Another elk hunt is in the books; we're eating organic again. The elk were pretty quiet, but we found a few. We saw a few bears too, a beautiful sow and her cubs. We ran into other hunters with backpacks on their shoulders and some internal drive to hike the mountains all day, every day. People can be hunting these same ridges 100 years from now if we play our cards right. I'm afraid many Wyoming Republicans( and Republicans in general) want to pursue a transfer of national lands to state agencies. This idea grew out of the Tea Party, make no mistake. Check out FLAG. What a joke. They'd sell it all to build an interstate or a stadium. It's hard to believe that the party of Theodore Roosevelt has shriveled into such a bunch of pantywaistes and waistettes who couldn't walk up the gentle slope of the Wyoming Range on their best days. Funny how they use photos of wild places to hock their tone-deaf policies.They are not interested in the future of hunting and fishing, or anything really. They are only interested in money and immediate gratification, like eating wings and watching BYU get hammered by whomever in football. Just a few years ago, the Bushes and the Clintons worked equally hard in their administrations to protect public lands and national monuments. My, how times have changed. Sorry for the rant, but I just killed an animal that I find supreme and ineffable. I find them to be perfect--the opposite of these dirty politicians.
My newest essay, "Get Fluffing" is in the fall issue of The Flyfish Journal, None of my friends have 13 bucks, so they'll have to take my word for it. The essay is about a fishing tournament Bill Mixer and I fished in in Cody, WY. Boy, is that place strange. The editor, Steve Duda, lets me say what needs to be said. I hope you get a chance to check it out. And yes, we won, but not without paying a heavy price.
The guys in Natrona County are harvesting their honey this week. I'm not sure we will get much. I think I'll look next week. But it seems I'll have to leave most of what my bees have for their winter stores. I hosted a "honey tasting" in my backyard this week. We had several types of raw honey from different states. Honors students from Casper College came over and listed to club president Scott Misenberg as he discussed beekeeping and how bees are necessary for a healthy environment. Henry (pictured) harassed him the whole time he talked.