Catch a Rainbow!
from Cotter Trout Dock: Sept
Elk Adopts Fishermen Campers On Buffalo
River (Photos are all from this
This is not a fishing story about "the one
that got away". Rather it
is about "the one that would not go away".
Friday, September 18, 2009 Cotter Trout Dock (guided
fishing service) put in a one-boat camptrip at the
Carver Access Point on the Buffalo River in Arkansas.
We put in at Carver because it had rained hard the
previous day and we were trying to get to where the
water would clear up and drop out the fastest.
The overnight trip was from Carver to
Ford; about 26 miles. The cook; Tyler Hudgins,
motored down to a point halfway between Carver and the
takeout point at Bakers Ford to set up camp. As
he pulled in to his selected camp spot, he noticed an
approximate 250 pound elk calf standing there.
He walked up to about 15 feet of the calf and it just
stayed there, so he proceeded to set up camp and get
Later, the guide; Michael Flippin,
pulled in with his two fishermen; Ray McIntyre and Mac
McIntyre. Ray happens to be an expert deer
bowhunter and has published a book "110 Percent Success
The calf was still around camp and stayed
all the time they were in camp.
Sometime during the night the calf decided to lay down
against the outside of the tent and was actually
pushing against Ray McIntyre who was laying in his cot
inside the tent. He poked at the calf thru the
tent to get it to move, but it didn't move until he
started hitting it several times. When he
finally got it to move, the calf got tangled in the
tent ropes and pulled the tent partially down.
Later, Michael and Tyler were asleep under the fly
when they heard footsteps crunching across the river
rock about 3:00 AM. Now,
Michael had been watching Monster Quest on TV the day
before about the hunt for Bigfoot, so he and Tyler
were out of their cots real quick like and some words
were said to the affect of "goodness me, I wonder what
that is" (something like that). The calf
decided to join them under the cook fly. They
got it out from under the cook fly and the calf went
over and looked in the tent window. Mac McIntyre
was looking out the window and was within inches of
the elk's face.
The bass fishing was excellent except for the first
morning when the water was apparently just a little
too murky from all the rain the day before.
Email from Ray:
" I am afraid
my little micky mouse camera didn't do too well in
the dark with the elk, sorry. I hope you
enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed taking
Thank you again.