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Other Big Game Hunting / Re: 2021 Colorado Deer Draw is out
« on: May 26, 2021, 07:11:12 AM »
Have a pending charge to CWPD.... Looks like 2 for 2 this year on drawing elk tags. Going to be a busy September!

General Elk Hunting / Re: NM is out
« on: April 21, 2021, 08:16:29 AM »
Headed back to the central part of the state 2nd season archery. Struck out on on the Mule Deer tag though....

Hunting Gear / Re: I need help with my Kenetrek boots!
« on: February 24, 2021, 08:57:35 AM »

I don't remember the name of it, we picked it up locally and it raised my heel enough to lock it in. Basically foam padding about a quarter inch thick.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Getting over fear
« on: February 23, 2021, 10:13:28 AM »
  That is disheartening. My only suggestion would be a kevlar arm guard of some sort to help ease your mind. That would be my first step, try to protect your body from what your mind thinks might happen. I think they're inexpensive. Treat it like learning to ride a bike again with training wheels, hopefully work to the day you take them off.

Good luck on your journey.

Hunting Gear / Re: I need help with my Kenetrek boots!
« on: February 23, 2021, 07:43:24 AM »
Kenetrek has a youtube video on ways of lacing for different issues, I'd highly recommend watching it. I have similar issues, 13 wide on the left, 12.5 wide on the right, I buy 13 wides. I lace each boot differently and it works for me. That works for my Lowa's. In my snakeboots I wear in the spring I had to put heel padding in my right boot to tighten up the fit.

If you do have a fold developing in the back of the call you may not have a good seal. It's more common in callers that set calls farther back in their mouths and they generally develop as the tape gets softer. Trying a notch isn't going to hurt. Start out small, half the width of the fold and half the depth to see if it flattens out and seals. You can always take more off but can never add it back.

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Elk Meat Pole
« on: January 07, 2021, 02:24:29 PM »
Figured I'd post a picture of my 2020 New Mexico bull since it's been quiet around here lately. Shot him 3 hours into my first day, I was full draw on a 4x 30 minutes earlier that if he would've turned broadside he would be in the photo.

General Elk Hunting / Re: How Many Days Until Your Hunt?
« on: August 16, 2020, 02:58:05 PM »
Heading out 2 weeks from today.....

Use it multiple times over the length of your membership. It'll pay for itself in no time.

Hunting Gear / Re: What is your choice in bino cases?
« on: February 24, 2020, 07:54:49 AM »
I run the FHF for elk and deer hunting. It's quiet and has enough pockets to hold what I need it to, calls, windchecker, license, etc. I usually run the solohntr one during turkey season because I just need it for my bino's and rangefinder. I'm interested in seeing the new Sitka one when it comes out as well.

General Elk Hunting / Re: My 2019 Elk Story
« on: December 08, 2019, 07:12:37 PM »
I'm not sure how to edit the pictures to get them upright. They were all upright when I attached them.

General Elk Hunting / Re: My 2019 Elk Story
« on: December 08, 2019, 07:11:15 PM »
  As I sit here typing this up I'm entering my third month of little to no activity other than lifting weights, no explosive movements. No cardio other than a seated bicycle. Doctors orders. I have a laundry list of things wrong they say, I need to slow down, we'll see. Torn labrum, mild bursitis, gluteal tendinopathy, multiple bulging discs, a couple of bone spurs, developing arthritis, general ageing wear and tear, etc. I'm trying to use mobility exercises, stretching and different therapies to put off surgery as long as possible. Elk hunting can be a grind, 2019 was one of those years for me, I'll put it behind me and start imagining the encounters I'll create in September 2020 as I'm researching draws and schedules for next season and plan on hunting two states again. Stay positive and embrace the suck.

General Elk Hunting / Re: My 2019 Elk Story
« on: December 08, 2019, 07:07:33 PM »

 With the short time frame and trying to avoid driving a day and a half I picked a new area within a days drive that looked nasty enough I could get away from people. I packed in 4 miles to an area that looked promising on Onx and set up camp. Thursday morning I was hot on the trail of a small herd. Although I never caught up to the bull or got him into bow range that day it was a small victory of vindication for me. Friday was windy and uneventful, I covered several miles and explored a couple of canyons for future hunts. I only lasted 3 nights in CO before I ran out of advil and the bursitis in my right hip wouldn't let me sleep. I packed up and headed home Saturday morning. Some will say what a waste of time and money but I went into a new area and found elk. That's a win in my book. I have a few more waypoints that may lead to a future successful hunt and that was worth it.

General Elk Hunting / Re: My 2019 Elk Story
« on: December 08, 2019, 07:04:28 PM »

The next 3 days we chased bulls in the open rolling hills but never got the deal closed.  On the last day of the season I went back into the area I last found blood and looked/listened for birds or coyotes while grid searching the area. Needless to say I didn't find anything. It was more for peace of mind than me thinking I would find him. That pushed my total miles for the trip to about 148. It was hard to believe we had walked that many miles and seen that many elk and only had 1 on the ground.

  All in all it was a great trip. Being my first trip hunting elk in low elevation areas I did figure out that hunting elk in that type of country is different. Several times if I would have adjusted my strategy on the fly I believe I would have been successful, but that's always the case looking back. I'll definitely have some different tactics in my back pocket if I draw that particular tag again. We had 5 bulls within 100 yards and only killed 1. Disappointing but I have high expectations every Fall. The scenery, the wildlife, and the hummingbirds, the hummingbirds were a daily experience that was incredible and fun. No telling how many times a nap or a set up was thrown into laughter with a hummingbird experience.  It was a great experience but my elk season wasn't over yet.

   I had a week at home before I was supposed to go to Colorado OTC for the last 8 days of elk season there. After getting home I went back to my Chiropractor for an adjustment and to see why my back/right hip were giving me so much trouble. His response was I had overcompensated for my calf by "leaning" on my right side more. I should probably get an MRI on my hip after Colorado. I was hoping the pain would subside before I was supposed to leave on Saturday but it didn't. I ended up delaying leaving until the following Wednesday and even then it was a matter of me going because it was elk season and I wanted to see some Aspens. Southern New Mexico was beautiful but there weren't any Aspens where we were hunting. I mean what is September without walking through an Aspen grove?

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