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Old 08-30-2017, 04:21 PM   #1
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Days 4-7,wolves,game and strange find ..
I Was glassing for bucks in days before season. I caught some movement on a snowbank some distance (1/2 mile) away.
I must point out I am a naturalist who keenly knows the difference in coyotes and wolves. I had just been around a friend who had a well trained pet wolf. It ran in a smooth long stride, fast, smooth, gait much like a miniature Thoroughbred horse. coyotes have a sort of bobbing gait.
And of course the body color with pronounced streaks of black on a light grey or buff backgorund in contrast to the sandy tan or a yote. Their feet and most telling. Coyotes ad a foot that is much more naarrow and oval in shape. Typically 2" wide and 3" long. In contrast an adult wolf is 4" wide and similar in length.
So you can imagine my surprise when I watched an adult female wolf run around in big circles in the snow then flop down for three pups to nurse. There was two other adults hanging about near by. It was to far for a photo but I hiked straight away, around the mountain range to descend into the top as it was too steep to reach snow bank from below for photos. there was for me to see what were no no doubt wolf tracks. Most interestingly I found another wolf track in a dry bit of clay 5 miles away a few days later while hunting.. Again both of these locations were not within access of a trail but rather required long difficult climbs to get two Locations. The sighting was in the Buffalo peaks wilderness.I will not speculate as to how the wolves got here.
Elk- not much to report except Monday I glassd a big bull elk laying up near timberline a mile away and 1500 fit above where I was hunting.Other than the big summer herd i Had found preseason I was having little luck elk hunting. So the next morning I found a bull in the next drainage top just near to the drainage top he was the night before. It was father away but I watched him rub his horn in the dirt and trash a brush so I know it was a bull. when about 8 am he appeared to bed down I was off. it was a long tough climb only to realize as I galled the situation 300 yds away above timberline that in order to avoid being seen or smelled that I needed to approach from directly above. So another big circle nd tip toe down to where I thought he was. No elk. I stated walking down slowly and saw just an elk topline in a gully grazing 70 yds below. I got into about 40 yds .everything was right; cover the wind moist ground. But He wasn't the big wide 6 pt I had seen the night before. Just a young 4 pt. And had it been closer to the trail and my car I would have shot him. because for elk I was hunting for meat. for mule deer I wanted big horns. But no bucks with decent headgear so far. Bulls are not bulging at all and its 32 or so at night and 55 to 70 in afternoon. I think it may be sept 10 or so before elk get going with their rut. I may take my buffalo horn and wolf sightings as my colo 17 trophies and move on to my elk hunt with my horses in the Gila Unit 16b NM where I have another bow tag this year. Who know I may get lucky tonight.
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Old 08-30-2017, 04:34 PM   #2
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see photos at bottom of 'colo live hunt day 1'..seems they did not load on this post
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Old 08-30-2017, 04:56 PM   #3
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Old 09-03-2017, 12:56 PM   #4
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I packed up to leave and saw three bucks. my first to see in 9 days. i wated them go into a clump of willows and did not see them any more; watching thru 10 power glasses on a tripod. so it was off to get the wind and crawl in.didn tsee them agian adn the best buck was a nice 160s sort of buck not the 180ish sort I was there for . So I went home. here are a few more pics
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