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Old 10-15-2020, 10:49 AM   #1
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Bonnet Bruce Paty and I just returned from another successful elk hunt.
We hunted outside Gunnison Country Outfitters this year. Base camp was right at 10,000’ elevation.
The first day we chased a small herd around in the foothills for too many miles up and down steep rock and sagebrush covered hills. Bruce finally was able to take his 5x5 at 8800’ elevation.
Because of the inclines, rock slides, and foot grabbing sagebrush, I think this may have been the toughest hiking either of us had done.
Sunday, while Bruce slept in, we glassed the same area with no sightings so we went back to camp and saddled the mules and worked our way up the mountain to try and find an area protected from the 35 mph winds. Without much luck and snow flurries starting, we decided to call it a day.
I woke up at 4AM Monday and after breakfast we rode 2 1/2 hours to the summit at 11,500, and watched a saddle for a few hours.
On the way down to an area we planned to still hunt we came upon a bull at around 80 yards through the thick aspens. Everything happened fast from here. I dismounted, rested my rifle across the outfitters backpack as he bent over and braced against an aspen. I was able to thread the needle and my hunt was complete.
I am very tired and sore but we had a great time, ate well, enjoyed a true Rocky Mountain elk hunt, and met another hunter from Pagosa Springs that we will spend more time with in the future.
Our bulls didn’t have monster headgear but we brought a lot of great meat home.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:52 AM   #2
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Congrats! Looks like a fun hunt.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:54 AM   #3
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Congrats. I love hunting Gunnison. Beautiful country.
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:09 AM   #4
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Congrats!

What unit did you hunt? We've hunted out there several years, never heard of that outfitter before.

Gunnison is definitely rugged country!
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:12 AM   #5
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Awesome hunt, congratulations on the bulls
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:13 AM   #6
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Congrats old man, check you PMs.
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:17 AM   #7
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Congrats!

What unit did you hunt? We've hunted out there several years, never heard of that outfitter before.

Gunnison is definitely rugged country!
Unit 55.
They were the hardest working guides I've been around.
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:17 AM   #8
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congrats
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:18 AM   #9
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:30 AM   #10
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Thats awesome, congrats on a great trip!!!
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:36 AM   #11
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Congrats, that looks like fun country to be in.
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:39 AM   #12
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:39 AM   #13
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Congrats! Looks like y'all did well.
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:43 AM   #14
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Thats awesome, congrats on your success !!!
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:44 AM   #15
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Very cool. Got me excited for my 2nd rifle season hunt coming up
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:44 AM   #16
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Unit 55.
They were the hardest working guides I've been around.
That makes sense, we are usually in 53 or 54. They are terrible units, no need to even look there for elk.

Beautiful country!
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:48 PM   #17
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That makes sense, we are usually in 53 or 54. They are terrible units, no need to even look there for elk.

Beautiful country!
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:17 PM   #18
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Awesome experience, congrats Clint!
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:23 PM   #19
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Jealous!

Congrats on a great hunt and load of meat!!!
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:43 PM   #20
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Great write up!! Beautiful country up there!!
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Old 10-15-2020, 03:29 PM   #21
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Atta boy Clint!
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Old 10-15-2020, 03:58 PM   #22
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Looks like a great time! Congrats on the bulls, and the freezer full of meat.
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Old 10-15-2020, 04:11 PM   #23
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Waydago!
I bet that was a good time
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Old 10-15-2020, 04:21 PM   #24
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Congrats Clint, great job.

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Old 10-15-2020, 05:05 PM   #25
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Trophy's! congrats.
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Old 10-15-2020, 05:11 PM   #26
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Very nice congratulations
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Old 10-15-2020, 06:10 PM   #27
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Way to go Clint!!!! Congrats to both of y’all!

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Old 10-15-2020, 06:11 PM   #28
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Congrats on getting it done Clint! Some good eating there!
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:33 PM   #29
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Congrats.
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:38 PM   #30
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Way to go, Clint! That'll be good eating!
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:10 PM   #31
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Good deal
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:18 PM   #32
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Congrats! Love that country! Hard on the body and great on the mind.
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:22 PM   #33
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Congrats on the bull Clint ! That is something I always wanted to do when I was younger.
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Old 10-16-2020, 12:11 AM   #34
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Congrats. Nice elk
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