Colorado semi-live

Aaron H

Twelve Pointer
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Congratulations!!! A lot of work after he's down but that's all part of the hunt. I look forward to reading the story.
 

Rescue44

Twelve Pointer
Congratulations!!! A lot of work after he's down but that's all part of the hunt. I look forward to reading the story.

I'm sure he has "friends"...Blackhawk or Little Bird just happened to be "passing" by. lol. Bet he wishes...or is he laughing at us. lol
 

Hunterreed

Eight Pointer
Man with a plan makes it happen,congratulations. I got to get out of cabarrus county more,need an adventure like that
 

woodmoose

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Came down the mountain 10 miles to get signal and call wife

No bugles from the tent but finally found them this AM - now to figure out how to get close enough

70s during day and 30s at night

Talk to ya in a few days

I was hunting with a fellow I served with,,, he's a retired SF LTC who I have hunted with before (in NC, in PA, and in Colorado),,, good fellow

so we got camp set up on 9 September and spent the 9th and 10th road scouting, confirming where majority of camps were set up, and listening,,, I had 4 areas picked out,,, first two were a wash,,, no sign at all,,,

most of the hunters were in the Southwestern part of the area,,,, near a wilderness area,, the guy I was with wanted to move camp over that way, but I held off,,, I don't like crowds

on Saturday (opening day) he hunted over with the crowds,,, saw no fresh sign, said he "heard a bugle or two" but could have been one of the multitude of other hunters he ran into,,, since he didn't want to go back there on Sunday, I expect his confidence that it was a bull was low

My opening day? well,,,,

I drove up a steep grade with the ol F150 and there was a lot of dust (well thought it was dust) for how slow I was going,,,seems the plastic joint in the heater hose coupling decided to give way,,, ran a bunch of my antifreeze out and steamed up the ol' engine,,,

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kind of put a crimp on the morning,,, but I hunted a few hours, heard nothing in that area,,, and then limped truck back to camp only going a ways till heat climbed, then shut off engine to allow it to cool,,, only took an hour to get to camp,,,

as mentioned earlier, temps in the high 70s/80s mid day so my bud came back to camp - went to town to get fixin' material for truck,, no proper hose in the one auto parts store in town, so bought improvisation parts,,, got her fixed,,

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held and is still holding,,, reckon I'll fix it right before next road trip,,,,
 

woodmoose

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Sunday morning we hunted the area south of our camp, and it proved out,,, heard 4 bulls screaming,,,, TONS of fresh sigh, and NO sign of other hunters,,, the elk were crossing from their feeding/nighttime area on the south slope, over the Continental Divide to the north facing slope,,, classic movement pattern in an area where the closest road or trail was a mile and a half away, and over 1000 feet of elevation below,,,

so we found them where my map recon said they should be,,, the challenge in that area is PEOPLE,,, a major hiking trail runs through the area, there was a surprising amount of traffic on the roads (hunters, sightseers, generally campers, mountain / touring bicycles, BMW touring motorcycles, etc etc),,, Colorado is crowded with "outdoors people"

you had to find a spot where there was NO road/trail access and had the food, cover, and water combo,,,

we found it,,, it was a 1 1/2 miles UP,,, the only place we found fresh elk sign was ABOVE 10,000 feet,,,

no actual elk sightings on Sunday, but they were there
 
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