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Old 11-01-2017, 09:52 AM   #1
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Alright TBH, a little early but the excitement has got the best of me. Me and the old man are headed out earrrly tomorrow morning for the Plains of Colorado for our Whitetail hunt. Taking the boom sticks for this one! Will be my first experience hunting out west, so am really looking forward to it. Just gotta get through work today, and hopefully an Astros W bringing home the World Series!

I have always enjoyed following the live hunts, so I will do my best to keep this updated as we go. First hunt day is Friday, and there should be some very nice targets available. Personally am looking for a mondo 8pt if at all possible, and the area has produced some giants in the past, but going in with an open mind!

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Old 11-01-2017, 10:55 AM   #2
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Following- Good luck!
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:01 AM   #3
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Public or private land?
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:14 AM   #4
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They are starting to move!
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:24 AM   #5
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:36 AM   #6
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Public or private land?
Pretty sure all Private. There may be some that is public, but I really don't know.
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:44 AM   #7
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Good luck, who are you hunting with?
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:47 AM   #8
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I'll be following along on this one. Decided not to pick up a leftover for whitetail this year.
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:56 AM   #9
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Good luck, who are you hunting with?
Booked through my buddy at Neal & Brownlee, and the outfitter is Whitaker Brothers Hunting Company. Got a pretty good deal on a semi-last minute hunt so couldn't turn it down. I have a few friends who have hunted with them, or the previous owner of the outfit before Whitaker Bros took over for Mule Deer & WT, and loved the area & experience. We will be in the Eads area. A good friend shot a beautiful Muley with them 2 weeks ago near Limon!
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Old 11-01-2017, 12:03 PM   #10
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Booked through my buddy at Neal & Brownlee, and the outfitter is Whitaker Brothers Hunting Company. Got a pretty good deal on a semi-last minute hunt so couldn't turn it down. I have a few friends who have hunted with them, or the previous owner of the outfit before Whitaker Bros took over for Mule Deer & WT, and loved the area & experience. We will be in the Eads area. A good friend shot a beautiful Muley with them 2 weeks ago near Limon!
A couple pics. Not really my pics to share so I blocked out faces.. Muley is my buddies, WT was killed this past weekend by a hunter. EDIT I removed the pic of the WT.. Didnt feel comfortable posting it.

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Old 11-02-2017, 03:28 AM   #11
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Way to go Stros! Alarm came early this morning. 825 miles to go.

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Old 11-02-2017, 06:06 AM   #12
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:17 AM   #13
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:33 AM   #14
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Good luck, the Whitaker brothers are the best in the business. Raised right there in my home town. They have a guide working for them named Clint Pagnotta that has eyes like an eagle. I've hunted with him since he was little. This is gonna be a good hunt ! What town will you be close to ?
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:34 AM   #15
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Man,that is one hell of a mule deer!
Got invited to go with some boys out there next year.

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Old 11-02-2017, 06:39 AM   #16
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:48 AM   #17
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Very interested to see what you think about Whitaker. I'll be back out there in E. Co in the near future looking for another mule deer and probably going to use a new outfitter.
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:20 AM   #18
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Good luck, the Whitaker brothers are the best in the business. Raised right there in my home town. They have a guide working for them named Clint Pagnotta that has eyes like an eagle. I've hunted with him since he was little. This is gonna be a good hunt ! What town will you be close to ?
We will be near Eads. There will be a couple guides around so if it's Clint I'll let you know!

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Old 11-02-2017, 03:20 PM   #19
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Best part of passing this sign was no longer being on crappy OK roads! Good grief.

Should be getting liscenses, and at camp in next couple hours. Gonna get the scoop, check guns, and see what comes next. 47 degrees and sunny! Weather should be nice most of the trip!

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Old 11-02-2017, 04:46 PM   #20
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Now you're just on crappy Colorado roads.
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:49 PM   #21
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:52 PM   #22
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:02 PM   #23
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:17 PM   #24
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:26 PM   #25
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Once we got to camp we checked guns, and headed out to do a little scouting. Saw a bunch of deer glassing at a distance with some big bodied bucks. It was late so we didn't go any closer and will check it out in the morning. There's been a BIG 8 in the area so we will see what happens.

Ate a great meal, had a few adult beverages, and am heading off to bed. Astros game, early morning, and the drive have made that an easy choice. Hopefully will have something good to update with later! Thanks for the good luck wishes!

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Old 11-02-2017, 10:34 PM   #26
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What's the weather going to be? Good luck!
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:27 PM   #27
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What a morning, and start to the hunt. This was one of the most memorable hunts I've ever been on. We started the norning off glassing a alfalfa field, and watched a lot of deer. Bucks were sparring and pushing does hard, even though the does weren't very receptive. We had checked a couple different areas, and were driving down a two track when we spotted a deer on a fenceline. We stopped the truck and could quickly tell there was something strange. The deer we could see had his head down, and was acting like he was fighting. Ends up being two bucks that are locked up with each other, and a fence post in between. Only one deer was up, and the other was laying but we couldn't tell if it he was dead. To top it off, these were two big mature bucks. We start to suspect the one deer is dead, and the other soon to be if left it this scenario. Being a very nice deer, and an unreal situation, my dad shot and tagged the deer that was still alive. Before anyone can say anything negative about this, there was no decision to be made here. It had to be done, as coyotes were in the area already, and this deer was going to die likely in the next 12 hours or so if not sooner. After the shot, and admiring both awesomeness of what happened, but also the grave reality of what that one deer had gone through, and the other would have, we got some pics and tried to separate them. We couldn't with out busting up one of the racks. Called the game warden, explained in detail the situation, and he said since the one deer was dead he is considered a dead head, and my dad can take both animals. He is going to get a double mount done with them interlocked.
I have never seen anything as wild as this, and our guide said that was the craziest thing he has ever seen, and is something he would never forget. A couple pics below. Heading back out shortly for evening.

The deer that was dead was the 8pt, and my dad shot the 10pt.

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Old 11-03-2017, 04:30 PM   #28
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That is absolutely crazy. Super cool story and the mount will be amazing. Congrats to your dad.
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:33 PM   #29
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I don't see anything wrong with killing that buck.It would have been a miserable death otherwise.Should make a heck of a mount.

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Old 11-03-2017, 04:33 PM   #30
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Wow! That is unbelievable. Make sure you post that mount when all is said and done. Beautiful deer
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:54 PM   #31
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Talk about a wild situation to come across.
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Old 11-03-2017, 06:43 PM   #32
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Slower this evening. Seeing a good number of does, just no bucks so far. I keep looking for the feeder and it's not there

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Old 11-03-2017, 08:46 PM   #33
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Your Dad did Great! Super buck & real ethics there!
Congrats to him.
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Old 11-03-2017, 09:08 PM   #34
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Congrats to your dad! Awesome that he gets to keep the other head too. He should have grabbed the fence post as well. Going to be a very cool mount.
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Old 11-03-2017, 09:56 PM   #35
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Congrats to your dad! Awesome that he gets to keep the other head too. He should have grabbed the fence post as well. Going to be a very cool mount.
We thought about that after, and are going to get it tomorrow. They had struggled and destroyed three post. The two deer were on either side of the wire, and while tangled could just move down the wire until they got tied up in the last post. One post was completely ripped out of ground, and another rubbed raw.

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Old 11-04-2017, 10:57 PM   #36
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Day two of the hunt today was a little slower. Foggy this morning, and took until almost 9 to burn off so this morning was very slow. Set up on edge of the alfalfa field we have been seeing a lot of action on, and saw a bunch of does but overall deer moved very late and we didn't see any decent bucks. Been a great hunt so far, and still have 3 days to get it done. Weather looks good for next couple days with it getting colder again(today was almost 80) so I am optimistic.

There are 2 other hunters in camp besides us including a solo whitetail hunter, and a solo Muley hunter. Muley guy tagged out with a awesone 195" deer with great characteristics yesterday(1st day), and the other whitetail hunter missed a mid 180s deer at 300+ yards. Deer didn't spook or get hit so they hope to get back on him. This is wide open ground, and 200-400 yard shots are more common than 100. Ready to air it out a bit if needed when time comes! Headed to bed!

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Old 11-05-2017, 05:50 AM   #37
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:36 AM   #38
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Awesome story and will be a very cool mount.
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:15 AM   #39
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Wow! Congrats to your dad. The double mount sounds awesome.
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:21 AM   #40
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Cool story and congrats to your dad.
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Old 11-05-2017, 02:51 PM   #41
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Your dad gets an attaboy for that one. There shouldn't be any negative comments about it.
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Old 11-05-2017, 03:21 PM   #42
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Thanks for the comments! Set back up this evening overlooking a bottom area that leads to alfalfa field. Low 40s, good breeze so hope the deer are moving tonight. Can see 3 does already.

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Old 11-05-2017, 08:57 PM   #43
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Saw some deer this evening, and a potential shooter right at dark. Big bodied but couldn't get a good look. Gonna go back in there tomorrow and see If we can't get lucky.

Another hunter connected on a deer he missed first night, and what a stud it was. Pic below.

Down to just me in camp to tag out so I need to make it happen. Weather gets nasty Tuesday so hoping to get it done tomorrow!

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Old 11-05-2017, 08:59 PM   #44
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Wow what a stud. Good luck to you!
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Old 11-05-2017, 09:14 PM   #45
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Find one like that^^. Thats a heck of a deer. Good luck these next few days.

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Old 11-05-2017, 09:19 PM   #46
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Good lawd what a toad! Find his Daddy!


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Old 11-06-2017, 08:01 PM   #47
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Today was the 4th day of a 5 day hunt, and weather looks pretty miserable for day 5 so today was the day something needed to happen! It has been extremely slow movement wise with the deer moving late, and bedding early. I'm not sure if it's just full moon or what, but it's been slow.

Late evening yesterday(dark basically), finally saw a mature buck briefly get up and move so we set up in position this morning trying to be ready if a deer presented itself. Pretty quick into morning my guide, Grant, locates some deer off in same trees we saw the deer last night. He can tell there's a couple young bucks, but also looked to be a mature 8. He said let's go get a closer look, so we crawled on hands and knees and closed the distance from 640 yards to 270 yards to edge of trees. We checked(i sucked wind)multiple times to see if the deer was still there, and ranging. When we finally got to where we set up, deer had vanished. We figured they had bedded down, as you couldn't see any deer busting out as if we had blew em out.

It was flipping cold this morning. Mid 30s, wind blowing 10-12mph, and drizzle made for a chilling sit once i had caught my breath. We sat from about 830 to 1115 on the hillside just waiting for something to get back up. Finally a doe got up and killed around, and shortly after one of the younger bucks. 10 mins or so later another doe gets up, and walks right by where we had last seen the mature buck, and sure enough he gets up. Can't believe we couldn't see him, but it was pretty thick. Get a good look at him and he is a mature 8, but not a giant by any means. With tough hunting, limited opportunities to that point, and weather coming tomorrow i decided to let it bark.

Shot the buck at 340 yards which is my furthest shot to date! I was pretty pumped about that! I'm plenty happy with the deer, and the trip has been a blast! Can't say enough about our guide, and the outfit as a whole. These guys worked hard, and we ended up going 4/4 in camp. Tagged out and headed to Texas in the morning!

A few pics attached. I blocked out faces of the other hunters but those two gentlemen killed some awesome deer!

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Old 11-06-2017, 08:15 PM   #48
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Congrats on a successful trip!
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Old 11-06-2017, 08:24 PM   #49
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CONGRATS! Great Deer!
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Old 11-06-2017, 08:34 PM   #50
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That’s very cool
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