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Old 09-16-2018, 09:39 PM   #1
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Smile What a week- ending with a bull

Every year I spend this week in Colorado chasing bugling elk. With a trip already planned it came at a surprise when I was told I had to be in California for a conflicting mandatory meeting. Committed to making it work: I left my house in St Louis last Saturday and drove to Denver, dropped my truck off at the airport and flew to LAX. From Sunday to Wednesday I was in LA enjoying the beach and great weather. Thursday morning at 4am I hopped on a plane and flew to Denver. Completely exhausted, I drove 3 hours south, grabbed my gear and sat on a water hole. Only having a couple of hours before dark I was doubtful in the evening being productive. To my surprise after 60 minutes a bull elk comes walking in and gives me a 35 yard shot. Long night of dealing with a lot of cutting. Finished my night in Raton and drove home yesterday. Funny now that I think about it - not even a single night in Colorado. What a week! I need a nap...

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Old 09-16-2018, 09:41 PM   #2
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:42 PM   #3
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Congrats, in for pics
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:42 PM   #4
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:43 PM   #5
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That’s awesome memories! Now sit back and relive the entire week all over and see if you could have made it any better Waiting for the pictures
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:43 PM   #6
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:43 PM   #7
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Well deserved right there! Patience paid off. Congratulations
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:44 PM   #8
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That's called taking advantage of a great opportunity
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:46 PM   #9
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Nice way to bounce back from someone throwing a wrench in the plans
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:46 PM   #10
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:46 PM   #11
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:47 PM   #12
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:47 PM   #13
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:54 PM   #14
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Awesome story! Congratulations!
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:55 PM   #15
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:58 PM   #16
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Time management! Congrats!
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:00 PM   #17
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Man that sucker is heavy
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:01 PM   #18
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:05 PM   #19
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Muzzleloader?

Congrats, dang near write that hunt off or at least submit an expense report for part of it
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:06 PM   #20
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Heck yeah...love it!
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:09 PM   #21
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Congrats on your bull! Heck of an accomplishment
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:12 PM   #22
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Congrats, dang near write that hunt off or at least submit an expense report for part of it
Ohhh trust me. The trip to Denver is expensed. The rest will be related business expenses.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:15 PM   #23
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:35 PM   #24
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Congrats on a nice bull Raypo.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:45 PM   #25
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Nice bull, Congrats!

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Old 09-16-2018, 10:46 PM   #26
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Kudos on the wall hanger! We need to set up another Diamond C hunt sometime soon.


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Old 09-16-2018, 11:14 PM   #27
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Iím tired just reading that.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:18 PM   #28
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Congratulations..way to make it work and bagged the elk! Nice

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Old 09-16-2018, 11:25 PM   #29
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:39 PM   #30
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Awesome!
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:43 PM   #31
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:45 PM   #32
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Congrats Ray!
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:05 AM   #33
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:05 AM   #34
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:32 AM   #35
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Way to go!!
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:35 AM   #36
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:36 AM   #37
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:05 AM   #38
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Busy week, big elk. Congrats
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:08 AM   #39
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Very nice! Congrats and kudos for making the most of it!
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:16 AM   #40
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:20 AM   #41
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I really needed this as a morale booster. The last 2 years I have wounded elk with no recovery. I was starting to question myself. Everytime I walk in the garage and I see the elk horns, staged for the taxidermy delivery - I do a fist pump, yes.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:20 AM   #42
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:53 AM   #43
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:28 AM   #44
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Thanks Chris and sorry about the luck. I was really hoping for different outcomes.
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:59 AM   #45
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Thanks Chris and sorry about the luck. I was really hoping for different outcomes.

Itís not all about a kill. New experience for sure and lessons learned. I had a chance and thatís all I can ask for. Glad to see a monkey off your back. Youíll think back on it all everytime you look at him.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:08 AM   #46
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That was an awesome week! Congrats on the bull and making every hour count! You should have bought a lottery ticket!

Now...about that mandatory meeting in LA spending Sunday through Wednesday on the beach!
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:45 PM   #47
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Ohhh trust me. The trip to Denver is expensed. The rest will be related business expenses.
Congrats again! Now... can you expense an elk hunt for me?
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:45 PM   #48
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Congratulations! God I hope I can find some in a few weeks. Past two years have been so hot game has been scarce in Southern Colorado....
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:50 PM   #49
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Very nice congrats.
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:14 PM   #50
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Awesome! I need a nap just reading that.
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