

As I wiped the goo out of my eye, I could now focus and saw that it was a cow elk and a pack of coyotes. The screams that we heard were coming from what sounded to be a calf elk in distress.

I ran into the tent and grab my pistol along with my iPhone.

I snuck along some trees and got to within 50 yards of the action. Now I could see clearly that mother cow elk was trying to run off the coyotes but as she would chase 2-3 of them, the other two would attack the baby calf elk.

At this time, I stepped out of the tree line and the coyotes saw me. They took off down the ridge. The mother elk turned around and looked at me huffing and puffing with her tongue hanging out. She was panting like I do after running a couple of miles. She was exhausted.

About 30 yards into the tree line, I could here the bull elk growl and bark at me. But it almost seemed like he was just trying to call the calf and cow over.

I started walking towards her and she headed towards the location where the coyotes went, almost knowing I was there to help her and her calf.

As I got closer, I could see the scared calf much better. It positioned itself in between some old logs along a logging trail. Amazing to see how it’s natural instincts found a place that would help protect it.

Now I am a foot away, talking to it like it was a baby. Yeah, I know, weird. But even though I’m a hunter, my fatherly instinct took over and I was in protection mode.

I asked if it was ok as I saw bite marks and blood on its neck. Yeah, more weirdness I Saved a Baby Elk from a Pack of Coyotes #colorado #camping elk hunting colorado colorado camping elktour  But it’s just what came out of me.

I found myself talking to myself saying that if that pack came back or if i had a shot earlier, I would have let my 10mm Glock roar.

Like I said, I’m a hunter at heart and love hunting animals. But I would rather shoot a mature elk during the hunting season and enjoy it’s meat with my family over the course of a year rather than have a pack of predator coyotes take its life in it’s first days on earth.

I know that the cycle of life has its own ways in the big woods and coyotes need to eat but today was not that day.

I hope that baby elk, which looked to have a nub on its head, grows into a majestic bull elk for someone to hunt one day. Maybe me.

I can’t wait to go back camping.

I Saved a Baby Elk from a Pack of Coyotes #colorado #camping elk hunting colorado colorado camping elktour

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10 comments
Rob Freyer
Rob Freyer

Rudy all I can say is your my hero. Way to partner

Brandi Brusven-Roberts
Brandi Brusven-Roberts

I totally agree with what you did here, Rudy, and I think how awesome it would have been to be in your shoes!

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Huntography - Whitetail Deer and Elk Hunting Documentary Films

I here you Ashley. I know it's nature and predators need to eat too. But not on that morning ;) I made sure not to touch the calf as I could have easily picked it up. I just made sure it was not too wounded as it did have that visible bite mark on its neck and I backed away. Who knows, maybe those yotes got it for dinner. Hopefully not.

Ashley Podgorsek
Ashley Podgorsek

Yes just the other day my boyfriend did save a baby deer it was stuck in a baseball field at a college. the mother was so scared. so my boyfriend went in there got close to it picked it up and put through the part it came through, mama deer was happy to see her baby and they both went back into the woods.

Ashley Podgorsek
Ashley Podgorsek

Sure I would shot a coyote or a wolf. This is for me. to my understanding this happens every day. It's part of life. :) I found a baby deer it was keeping low to the ground well my boyfriend found it then showed it to me. I told him it's doing thing laying low until his or her mother comes back and it was just born. Did I want to pick it up sure I did but mother was close by watching us. but again it's part of life. The next day we went back and saw that it was gone I looked for blood and didn't see any. I am hoping she or he made it out okay.

Angelo Baio
Angelo Baio

Wow,,,talk about being in the right place at the right time. For what it's worth.....there are tons of people that would had done the same thing. Good going.

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Huntography - Whitetail Deer and Elk Hunting Documentary Films

Ashley Podgorsek - I'm no National Geographic guy - I'm a hunter. I'd rather hunt and kill a mature elk and bring home lots of meat to feed my family than let a pack of coyotes have the newborn for breakfast. Too many coyotes hurt the already low elk population in this area. So yes, if I had a shot at one of those yotes, boom, I would have shot them.

Ashley Podgorsek
Ashley Podgorsek

There a guy that works for national geographic and that's a BIG no no of his. To leave nature do its own thing. Its part of the food chain. I am no tree hugger but I do agree with him. In my opinion coyote need to eat too. :)

Damion Sadd
Damion Sadd

Wow what story! Something you won't forget for sure.