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General Elk Hunting / Re: Mt Lion Hunt
« Last post by WW on February 13, 2020, 08:49:34 AM »
Yep it is white meat and it does taste similar to pork but a little dryer. I've had it a couple of times.
Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Florida archery buck
« Last post by Rdub on February 12, 2020, 02:00:12 PM »
Nice buck, and to think I go down to the redneck riviera for the fishing. May need to rethink that.
General Elk Hunting / Re: Mt Lion Hunt
« Last post by cohunter14 on February 12, 2020, 11:13:01 AM »
Wow, very cool! Never eaten mountain lion, but curious to know what you think  :upthumb:
Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Florida archery buck
« Last post by cohunter14 on February 12, 2020, 11:11:42 AM »
Congrats on a great buck Dan!
Other Big Game Hunting / Re: Florida archery buck
« Last post by Bowhunter1 on February 12, 2020, 04:55:18 AM »
Congrats again Dan. The pics on here are way better than the phone pics you sent me. I have arrowed a few buck by chance from the ground at less than 10 yards. It is exciting. It is a good thing he chose the other path rather than straight towards you. If he came straight at you I bet you wouldn't have pulled off a shot that close.
General Elk Hunting / Mt Lion Hunt
« Last post by Okieelk on February 11, 2020, 09:02:33 PM »
Hey Guys,

A good fiend of my just filled his tag on a Mt Lion hunt in Colorado today. Before he left I let him know I wanted all the meat I could get,  knowing he hadnt thought it was edible. Needless to say he is headed back to OK tomorrow with a cooler full of meat!

I do know the meat needs to be cooked to 165 to kill the trichinosis, and its allegedly a lot like pork. Ive got some recipes already churning in my head but wanted to get some additional ideas from folks that may have cooked it before.

Let me know!!!
Here is him and his cat.

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Other Big Game Hunting / Florida archery buck
« Last post by DTP on February 11, 2020, 06:03:26 PM »
Even to this day it still blows my mind that I can chase rutting bucks in February. 

On Feb 2nd I was able to put down this cool buck on a super fun hunt. 

I was sitting in an area that I had a feeling would be active and it didnt disappoint me.  The first few hours of the morning I saw bucks cruising around like crazy about 150 yards ahead of my on this little saddle. 
Once it warmed up and the winds started to switch, I snuck over to that saddle to pick a new tree to climb once the winds stabilized. 

No sooner than I marked the spot on my phone I heard a crunch crunch coming up the hill.  I looked over to see a buck heading my way and I didnt even have to second guess that he was getting shot. 

I froze and every time he was behind a bush I would reposition.  It finally got to the point where he was 30 yards away coming straight for me.  There were two trails he could take.  One less travelled path coming directly at me which would have resulted in a 2 yard quick draw and shot and the other trail (which he ended up taking).  He started cutting left and I was able to draw while he passed behind a bush only 7 yards away! Then he emerged at FOUR YARDS BROADSIDE! I stopped him, shot, and instantly smiled because I knew it was a good hit.

I think if I physically could I would have done a couple of backflips out of excitement.  Not only was the whole encounter super awesome, I walked up on this gnarly of a buck 6 point.

Busted up ears, double throat patch, and a mature 6! Something that Ive just always dreamed about shooting!

Its just so cool to see the difference in deer all over the US.  I shot a buck in Kansas this year that was a 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 year old deer who tipped the scales at around 230lbs.  Then here is this 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 year old Florida deer who weighed a whopping 85 lbs field dressed....

Doesnt matter though, this is why I love bow hunting.  What a cool buck and fun experience! Ill never forget that day!

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Hunt Planner / Re: Grand Mesa Questions
« Last post by Jyoung1901 on February 10, 2020, 09:03:41 AM »
Thanks WW. My other hobby is jeeping/rock crawling so most of the other things I already have. Just unsure about tire chains. Some people say I can buy them at Oreillys and return them if i dont use them?

not trying to skimp, just a couple hundred bucks on chains that I have no use for except once a year as an insurance policy could go towards other things.
Hunt Planner / Re: Grand Mesa Questions
« Last post by WW on February 10, 2020, 08:08:52 AM »
Can't help you all that much about the Mesa. But you mentioned something about tire chains. And I don't care where you hunt in Colorado, you should always have tire chains, tow chains, shovel, saw or ax, and a good jack.(JUST IN CASE) Most of us out here carry a handy man or hi-lift jack. They can be used as a jack or a winch if you know how to use them. Where ever you chose to hunt, be prepared!
Hunt Planner / Grand Mesa Questions
« Last post by Jyoung1901 on February 09, 2020, 10:28:05 PM »
This year will be my second year Elk hunting. I went last year to Montana and I am HOOKED. After entering in Colorado's DAU 2018 post hunt estimates into a spreadsheet, narrowing them down by several factors (herd estimates/size/public land %, success rates, etc), pouring over GoHunt for about 30 OTC units. I Narrowed it down to 25/26 and 41/411/52/421 (grand mesa area). Once I did that I began E-scouting on GE and did some forum research just to get a feel for what people say about those units (pressure, access, terrain, etc) to help me make the final decision. I Finally settled on the Grand Mesa area for our September archery elk hunt.

We'll be leaving on the 18th and coming back to TN on the 26th.
Grand Mesa is very different from my usual E-scouting I feel because of the giant anomoly in the middle of it (the actual mesa) so very few north facing slopes, water everywhere, huge parks on top of the mesa, etc. So I relied heavily on the Colorado ARCgis map and used it to give me some starting points based on ranges/migration Routes/etc combined with GoHunt advice and OnX roadless areas and have come up with Options A, B, C, D. Most of them not being actually on the Mesa.

So I say all of that backstory to hopefully separate myself from the usual "hey im going to this unit where should i go" posts by showing all of the effort and research put into it.

I have a few specific questions below that are general in nature (if that makes sense). I also will be calling the biologist for that area at some point this summer when time gets a little closer and asking them specific questions.

1. Hiking on and off the Mesa: Based on Elevation profile on GE and just visually it seems like on the Lands end finger of the mesa, there may be edges that you can hike down besides Indian point at the end? Obviously it wont be fun hiking back up but if we were to park on top of the mesa and use the network of roads to be mobile as we move down our options list. Is this ridiculous or is it doable?

2. Roads on the Mesa: Based on the fact that hwy. 65 is a paved road that goes up onto the mesa and then a network of forest roads/trails off of that. I am assuming that since they are pretty flat on top of the mesa that I should have no problem with a 4x4 f150 on 35" a/t tires? Is that assumption correct or should I still get chains just in case.

3. Glassing / Calling: Obviously the mesa has a lot of open space, but I was curious if glassing off of the mesa down below is effective at all? There look to be a few clearings and such but on GE I cant differentiate low oak brush from taller trees. Just curious if using the mesa as a "peak" to glass/call from is a dumb idea or if it could be viable.

4. Pressure Expectations: Obviously its Colorado, so there will be a lot of hunters. However, is most of the pressure coming from guys hunting the top of the mesa because its easy and flat? If we put in the miles off the mesa are we likely to be able to not be bumping into people left and right?

Thanks in Advance! And if anyone is familiar with the unit and is willing to share any additional knowledge or tell me if my areas i'm looking at and options are totally in left field and nowhere near elk, I definitely would be appreciative for the opportunity to PM them.
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