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Old 09-12-2017, 12:59 AM   #101
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Need to go to bed but the stars are too awesome out here

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Old 09-12-2017, 01:03 AM   #102
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:31 AM   #103
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Stay at it
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:34 PM   #104
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Went and glassed a ton this morning but only found does. Will keep at it!
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:59 PM   #105
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How many more days do y'all have?

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Old 09-12-2017, 06:19 PM   #106
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Hunt is until Sunday. Went and took a break to golf this afternoon.

Headed back out now.





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Old 09-12-2017, 06:33 PM   #107
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You can see my friends cabin from that golf course. Good luck. PM sent
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:03 PM   #108
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Thats a nice course! Good luck tonight.

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Old 09-12-2017, 10:36 PM   #109
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The first week of the season the bucks where bedding at the very top in the rocks. We only saw them get up the first and last hour. I'll be back up there for the last 5 days of the season.



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Old 09-12-2017, 11:59 PM   #110
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Well we tried two new spots and nothing seen.

Gonna stick to the spot where the does are and hope to find a buck.



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Old 09-13-2017, 12:00 AM   #111
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The first week of the season the bucks where bedding at the very top in the rocks. We only saw them get up the first and last hour. I'll be back up there for the last 5 days of the season.



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I was hoping they were still up there, but after many hours of glassing up high the first few days, all I could find were elk.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:07 AM   #112
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Man is it hard to go to bed with these skies.

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Old 09-13-2017, 01:53 AM   #113
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What elevation are yall at? Can you get up any higher? I bet those big boys are tucked up high with as hot as its been.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:23 AM   #114
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:27 AM   #115
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Today is the day. Do not miss!!
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:11 AM   #116
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Im in , come on man get u one !!

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Old 09-13-2017, 12:36 PM   #117
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Kole had to head back home early this morning. I headed up to the area we've seen deer and hunted up a draw then sat on an area with multiple trails and water. Nada.

This has become a meat hunt now. First buck seen will be shot!

Did get to see a fox messing around, so that was cool.



This is my tired worn out ready for some backstrap face.

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Old 09-13-2017, 08:07 PM   #118
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:07 PM   #119
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The first week of the season the bucks where bedding at the very top in the rocks. We only saw them get up the first and last hour. I'll be back up there for the last 5 days of the season.



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What did the buck look like that was bedded in the center of the cover in the bottom of your picture?
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:53 PM   #120
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Talked to the lady who runs cattle out here and she said she had seen a big buck down in some canyons to the north. Went and glassed two canyons all afternoon and only saw a coyote.

Time to stick to the area I have seen deer. Hunting the same area from here on out. First deer with bone is getting shot.

I'm wore out!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:51 PM   #121
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Too windy for a fire so I'm watching Lonesome Dove until bedtime.

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What did the buck look like that was bedded in the center of the cover in the bottom of your picture?


I'm not seeing a buck bedded in the brush, but there were 7 in the group.


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Old 09-13-2017, 11:03 PM   #123
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What elevation are yall at? Can you get up any higher? I bet those big boys are tucked up high with as hot as its been.


I agree. I've elk hunted unit 80 and 81 the last 5 years and while I find loads of does and an occasional big mule deer buck in the timber I consistently find the big bucks (170"+) in wide open bowls above 12,000'. Though my observations are a little skewed as I generally pack in and hunt the steeper areas to get away from the road and atv hunters.


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Old 09-13-2017, 11:14 PM   #124
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[quote=JustinJ;12727414]
This has become a meat hunt now. First buck seen will be shot!

This is my tired worn out ready for some backstrap face. [\QUOTE]


Hang in there you are 5 days into a 9 day hunt. When you take into account the hunt you overslept and the golf outing you are only half way done. Most of the guys on this site would love to be able to spend the next 4 days grinding it out in the mountains. Put your spike camp on your back and go find some overlooked country that the average hunter is too lazy to tackle. Good Luck!




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Old 09-13-2017, 11:41 PM   #125
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This has become a meat hunt now. First buck seen will be shot!

This is my tired worn out ready for some backstrap face. [\QUOTE]


Hang in there you are 5 days into a 9 day hunt. When you take into account the hunt you overslept and the golf outing you are only half way done. Most of the guys on this site would love to be able to spend the next 4 days grinding it out in the mountains. Put your spike camp on your back and go find some overlooked country that the average hunter is too lazy to tackle. Good Luck!




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Hey the golf outing didn't make me miss a hunt

I'll keep grinding until Sunday or a deer no doubt!
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:23 AM   #126
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If youre still seeing elk, would it be worth it to go get that tag and start chasing them? Whatever you decide stay at it man. Persistence pays off!

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Old 09-14-2017, 11:49 AM   #127
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If youre still seeing elk, would it be worth it to go get that tag and start chasing them? Whatever you decide stay at it man. Persistence pays off!

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If he had an elk tag too he wouldn't see any of them either! lol. Probably be covered in black bears....


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Old 09-14-2017, 12:17 PM   #128
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If he had an elk tag too he wouldn't see any of them either! lol. Probably be covered in black bears....


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Old 09-14-2017, 12:41 PM   #129
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I am headed to 81 next Wednsday. Are the elk still talking or any advise? Good Luck to you.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:43 PM   #130
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I'd go get the elk tag, but I still think i have a more realistic shot at a deer. The bulls aren't talking a ton yet, and I've only seen them from a mile away until today. Got on a great trail today but only saw a doe and fawn. Walked up on a rag horn bull on the way back to the truck. Just gotta keep pounding and it'll work out!
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:44 PM   #131
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I am headed to 81 next Wednsday. Are the elk still talking or any advise? Good Luck to you.
Still up high for the most part and haven't been talking a ton. It's been warm, with a cold front coming through today. I think next week should be the perfect time!
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:34 PM   #132
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i think you are getting closer
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:40 PM   #133
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Read the entire thread last night. Definitely in for the updates.
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:27 PM   #134
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Go higher! We found all our bucks above 12,500 with some at 14,000. Just have to keep glassing and catch them when they get up to feed. We'd glass the same area for hours before they popped out of no where. Above timberline is where you need to be

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Old 09-15-2017, 11:28 AM   #135
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:41 AM   #136
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Welp it poured on me all yesterday evening. Kept raining throughout the night. I was hoping that would make this morning good but no deer.

As far as the hunting higher thing goes there's multiple reasons I'm hunting where I am. First of all I've seen lots of deer in the area, and it's just below the timberline. Most of my hunts have been well above 11k. Secondly, I am determined (stubbornly so) to kill a deer in this immediate area. There is basically one mountain/ridge above the tree line and I have glassed it for hours on both sides and have talked to a few people hunting up there. I am pretty sure the deer aren't bedding above that tree line. Third, I'm sure I could go well south of here where there are plenty of high meadows and glass up deer, but sentimental reasons along with deer sightings are keeping me here.

2.5 days left. Gotta get it done!
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:24 PM   #137
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:46 PM   #138
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The deer all went into hiding. Very few deer sightings the last few days. Saw a group this morning but couldn't tell if they were bucks. Hiked up 800ft over 3/4 mile but never saw them again. Lots of sign but no deer.

I'm headed home in the morning. Been an enjoyable hunt even without a kill.

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Old 09-17-2017, 06:09 AM   #139
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What kind of tent is that you are using?
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:23 PM   #140
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Welp, it was a fun hunt but no meat brought home. Saw lots of deer early but the sighting dropped off dramatically towards the end. I should've shot the first buck I saw early the first morning, but I didn't. The deer are there, just gotta find them and get on them. Hiked up high the last day but didn't see a thing. Going back to elk hunting next year!

The shower after 10 days without was nice!
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:24 PM   #141
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:34 PM   #142
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Glad you had a fun trip! Bringing meat home is only half the experience
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:35 PM   #143
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Completely agree. No way to complain about spending a week and a half in the mountains!
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Old 09-18-2017, 09:11 PM   #144
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Thanks for taking us along. It was a good hunt even though you didnt fill the freezer. Maybe next time!

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