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General Elk Hunting / Re: My 2019 story contest!
« on: November 07, 2019, 08:01:30 PM »
That was a great story! Thanks very much for sharing.

Physical Conditioning / Re: Age and elk hunting
« on: November 05, 2019, 01:02:27 PM »
I have a friend who still gets after it every year. Hikes in to public Wilderness, sleeps under a tarp, and kills elk. He will be 80.

I think everyone is different tho. Depends on how you treated your body in the early years :)

Im 55 and I know Ill be luck to get 20 more elk hunts.

Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Opening Morning 3rd rifle Season
« on: November 04, 2019, 10:31:31 PM »
Heres the brute I saw the night before season-

Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Opening Morning 3rd rifle Season
« on: November 04, 2019, 10:26:45 PM »
Thanks for the replies guys.
Heres a short video - [size=78%][/size]

Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Opening Morning 3rd rifle Season
« on: November 03, 2019, 09:18:05 PM »
Nice job! Doesnt look like 1 degree.

Yeah youre probably right. It was 1 degree when we left the truck. It had warmed up to 8 degrees when we got back to the truck.

I dont wear my wool pants and 3 layers on top when its warm :)

Other Big Game Hunting / Opening Morning 3rd rifle Season
« on: November 03, 2019, 05:55:56 AM »
I happened to pick up a Reissue/Returned buck tag for a unit I was familiar with for 3rd Rifle Season.

15 mins into season I was done.

Temp was 1 degree - 220yd shot - 30-06 Winchester Model 70

General Elk Hunting / Re: launching Sat for Co 2nd rifle
« on: October 30, 2019, 05:03:00 AM »
Good stuff Shane.
Gotta love the 'mixed bag' of animals!

General Elk Hunting / Re: COhunter14s 2019 Rifle Elk Hunt
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:10:05 AM »
Good recap Derek.

Its always a struggle when things go south. I call it 'Character Building' :)

I happened to pick up a reissue 3rd season buck tag so I'll be hunting in the snow for the first time in a long time.

General Elk Hunting / Re: COhunter14s 2019 Rifle Elk Hunt
« on: October 25, 2019, 06:50:02 AM »
Totally awesome Derek!
Gotta love those close ones - I know I do. ;)

I hope the meat pole gets heavier as the story goes along!

General Elk Hunting / Re: Gerber Knife giveaway!
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:22:18 PM »
Since I used all my PPs in 2019, in 2020 I will archery hunt elk OTC in Colorado - maybe draw an elk area in Wyoming in 2020

General Elk Hunting / Re: My First Bull
« on: October 11, 2019, 09:10:13 PM »
Thats a great first bull. One you wont forget!

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Rut
« on: October 08, 2019, 05:57:21 AM »
I will add that during the last 10 days in the OTC areas, putting on over 50 miles on my boots, I got on 5 different bulls. I basically had to get right on top of them and bugle before they responded.

And ya know what? Every one of them was by themselves, on a ridge resting and not a cow around.

That tells me the big breeding time had past

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Rut
« on: October 08, 2019, 05:48:08 AM »
Here is my take:

Ive hunted the Walden / North Park area for 30 years. The last cow elk I saw was opening day archery in 2017 and I shot her. The last 3 years we have hunted later and have been blanked.

This year I spent 10 days in early Sept in a S/Central LE unit and then went to my OTC units for the last 10 days.

Since the CPW basically BEGS people to buy cow elk tags in North Park and surrounding areas with liberal amount of cow tags available, I believe the herd is on the decline. Then add in more hunters.

With the decline in cow elk, I think the bulls have most of the cow elk bred by the 20th of Sept, then the rest this week [October].

In the LE unit I hunted early Sept, my buddy hunted from when I left there [Sept 14] until the end. He said the elk were continually going silent, but when I was there [Sept 5-14] they were vocal.

I think the elk have it figured out. Mid Sept means more ML elk and deer hunters in the woods. And later Sept more people are going [because everyone HAS to hear bugles to hunt elk]

Well, Im switching it up from now on and going back to my bread and butter. You guys can have the bugles, Im out there to kill elk and that will be early Sept. Before all the bugle chaser, night time road buglers and YouTube wannabes screw up the elk woods.

Not sure if the elk will be calling, they were pretty silent pretty much all of archery in most of the state.

I do know it will be very cold and possibly white for opening 1st Rifle

General Elk Hunting / Re: Virginia Boys (old men) Colorado Archery DIY
« on: October 05, 2019, 05:33:24 AM »
Totally cool!

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