Elk Camp 2010
In September of 2010 I got the itch to go elk hunting
again. My brother Don had been after me to come back
out to Idaho and go hunting so I decided I had saved up
enough money and bought all of the necessary tickets,
licenses, and tags.
I departed BWI airport on September 16 for a seventeen
day hunt. The flight out was uneventful and I arrived late
in the evening with Mom waiting to whisk me away to the
house so that I could fix her computer before I left for
With the computer fixes done and all the catching up on
family things I finally got to bed about 3 in the morning.
With a few hours of sleep mom and I gathered my gear
and we headed out.
We took the scenic route along the rough and tumbling
Payette River where we could see the kayakers trying to
keep the open side up. We stopped along the way to
take photos of the river and the boaters. The river
provides many rapids with ratings of Class III to Class V.
Class V, until recently, was the highest class runnable.
Experts call the North Fork Class V run one of the most
challenging river reaches in North America, if not the
After a three hour trip up the canyon to Donnely, Idaho we
took a left turn and started up into the mountains finally
arriving at Elk Camp 2010 where Jungle Creek joins the
Middle Fork of the Weiser River.
My brother Don and his hunting buddies had been there
since the first part of September and had quite the Camp
set up. Don and I were to share the "Taj MaHarkins" a 12'
X 18' wall tent equipped with a wood stove, three cots, a
table, and carpet. That is a whole lot of room for two
people! My mother used the third cot when she spent the
night in camp. My second brother Jack used it several
times as well.
Top & Bottom - White water kayakers on the Payette River.
The "Taj MaHarkins"
Wes Barnard had his own set up which we called the
"Palace de Barnard" as it was equipped with a wood stove,
two double beds complete with frames, box springs, and
mattresses as well as a 32" flat screen T.V. and two DVD
players. Next to the Palace was a smaller wall tent that
was used by Darrell Healey, another of the hunters in
camp. It wasn't near as fancy as the other two tents
sporting only a WW I wood stove and a cot but it was
better than sleeping on the ground in the cold.
L to R - Darrell's tent, The "Palace de Barnard.
There were other tents set up around the site that were
used by other hunters that came and went as their family
and work schedules dictated. We had as many as 14
people, including children, and as few as 4. The kids had
their own play tent set up with a Princess Bride tent set
up inside of it. and even a dog house tent for Kilby's dog.
L to R - Kids tent, Dog house tent, Kilby's tent