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Old 10-10-2017, 11:41 AM   #1
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It has been 14 years waiting to draw this tag. I will be hunting the second rifle season in Unit 76 around Creede, Colorado. This is a draw only "Trophy" unit. My Granddad was fortunate to get drawn twice in 8 years before this unit became popular about 14 years ago being his last hunt. His first hunt he killed an awesome 6x6 and his next hunt he killed a nice 4x4. He is going to be my "guide" on this hunt. The gun I am using is the same gun he used to kill his two elk. He gave it to me as a Christmas gift several years after his last elk hunt. So to say this is a special trip is an understatement. We leave for Colorado early the morning of the 18th. The season runs October 21st - 29th. I have started to gather my gear; Granddad and I sighted in the .30-06 this past weekend, and I am headed to Mason this weekend to get the 4wheeler. With this cold front coming in I almost walked out the door with my camo on and rifle in my hand going to look for elk. I will update as often as I can and wish every one hunting this season Great Luck!
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:42 AM   #2
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:49 AM   #3
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Congrats sounds like it is going to be a heck of a trip!
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:52 AM   #4
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It's a magical time there right now. Best of luck.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:31 PM   #5
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sounds like a most memorable hunt in the making!!! best wishes too.
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Old 10-10-2017, 01:44 PM   #6
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I used to go up there every summer for several years when I was younger. I am really looking forward to getting back up there! Does any one know if the brookies are still biting this time of year?
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:39 PM   #7
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:48 PM   #8
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Should be an awesome experience with your grandfather! Good luck!
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:04 PM   #9
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Hunt of a lifetime right there! Good luck
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:13 PM   #10
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Very cool! Post lots of pics!

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Old 10-16-2017, 07:12 AM   #11
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I am working today and then I am scheduled off until the 30th. I will pack and load everything tomorrow and hit the road early Wednesday morning. Looking to get some scouting in Thursday and Friday before season starts on Saturday.


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Old 10-17-2017, 09:22 PM   #12
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This was earlier today it is now all in the truck. As soon as I get my little girl to bed I will be loading up the frozen goods and heading over to my granddads house to load it in his truck so we can head out first thing in the morning bright and early! I am full of anticipation and torn about being away from my little family. I know it will be an awesome trip but I can't help but be anxious about leaving them alone for almost two weeks.


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Old 10-17-2017, 10:05 PM   #13
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It has been 14 years waiting to draw this tag. I will be hunting the second rifle season in Unit 76 around Creede, Colorado. This is a draw only "Trophy" unit. My Granddad was fortunate to get drawn twice in 8 years before this unit became popular about 14 years ago being his last hunt. His first hunt he killed an awesome 6x6 and his next hunt he killed a nice 4x4. He is going to be my "guide" on this hunt. The gun I am using is the same gun he used to kill his two elk. He gave it to me as a Christmas gift several years after his last elk hunt. So to say this is a special trip is an understatement. We leave for Colorado early the morning of the 18th. The season runs October 21st - 29th. I have started to gather my gear; Granddad and I sighted in the .30-06 this past weekend, and I am headed to Mason this weekend to get the 4wheeler. With this cold front coming in I almost walked out the door with my camo on and rifle in my hand going to look for elk. I will update as often as I can and wish every one hunting this season Great Luck!


Might be a dumb question but does it cost money to enter the drawing each year or do you only pay when actually drawn?


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Old 10-17-2017, 10:08 PM   #14
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:09 PM   #15
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Might be a dumb question but does it cost money to enter the drawing each year or do you only pay when actually drawn?


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You have to pay but if you are unsuccessful you get a refund for the cost of the license minus the habitat stamp and processing fee


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Old 10-17-2017, 10:10 PM   #16
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You have to pay but if you are unsuccessful you get a refund for the cost of the license minus the habitat stamp and processing fee


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Very cool. 14 years is a long time


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Old 10-17-2017, 10:19 PM   #17
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I would love to shoot a trophy elk. Best of luck.
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:21 PM   #18
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Good luck out there man! I just made some Elk fajitas for dinner and they were delicious. Keep us updated on how everything goes!
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:00 PM   #19
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Very cool. 14 years is a long time


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It is for sure. If I wanted to wait another four to six years I could have been drawn for the first season. No thanks.


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Old 10-17-2017, 11:01 PM   #20
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Good luck out there man! I just made some Elk fajitas for dinner and they were delicious. Keep us updated on how everything goes!


That makes my mouth water! I will keep it as up to date as possible. Not sure what kind of service I will have up there.


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Old 10-17-2017, 11:01 PM   #21
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Saving my points for this unit! Good luck!
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:02 PM   #22
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I would love to shoot a trophy elk. Best of luck.


Thanks! I hope I get a chance.


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Old 10-17-2017, 11:04 PM   #23
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Saving my points for this unit! Good luck!


I have seen some of the Bulls that have come out of this unit. It is worth it if you can get to them.


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Old 10-18-2017, 05:33 AM   #24
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Just stopped at McDonald's for breakfast. Got to get ice and stop by the post office and we'll be on our way


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Old 10-18-2017, 07:40 AM   #25
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Good luck to y'all. Will be following along for this.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:45 AM   #26
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Good luck! In for the pics!
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:09 AM   #27
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:13 AM   #28
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Oh my. Good luck Papabear. This will be a very special trip, no matter the outcome of the hunting. Soak up these moments with your Granddad. And shoot a big bull if you get a chance!
Can't wait to hear about the trip.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:31 AM   #29
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Going to be a hunt of a LIFETIME! Good Luck!
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:38 AM   #30
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:03 AM   #31
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That is gonna be so awesome in so many ways !! Keep us updated please .
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:22 AM   #32
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Between Lubbock and Amarillo


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Old 10-18-2017, 11:06 AM   #33
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Good Luck, will be a good trip kill or no kill!
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Old 10-18-2017, 12:08 PM   #34
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Saw this at the gas station in Dalhart Texas. Made me smile.


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Old 10-18-2017, 01:17 PM   #35
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One thing is for sure paying $7500 for a guided elk hunt on a private ranch has proven to not be as much as an advantage over doing it yourself public land in Colorado. Congrats on the draw and good luck to you!
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:20 PM   #36
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Awesome trip with your Grandfather. Best of luck.
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:21 PM   #37
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I appreciate all the well wishes. We just stopped to eat at dq in Clayton, NM. Ten miles out of Texas and everything including dq is different lol. Back on the road shortly.


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Old 10-18-2017, 01:29 PM   #38
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Good luck! an elk hunt is in my future but just don't know when yet! Have a blast, any time spent with family hunting is time well spent!
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:29 PM   #39
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Spent a good deal of time as a youth staying at Freemans almost every summer w family. Have hunted that unit before it was a draw and hunted 3 times after it became a draw unit. My favorite place to hunt Elk. I am hoping to make it one more time before I am to darn old. Enjoy the hunt and best of luck.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:05 PM   #40
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Home for the next 11 days.


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Old 10-18-2017, 10:41 PM   #41
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Best of luck bear! I know this will be an awesome hunt for you and your grandad. I love Creede and Lake City, wish I was up there. Great little burger joint just outside of Creede called Freemons. Looking forward to more pics.
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:05 PM   #42
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It was a little chilly up on the mountain this morning. Saw some sign so that was promising.


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Old 10-19-2017, 03:10 PM   #43
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Good Luck! Y'all enjoy God's country!
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:35 PM   #44
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:35 PM   #45
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I appreciate all the well wishes. We just stopped to eat at dq in Clayton, NM. Ten miles out of Texas and everything including dq is different lol. Back on the road shortly.


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I ate at that DQ in Clayton, NM on Monday on my way back from a hunt. Never again...

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Old 10-19-2017, 03:37 PM   #46
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:40 PM   #47
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Good luck fellas!!!
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:06 PM   #48
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:12 PM   #49
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Old 10-19-2017, 05:55 PM   #50
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