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Campfire / My 2017 Elk Story
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:46:22 AM »

I arrived late Friday afternoon but had enough time to walk the ridge I had been image scouting for months to see if I could get anything to bugle. There was plenty of fresh elk sign but after walking a couple miles down the ridge bugling and cow calling every now and then with no response, my mind kept going back to a group of elk that I had spotted on some private land driving in that day. When I arrived back at the truck I scoured my maps realizing that there was a strip of public land that came into the upper end of the meadow they were in. I rode back around to the that area and immediately in the headlights stood a good bull and two cows. I went back up the road a ways and set up my camp with plans to be at the new area at daylight.

The next morning arrived and I parked my truck as the first signs of daylight arrived. I climbed the ridge up to some open parks up near the top of the mountain with no responses to my location bugles. I continued deeper until I reached the other end of the ridge and just as I crested it I thought I heard thunder. It was 10-15 elk just around the end on the knoll from me that were headed to the timber below. A smaller 4x4 stopped at 30 yards to look back and took off again as I drew my bow. I cow called a few times and the rumbling of hooves stopped. Just then the valley in front of me lit up with bugles. I worked my way down wind of all the elk and dropped down in the timber. I heard a bugle a few hundred yards below me and I cut him off with my own bugle. I came across a cow and a spike dropping down the ridge. Just as I began to see the meadow in the bottom the rumbling started again and I stopped as I watched a 7x7 heard his cows into a huddle in the meadow. I bugled and they stopped.

I couldn't get him to close the distance so I let them go up and over the ridge as I didn't want to push them out of the area considering this was my first morning. I heard another bugle on closer to private ground and I headed that direction. When I got within a few hundred yards I cut off his old raspy bugle with one of my own and you could instantly hear his tone change. I worked my way up to the knoll he was on constantly checking where I was in respect to the private land with my Onx maps. I got in shooting range of three different satellite bulls but the thicktimber impeded any shot. Then I heard the raspy bugle again just over the knoll and I cut him off again which made him bugle again. I checked the wind and eased around the knoll to spot his cows. I slid in front of a spruce tree on the edge of a small opening just in time to see his head at around 80 yards. I cow called and he began his bugle. When he did I cut him off again and he stormed up the hill to around 40 yards and then stopped. He turned his head and I bugled again. This time he charged another 5 or six yards while I drew my bow. He stopped and began looking for me and decided to turn back toward his cows. As he was turning I estimated his distance and shot through the only opening I had.Everything broke loose so I cow called and everything went quite. I could still see several of the cows but no bull. I knew if I pushed him he would go on to the very nearby private land and he would be gone. I slowly eased to where he was standing and there was no blood but also no arrow. I followed his tracks and 30 yards later the blood began. I stopped as I again saw his cows so I just lay on the ground doing a lot of praying and replaying the sequence of events over and over.

After 45 minutes I left my pack and eased down the blood trail as slowly and quietly as I could. The blood circled around the end of the knoll and started making me nervous as it began to go up hill after 100 yards or so. Then all of a sudden the blood took a sharp turn down the knoll into the thickest stuff I've ever seen. Judging by the fact he had started making his own trail at this point my hopes increased and peaked soon after as I found him dead 20 yards later. I had hit exactly where I aimed and stuck him through his last rib on a hard quartering away shot.

I still can't put into words how ecstatic I was to be looking at my first elk, never mind it was with a bow too. I then realized I had dropped my game bags getting out of the truck that morning. I then headed the 4.5 miles back to the truck to get them and drop a little weight. I found another road that brought me within 2.5 miles of the elk and was mighty thankful for it. I went back in and quartered him up and began packing out. I finished my last of the three trips it took me to get him out just after dark that night. I went back to camp and cooked the tenderloins over the fire and then hit the bed.

Campfire / A-Ha moment!
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:39:22 AM »
One of the lessons learned on this trip was how difficult it is to haul an elk out by yourself especially when your last load is too wide to get through the forest. I wouldn't have had it any other way though.

Campfire / Great Success!
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:35:58 AM »
Proud to say I used the lessons learned through much research(including Corey's Elk101 Course) to bring the old herd bull in. Shot him at 35 yards with my bow.

Campfire / From the field
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:33:32 AM »
I ran across this spike while chasing my bull.

Campfire / Camp Life
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:25:15 AM »
My camp was set around 10k feet in central Colorado! I was only there at night but it sure was beautiful!

All packed up the next day.

General Elk Hunting / Re: General Advice near Fort Collins CO
« on: February 03, 2016, 08:01:10 AM »
That is definitely an interesting approach but think I'll try and go a different route. Ha

General Elk Hunting / General Advice near Fort Collins CO
« on: February 01, 2016, 04:10:40 PM »
Hey guys,
I am currently in Vicksburg, MS and am moving to Fort Collins to do work with Colorado State for a year in August. I have been hunting whitetail, wild hogs, rabbit, squirrel, alligator, turkey, etc for years but not elk. I had actually already planned my first elk hunt for this upcoming season down in Unit 54 but am now looking tohunt closer to Fort Collins as I won't be able to take enough to go hunt in 54.
I will be busy a lot during the weeks with work and I love to bow hunt so figured I would hunt the archery season to be out there as much as I can and hopefully get to hear them buggling. I get excited just thinking about it. I know it doesn't give me the best odds as far as units to hunt but I am looking at trying to draw the E-E-007-O1-A tag, units 7, 8, 9, 19, 191, due to proximity. It also is an either sex tag and as much as I would like to kill a bull, I would be just as happy with a cow.
Like I said I won't be there until August, but I plan on putting down as much boot leather as my wife and two little boys will let me before September. With that said, this is my first elk hunt and first time to that area of Colorado so any info about the area, elk hunting, or life up there in general would be greatly appreciated. Please just PM me and we can talk over PM, email, text or phone. I can promise you will find out I have already done a lot of homework on elk hunting and the area in general.
Thanks for any help in advance and if not God Bless and happy hunting.

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