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General Elk Hunting / Re: First Timer - Units 44, 45, 444
« on: April 23, 2021, 06:07:50 PM »
I've hunted in 444 for nearly 40 years and sad to say last year was the 1st I haven't hunted it since they made it a limited archery draw.  For rifle it's still OTC for bulls which seems like they mainly don't want to lose the revenue.  If they were serious about bringing the numbers up, they'd not have OTC rifle considering the numbers and relative success rates.  I also believe the predators are being way underestimated as we've seen progressively more bear sign and bears the last 5 years than ever before.  Guys I know in the area also say the lion population has exploded so it should take a wildlife biologist too long to figure out that part.  The article referred to previously mentioned creating areas where animals can have more solitude especially in the winter.  So what did Eagle County do last year?  They added 2 new recreational areas outside of Eagle so people can now bike and hike in areas where animals typically winter.  Seems like different gov't agencies just have different priorities and could care less about the wildlife other than to create more avenues and trails for people to get off the beaten path easier!  Probably way more recreationalist here in CO and outnumber hunters so they get the priority unfortunately at the expense of wildlife.

General Elk Hunting / 2021 RMEF Castle Rock CO banquet invite
« on: April 23, 2021, 05:43:29 PM »
The 2021 RMEF Castle Rock Colorado chapter is having our annual banquet at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock on Saturday, May 8th. Tickets ($50 meal only) can be purchased online or via calling Heidi at 303.330.7746.  Online deadline is normally about 1 week prior to banquet.[/size]Online - can checkout some of the prizes we will have on our Instagram page [/size]rmef_castlerock[/size]which we will be posting in the next 2 weeks. Based on other RMEF events this year, many have been very busy so dont wait to get your tickets as we could sell out. NO AT THE DOOR TICKETS SALES since we have to order meals in advance. Specific invite flyer -[/size][/font]

I've hunting those units.  Mostly 37 during the later rifle seasons and occasionally during archery.  I've only hunted 28 during rifle and only once so probably not much help if that's where your focus is.  I might be hunting it this year as a friend drew the muzzy tag for that area so I might join him.  PM me if you have any more specific questions!

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday!!!
« on: June 14, 2019, 12:54:21 PM »
CO, prolly 20 days, 50%

General Elk Hunting / RMEF Castle Rock Colorado banquet May 11th
« on: April 29, 2019, 02:36:59 PM »
Colorados Rocky Mountain Elk Foundations (RMEF) Castle Rock Chapter is hosting their 2019 annual banquet on Saturday, May 11 at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock.  Tickets are $45 for dinner and entrance.  An annual membership in RMEF is $35 but you do not have to join to attend the banquet.
There is no at-the-door ticket sales! 

Tickets can be purchased online at or you can call Tricia Lecurex at (303) 688-3798.  The online sales will close Sunday May 5. After that, you
[/size]MIGHT [/b][/size]be able to get a ticket by calling but those will be very limited so get your tickets early or youll miss out on a lot of great prizes. 

Speaking of which, weve recently started an Instagram page to view SOME of our prizes. We actually have a whole lot more that well not be able to post due to the volume as our committee has been working very hard to get a lot of donations to raise funds to support the mission of the RMEF.  If youve never attended a banquet, well have raffles, live auctions and silent auctions as well as a great meal. This year we created an Instagram page to highlight SOME of the items well have at the banquet and to acknowledge many of our donors that support the RMEF.  If youd like to check out our Instagram page, you can find it under: rmef_castlerock

Hope you can make the banquet as its a fun night which supports a great conservation organization that benefits elk and elk habitat nationwide.

Physical Conditioning / Re: Time to hit those goals - CONTEST!
« on: March 29, 2019, 11:00:25 AM »
Like many, I need to get rid of my winter weight.  I'm now 173 and hunting goal is 163.  I also need to add cardio to my workouts as I tend to hike with a weighted backpack and do some fitness classes.  So my goal there is to do cardio (bike, stairmaster, etc) 2 x a week!

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday (3/1/19)
« on: March 01, 2019, 10:59:50 AM »
Even if you know an area well, it's best if you can scout before season starts.  Be that weeks before or days before as elk can change patterns from what you think they normally do.  A few days invested in scouting can save you precious hunting days to concentrate where you're finding the best sign.  We've gone to areas where we saw plenty of elk the previous year, only to find out they moved to a different area due to better habitat.  So trust your scouting info and if you don't find sign where they've typically been, scout other areas as they really can vacate an area where you've "always" seen them previously!

General Elk Hunting / Re: Free Gear Friday (3/1/19)
« on: March 01, 2019, 10:30:54 AM »
Wake up earlier than you think you need to and return later than you want to.  I tend to not get to my target area early enough for my morning hunt and often elk seem to move out of some open areas within the first half hour.  (this is an area I'm still working on!) Same in the evenings as they often come out the last half hour of light so be prepared with headlamp/flashlight to hike in and out in the dark.

Classifieds / Re: Crossover stabilizer 12-33
« on: December 14, 2018, 07:04:54 PM »
Sorry but it sold very quickly!

Classifieds / Crossover stabilizer 12-33
« on: November 30, 2018, 12:31:19 PM »
Selling a barely used 12"-33" Crossover and quick disconnect in perfect condition and not a scratch on it that I bought late this summer/fall.  I tried it for about 2-3 weeks and just couldn't get used to it.  Heard a lot of people love it but I just didn't have the patience to keep at it so I'm gonna go a different direction.  I see some have the "Crossover" decal on them but mine is all black. Sells for around $105 plus taxes so I'm asking $85 TYD.

Archery / Re: Crossover stabilizer
« on: November 30, 2018, 12:02:18 PM »
I tried one this year (12-33) and just couldn't shoot worth a darn with it.  I tried various lengths but just didn't have the patience to get used to it as hunting season was around the corner.  So I'm gonna go a different direction and sell mine.  If interested you can go to the classifieds.

Archery / Re: Bow carrying clip
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:53:03 PM »
That is what I was referring to as a bow hook.  It is typically not used to carry a bow while hiking but only to temporarily free both hands.  This hooks on your belt on a backpack.

Archery / Re: Bow carrying clip
« on: July 19, 2018, 08:31:04 AM »
I don't recall the clip you are referring to but it's been a while since I saw that video.  I use a bow hook that attaches to my pack belt so I can hook my bow on it when I want to glass or get a drink or whenever you want to free your hands.  Just google bow hook and you'll see what they are as they are really simple and usually less than $10.  These are not for carrying your bow while hiking.

Archery / Re: shooting a bow at home.
« on: July 19, 2018, 08:25:56 AM »
I know lots of guys that shoot at home in their basement or wherever year round just to keep their muscles in condition and not for shooting accuracy.  They usually are only shooting a couple yards.

Hunting Gear / Re: Tents in sept
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:49:12 AM »
I love my Tarptent Stratospire 2.  It is actually abnormal as you could fit 3 guys in it (62 in wide when "extended", and 2 people actually have extra room.  2 doors, large vestibules and under 3 lbs.  I've not had any condensation issues.  I got mine used off a hiking website (Trailspace) for around $200 so you can find them for a better price if you're patient and have time.  Great 3 season tent IMO.

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