I have always been interested in hunting, but I never had the chance to practice it. So, when my two friends Phoebe Bridges and Quentin Peter invited me to go hunting with them in Yellowstone National Park, I agreed without hesitation. They are both experienced hunters, and they told me that Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful and mysterious place, with abundant wildlife resources, and a paradise for hunting enthusiasts.

We decided to leave last weekend, and planned to stay in the park for three days. We did a lot of preparation work in advance, including applying for permits, booking accommodation, buying equipment and food, etc. One of the most important pieces of equipment was the night vision binoculars. We planned to hunt at night, because then the animals are more likely to appear, and human interference is also less, and the night vision binoculars can help us see the target clearly in the dark, and improve our hunting efficiency and safety.

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We set off with excitement and anticipation. We imagined what kind of scenery we would see, what kind of animals we would encounter, and what kind of food we would enjoy. What we didn’t know was that this trip would bring us countless surprises and challenges, and let us experience an unforgettable night hunting adventure.

We arrived at Yellowstone National Park on Friday afternoon. We stayed at a place called Mammoth Hot Springs, where there was a hot spring hotel and a visitor center. We checked in at the hotel, then put our luggage in the room and decided to go to the visitor center first to learn about the park’s history, geography, ecology and rules. We also got a map of the park, which marked the hunting areas and sightseeing spots we were interested in.

There were many exhibitions and introductions in the visitor center, which gave us a deeper understanding of Yellowstone National Park. We learned that it was the first national park in the world, established in 1872. It has diverse landscapes and climates, including volcanoes, forests, grasslands, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs and geysers. It is also home to many wildlife species, with more than 60 kinds of mammals, including gray wolves, cougars, black bears, grizzly bears, moose, bison, deer and sheep. These animals are protected and managed by law, so we had to follow the relevant regulations and restrictions when hunting.

We stayed at the visitor center for about an hour, then we went back to the hotel to rest for a while, planning to leave for hunting at dusk, because then the animals were more active and the crowds were less. At dusk, we put on suitable clothes and shoes, took our guns and ammunition, as well as night vision binoculars. We drove along the park’s road for a while, then stopped at a place called Lamar Valley. It was an open grassland area with rich wildlife resources.

After getting off the car, we turned on the night vision binoculars to observe the surroundings. The advantage of using night vision binoculars is that they can magnify the target and display clear images in the dark using infrared or low-light enhancement technology. We soon found some animals. A herd of bison were grazing leisurely in the distance, and there was a gray wolf nearby. We decided to try to kill the gray wolf first because they are rare to see and pose a certain threat to humans.

We quietly approached the gray wolf’s position, being careful not to disturb it or other animals. We found a suitable hiding spot and determined the shooting angle and distance. We aimed at the gray wolf’s head and gently pulled the trigger. However, at the moment we fired our gun, the gray wolf suddenly turned around and ran away. We missed our target and attracted other animals’ attention. The bison panicked and ran around. And a black bear came out of the woods roaring towards us.

I have always been interested in hunting, but I never had the chance to practice it. So, when my two friends Phoebe Bridges and Quentin Peter invited me to go hunting with them in Yellowstone National Park, I agreed without hesitation. They are both experienced hunters, and they told me that Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful and mysterious place, with abundant wildlife resources, and a paradise for hunting enthusiasts.

We decided to leave last weekend, and planned to stay in the park for three days. We did a lot of preparation work in advance, including applying for permits, booking accommodation, buying equipment and food, etc. One of the most important pieces of equipment was the night vision binoculars. We planned to hunt at night, because then the animals are more likely to appear, and human interference is also less, and the night vision binoculars can help us see the target clearly in the dark, and improve our hunting efficiency and safety.

We set off with excitement and anticipation. We imagined what kind of scenery we would see, what kind of animals we would encounter, and what kind of food we would enjoy. What we didn’t know was that this trip would bring us countless surprises and challenges, and let us experience an unforgettable night hunting adventure.

We arrived at Yellowstone National Park on Friday afternoon. We stayed at a place called Mammoth Hot Springs, where there was a hot spring hotel and a visitor center. We checked in at the hotel, then put our luggage in the room and decided to go to the visitor center first to learn about the park’s history, geography, ecology and rules. We also got a map of the park, which marked the hunting areas and sightseeing spots we were interested in.

There were many exhibitions and introductions in the visitor center, which gave us a deeper understanding of Yellowstone National Park. We learned that it was the first national park in the world, established in 1872. It has diverse landscapes and climates, including volcanoes, forests, grasslands, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs and geysers. It is also home to many wildlife species, with more than 60 kinds of mammals, including gray wolves, cougars, black bears, grizzly bears, moose, bison, deer and sheep. These animals are protected and managed by law, so we had to follow the relevant regulations and restrictions when hunting.

 

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We stayed at the visitor center for about an hour, then we went back to the hotel to rest for a while, planning to leave for hunting at dusk, because then the animals were more active and the crowds were less. At dusk, we put on suitable clothes and shoes, took our guns and ammunition, as well as night vision binoculars. We drove along the park’s road for a while, then stopped at a place called Lamar Valley. It was an open grassland area with rich wildlife resources.

After getting off the car, we turned on the night vision binoculars to observe the surroundings. The advantage of using night vision binoculars is that they can magnify the target and display clear images in the dark using infrared or low-light enhancement technology. We soon found some animals. A herd of bison were grazing leisurely in the distance, and there was a gray wolf nearby. We decided to try to kill the gray wolf first because they are rare to see and pose a certain threat to humans.

We quietly approached the gray wolf’s position, being careful not to disturb it or other animals. We found a suitable hiding spot and determined the shooting angle and distance. We aimed at the gray wolf’s head and gently pulled the trigger. However, at the moment we fired our gun, the gray wolf suddenly turned around and ran away. We missed our target and attracted other animals’ attention. The bison panicked and ran around. And a black bear came out of the woods roaring towards us.

We immediately realized the danger and quickly packed up our equipment and ran back to the car. We started the car and left that place as soon as possible. We felt scared and disappointed. We didn’t expect our first hunt to be so unsuccessful and thrilling. So, we decided to go back to the hotel first and make a new plan for tomorrow.

After failing and being scared on our first day of hunting in Yellowstone National Park, we woke up feeling a bit depressed and nervous on our second day. We knew we needed to improve our hunting skills, otherwise we would waste this trip. We had a hearty breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, then went back to our room to discuss our plan. In the end, we decided to go to a place called Hayden Valley, which is a valley area with more trees and water sources, as well as more animal species.

We left around 2 pm, taking the same equipment as yesterday, plus some extra things, such as a compass, flashlight, first aid kit, etc. We drove along the park’s road for about an hour, then arrived at Hayden Valley. After getting off the car, we found a suitable campsite, set up a tent, lit a fire, and prepared dinner.

We used the food we brought to make some simple dishes, and enjoyed a delicious dinner. We chatted while eating, sharing our views and feelings about hunting and nature. We also reviewed our experience from yesterday, and learned some lessons and tips. We knew we needed to be more careful and cautious, more cooperative and communicative, more flexible and creative.

We finished our dinner around 8 pm, and started to prepare for night hunting. We walked along the river for a while, then entered the woods. We turned on the night vision binoculars to observe the surroundings. We saw a moose drinking water by the river, and a cougar resting on a tree. This time, we decided to try to kill the cougar first. We quietly approached the cougar’s position, found a suitable hiding spot, raised our hunting rifle, aimed at the cougar’s heart, and gently pulled the trigger. This time, we didn’t miss our target, and successfully hit the cougar. The cougar let out a scream, then fell from the tree, and died soon after.

We ran over happily, confirmed that the cougar was dead, and dragged it to our campsite. We used the knives and ropes we brought to peel off the cougar’s fur, cut the meat into small pieces, and put them in our cooler. We planned to make a beautiful shawl out of the cougar’s fur, and some delicious dishes out of the meat. We felt that we did much better today than yesterday, so we decided to continue night hunting, and see if we could catch more prey.

During our second night of hunting, besides the cougar, we also caught a moose and two rabbits. We reached our hunting goal, and satisfied our hunting desire, so we went back to our campsite around 2 am and slept.

We woke up feeling tired and hungry on our third day. Today was our last day in Yellowstone National Park, and we wanted to enjoy some of the local food here. We packed up our luggage and equipment, and took down our tent. We drove our car to a place called Old Faithful Inn, which is a historic wooden hotel with a restaurant. We parked our car there, and walked into the restaurant.

There were many people in the restaurant, some were tourists staying in the hotel, some were tourists from other places. There were many kinds of food in the restaurant, some were local specialties, some were international cuisines. We found an empty seat in the restaurant, and took a menu. We saw some dishes that interested us, such as Yellowstone steak, wild salmon, bison burger, cornbread and jam, etc. We ordered these, and waited for them to be served.

Soon, we received our food, and started to taste them. We found that these foods were very delicious and fresh, they were made with local ingredients, and had unique flavors and textures. Everyone ate a lot, very satisfied.

This hunting trip in Yellowstone National Park was an unforgettable experience for me and my friends. We saw beautiful and mysterious natural landscapes, encountered various wildlife species, and tasted local food; we felt the fun and challenge of hunting, and also learned some hunting skills and knowledge.

In short, this trip gave us a lot of gains, and left us with many wonderful memories. We were very happy with this trip, and hoped to come here again. We also recommended this place to other people, and shared our stories and experiences. We think that Yellowstone National Park is definitely a place worth visiting, whether for hunting or sightseeing.

 

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