I caught up with retired fish and game official, Ed Bangs the other afternoon just after he returned from an archery hunt for elk that morning. He had an interesting story and observations. “ Bow hunting elk this morning. It’s the last week of bow hunting season for big game in Montana. Heard a couple of bowls calling. I saw some cows and calves. It has been really dry this year and crunchy so pretty noisy out in the woods but we had a little bit of snow a few days ago and so it melted off and it’s kind of quiet now. You can spot and stalk a lot quieter with a wet footing and you can when you have dry and crunchy right? Oh absolutely. All the bug killed times left dry little twigs all over the place. Walking around when it is hot and dry is really noisy. I have seen some elk but the closest I could get would be 80 to 90 yards. You could just see them looking and listening because it is so loud when you walk. So damper conditions made for a lot better sneaking.