Diary of a Hunting Widow: Year 13

Posted October 9, 2017 by Prairie Wife - 6 comments

Lucky number 13…

13 years of being abandon by my husband for the mountains and Elk.

By now I’ve got the hunting widow routine down! I know exactly what I need to do to stay sane and not spend all my time watching weather patterns as they move across Wyoming and worrying about The Cowboy. I scheduled a day to send the littlest Cowkids to the sitter, booked time with friends and planned a few household chores to keep us busy on the weekend. One of the chores was sorting out all of our winter gear and putting it in the correct cubbies and baskets. This was perfect timing! As I am typing this, I am gazing at a winter wonderland! We had a heavy wet Fall snow last night and have temperatures in the 20’s with about 4 inches of snow.

This year The Cowboy planned to be gone for only a week. After taking two weeks off work to hunt in Africa this Spring he didn’t have the usual 10 days available. I have to be honest, I wasn’t too upset about that 😉

The Cowboy returned two days earlier than planned. Luckily I already had the house cleaned from top to bottom so he came home to a happy relaxed family. Below are some pics that he and his friend Rodger took while up hunting. Seeing the beautiful scenery makes me almost want to go up with him…almost…

There was a lot of snow (over two feet in some areas) on the way into camp. You can see there were also Grizzly Bears. This is one of many tracks The Cowboy and Rodger came across. Next to it is The Cowboy’s size 12 boot print.

grizzly tracks

Zip the Wonder Dog came along to help guard camp against Bears and The Cowboy said that he did a great job keeping up.


They averaged over 12 miles a day so when Zip made it to camp he snuggled up in his little doggy bed and rested. The Cowboy was super sweet (shh don’t tell anyone) and covered him up with an extra blanket to keep him warm. PS Do you think Cottonelle would use this as an ad for their disposable wipes?! “They go everywhere and anywhere, so you can too!”

zip the wonder dog

The Cowboy packs everything they need for camp (food, bedrolls, guns etc.) on the horses and also uses them to pack out his elk. They carefully weigh and balance the loads so the horses are safe and comfortable on the steep mountain trails.

horse packed

Home sweet home for The Cowboy and Rodger was this cozy teepee.


The weather warmed up a bit after the first few days and the horses loved rolling in the mountain grass after a hard day’s work.

horses rolling

The Cowboy shot himself a nice 6 point Elk. It was hiding in the bushes and it wasn’t until after he shot it that he noticed it was a unicorn Elk. Turns out the big guy must have been fighting and broke off one of his antlers. Thankfully we are all about the meat and not the mount!

The Cowboy with his Elk

The rivers were full and cold but you can’t beat the views!

mountain views

The Cowboy and Rodger had a nice easy hunt with plenty of time to ride around and enjoy the majestic beauty of Wyoming. I’m thrilled to have a full freezer to look forward to, and glad my husband is back safe and sound!

What do you think? Does a Wyoming Elk hunt look like something you would like to do?!



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6 thoughts on "Diary of a Hunting Widow: Year 13"

  1. Nina says:

    Of course I’d love to go!! As you have seen, I decided about 9 years ago that in order to see the hubby this time of year, I figured I could just hunt myself. I love the reward of getting meat in our freezer and the challenge of something beautiful for the wall too!! I am so impressed by his tent instead of a fancy camper and relate to Cottonelle wipes as they are Lifesavers when we go out camping too! Congrats Cowboy on your harvest and to Prairie Wife for holding down the home front!!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I’m so impressed with you and the example you set for you family and other woman that want to go. If it’s your thing I say go for it…I’ll be at home with the hot cocoa ready for you lol and yes God bless Cottonelle!

  2. Karen says:

    This definitely lights a fire in me! What absolutely beautiful scenery! I love the dog under the blanket picture, and the picture with the horse rolling around is stunning!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Gotta love Wyoming, and thanks 🙂

  3. Bennie says:

    OMG! That is the sweetest photo of Zip all cuddled up. All it needed was a little red bow with a tiny pine branch and/or tiny present and you’d have a cute Christmas card photo.
    I say – hashtag Cottonelle with that photo and this article on Twitter and see if you get a big sponsor for your blog!
    Being a vegetarian as long as you use the meat I’m okay with the hunt. I suppose the herds need to be thinned out a little each year so that they don’t starve too.
    Beautiful photos but I’m not much for camping, especially in the winter. I’ll take a hotel room please. 🙂

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I know right it melted my heart to see how sweet The Cowboy was to Zip! Cottonelle did respond to my tweet but still waiting for a sponsorship…goodness knows we use enough toilet paper around here 😉 I’m with you I only camp in the nice warm summer!

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