“I’ve shot a lot of stuff. I shot a huge Boone and Crockett moose this year, a Boone and Crockett big horn sheep, which is like most people’s pinnacle, but this elk was probably one of my most prized trophies,” he said.
The thief or thieves not only took the rack, but they also stole an estimated $5,000 worth of gear, including his brother-in-law’s bow, from his brother-in-law's truck sometime between 3 to 5 a.m on Saturday, October 8, 2022. His brother-in-law, who’d left the hunting group early and was driving the bull back to Idaho, stopped at the C'Mon Inn Hotel & Suites to reset for a couple of hours.
“It crossed my mind, but I’m like, you don’t need to bring an elk rack inside. It’s like 90 pounds with the cape and you’re not going to take it through an elevator and upstairs into a motel room for three, four hours. Hindsight, probably should have done that,” he said.
Grenda filed a police report and is asking people to keep their eyes open for his KUIU duffle bag full of most of his hunting gear and the elk rack. He says the duffle bag has his name and phone number on it.
“You know, you can eat the elk and have elk meat and my kids are all going to enjoy it. But, at the end, that meat is going to be gone and I want the memory on the wall… I can’t believe a coward would take that,” Grenda said.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.