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Old 08-20-2017, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Live colo M.Deer and elk. day 1

stopped off to see some friends in La Veta Colo on my way to a dream hunt for big bucks and bulls in a very limited trophy area. Here are some results from practice stalks in souther col o. I will arrive to start scouting in camp tomorrow.
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:26 PM   #2
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:38 PM   #3
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:37 AM   #4
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Full Circle; days 2-4.

I became a bowhunter during the four years I lived in colo. This was in the early 1980s.There was no limited archery units until 1984 ,so you could just buy a license and bowhunt almost anywhere. I never saw another hunter in the backcountry where I chose to hunt. It was a good area and I consistently found elk and saw some world class mule deer too . I held out for a 6 pt elk, and went three years without filling my tag. I made almost every mistake a beginning bowhunter can make. Wrong pin, Wrong yardage, wrong wind, you get the idea. When I moved back to texas in 84 I chose other areas in southern colo and New mexico to bowhunt elk,until now.
Now that I am 65 and have taken nearly two dozen bulls with a bow I wanted to go back to where it all began and see the changes time has brought to this beautiful high country. I trained in the franklins mnts this summer, near my home in Nm to get ready for this backcountry adventure. I still have the fire to do this and the body seems to be holding up
So here I am camped at 11 ,500 with drop camps of other bowhunters. one mile either side of me. But there are elk around now and I hope there is an ole mossy horned muley buck as I have drawn a tag for each. So far in three days of scouting I have seen moose. Bighorn rams. And of course, Elk but no bucks. And the archery sheep hunters I talked to have not seen bucks either. Those visions of 200 plus non typicals, I used to see, may be a thing of the past. Only time will tell. The season starts sat and I hope the big elk herd of 236 plus elk I saw disperses into smaller herds soon. Then I I think the big bulls will come out of their summer hide outs looking for cows in the next 10 days. In the meantime, I hope to find one of those lone bulls and silently stalk up on him.or maybe a big mulie. Donít know when I will come back to town for internet service so be patient
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:43 AM   #5
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Nice pictures, and good luck on your hunt!
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:44 AM   #6
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so pics are here
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:13 AM   #7
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Beautiful country!! thanks for sharing your hunt... Best of luck out there. What is the weather like in regards to temps?? Both day and night time temps??
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:25 AM   #8
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:40 AM   #9
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Good luck David!
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:44 AM   #10
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Man look amazing good Luck!
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Old 08-24-2017, 12:11 PM   #11
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:13 PM   #12
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Target rich environment. Love Colorado!
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:16 PM   #13
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Man that looks awesome!
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:20 PM   #14
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:17 PM   #15
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That looks great, wish I was with you.

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Old 08-26-2017, 01:04 PM   #16
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Beautiful.
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Old 08-26-2017, 01:08 PM   #17
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Great pictures.
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:55 AM   #19
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Awesome pics! Good luck
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Old 08-30-2017, 03:09 PM   #20
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days 3-7,wolves,game and strange find ..
I Was glassing for bucks in days before season. I caught soem 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 fo ra photo but I hiked straight away around the mnt range to desend into the top as it was too steep to reach snow bank from below for photos. they were no no doubt wolf tracks. Most interestingly I found another wolf track in a dry bit of clay 5 miles away. Again both of these locations were nto with acess of a trail but rather required long difficult climbs to get two Locations. The sighting was in the Buffalo peaks wilderness.I will lnt speulate as to how they 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 abouve 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 wasnt the big wide 6pt 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 09-01-2017, 03:56 PM   #21
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Old 09-02-2017, 08:34 PM   #22
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yea and and I was loading the truck up up I saw three bucks about 500 yds away. I went after them when I thought they bedded. Could not find them in the willows however. Rested and filled up the tank at home today .. Off to with a friend and the horses,to Gila wilderness New mexico next week..Link to more photos is below...
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:43 PM   #23
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a few last pics and I stayed at westonpasshut.com ,highest reantal property in colo and very reasonable $30 per night
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:48 PM   #24
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a few last pics. On to Gila elk now
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:51 PM   #25
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this cow trotted out of a basin over the top and into my lap
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:47 PM   #26
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