Hunt like a girl

A 3:30 am wakeup. A rumbling drive up a dirt road. A silent walk to a predetermined outlook, then a frigid hour or so watching light creep across the sky and land. This is at the core of hunting, when you take out the guns and animals and meat processing.

I spent a few days with Laura Palmisano and Katie Richman during the fourth elk rifle hunting season in Colorado. Richman is a seasoned ungulate hunter, and this was Laura’s second year with an elk tag. Although the animals didn’t show up where they expected, they did bring some firewood home.

Laura Palmisano and Katie Richman dress for a sub-zero morning trudging to a lookout spot at 4 a.m.

Laura Palmisano and Katie Richman layer up for a sub-zero morning trudging to and waiting for elk in a meadow in unit 521 on Grand Mesa in Colorado.

Laura Palmisano and Katie Richman hunt for a bull and cow elk on private land during the fourth season in 2015. Richman talks to Ryan Strand, who owns 100 acres, about the elk they found that morning that had been dead for weeks.

Katie Richman talks to Ryan Strand, who owns 100 acres of land in unit 521, about the dead elk they found that morning that had been decomposing.

Katie Richman and Laura Palmisano head out for an evening of hunting on private land on Grand Mesa in Colorado.

Katie Richman and Laura Palmisano head out for an evening of hunting on private land on Grand Mesa in Colorado.

Laura Palmisano adjusts her grip on her rifle while waiting for dusk, the time when elk are most active.

Laura Palmisano adjusts her grip on her rifle while waiting for dusk, the time when elk are most active.

Katie Richman points in the direction she expects the elk to walk from when the sun sets.

Katie Richman points in the direction she expects elk to walk from when the sun sets.

Laura Palmisano looks across the landscape while hunting on Grand Mesa.

Laura Palmisano looks across the landscape while hunting on Grand Mesa.

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