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Old 08-27-2018, 03:34 PM   #101
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I just wasn't quite sure, but Ryan's gear pics kind of gave away the car/truck camping aspect for, at least, base camp. Not to mention a 75-lb cooking rig.
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:57 PM   #102
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Yes sir, Scott pretty much nailed it.
I do plan to carry a tarp and sleeping bag with me once I find elk and if the happen To be a good distance from camp so that I don’t have to pass on a shot late in the day or have to try to get back to that spot in the dark early the next day. If this scenario happens I can just campout and be on the elk the next morning. I’ve done this in Wyoming several times and I can tell you this.. sleeping under the stars on top of a mountain with elk calling in the timber below you all night is one of the greatest things you’ll ever experience!!
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Old 08-27-2018, 04:10 PM   #103
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Yes sir, Scott pretty much nailed it.
I do plan to carry a tarp and sleeping bag with me once I find elk and if the happen To be a good distance from camp so that I don’t have to pass on a shot late in the day or have to try to get back to that spot in the dark early the next day. If this scenario happens I can just campout and be on the elk the next morning. I’ve done this in Wyoming several times and I can tell you this.. sleeping under the stars on top of a mountain with elk calling in the timber below you all night is one of the greatest things you’ll ever experience!!
That sounds VERY cool! Hope it works out.

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Old 08-27-2018, 04:19 PM   #104
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The dead falls under grass is a bugger I have my bow on my pack and carry a walking stick saved me twice last year from falling .. Also what ever GPS system you use track you up and down elevation crazy how much you go up and down in a hike .
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Congrats to all of you heading out! Enjoy the adventure.

Quick Notes: No lighted site pins in Colorado..Take them off if you have them on your bow. Check the wind, check the wind, and the check the wind. Take the first open shot opportunity that is in your range. Nothing ruins a moment like having one stop broadside at 40 to enter the pines coming on his way directly to you, then you are waiting for him to get to 30 and then he gets nervously turns away and never comes closer. Never stop in the wide open. Try to stop beside a small bush, Aspen or Pine. Take an extra release with at all times. You might sit down to take a break and you forget it or accidentally drop it. Stay Hydrated. Take a small tube of Vaseline (unscented) for your inside your nose to keep it from drying out in the dry Colorado air.
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:48 PM   #106
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Ha!^^^^^^^

These guys are all trad hunters and don’t have any sights or releases!

It would be a good idea if they carried an extra tab or glove in their pack though!!!!

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Nicely put, Bisch. I saw that, and was trying to figure out how to comment while avoiding any hard feelings for honest suggestions that just didn't quite apply to our guys.
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:55 PM   #108
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Was gonna say something... but glad ya came through Bisch! I always have 2 extra “shot-in” gloves in my pack, and shoot several shots every session without any glove at all, just in case I ever do something real dumb (very possible) and misplace all 3! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Nicely put, Bisch. I saw that, and was trying to figure out how to comment while avoiding any hard feelings for honest suggestions that just didn't quite apply to our guys.


After seeing the Around the Campfire forum the last few days, it appears hard feelings are in season! 🤣🤣

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Snow in the high country guys, get ready!

Carry extra judo points for grouse.
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Congrats to all of you heading out! Enjoy the adventure.

Quick Notes: No lighted site pins in Colorado..Take them off if you have them on your bow. Check the wind, check the wind, and the check the wind. Take the first open shot opportunity that is in your range. Nothing ruins a moment like having one stop broadside at 40 to enter the pines coming on his way directly to you, then you are waiting for him to get to 30 and then he gets nervously turns away and never comes closer. Never stop in the wide open. Try to stop beside a small bush, Aspen or Pine. Take an extra release with at all times. You might sit down to take a break and you forget it or accidentally drop it. Stay Hydrated. Take a small tube of Vaseline (unscented) for your inside your nose to keep it from drying out in the dry Colorado air.
Great advice Still Hunter. As others have pointed out, we are using simple stick and string, so the lighted pins, etc, were not things we considered. I did have to look up the legality of lighted nocks a few days ago... and happy to see CO passed a law "recently" that allows them. No releases, but tabs and gloves, and I'll make sure I have a spare in my day pack. I'll adjust your yardage down from 40/30 down to 25/20... and yep, still good advice. Still hunting/spot and stalk is a different beast... most of us, on this trip, love that style of hunting even here in Texas, so we'll just have to remember the basics.
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Snow in the high country guys, get ready!

Carry extra judo points for grouse.
I'm gonna bring some zwickeys (Tiger Sharks are my Elk head) for grouse. I've done some recent reading/research on it and I just suspect that with the feathers, like a turkey, a broadhead would be better. I'm not sure how well my wingnut heads will work with the plumage. The big question I need to answer is whether or not I'll build out some FLU-FLUs in case I see one up in the tree and not on a lower limb/ground.
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Old 08-28-2018, 11:33 AM   #113
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Judos work just fine but broadheads will be deadly. Flu -flus are not a bad idea. Spent many a minute throwing sticks up in trees to get my arrows back.
We hunt zwickeys for elk and grouse , when the judos have flown the quiver.
Judos are easier to get out of trees by the way, lol.

The best cover scent to use is an elk pee spot, preferably a cow. We carry an empty ziplock bag and when we cross a fresh spot an elk has peed we gather up the dirt. Spread some on your hat or clothing and you'll smell like a fresh elk. It will keep for at least a week or so if out of the direct sun and heat.
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:39 AM   #114
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They called, I answered. Saw a couple great bulls and some cows. I have to get back to work and have to eat tag soup yet again! I don’t know, I’ll head up for a short trip mid September. It was 34 at night and 72 during the day. Ten percent success rate with a bow. I think you may have cut that number down a bit with a stick bow! Still a great trip to beat the Texas heat!
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:44 AM   #115
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I love the mountains! The beauty of God’s country!
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:50 AM   #117
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A bull rub I found minutes after a big 6x6 and me saw each other at same time. I sat watching that rub for a couple mornings after that. Nothing except 15 cows passing just out range. I really need get back up there!
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Old 08-29-2018, 02:19 AM   #118
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Good luck be safe and hope you enjoy your trip.
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It's getting close and time is draaaaaaaggggiiinnngggg by. So ready to get on the road!!
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Looks like you had a great time Ken!!
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Awesome Ken! Thanks for sharing brother! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:08 AM   #122
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Somewhere in Colorado... Somewhere that has OTC tags...

If the hunting sucks, I will tell you. If we kill something... I'll still tell you... but probably will lie about it

But in all seriousness, since it is public land DIY, we'll stick to the time honored tradition of not advertising the area out on an open forum.



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That is awesome Ken!

I recently was afforded the opportunity to explain the "levels of hunting success" to my wife on her first ever hunt a few weeks back. We had been sitting in a ground blind we had built earlier that year and were waiting for the hogs to come out. On our way to the blind, we had come across some bedded pigs, and we setup for a shot, but got winded and so that was that. I told her, at this point, the trip was already a success... and then had to explain myself.

See... success is measured in this order

1) You decide to go hunting
2) You actually step out of the truck/tent whatever, and walk to your hunting location (stand, woods, field, whatever...)
3) You hear something
4) You see something.
5) You see what you were after.
6) You get an opportunity to shoot something
7) You get an opportunity to shoot what you were after
8) You actually shoot something
9) You actually shoot what you were after
10) You recover something.
11) You actually recover what you were after.

At our point in the hunt... I told her, look babe... we went through a whole friggin list of successes in just the last hour. I mean, we jumped to #7. Now we did debate, from her perspective, if she really had an opportunity... so even so, we hit #5. Of course long story short... in the span of just 2 hours... she hit #11 (Very proud moment!)

I'd be happier than hell to reach #5 or #6 on this hunt; especially considering it is my first time in this environment/situation chasing a new critter I have never chased before.
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Old 08-29-2018, 11:03 AM   #124
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Good luck guys!
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Old 08-29-2018, 01:12 PM   #125
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That is awesome Ken!

I recently was afforded the opportunity to explain the "levels of hunting success" to my wife on her first ever hunt a few weeks back. We had been sitting in a ground blind we had built earlier that year and were waiting for the hogs to come out. On our way to the blind, we had come across some bedded pigs, and we setup for a shot, but got winded and so that was that. I told her, at this point, the trip was already a success... and then had to explain myself.

See... success is measured in this order

1) You decide to go hunting
2) You actually step out of the truck/tent whatever, and walk to your hunting location (stand, woods, field, whatever...)
3) You hear something
4) You see something.
5) You see what you were after.
6) You get an opportunity to shoot something
7) You get an opportunity to shoot what you were after
8) You actually shoot something
9) You actually shoot what you were after
10) You recover something.
11) You actually recover what you were after.

At our point in the hunt... I told her, look babe... we went through a whole friggin list of successes in just the last hour. I mean, we jumped to #7. Now we did debate, from her perspective, if she really had an opportunity... so even so, we hit #5. Of course long story short... in the span of just 2 hours... she hit #11 (Very proud moment!)

I'd be happier than hell to reach #5 or #6 on this hunt; especially considering it is my first time in this environment/situation chasing a new critter I have never chased before.
What an honest hunting perspective. “Takin notes over here Boss.” Even without asking...my wife’s efficiency rating gives that list the stamp of “Unapproved Efficiency”. Ill be chuckling on the list for a while.

SwampRabbit...the grouse would hold still...and still barely change position after being spooked from multiple missed shots. Givem the Grousing Bunny Thumper. I never saw’em higher than 12-15’ in a tree.
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I shot a few on the ground. Easier to hit. Make a great camp meal.
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Old 08-30-2018, 08:25 AM   #127
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Finally got around to grinding and cutting some feathers last night and reflected my arrows that had white fletchings. Feel that I have been getting picked off more with the white fletchings in my quiver. I got a butt load of lighted nocks on clearance... so will lean on those for visibility of shot placement rather than white. Had considered going hiviz pink or chartreuse... but might as well use the nocks.



I would say these are good to go (22 yards).

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Old 08-30-2018, 08:29 AM   #128
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And... I will admit, I have had better success with the turkey fletchings. I don't think it is the fletchings as much as the reminder that they provide that I CAN do this when I nock them. Those feathers are from a turkey that I ran the same arrow through using the same bow.

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Yep. Looks like you are ready.
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Old 08-30-2018, 11:18 AM   #130
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Great shooting Scott!!
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:26 PM   #131
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Well, if I am being honest... there were 4 arrows before that picture was taken (but it wasn't the first or second shot... and I sure hope there aren't mosquitos in the high country... I may have rushed it to swat a little bugger.)
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Old 08-30-2018, 04:49 PM   #132
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Well, if I am being honest... there were 4 arrows before that picture was taken (but it wasn't the first or second shot... and I sure hope there aren't mosquitos in the high country... I may have rushed it to swat a little bugger.)
If you got a water hole around you the skeeters carry you off up there. Not really in the morning it’s too cold. Black flies were my problem this time. I couldn’t hear myself think with the buzzing. Sweat bees were ridiculous too!
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If you got a water hole around you the skeeters carry you off up there. Not really in the morning it’s too cold. Black flies were my problem this time. I couldn’t hear myself think with the buzzing. Sweat bees were ridiculous too!
Thermacell... check!

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If you got a water hole around you the skeeters carry you off up there. Not really in the morning it’s too cold. Black flies were my problem this time. I couldn’t hear myself think with the buzzing. Sweat bees were ridiculous too!
Good grief...the main thing I was looking forward to was getting away from the dadgum mosquitos.
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Old 08-30-2018, 04:57 PM   #135
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I'm off work as of now until the 17th...all my stuff is piled in the garage. At some point Saturday I'll move it all in the living room by the front door, then around 330 a.m. Sunday I'll load it all in the truck, and be on the road by 4:00. I'm stoked!!
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Old 08-30-2018, 05:21 PM   #136
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One other thing to consider. Black bear populations have gone way up. I don’t worry about it any but you never know. Most my encounters have began and ended with the bear fleeing. The ones that stand their ground are worrisome to me sometimes. Taking care of a kill is the part that makes me nervous. Especially after dark. Heard plenty of stories about guys either having to surrender their meat or have gotten hurt defending it. I carry bear spray for bears and a .40 for the two legged thugs I might run into.
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Scott...arrows and shot group looks good to go to me. Get some.
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One other thing to consider. Black bear populations have gone way up. I don’t worry about it any but you never know. Most my encounters have began and ended with the bear fleeing. The ones that stand their ground are worrisome to me sometimes. Taking care of a kill is the part that makes me nervous. Especially after dark. Heard plenty of stories about guys either having to surrender their meat or have gotten hurt defending it. I carry bear spray for bears and a .40 for the two legged thugs I might run into.
I plan to do the same!! I'll have a pistol and bear spray. I'm not sure which one to actually use if I encounter a bear that's aggressive...I've heard mixed opinions. But I'll have both. It would be a game time decision I guess.
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Glad you brought it up. Passed on a clearance bottle of Bear Spray at wlamart earlier this year. Thank heavens for amazon... bottle on its way!

If I have frequent sightings... I will buy a bear tag though.

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Old 08-30-2018, 09:13 PM   #140
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May the odds be ever in our favor, I am ready for some hunting this weekend
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Old 08-31-2018, 06:49 AM   #142
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This thread is killing me

Hoping to see some LDPs soon

Planning on making a trip next year
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:04 PM   #143
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Welp, finally off work, and done with all my “after work” side jobs! Whew! Almost packed, and gonna finish up my checklist tomorrow when I got some daylight. You know you’ve been working quite abit when your wife says “I’ll be glad for you to get to go up there huntin so you can rest!” It’ll be physically tiresome with the hiking, and even more so if you’re packing out a critter, but with the temps, and just the fact of where I’m at... it will be like rest, the “tired” will be a “good kind of tired”, at least in a rejuvenating the body and soul kind of way!! The family and I go camping for a week every year at 8500+ ft elevation, (didn’t get to this year!) and it is definitely a grand way to spend some time in God’s awesome creation! I haven’t gotten to hunt in the high country since 2008 I believe, and I can still remember the exact spots I saw mule deer every hunt! Hopefully some of their offspring follow in their footsteps, and enjoy the same territories, cuz I’m coming back, with brothers in tow, and we are as ready as we can be! Yessir, I believe I speak for us all in this group when I say... WE ARE READY!! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Dadgum!! I just knew I’d come back to this and there would be 20 new posts! Well, I’ve officially got everything packed, shot my last session, unstrung the Sarrels, and put her in the case. Arrows still going where I want at 25. Now will try to sleep until Ryan, and Randy get here in the morn! Then we’ll tear out with visions of bucks and bulls dancing in our heads! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 09-01-2018, 09:47 PM   #146
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I’m doing some last minute packing then gonna try to sleep! I highly doubt sleep will come easy!
In less than 36 hours I’ll be breathing some fresh mountain air!!
Then it’s game on!!
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Old 09-02-2018, 03:35 AM   #147
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I’m about to roll out. Should be at Rusty’s around 6-630. I’ll try to post pics as service allows. We’ll be stopping for the night north of Amarillo, then I’m the mountains hopefully around lunch time tomorrow!!


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Old 09-02-2018, 04:16 AM   #148
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Little breakfast stop.



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Old 09-02-2018, 06:47 AM   #149
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Getting loaded up now. Got Rusty’s camper on my truck, so we’re looking a little redneck but our stuff will be dry!!



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Old 09-02-2018, 08:40 AM   #150
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Well we ain’t sure if we got enough stuff but had to stop loading at some point!!


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